Saturday, February 20, 2010

Closing Doors Can Open New Ones

Last year many people had to struggle through the closure of their beloved college. Some are still grieving over the loss. It was a challenge for me to fully express what the loss meant for me and what I perceived for the northwest. Seeing the good that God has in store can be difficult when in the midst of such a loss.

About five or six years ago, Cascade Hills Church of Christ was born, as my part in it was documented in my very first post on this blog. With the struggles with momentum combined with the economy and discouragement, Cascade Hills will be closing its doors this Sunday. Again, it is a challenge for me to fully express what the church has meant to me and what its loss will bring, however God is still alive and working.

Over the past years I have grown in my faith, along with my wife (who wasn't my wife when we started!) I have experienced the thankfulness of people blessed with food or clothes or money when they were in the middle of hard times. I have seen many people baptized into Christ. I have felt the support of an entire movement of church planting behind a small group of people pioneering the idea of starting a new church where there was not one before.

Here's what you can do:

  • Pray for me and my wife as we begin our transition into our new church home: the Keizer Church of Christ.
  • Pray for the members of Cascade Hills that will now have to find a new place for them and their families to feel at home and challenged in their faith.
  • Pray for the Christians who are still young in their faith, that they will not be discouraged and fall away.
  • Pray for Jason and Melissa Campbell, who have given their lives over in service to the community in Salem for the past six plus years as they move into the next chapter in their life.
  • Pray for other church plants that they can be encouraged from our successes and learn from our mistakes as they seek to spread the Gospel throughout their communities.
I am sure that I have left a lot out, but I expect many good things to come from God through this.