My wife Shelly said, “We’re pregnant!” I felt a rush of joy and happiness… and a little bit of fear. I thought, “Wow! We’re pregnant. This is amazing. I’m going to be dad!” At this point, we had been married four years and already had names for two boys and a girl picked out. I’m a planner so I like to be prepared. 😀
However, long before we became pregnant, we had a desire. We knew children are a gift and blessing from God (Psalm 127:3) and we desired to have children and grow our family.
As we began our journey into parenthood we started with prayer. Before we became pregnant we prayed that God would gift us with kids. Then once we became pregnant we prayed even more. We knew that life begins at conception and God was with our baby in the womb (Psalm 139:13). So, we prayed. We prayed for the baby’s health. We prayed for the baby’s salvation. We prayed for the baby’s future. We prayed for all kinds of stuff - big stuff and small stuff and in-between stuff.
As soon as we learned we were having a boy, we named him Jones. Even though we had not yet seen Jones face to face, we loved him very much and had dreams for him. We dreamt he would be born a healthy boy - with five fingers and five toes and all that. We dreamt that he would love God. We dreamt that together, we would laugh and snuggle and have fun. We dreamt that he would grow in godly character and one day be a man of faith with his own family to love and lead.
In the same way that my wife and I experienced the excitement over the new life we were getting ready to welcome so many years ago, we, Resurrection Church, are joyfully expecting. We are prayerfully hoping God will birth a new Resurrection Church in the Federal Way/Auburn area sometime within the next two years.
This past week, just over 50 people came together to pray for our first core group meeting. During this meeting we prayed Jesus’ word from Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” There was a weightiness to the meeting as the Holy Spirit filled out hearts with a passion to join Jesus in his harvest work.
Our desire is to see God grow his family. We desire to see lives changed and people experience the joy of salvation in Jesus. We desire to love our neighbors and be a blessing to our cities.
Our prayer is for a movement of discipleship to happen across South Puget Sound. We are praying that every man, woman and child hear the good news of Jesus and be saved. We are praying that Jesus will build his church.
Join us in praying:
For God to raise up leaders for the Federal Way/Auburn plant.
For God to build the core group for the Federal Way/Auburn plant.
For God to create unity and collaboration between the Christian churches in our region. We want to see all local churches flourish.
For God to provide a future meeting space for the Federal Way/Auburn plant.
For God to provide the funds needed to start this new church plant.
This is the beginning of an amazing journey of planting churches throughout the South Puget Sound region. In the future months, we will gathering together for more prayer meetings as we dream the future together. I want to invite you to dream the future with us and be a part of what God is doing. If you live in the Federal Way/Auburn area join our core group.