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Da Hawk

Last day of VBS ended with an impromptu haircut!

The Gathering

So blessed to have the opportunity to speak to the youth in the Katy community

Youth Paint Fight

Coloring outside the lines #onlyatcrosspoint

If ya ain't first, your last

Blue team took home the gold at our Paint Fight Night!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

In God We Trust

In God We Trust...  But how often do we trust in what those words are printed on rather than Him?  As you may know, I am currently in the Residency Program at CrossPoint Community Church.  This is an intensive, full-time development process that will equip me for full-time ministry and help me discern if Seminary is my next step.  Residency is an unpaid experience.  Fundraising is what makes this Residency possible.  While I am incredibly grateful for my financial supporters, I realize that it is God working through them to provide for me.  

In order to pursue this opportunity, which is a full-time commitment, I left my job.  This was a salaried position that provided benefits, a residence with all bills included, and afforded me the opportunity to pay my way through college with zero loans.  You probably think I'm crazy, right?  Well let me give you a little back story on what led me here...

I have not always been a faithful Christian.  For many of my teenage and early college years, I was in conscious rebellion against God. For a very long time I tried to fill a void in my life with comforts outside of Him. However, God never quit pursuing me.  Through the compassion of a friend, God led me back to Him and for the first time in my life I realized His truly infinite love.  I submitted myself completely to Him, and His love changed me. As I continued to become very involved in my home congregation, CrossPoint Community Church, I began to feel a very strong desire to pursue ministry.  As I became more involved in leadership in the College Ministry, I was able to further investigate life in ministry.  The moment of decision came in a time of prayer.  Shocker, huh?  I had been wrestling with it for a few months, but while I was praying, I was reminded of the story of the fishermen.  When Jesus called, these men did not make plans of their own to prepare for this journey.  Rather, they trusted in Him and left their jobs, homes, and families to answer their calling.  This hit me hard.  I was putting so much of my trust into money and making my own plans, that I was blind to what it's all about... trusting in Him.  

Now I'm not trying to toot my own horn, but rather I hope my testimony can encourage you to re-evaluate what you trust in.  Is it your bank account? Your marriage/relationship? Your job?  These are all great, biblical blessings from Him.  But when placed above Him, they become an idol.  As humans, we were CREATED to trust in and worship Him.  When that isn't happening, there is a void.  Our very core says that we MUST trust in and worship something.  So what do we do?  We find something to fill that void, consciously or not.  And there lies the problem.  How can something earthly and finite fill that infinite need?   

Money is a touchy subject.  We are willing to talk about anything and everything, but money is a no-no.  We get cautious and tip-toe around it. It's too personal.  So let me get really personal.  I'm going to ask YOU for money.   This Residency cannot happen without your support.   There are two specific ways that you can support me. First, I would like to ask you to commit to praying for me as I take this leap of faith.  Pray that God will shape and mold me to be an effective leader in His mission.  Second, I would like to ask you and your family to graciously consider partnering with me through financial support.  Finding partners like you makes this opportunity possible and is also an essential piece of my growth as a leader. 

My goal is $1400 in monthly support for the remainder of this Residency (10 months). This can be through one-time gifts and/or monthly commitments.  Pledged dollars will be submitted to CrossPoint Community Church and go directly to supporting me as I take hold of this opportunity.  It’s a large goal, but I am confident in God’s ability to provide.  All pledge dollars are tax-deductible.

If you feel called to partner with me -- prayerfully, financially, or both -- please click here, follow the steps for "Support our Residency Program" and select my name.  In return I commit to making the most of this opportunity that has been afforded me and sharing with you my experiences and learning.

I know that you may have questions and I will gladly answer them, so please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for the love and support you have already given me and I look forward to this opportunity more than words can express!!