When I originally received the email my first thought was that we already had so much on our plate and were struggling to make ends meet so how could we take on a new obligation? So I did not respond right away and began to pray about it.
A few days later I received a phone call from the pastor of the church. His name is Steve and we seemed to be kindred spirits right from the first conversation. I asked him if he and Tim would like to attend our Tuesday night
The next Wednesday afternoon Doug and I went down and met Steve at the church. As soon as we came through the door we both loved the place. It is not fancy but you can tell the Holy Spirit is working there. It's the kind of church that is there simply to glorify and worship the Lord and proclaim the gospel. Then we headed out into the surrounding neighborhoods which are mostly very old and run down trailer parks. As soon as we started meeting the people in those parks and Steve began introducing us to those he knew - my heart soared because I knew for certain that this was a place where a church could truly move toward those that are outcast and hurting and be for them a place of refuge and peace full of the light of Christ's love! From that moment on I understood why God had kept our ministry from finding a building for the last year. "Take Up Your Cross Church" was the door I had been praying for God to open for so long.
|The front of the church with trees lining the Boise river in the background.|
|The chapel at "Take Up Your Cross"|
Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
|The kids room at "Take Up Your Cross."|
The challenges we face in the coming weeks and months are very big - but not too big for God. Because the church is in such a poor area it is not self supporting at all. Tithes are very minimal as many in the congregation struggle just to put food on the table. Many people walk to this church because they do not have cars. We will be going out into the community during the week in order to identify individual needs as much as possible and to share the gospel with those that are shut in and cannot make it to church. Within a mile of this church is severe poverty, child neglect, single mom's, elderly shut in's, addiction, alcoholism, and just about any other fruit of this dark world. But the people from these neighborhoods that come to "Take Up Your Cross" are beautiful, passionate Christian believers who know the Lord can change this area for His glory. In other words, this church is exactly where a church needs to be!
We will need lots of committed help and support from Christians in order to continue forward in this mission. This church needs to be looked at and supported in the same way a mission church in a poor third world country would be. At this time the church has no funds whatsoever. We need you to please make a commitment to supporting "Take Up Your Cross" Church in any way you can and on a monthly basis if possible. And if you are a Christian who lives in the Boise area and feel the urging of the Holy Spirit to do more in serving others and helping to share the gospel please consider visiting the church any Sunday - services are at 1pm and we usually get there around 12:15 with some food, coffee and drinks for everyone. The church is located at 511 E. 46th Street #24, Garden City, Idaho.You can also call me at 949-466-2729 with any questions.
Please help "Take Up Your Cross" Church. Just visit our website: The Way Ministry and click on one of the donate buttons on the right side of the page and type "Take Up Your Cross" in the comment box at checkout. Please be generous and be a part of this awesome opportunity!
God Bless You All!