Hello from 11-11-11! Following the Lord’s leading, we wanted to give an UPDATE going into Winter ’11. In a word, we are HOME…almost to a ridiculous extent, God has shown us that our place is here right now, good ‘Ol Iron River, Michigan. And that is fine, becoming more acquainted again with the winter hunker-down, the Northerner mentality, the life of a Yooper–simple, strong, quiet. All of these traits can also be given to the snow that flies freely and regularly UP here in da winter. In fact, we just got 11.5 inches a couple days ago. Oh yeah!
Even though sometimes this place can seem remote and confining, it is anything but right now. When the LORD throws terms at you like “Wilderness Outpost” and “City of Refuge,” you feel as if there is both rhyme and reason. We are called here, sent here to seek our Lord and for whatever reason, this is the place of His choosing to bring us and many others–to seek Him unobstructed.
So, what are we UP to, when it comes to be overridden by His will and obedient to His call? Well, lately we have been given to studying the Bible Monday to Wednesday in our Tribe of Judah School of Discipleship. We are covering Nehemiah, Pastoral Epistles, Joshua, Self-Confrontation and Defending Our Faith and more. Also, we have just implemented an outreach called the Community Assistance Program. When we aren’t in class, we have signed up with several community organizations and individuals to provide the elderly and needy with grunt work: moving stuff, cutting wood, winterizing, shoveling, cleaning, and other laborious tasks. On top of this, we are renovating three houses that we have acquired. And, let me tell you, they give new meaning to the term “fixer-upper!”
Added to these intellectual and servant-type pursuits, we have also opened HeBrews Coffee & Music back up every day of the week in the afternoons and evenings as a community hangout. Through this venue, we offer free public dinners every night. Across town, we currently have a full-functioning recording studio called Interpose Productions, which is run by our very own Seth Waters as both a ministry and business. Then add occasional concerts, Bible studies, home fellowships, gardening, and a Sunday church service as Calvary Chapel Iron River and we keep our plates full.
AND, something I am very proud of, in keeping with our worshipful roots and nature…we have started a Monday night music jam in association with the recording studio. The jams have been fresh and uplifting, not to mention a great way to blow off steam and fellowship with other musicians in the town. Fun stuff! Can’t wait to hear the songs written from these electrifying times.
With all this in mind, I really wanna say, not bad for 15 people, eh?
*This compliment is a credit to the amazing spiritual family and co-laborers in Christ who the Lord has put me and my wife around. I can’t put in words how fulfilling it is to work with people of this caliber.
Welp, here’s to growth, discipling, and the Gospel spreading like wildfire in the upper Midwest! Till we meet again….