Monday, November 3, 2014

New Paint for the Church!

This Wednesday evening a team of us from Take Up Your Cross got together and painted the church. What a great time it was for all of us to fellowship as we worked together to make the church more comfortable and welcoming for all those who attend.

In just a few short months we have been blessed to have a wonderful core fellowship of believers come together at Take Up Your Cross who all share the same desire to carry the gospel into the surrounding neighborhoods and the most neglected areas of Boise Idaho.

The church still needs more work and over the coming weeks and months we will continue to do all we can to make improvements as the Lord provides.

Yesterday was a special service for the church as everyone who attended got to see the new paint job, but especially as we had an opportunity to pray for a couple - Tony and Dee who we met while out in the local neighborhood on a Wednesday afternoon a couple of months ago. They have been attending each week since we invited them to church and the Lord has been doing a great work in their lives.

We pray that each week as we hit the streets we will be led to those that need to hear the gospel and that more will continue to be added to our fellowship. This coming Wednesday we will be going into trailer parks where the elderly live in hopes of finding those that are alone and in need so that they may be blessed by the love of Christ.

Please pray for all of us Urban Gospel Missionaries as we go onto the streets each week and that the gospel may be heard by new ears and touch new hearts!

God Bless.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday Afternoon with YWAM!

Yesterday afternoon, some of us from Take Up Your Cross were joined again by some great people from YWAM Idaho and we all hit the streets witnessing and handing out invitations to church!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Urban Gospel Missionaries

In missionary work the great danger is that God's call will be replaced by the needs of the people, to the point that human sympathy for those needs will absolutely overwhelm the meaning of being sent by Jesus. The needs are so enormous, and the conditions so difficult, that every power of the mind falters and fails. We tend to forget that the one great reason underneath all missionary work is not primarily the elevation of the people, their education, nor their needs, but is first and foremost the command of Jesus Christ - "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations..." (Matthew 28:19). - Oswald Chambers

What a fitting quote from Oswald Chambers when considering the spiritual condition of a city like Boise Idaho, and I'm sure many other city's across America as well. 

Constantly, on the local news and in the papers there are stories addressing the growing homeless population and what can be done to clean up the areas where the homeless congregate. But it has become blatantly obvious that until the core issues that lead people to such dire circumstances are addressed that many more lives will continue to end up cast aside and on the streets.

Here in Boise, as the homeless population swells and area's of poverty grow darker it becomes clear that the most neglected need is that of the individual soul. Food, clothing, and shelter are always an obvious concern for the homeless, but the physical needs are only the visible symptoms. The one thing that will really reach suffering people at their core, that will really shine the light of hope into their dark despondent lives is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Being on the streets constantly - not just doing an outreach once in a while, but being on the streets, around and amongst the people that live there, getting to know them, to learn where they came from and what their stories are. In essence, becoming so familiar with those that so many are simply afraid of, that when the opportunity comes to share the good news of Jesus Christ it can be presented in a genuine, loving, and powerful way - this is the way that we must be striving to reach those that live on the fringes of our society.

The driving force in going on the streets as missionaries - because the truth is that at least here in Boise we live in a ripe mission field very much void of the gospel message, the driving force must not be the needs of the people we seek to reach but the command of Jesus Christ. 

"Jesus said to them again, '...As the Father has sent me, I also send you' " -John 2:21.

When we hit the streets as Urban Gospel Missionaries, and the force that drives us there is God's call and command, we don't disregard the needs of those we seek to see saved. But rather, by making the gospel first priority, the cause of what leads to people suffering and homeless on the streets is addressed head on and that is when miracles happen. When the gospel is first priority, and addressing any other needs are simply a means to that end - then we have effective Christian ministry. 

In Matthew 28:19 Jesus commands us to, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,..." The opportunity to do so is right here on our own streets. 

If you live in the Boise Idaho area and feel called to reach this city with the much needed message of the gospel, please feel free to contact us and see about becoming part of our Urban Gospel Missionaries team at Take Up Your Cross Church in Garden City. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday on the Streets - Urban Gospel Missionaries

I expect to pass through this world but once;
Any good thing, therefore, that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to any human being,
or a word that I can speak for Jesus, let me do it now;
let me not neglect or defer it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- Author unknown

Urban missionaries heading out with gospel tracts and bibles.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reaching the Streets

Each Wednesday Take Up Your Cross Church along with our friends from Valley Christian Center continue to reach out on the streets with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We alternate each week between the homeless community in and around Rhodes Park and the neighborhoods in Garden City surrounding our church.
Two teens from Valley Christian Center with our friend "Trippy Hippy."

There has been a lot of local press lately about the growing homeless community in Boise and about "what can be done with these people?" As more people are added to the homeless community they become more visible which many people don't approve of.

The fact of the matter is that the homeless in Boise are in dire need of one thing above all else and that is the gospel message of Jesus Christ. As long as society relies on secular solutions to address spiritual issues the problems will only get worse. The darkness of this world is only overcome by the love of Jesus Christ!

Ephesians 5:1-2,  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

"I don't want drugs
I don't want alcohol
I want my toddler
Son to survive any-
thing will help
Thank-U & God Bless"

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Wonderful Saturday at Veterans Park!

Last Saturday Take Up Your Cross Church and our friends from Valley Christian Center in Horseshoe Bend gathered once again at Veterans Park for Fellowship, The Gospel, and a BBQ Lunch.

We were blessed to have some new people from the community show up as well as some of our homeless friends from Rhodes Park. Our friends David and Bryan provided some great worship music, Sandy shared an inspirational message of her own journey and walk with the Lord, and I gave a brief sermon on the miracle of forgiveness and salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

We had some new faces in church on Sunday also!

It was a special day in which many of us made new friends, shared the love of Christ, and we even ended the day with a baptism in the Boise river!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Saturday a wonderful day!

God Bless,