It’s one thing to talk about doing something, but it’s another thing to actually do it.
In this whole process of transitioning from Rome to New York we have found ourselves in a season of transition. We have spent a lot of time talking to many about what we are going to be doing. It has been an encouraging time, but it is now time for us to take a deep breath, rely on God, be filled with the Holy Spirit and begin the ministry God has called you to. After talking for months about the need for Millennials to have a spiritual reference point in New York City, we were excited to actually meet these people, and wondering how long it would take to find them as newcomers to the city. Well for us it took about 18 hours….
That’s right, just a mere 18 hours after Kimberly and the girls had arrived to NYC we found ourselves at a local church, just a 15 minute walk from our front door. A couple of approached us at church and introduced themselves. After talking with them for just a little bit, we realized that they were missionary kids who had grown up overseas in Eastern Europe. They had known each other for a long time through missionary family connections, but just started dating 8 months ago. As we began to explain what we were in New York City to do, our work with Cru City Millennials, they straightforward asked us if they could be a part of it. Since then we have begun discipleship relationships with them, Sam meeting with the young man and Kimberly with the young woman, and also had them over to our place for dinner. We are at the very beginning of this relationship with this young couple, but we are excited to see what God does with the relationship.
After dinner, Annalisa, the young woman texted Kimberly "Thank you SO much for having us over tonight. We loved getting to spend some time with you guys. Going into the summer we were praying for a married couple that we could learn from and be challenged by. You guys are an answer to prayer and we so look forward to continuing our friendship! Glad you're in the neighborhood :)"
We know that this is just one example of the many we are trusting God for in being a part of impacting a generation, but we are very encouraged to write you that the need actually does exist. All of this vision casting that we had been talking about for months, and within 24 hours of moving into the city we met a couple whom we could have a strategic point in discipling, inviting into the Christ-centered Millennial network, and prayerfully trusting God for their impact of their peers. This is for sure a God thing. We will be really honest, Kimberly and I wouldn’t have appeared to be people that have it all together: we were exhausted, unsure, and having first day wonderings of what this new chapter will hold for our family, and yet God was faithful to use us. We have liked to say over the years in ministry that 90% of it is just showing up, willing, available and ready to be used by God, and the last 10% is just maximizing one’s potential. It seems like for our first day in the city, simply showing up was enough.
Continue to pray for us in the early time of our personal ministry here, that as we network, put ourselves out there in various different environments, that God will connect us to people of peace who would catch a vision for what we are doing, millennials who are in need of community and spiritual leadership, and especially millennials who are hungering and thirsting for righteousness and yet don’t know Jesus yet.