Spring is coming soon to Georgia! With spring’s arrival, there is a reminder of new life and the resurrection power of God. He gives new life to anyone who calls on His Son! “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Regional House Church Conference (January 25-27) Churches from Georgia, Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina enjoyed sharing this new life in Jesus at our annual retreat. Wayne Jacobsen (second row center), author of He Loves Me, and Finding Church, helped all of us evaluate the health of our relationship with God. He encouraged us to abide in Christ and His love and not succumb to the pressure to perform for God or live under fear. Thank you for praying for us! God answered our requests.
Clemson Conference (February 1-2) Brian & Miriam Bridgeman (in the photo with their children) invited Danelle & I to lead a weekend retreat for Clemson students. Marketa, pictured here with Danelle, is one of those who attended. She is a grad student from the Czech Republic. She made a profession of faith this summer during our outreach. Danelle and I are continuing to Skype with her each week to help her grow in her new relationship with Christ.
St. Petersburg Church This month Danelle and I enjoyed another visit to help the church in St. Petersburg transition to open, participatory meetings and a more organic life together under Christ’s headship (leadership). We spent time with individuals, as well as with the entire church, praying, reading the word of God, worshipping the Lord, and becoming better friends. Robbie McAlister and Matt Gordon were also there one evening for a time of encouragement, as they were visiting some of the Florida churches.
Prayer & Praise
1. Atlanta House Church Pray for us to apply the truth we heard at our conference about God’s love for us, so that we would be more satisfied and secure in Christ, resulting in our love others increasing. Praise God for the new jobs, homes, and friendships that He has provided recently!
2. Clemson Ministry Thank God for the students who attended the retreat and were serious about growing in faith! Please continue to ask God to use Brian, and the students he is working with, to get the Good News of Jesus to students, so they would come to know Him as their Lord.
3. St. Petersburg Church Pray for these saints to continue hearing from the Lord through His word and to be led by His Spirit with courage and confidence. Pray for Danelle & I to have insight into how to help the church grow. We will plan to return in April.
Praising God for you and your support,
Steve & Danelle