Monday, August 18, 2014

A Great Day at Veterans Park!

Last Saturday Take Up Your Cross Church was blessed through Valley Christian Center in Horseshoe Bend, ID who sponsored a day at Veterans Park in which lunch was served and worship music was played for anyone who wanted to attend.

We had been handing out flyers for this event all over the Garden City and Boise area for the last few weeks which resulted in a good turnout. I hit the Rhodes Park area Saturday morning with flyers and am still amazed with how fast the homeless community in Boise is growing. Every time I go there I meet new people living on the streets, many who seem in shock as if their lives just somehow went the wrong direction and they ended up where they never thought they would. 

Saturday at the park provided those of us from Take Up Your Cross and Valley Christian Center to spend time just talking with people who were struggling and we were blessed with many opportunities to share the gospel. We will be doing it all again on September 6th and will end that day with baptisms in the Boise River.

Our hope and prayer is that Take Up Your Cross Church can be a place where anyone can come and hear the gospel, experience Christ's love, and be a part of true Christian fellowship regardless of what their societal status is or what struggles they may be suffering through.

Thank you to everyone that turned out and helped make it all happen!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Take Up Your Cross Church" is an answer to prayer!

A few months ago I received an email from a man named Tim who said that he was part of a very small church called "Take Up Your Cross" that meets in an industrial warehouse located in a very depressed part of Garden City here in the Boise Idaho area. He stated that the church was striving to reach out with the gospel to that mostly neglected area. Tim wrote that he listens to The Way Radio Show  and that he and the pastor share the same passion for the Lord and the gospel message as we convey on the show. He asked that we please consider meeting with him and the pastor of Take Up Your Cross as they were very much in need of help with direction and leadership as they move forward.

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 Recovery Reformation meeting so we could meet in person and talk. They came to the meeting and Doug and I liked them both right from the start.

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 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.
Doug has responsibilities and commitments with his church each Sunday so I became more directly involved with this new opportunity and Steve and I continued to meet on a regular basis and to pray for guidance in what my role should be with the church. Over time it became clear that Steve was overwhelmed with all that he was doing. He had been struggling to keep the church going for nearly three years with no outside help or support from other churches. We agreed that I would begin to preach for two Sunday's each month. However, within just a few weeks Steve was slammed with the severe illness of a very close family member and other personal issues. He asked if I would agree to go ahead and take over the lead role as pastor and I agreed.

The chapel at "Take Up Your Cross"
Last Sunday was my fifth Sunday of preaching at "Take Up Your Cross" and I have been amazed at what the Lord has already done. It is becoming clear that this church can be a place where Christians who feel the urging of the Holy Spirit to do more and Go Beyond their comfort zones can come and help share the gospel and help raise up disciples as Christ commanded us to in the great commission. And it's a place where those that are hurting and lost can come and experience the love of Christ. I truly feel that the Lord will bring people from two different sides of society together here in His name. This is the next level from what our ministry did with The Rhodes Park Outreach for eighteen months because now there is a place where we can really be with people in a central location all throughout the week and share the gospel and the love of Christ. It is truly an answer to prayer.

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. 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!

Chad Prigmore

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Kingsland Ministry Home - A Transformation!

Here are some before and after photos of the Kingsland Ministry Home. What an amazing transformation!

Thank you to EVERYONE who provided time, labor and support in making this transformation happen!

The Living Room Before

The Living Room After

The Entry Area Before

The Entry Area After

The Kitchen Floor Before

The Kitchen Floor After

The Stove Area Before

The Stove Area After

Basement Laundry Area Before

Basement Laundry Area After

Basement Hall Area Before

Basement Hall Area After

Basement Hall Area Before

Basement Hall Area After

Basement Hall Area After

Basement Hall Area After

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thank You to Revolution 22!

Yesterday was Revolution 22's quarterly community outreach day in which the entire church spends a Sunday reaching out and helping various organizations and ministries throughout Boise. These are great days because they show how the love of Christ shines when we move toward those in the world.

Our ministry was blessed to have a group of people from Rev 22 come to the Kingsland Ministry home and do some much needed painting preparation.

We wish to express our thanks to Revolution 22 and all of those that helped out yesterday. What a blessing to know that we are now a bit closer to having the outside of the house completely painted!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Band of Brothers in Boise Idaho (Video)

Earlier this month we were blessed to be visited by "The Band of Brothers" from Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy Texas. They came here as missionaries to help us with some much needed work on our new men's ministry home now known as the "Kingsland Ministry Home." They also were able to see first hand the situation of Boise's lost and outcast homeless community and the dire need for the gospel of Jesus Christ to reach the darkest parts of this city.

We are so grateful for all the help and support that Kingsland Baptist has provided us with and we pray that the spirit of Christ's love that they brought here to Boise will be multiplied in the Kingsland Ministry Home and in the lives of the men who will call it home.

Brian Stone, the Generations Pastor at Kingsland Baptist put together this beautiful video from their visit.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Three Wonderful Days - A Photo Essay

For three days last week we were blessed to be visited by a "Band of Brothers" sent to us by Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy Texas. These men, led by my good friend Omar Garcia who is the missions pastor at Kingsland, were here on a mission to help our ministry with much needed improvements to our new men's ministry home. Kingsland graciously purchased all of the materials and the men worked long hours for two straight days doing work that will be a blessing to the men in this home for many years to come.

Kingsland has been an integral part in our ministry for the last five years, and since we came to Boise they have helped sustain us through their support and prayers. One of the driving forces for me personally in ministry is to bring to Boise Idaho the love and graciousness of Christ that Kingsland Baptist shares all over the world. So, in recognition and gratitude to Kingsland Baptist I will be working on a new sign this week that will be placed at the front of the home declaring it's new name - "Kingsland Ministry Home".
The "Kingsland Ministry Home."
After the long hours of hard work on Thursday and Friday we all headed north on Saturday to visit YWAM Idaho in Cascade and then we spent the rest of the day hiking in McCall. What an awesome time it was enjoying the great outdoors with the Band of Brothers.

The Band of Brothers standing next to the Payette river. (L to R: Omar, Alan, Brian, Neal, Gil, Matt, Danny)

What a blessing to spend the day with my son Wyatt and good friend, inspiration and mentor Omar Garcia.

The view of the Payette river from YWAM's back porch with a Mongolian ger on the riverbank.

My friend Zach Hooley showing the team YWAM's prayer ger.

My son Wyatt hanging out in the ger.

Danny, Zach, Neal, Gil, and Omar checking out Zach's transportation.

Doug climbing into the old train caboose that Zach's parent's converted into a living area - very cool!

The whole crew with ger's in the background.

Zach and I

Entering the trailhead in Ponderosa state park in McCall.

Omar and I hiking together - a dream come true for me!

What more could I ask for than spending the day with my son and eight Godly men!

Wyatt and Omar kept up a quick pace and led the way all day.

My new friend Neal. A very funny Scotsman with a big heart!

A McCall local Wyatt got a photo of.

Wyatt and I at the half way point where we all gathered for a time of devotion.

Neal and I.

The lily pond.

Brian, myself, Gil, and Neal.

A big Thank You goes out to Kingsland Baptist church and to the entire Band of Brothers: Omar, Brian, Gil, Alan, Matt, Danny, and Neal. You all blessed our ministry and gave us some of the best days of our lives. God Bless you all!

Please read Omar's blog posts about their time here:

God Bless,