Our fall was busy, and I don’t use that word lightly. In fact, I hate the word “busy” and I try to avoid using it whenever possible. I prefer to say I have a full life, but even that is starting to get a dark tone to it. Constantly being busy shrivels my soul like no other, so I usually work hard to make time for pausing, reflecting, and being quiet. It feels like swimming upstream sometimes, but I think I’m learning to feed my soul and spirit more than drive-thru fast food. I discovered, though, that I am better at short bursts of very busy with white space in between than I am at constantly being sort of busy. That’s kind of unrealistic, isn’t it?
God did set up creation to rotate through days and nights, seasons of harvest and seasons of rest. I think that is the thing I am trying to learn, to find the rhythms that bring fruitfulness and peace.
This fall we had about 100 students join the already 150 full-time staff here, and that’s not counting all the kids. We are at max capacity in this building. God has been speaking to our leaders the past few years about building systems and roots that can hold more people, so it is a blessing to see the fulfillment of that word. Hj and I led the business track of our DTS this quarter. We had 5 students, who are in the lecture phase of their discipleship school. Most of the time they were with the other 50 students in DTS, but we had several hours a week with them. They got introduced to what business as mission (BAM) is, we took them on a number of field trips to local businesses, and they were instrumental in launching a fair trade store here on our campus. They left this week for several months abroad, putting into practice all that they have learned the past three months here in Colorado.
Hj is helping several businesses in the 10/40 window establish an online presence through website and social media. It’s a challenging job without ever having visited these businesses, but he is planning a trip next year to several countries where he can meet the business owners, as well as create and gather the content he needs. Hj has committed to another year at the coffeehouse. It has been a year of explosive growth at Kairos and with it, of course, growing pains and challenges. We are sending 3 employees to do a discipleship training school with YWAM this year. If I didn’t believe it before, this year has confirmed my belief that one of the most effective ways to invite people into the family of God is to hire them. Especially here, our employees rub shoulders every day with young people who are passionate about following Jesus and they can’t help but be drawn into the story of what God is doing.
For almost a year, my friend and I have been going to the places in our city where prostitutes work because of a dream she had in which God told her to go every week and to take me along. During the summer, we had 4 interns who went with us every week, but this fall it was just the two of us. For security reasons there are a lot of things I can’t say on this platform, but God has led us one step at a time into a deep love and commitment to these women and introducing them to Jesus. In January, we will officially launch this new ministry in YWAM and I will spend a few months doing nothing but research and prayer on many different fronts so that we can wage a strategic war on prostitution in our city. We will seek to find out the biggest needs of the women we love, and working with law enforcement, politicians and spiritual leaders to understand what are the spiritual and legal strongholds we can work with or against.
During this time, Hj will be working in a three-month counseling course that is specifically focused on helping refugees. He will be staffing the course, which means he will sit in on the classes, run the finances and mentor several of the students personally. There has been great interest in this course, and they have accepted about 20 students so far. We are excited, because they are coming from all parts of the world to learn how they can make a lasting impact in the global refugee crisis.
As you might know (or maybe you forgot), we live on the generous donations of our friends and family in order to be able to do missions. We cannot be paid for any work we do with YWAM, but we are blessed with extremely generous families and friends who support us monthly and a church family who loves us and prays for us so faithfully.
There are so many wonderful places to invest your money this holiday season, but if God lays on your heart to give toward our mission, here is the link to give, for a tax-deductible receipt.