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Our Ends of the Earth

June 23, 2017

There is no place on this earth that doesn’t need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Wherever you are, God has called you to share His love with others. God has a mission field for you. It may be in your home, at your work place, in your city, in a foreign country, or even Walmart.

 

Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses telling people about me everywhere - in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

 

For us, we know without a doubt that our “to the ends of the earth” is New York City. 

 

Six years ago, God called our family into ministry. Two years ago, we knew that He was leading us to do something we never imagined. If you had told us that we would even be considering getting out of the Navy before retirement to raise support to go on the mission field, we would have looked at you like you were nuts. We had a plan and getting out of the military before retirement was not in that plan. Our plan included the security of a steady paycheck, benefits, housing, and retirement. It did not include giving up our home, putting our possessions in storage, leaving our church, and  going on deputation full time.

 

But God. Tony’s favorite two words in the Bible.

 

But God had something different planned for us. Something that would require us to take not only some little steps but also some giant leaps of faith. Something that meant we had to completely rely on Him. 

 

Wait a minute, God. You are wanting us to do something really bold, that requires a lot of courage, a lot of trust. Are you sure you have the right people? 

 

Then we listened to a message about Ephesians 3:20. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” 

 

Exceedingly abundantly more. 

 

Above all that we ask or think. 

 

According to the power that works in us.

 

It was at that moment, sitting in the student auditorium at High Street Baptist Church, that we finally GOT IT. It’s not about us. It’s not about what we can do. It’s about Jesus. It’s about the mighty power of God. It’s about the eternity of the people around us.

 

New York City has a population of 8.6 million people and only 4% of those people claim Christ as their Savior. There are 52 unreached people groups in the city. And God has given us a heart for these people. We love and pray for these people that we haven’t yet met. This city is our mission field and we are so passionate and excited that we have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with the people there.

 

We are praying for a team to partner with us through prayer and financial support. If you would like to be a part of what God is doing in New York City, please let us know. We would love to talk to you about our mission.

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