Dearest Friends and Family!
What an incredible year it has been! Since Lauren and I went on the trip together last year, we’ve helped launch Re:generation Poland, gotten married, and combined households. God has blessed us incredibly this past year and now we have the opportunity to go back to Albania and Poland once again and participate in the amazing work that God is doing. By God’s grace, this will be the 7th year for this team to travel to Albania. Starting from 3 team members and one city, we now have 40 people and 6 teams spread out over 3 countries in Eastern Europe. We’re humbled to be a part of two.
1) Team Albania (June 28th-July 6th) – This year we will be focused on High School ministry and building into local ministry and church leaders for future ministry endeavors most notably the Re:generation ministry. Our team of eight other members of Watermark Community Church will be partnering with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) to lead a high school student ministry in the Albanian capital, Tirana. Our vision is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ focused on building relationships through games, team building activities, sports, coffee meetings, and other activities. Our hope is their hearts will be stirred into a loving relationship with the Lord, so they may know the peace, joy and freedom from Philippians 3:7-8. “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
2) Team Poland (July 6th- July 14th) – Building upon our launch of the first Re:generation program outside the United States in October 2018, we will start the week by celebrating the completion of the first Re:gen groups through a commencement celebration. God has already showed up mightily in our remotely led small groups that both of us have been leading since October 2018. Similar to last year, we will be leading a Re-generation Launch camp for five days, while adding a leader training component as Fall 2019 will see the first Polish led Regen groups. As many of you know, recovery ministry has been part of both our stories. What better way to glorify God than to carry on His recovery work together as a married couple. For those that are unfamiliar with the program, Re-generation is a recovery program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. However, Christ is the Healer and Redeemer and the program makes that connection for hurting people abundantly clear. Being on a team of fellow believers in recovery “planting” this progam overseas is absolute proof of 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Our goals in Albania & Poland are four-fold: 1) We want to be ambassadors of Christ and introduce Jesus the Redeemer, the Sovereign Lord, and the great Healer. We want to make Him known to everyone – some for the first time and to others in a way maybe they have not considered before. 2) We want to introduce Re-generation and other tools to help disciple people toward a relentless pursuit of Christ and the resulting life change. 3) We want to train new leaders to lead the future small groups for Re:generation Poland 4) We hope to spur people on to a deep abiding love of Christ. In all of these goals our purpose is singular – to be the living testimonies of the grace, mercy and love of God in Chris Jesus. We are the walking billboards of the power of Jesus Christ to redeem, restore and transform lives!!
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