Monday, November 9, 2009

Asking the hard questions

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 1 John 3:17

I'm sure over the coming weeks and months the seeds and thoughts God has planted in me on this trip will grow and flourish. Everyone expects to come to a place of great poverty and be deeply affected. It's almost a cliche at this point. I came with some expectations, but really tried to just be open and let God bring what may come.
Am I thankful for the country and culture I come from? Absolutely. More than ever. We have an incredible society that provides basic necessities like clean drinking water, trash pick up, nice road systems, and accessible health care (for the most part) for every citizen. Certainly there is much we take for granted. But the simplest thing to do would be to look at America as the rich older brother who wallows in its amenities.
The real conversation has to do with money, missions, and the Church. I can't hold a country responsible for something God has called His people to do (knowing the US is not God's chosen nation). It's a difficult, uncomfortable conversation we much have.
First, the Christian pastors, leaders, and lay people of India are smart, intuitive, and more than capable of reaching their country for Christ. They are loving, joyful, and pray far more than most of us for their people. They are PASSIONATE about seeing people know Christ and for God being glorified. In fact, they are better equipped to do so in most cases than we are.
Why do I mention this? Because often what they lack are the basic resources. Training. Building materials. Cost of living. They need an investment in the lives of their pastors and families.
So where are those resources? Right here in America, in our churches. We have the money, the training, and the resources to equip and empower the Church in India to grow and thrive. For 30 dollars a month, the basic needs of a pastor and his family can be met so he can give his life to ministry and provide for his family. Before I left for India, I spent that on a shirt. I spend it in a week on coffee. It sounds like a pitch, but it's a reality. What we throw away is enough to supply more than we can imagine.
God may call you to go to India. He may call you overseas to live. But more than likely, he won't. He's call you right where you are. But if we truly see the need, literally or through the eyes and pictures and stories of others, and we do not act, well... I'll let Scripture speak for itself.
Bottom line: the biggest hindrance to the Gospel spreading in the rest of the world is not radical Muslims or hostile countries. It's the lack of involvement and support - financial and spiritual - for the Church in the rest of the world within the US church. Plain and simple. It may be a tough medicine to swallow, but it's one we need to take.

More to come. Praise God for what He is doing - the things we see and those we don't. May His kingdom continue to come in our midst.

Elephant Rock and the greatest leader I've ever met...

We've been in Madurai for two days now. It's a city on the southeast corner of India. All, for the most part, is well.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak and sing at a village church for their Sunday services. The Church was called Zion Church, and they we're second and third generation Christians (which is not common around here). The pastor's father was a Hindu priest who came to Christ and started the Church. He has since passed, but he wrote several books throughout his life, including concordances and Bible study materials in Tamil (the local language). This was evident in that the Church had a high regard for the reading of the Bible, and every member was eager to turn to each passage I mentioned. They are trying to build a new, larger facility, which they are very proud of, so pray for them. I have an email contact with them and will keep in touch to measure the progress.
That night we visited the home of Paulus and Rosie, two of the leaders of the overarching ministry that we are supporting. After listening to Paulus' story, I think he might be the greatest leader I've ever met. How so? 5 years ago, he saw a local need to form an AIDS clinic, and so he organized it and built it to a successful clinic. The Indian government approached him about leading the movement across the nation (something that would have meant a huge paycheck), but he wanted to have the freedom to share Christ with the patients, so he turned them down. Later in 2005, a group in Holland approached him about doing the same in other countries. They wanted him to start and establish similar AIDS clinics in 7 Asian countries. by 201o. What does Paulus do? He built, led, and creating teams in place, and now has passed off leadership to local leaders in all seven countries - a year early. This man has established 7 fully functioning, successful Christ-centered AIDS clinics across Asia in 4 years. Amazing! And what is he doing now? In his own words, waiting to hear from God about what is next. This, my friends, is a great leader (with a huge, if not equal help from his lovely wife Rosie).
Today (Monday) I helped Zach, of filmaker, get shots across India. He and I have become good friends in our time together, and he's an awesome, very talented guy. We took a sketchy adventure today throughout the region, which included pushing our broken down van, seeing our first monkey, getting borderline shaken down in a shady carpet store, and listening to a driver who spoke English, but did not understand it. It was, and will be quite the story. But in the process we filmed two of the most prominent landmarks in the region, the giant temple and Elephant Rock. Here's some pictures (I didn't take).

Well thats all for now. God willing I will update tomorrow. Keep praying. God is doing some great stuff!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Update (FINALLY) from Madurai

I apologize for the lack of updates. The hostel we stayed in the first night with internet was a little too mosquito prone, so the fear of malaria moved us to another hotel across town. This hotel was a little better - kind of dark and shady, but nice considering the alternative. Hard to believe that was 5 days ago. So much has happened in the past week it's hard to grasp it all, much less capture it in a blog post.
Ranchi is a city with over 2,000,000 people, which is small by Indian standards. It is comparibly underdeveloped with very little infrastructure. However, somehow in the midst of poverty and 3rd world development, it's a beautiful city. The Indian people are beautiful - not just metaphorically, but simply physically beautiful people. They are also incredibly kind and genorous. Traffic in India is a mess of chaos. No signals, no rules - only the biggest vehicle wins. Just go and honk at every moving thing. The streets are teaming with people and little shops and children in their school uniforms. It is unceasingly noisy with the honks of horns and the yelling of drivers.
We woke every morning to the trains across the street and the Muslim prayers being sung over a loudspeaker. Definitely a forboding sound to wake up to, reminding you of the spiritual mountain Christians in Ranchi still have to climb. The state Ranchi is in is only 4% Christian, and this is one of the most Christian places in India. Still, pastors and Christians face literal and financial persecution on a regular basis. For the pastors and village churches we encountered, following Jesus was a decision with great cost. But they are certainly a community with an irrepressible joy.Pastor Job, the pastor who oversees many churches in the surrounding villages and cities, is an amazing leader who left his home in southern India as a missionary. He gives His life to encourage and equip these rural pastors day in and day out.
Our second day in Ranchi, we got to travel to two villages outside the city about 10 miles away. We visited these pastor's churches, getting there by off-roading in a Jeep. The first village's church greeted us with a song, a necklace of flowers, and they washed our hands as a sign of welcome. The second village was similar - they sang songs of worship for us and then they washed our feet. Visiting these two village churches was an incredibly moving experience for me. I fought back tears during each visit. I felt like I had seen God's heart for His church in the middle of rural India; a joyful, grateful, suffering, yet hopeful people.
Randy finished his classes by Wednesday, and I had Thursday and Friday. I taught "The Ministry of the Kingdom" on thursday, finishing it in one day. This was good, but then I had nothing left to teach the next day. I asked the pastors what they wanted to hear from me. They said worship. That was convienient. :) I spent the next morning writing a theology of worship to teach. I then breezed through that in one session and finished the last session teaching on the heart of the Gospel in Ephesians 2:1-10. I hadn't prepared, I just taught expositorily.
These pastors remind me what it means to be a pastor. Counting the cost. Facing discouragement and hardship. Mission-focused. The front of the church we taught in had a full demographic of their state in our for them to pray for their state, city and country. That's how they decorated. With mission. The truth is, when everything is stripped away, when all the bells and whistles and everything else is gone, the only thing left is mission. The heart of the Church, locally and globally, will always be mission. There will always be a people to reach for Christ.
And these pastors and their families - they live this mission of Jesus with great cost - and live it with great joy. We have more to learn from them than we know.

We are now into week two - with internet - and so updates God willing will be daily. Pray for me tomorrow as I will be preaching at a church here in the morning. I just found out. The night before.

Welcome to India.

Thanks for your prayers. The mission continues...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Small update

Hey there! This is the wifey. Justin asked if I would post an update.

Everything is going great! He is really enjoying his days in Ranchi, India. Today he started teaching on the Kingdom of God. Everyone has been very receptive, and they are really enjoying the teachings. His next topic of discussion is on Worship. He asks that you keep him in his prayers. They will be leaving Ranchi tomorrow and heading to Monteri (sp?). There he will continue to teach the Kingdom of God as the others will be serving in different capacities.

My days are kind of messed up because he is like 8 hours ahead of us.

They have recently moved from the hostile to now a hotel with running hot water.He was able to take his first shower this past Wednesday. He does not have internet access which is why he has not been able to post. He claims the food has been awesome and the chai tea is incredible! He says he has so much to share and has been humbled by the whole process. He will be blogging as soon as he gets into a place with internet access.

Thank you for supporting and praying for the both of us!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Generators, Mosquito nets, and Travel Nightmares

Hello - FINALLY- from India. We arrived early this morning (monday in india) and arrived at this weeks destination - Ranchi. Getting here was one of the most challenging issues we've ever faced. EVERY single flight was either delayed, canceled, or the plane was broken. We missed a whole day of ministry in Delhi as a result, which was disappointing. Delta, throughout, has been consistently horrible. But despite the constant setbacks, our spirits are up even if oujr body is tired.
I sit here now under a mosquito net in a room with a bucket for a shower and a sometimes working toilet. I'm rooming with Jason, who you'll see and hear more about. How we are getting wifi when we have no phone signal and no electricity apart from a generator I have no idea.
We've spent the day with Job, who's full name is Watchmen Nee Job (how cool is that??). He is an amazing pastor and overseer of literally thousands of pastors in this part of India. He spoke to me about how his music team translates their hymns into 27 dialects into order that the every people might hear the Gospel. How refreshing and challenging to see music in the Church in a way that evangelizes and unifies the body, many of whom have suffered mild persecution (if there's such a thing as mild). Job is the picture of a missional lifestyle, doing whatever it takes to see the Gospel reach every people, even in his own country.

How can you pray for us?
- Pray for our health. We are very weary from traveling and need rest. Pray against mosquitos and malaria and stomach sickness. Pray for our digestive health and the transition to Indian food/drink.
-Pray for Classes as they begin to start. Randy and I are teaching Foundations (Randy) and the theology of the Kingdom of God (me) and Jason and Jessica are teaching public health. After being here for a few hours - I can see what a huge need this will be. Zach is filming and hopefully making us look good :).
- Pray for the pastors and churches of this region, scattered throughout as an overwhelming minority. Muslim prayers can be heard on loudspeakers every few hours. Pray that the Gospel of Jesus would outlast and overwhelm the forces of darkness.

We truly covet your prayers moving forward. God is here - He was long before we were. Let us join in praying that His kingdom becomes a reality right here in our midst.



Friday, October 30, 2009

Small Detour...

Arrived at Lexington Airport at 3 PM for a 4:45 PM. Flight delayed. Sat around until we found out that our flight was delayed then eventually canceled. So we're be back tomorrow, flying to Cincy, Paris, then Delhi. Good news? Business Class the whole way. Bad news? Not playing at the slum church in Delhi. Keep praying as we move forward.


Ready or not...

Here we come. Leaving in a few hours. Visa came in Wednesday. This week has been CRAZY.

But God is moving. Can't wait to see where and how...

I'll be blogging as much as possible so keep up with me over there with pictures, thoughts, etc.

Ok, seriously I have to go and get ready to get on the plane. The adventure that is the kingdom of God awaits. 

Monday, October 19, 2009


I've never thought a lot about courage. It seems at time to be an archaic word, used only in the stories of old or in the advertisement schemes of the Armed Forces. In America, we prefer a world where we have nothing to be afraid of. Billions of dollars are spent every year across the country with the intent of eliminating the fear of tragedy, hopelessness, loneliness, and a thousand other subjects of discomfort or even death. This isn't to say this isn't such a bad thing - especially when you get sick and the doctor bills come in. 
But there certainly is a massive downside to this equation. You see, in a world where there's nothing to fear, there's no need for courage. For the most part, our lives in the West merit no need for courage. We are essentially safe (or at least the illusion leads us to believe) from war, death, or inconvenience. 
But perhaps I'm passing too much judgement on the societal aspect and not looking at the core issues of our (my) heart. There's no question that there's plenty of ways for ordinary Americans to practice and live lives of courage right here at home. Having a conversation with someone takes courage. For some, even getting out of bed takes courage. But I don't think I'm stepping out on a limb when I say that the majority of us live without a necessity for courage.
We need courage only when we live a story that demands it. If the stories of our lives never encounter great fears - if we don't stand face to face with something well beyond our power and abilities - we will likely never need courage. While I believe God is sovereign in our stories (Proverbs 16:9), I do believe that we must choose to live lives that demand courage by putting ourselves in situations where we aren't enough - where the only hope is for God to come through. That's why courage and faith are synonymous. 
For myself, going to India is a step in the direction of courage. Just going isn't the scary part - it's what God is calling me to do when I get there. Teaching 100-150 pastors for two weeks on the kingdom of God... teaching the Vineyard Prayer Model, actually praying for healing in a country that where God is already at work miraculously... Are you kidding me? For two weeks? I've never needed more courage, because I've never known more clearly how weak and powerless I am in light of the task. But I know this is is exactly where I need to be - where I'm not enough and God is more than enough.
Luckily courage isn't a shot in the dark. Jesus said "Take courage, it is I." The 'it is I' echoes the OT story of Moses, when God reveals Himself as "I AM." Courage, then, is just faith lived out in a God-sized story. God willing, this will be the beginning of many more courageous, God-sized stories for many years to come, as God leads me (and us) to an even great need for courage.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Expect great things.

"Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God." - William Carey, 18th century missionary to India

It's been a while since an update, for which I apologize. I'll get everyone up to date.

The Passport arrived a few weeks ago and is heading out again tomorrow to get my Visa. Tickets were bought and then canceled (thanks British Airways), but new ones are bought, and hopefully these will stick. Fundraising is going OK, and I know God is getting the details behind the scenes worked out. Once I figure out a way to get my traffic school re-scheduled, I should be about ready to go.

The closer this trip gets, the more overwhelming (in a good way) it becomes. I recently read a book called "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller. The main thrust of the book is the notion that to live better lives, we must live better stories. Our lives are often underwhelming because the story we live in is small and myopic. We must risk living in a bigger story, embracing all the challenges and heartache that comes with great stories.

Going to India is, on my part, a big step in living a bigger story. I have no way of understanding the level to which God will challenge and confront me with His kingdom. But in the words of William Carey, I am preparing to expect great things in the process of attempting great things. God willing, this will be the start of many more greater stories to come.

More to come soon.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Repentance and Culture Shock

In my preparation for India, one of my concerns has been the language barriers. India has several dialects, after all. And while I know that all of my teaching times will be with the assistance of a translator, it still felt like there was some part of my language that didn't seem like it would properly translate. While I know how to say what I need to say, it was making me nervous whether or not I could say it clearly and precisely with the muddle of my "Americanisms."

The more I've thought about it, I've come to understand just how much my culture plays a part not only in what I say, but in how I say it. The manner in which Americans communicate is rapidly changing. The English language isn't just left to its own - there's tone, body language, and even simple inflections that make up our linguistic intent. And all too often, as many of us know well, the way you say something often says more than the content of what you are actually saying.

For myself and countless other people (mostly young men, I'd gather) in our generation, I've fallen prey to the cultural linguistic norm of sarcasm and cynicism. Our primary forms of entertainment are saturated with overwhelming levels of sarcasm and cynicism, from "The Soup" to "The Daily Show" and the "Colbert Report" to practically every Will Ferrell movie. For young guys, this makes us laugh, and having the desire to make others laugh gives way to us adopting the cultural methods of communication that entertain the most. I admittedly LOVE to laugh and make people laugh, but I fear much of my humor ends up being biting sarcasm and cynicism that is often at the expense of someone else, which doesn't exactly scream Christ-likeness.

In the end, sarcasm and cynicism are simply a means to avoid speaking and communicating deliberately and with purpose. In other words, it takes courage to clearly say what you mean the way you mean it without having to bathe it in a mess of sarcastic cover up. When you speak deliberately, you take responsibility for what you say, what you don't say, and even how you say it. Rarely do we want to suffer the consequences of our communication. But doing so is an act of steadfast obedience to Christ. Our yes' are yes' and our no's are no's in a disciplined act of worship.

There are three verses to point out in Ephesians 4 that speak to this. Verse 15: "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ." Verse 25: "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body." And also Verse 29: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

Why then, do we lay aside sarcasm? Because it does not build up - it tears down. Every word out of our mouth is intended to be an edification of the Body of Christ. The content, the message, is not packaged in sarcasm and cynicism, but love. Love is the medium of our language, because love does not take away from the truth - it further clarifies and magnifies it.

The hard truth? If Indian pastors would be hindered by my American sarcasm and cynicism in understanding the Gospel, then it is surely hindering here as well. I need to repent of conforming to the (speaking) patterns of this world, and I need my sarcastic and cynical mind to be renewed and transformed in the knowledge of Christ. An uphill battle? Oh yeah. A worthy cause? Absolutely.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Update! A New City On the Horizon...

Latest News: Passport is sent off, letters are soon to follow. Hopefully I can get this stuff out of the way ASAP. I found our from Randy that our traveling plans have changed. We'll spend the first week with pastors in a village outside of Ranchi, which is in Northeastern India. Then we'll head to Madurai to do in one week what we planned to do in two. Looks like these classes will be full of cramming. Just to give you an idea, here are some pictures of these cities.

And Madurai:

More to come soon!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Introduction to the Kingdom of God

The primary task of my trip to India is to teach a class called "The Ministry of the Kingdom," based upon curriculum from the Vineyard Bible Institute. Luckily I'm pretty well-versed in the theology of the Kingdom of God because (A) it's one of the core theological values of the Vineyard Movement and (B) I was the primary developer of our "Kingdom" message series and curriculum this past fall here at VCC. I spent 2 months reading every book I could find on the kingdom of God, most notably being George Ladd's "The Gospel of the Kingdom" and his survey of New Testament theology (among many others). So when I heard I'd be teaching on the kingdom of God, I was excited.
Growing up in a Baptist Church, I had heard very little about the kingdom of God. But as you read through the Gospels, it's hard to ignore that it was Jesus' primary message throughout His ministry. There's many reasons for the seeming ignorance of "kingdom of God" theology in evangelicalism. The early part of the 20th century saw liberal mainline denominations adopting the terminology, where it was associated with social action divorced from adherence to orthodox Biblical theology. On the other hand, dispensationalism has pigeon-holed God's kingdom as being synonymous with heaven and the afterlife. In a more practical sense, Americans are hundreds of years removed from being in a true 'kingdom,' so the terminology seems archaic. But it's impossible to ignore Jesus' emphasis on the kingdom of God throughout.
When we hear kingdom, we often first think place or location. But a kingdom is not a realm, but a rule. It is anywhere the King rules and reigns. So when Jesus says "The kingdom of God has come near," He is speaking of the reality of God's rule and reign coming near. How was it coming near? In Jesus! Jesus, as the coming Messiah King, was ushering in the rule and reign of God here on earth. Throughout his parables, He used the phrase "the kingdom of God is like..." to introduce a picture of a God-reigning reality here on earth. In other words, through the life, works, teachings, and stories of Jesus, we see the kingdom of God coming near and revealing to the world - this is what it looks like when God is in charge!
Now understanding this opens up a whole slew of questions, most notably this one: If the kingdom of God has come near in Jesus, why suffering? Disease? War? Famine? How do we reconcile the statements where the kingdom of God is 'here and now' and those that say it is a reality still to come?

We'll deal with these questions in my next post. 

Monday, August 17, 2009

What everyone needs to know about Missions

I spent a while today putting the finishing touches on my support letters (coming to a mailbox near you). As I wrote out what I hoped would be sufficient reasoning for people to support me, I realized what an odd thing it was for someone my age who has been immersed in ministry and "church culture" for most of my life to never been on a mission trip outside of the United States. It's commonplace nowadays for youth groups to take week-long trips to Mexico or the Domincan Republic. And if you missed the boat before heading to college, almost all campus ministries offer 2 week, spring break, and/or summer trips to exotic mission locales in mission-dom.
In college, as a part of a campus ministry, I had endless opportunities to go overseas. To be honest, the main thing that kept me from pursuing said opportunities was the unspoken air of Christian-elitism attached with going on mission trips. It was subtely implied that true and total obedience for every believer began and ended with going overseas. I knew this not to be the case by the countless men and women who supported missions (through both prayer and financial support) but never went themselves.
What I've learned since are two important truths about mission involvement that drive my upcoming trip.
First, absolutely every Christian is called to missions. This seems like an strong statement, but let me explain. You are called to missions in being both the sender or the goer. It's clear in Paul's letters that the churches he'd help plant and pastor continued to support his mission endeavors. On the other hand, there was a small collection of people who traveled with and supported Paul in his travels as well. But all followers of Christ, we are biblically called to both. Why? That leads us to the second truth.
Missions is not a location or destination, it's the natural product of discipleship. To follow Jesus is to submit to the mission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations. This is true in Kentucky and Kenya, India and Indiana. To pursue overseas missions to the ignorance of the mission God has called you to across the street, in your workplace, and in your own home is an act of disobedience. We must surrender to the call of missions as an act of becoming like Jesus wherever we are.
We are called to both send missionaries and be missionaries wherever we are. Making disciples of all nations is the very purpose of God's redemptive body in the world, the Church. It's our joy and passion to pursue this mission with all of our hearts.

More to come soon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Justin Goes to India...this fall!

Hi everyone, and thanks for visiting the site. If your wondering about the blog title, it's not just a catchy name - I'm actually going to India the first two weeks of November 2009 through United Missions Abroad, a missions organization that operates out of my church (Vineyard Community Church) here in Lexington, KY. Here's some basic info about my trip:

Where I'm going: Our team will be spending the majority of our time in Madurai, a large city in southern India. Madurai is located in a state called Tamil Nadu, and is known for having the largest Hindu Temple in all of India.

What I'll Be Doing: My team has three primary objectives on this trip. First, to provide teaching and training for about 100 local pastors and potential pastors. Myself and Randy Rodgers, our Missions team leader and U.M.A. founder, will be teaching a theology class called "The Ministry of the Kingdom," which focuses of the theology of the Kingdom of God. It's a class from the Vineyard Bible Institute, the Vineyard's version of Bible College. Second, Our team will provide Medical assistance and classes in the local villages (I'll be less involved in this, obviously). Finally, we have a documentary filmaker named Zach Carter who will be filming throughout, highlighting the various ministries throughout the area in India (how cool is that?). In addition, I'll be leading worship on a few occasions on the weekends when time permits.

Why a blog?: The blog has two purposes - first, I'll be updating my progress on preparing for my trip to India. There's a lot to get done between now and then logistically, between raising funds and getting my class materials together. But more importantly, God has a lot of work to do in me spiritually to prepare me for this trip. I feel so humbled and honored to be able to serve these Indian pastors and leaders and be a small part of the kingdom of God advancing throughout India. I'll also be doing a very focused study of the theology of the kingdom of God and the Gospels in the months leading up to the trip, so I'll be sharing from those studies also. And when I get there, I'll update my progress as much as possible, hopefully with pictures!

Are you raising support?: Yes! I need to raise $3000 dollars for this trip. In our current economy, this certainly seems like a lot. But I also know that where God leads, He provides. And I certainly feel as if this is something God has called me to do in this season. If you'd like to give and support my trip, here's how:

A. Make checks out to United Missions Abroad, or UMA.
B. Send checks to

United Missions Abroad c/o
Vineyard Community Church
817 Winchester Rd.
Lexington, KY 40517

C. Your gift is tax deductible. BUT - do not put my name in the by line, or it will not be. Write on a separate sheet that gift is intended for my trip.

How can you pray?:
First, pray for the Church in India. India is primarily Hindu, with only about 2% being Christian. In a country with billions of people, there is obviously a need to see the Gospel advance. Hinduism is a religious system that puts a lot of bondange on India spiritually, economically, and socially. Pray that the kingdom of God would break into India in a mighty way.
Second, pray that God would continue to shape me and prepare my heart for the task at hand. Pray that the Enemy's attacks against me would be thwarted and that my heart would continue to be transformed by the Gospel.
Finally, pray that myself and all the members of the team would be able to raise the support needed for this trip. We trust that God is faithful and will provide.
If you have any questions about the trip, giving, India, or anything else, feel free to ask by emailing me at
To close, I am deeply indepted and humbled by your prayers and support, as well as the opportunity to serve the nation of India and the Church in such a tangible way. Thank you for coming along on the journey ahead, and stay tuned because there's more ahead!