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,

Chad


Friday, September 5, 2014

Wednesday with the Homeless

This last Wednesday, a few of us from Take Up Your Cross, along with my friend Pastor Marty Broom and a few of the young people from Valley Christian Center in Horseshoe Bend headed down to Rhodes Park in downtown Boise to spend some time on the streets with the homeless.
Pastor Marty Broom (2nd from left), the kids from his church, and Shane Bassett (right) who has been a key force in our efforts to reach Boise's homeless with the gospel.
The homeless community in Boise continues to grow and there are many more couples, family's, very young children, and even lots of dogs now living on the streets. During the summer the area under the 16th street overpasses and the alleys around the shelter are filled with people sleeping outside. It's fine in the summer, but we are concerned about what the situation will be like for these people this winter as the shelter is now full even with so many choosing to sleep outside.
Many of the homeless congregate and sleep under the overpasses on 16th street across from Rhodes Park.
This little girl spends her days in Rhodes Park or under the overpasses surrounded by drugs, alcohol, violence, and crime. 
We saw an old friend that we have known from Rhodes Park for the last couple of years. He is an elderly blind man named "Slim" that is able to somehow survive in such a terrible environment. Slim and I had a good visit and we are hoping that soon we can have the old bus that the church owns up and running so we can pick up him and others and bring them to church each Sunday.
"Slim"
My good friend Sandy and I were able to speak with a man who is suffering under demonic influence which is prevalent in the Rhodes Park homeless community. He was at times belligerent and angry, but Sandy was able to calm him and he even agreed to let us pray with him. We promised him that we will continue to come back and visit with him. He is in a very dark place spiritually but we feel that the Holy Spirit will reach him if we continue to witness and pray with him regularly. (He would not let us take any photos of him).
Sandy speaking with a homeless woman who really seemed eager to get off the streets. We pray she will come to church and we will continue to reach out to her.
There is so much spiritual darkness and confusion in this city - it is a mission field with a vast opportunity to reach the lost and outcast with the amazing gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Take Up Your Cross Church is also a mission headquarters where we are striving to create a place where Christians who feel the urging of the Holy Spirit to be a vital part of the great commission can come and share Christ's joyous love with those who have given up hope and need a miracle that only God's grace can provide. 

Boise Idaho is a mission field ripe for the harvest and at the same time it is a battlefield full of false teachings and demonic influence. We are excited to be on the mission field and engaged in the battle - what an opportunity the Lord has blessed us with!
Shane with a new friend!
If you are interested in learning more about Take Up Your Cross Church please join us on Sunday's at 12:30pm for dessert and fellowship and 1:00pm for service. We are located at 511 E. 46th Street #24, Garden City, Idaho. For more info call Pastor Chad at 949-466-2729 or you can email me at chad@thewayr122.org.

Please keep The Way Ministry, Take Up Your Cross, Valley Christian Center, and all of those involved and that we strive to reach in your prayers. 

If you would like to help support this ministry and mission please click on one of the donate buttons on the top right side of our website: TheWayR122.org. We very much hope to get the church bus up and running and to be blessed with a volunteer to drive it each Sunday so we can provide rides to church for those who are unable to get around - especially the homeless, elderly, and handicapped.

God Bless,

Chad