As we continue to wind down our
seasons and enter the month of Thanksgiving,
now is the perfect time to reflect on our purpose, both as individuals and as a ministry. How are you doing at loving God (Mt. 22:37), loving people (Mt. 22:39), and making disciples (Mt. 28:1-20)? Are there some victories to celebrate from this past season? Have there been some opportunities lost that have helped equip you for the future? Would you appreciate some extra encouragement and equipping?
If so, I've got some great news! I'm inviting each of you to join me and a number of other Teammates and Huddles in participating in the Multiply Gathering
live webcast this
Friday night, November 8. This will be a blessed time of encouragement, prayer, exhortation, and focus on the Great Commission. It's free to register and participate in, and all you need is a decent internet connection. As a Teammate, I can't encourage you enough to prioritize this event. As I encourage your participation in this event, I'll also pass along a little background. The Multiply Movement was launched by Pastors Francis Chan and David Platt a little over a year ago with the intent of mobilizing Christ-followers to grow as mature, faithful, and multiplying disciples (who make other disciples who will make other disciples...). The heart of Multiply is to invite, equip, and encourage followers of Jesus to respond to Jesus's charge in the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20). As a part of this mission, they have created a number of free resources (to equip and encourage individuals for this task), as well as hosted a free webcast, a "Gathering" (held last November). I, and a number of other Teammates, participated in last year's Gathering, and it was powerful! As such, I look forward with great anticipation for the Nov 8th event.
Photo Speaking of events, we've got another event that we're excited about... our 2nd FCA Endurance Triathlon Camp! This camp, formerly hosted by the ICTN, will once again be returning to Tucson under the faithful leadership of Barry Edwards. For logistical reasons we had to modify the date and venue, but both are now locked in. This year's camp will be February 21-23 at the Ramada Hotel Foothills in Tucson. We're still confirming our camp staff and schedule, but you can count on this being a wonderful time of fellowship, coaching, and training. Registration is now open, and we'll keep updating the details as they become available via the Pulse and our camp page:
We also continue to give thanks to God for our faithful Huddle Leaders around the country, those who serve our Lord through organizing our efforts where they live. We're continually grateful for your hearts to impact your communities for Jesus Christ as you train, race, and serve boldly in Jesus' name! Included in this group is Brian Orndorff, leading our Hagerstown, MD Huddle. This winter they will be hosting a monthly "Bring a Friend" Spin Session and Bible Study. They are also planning a cheer station at a local race and team party in December or January. All of this has sharing the Gospel as a goal, with Jesus at the forefront of their ministry. Thank Brian and MD FCA Endurance!
We also thank Gerrit Kamp and the New York City Huddle for their faithfulness! They are training together weekly, racing, and also putting their new ministry tools to good use (new tent and flag at a local race). God bless your growing influence in New York!
We celebrate the Centreville Huddle under the faithful leadership of Mike Suchadolski! They have been meeting weekly for 37 weeks, getting in a training run and devotional. In October they also gathered for their first race, the Reston Perfect 10. They've got a Christmas party on the agenda and are exploring their 2014 plans. Thanks for your faithfulness Mike and Huddle!
The Chicago Huddle recently led our largest outreach yet at the Chicago Marathon, a race with 45,000 athletes! From October 11-13, we had a booth at the expo, held a worship service, and had athletes racing. Under the leadership of Carissa Dahik, we partnered with KLOVE, Bible League International, Josh Caterer Band, 2nd Presbyterian Church, PSAV, and others! At the expo we handed out Bibles and FCA Endurance resources and had some great conversations. The worship service was amazing, held in a beautiful historic church, led by a blessed worship band. Thanks to Carissa, John-John, Zach, Trent, David, Dan, Steve, and everyone else who played a significant role in that weekend! May the Lord continue to grow what was planted and watered that weekend!
Lastly, we celebrate some wonderful Iron Prayer opportunities in Kona and Florida! Thanks to Robert Palmer, the Tallahassee Huddle, Gulf Beach Baptist Church, Barry Edwards, Derek Garcia, Mark Anderson and others for their faithfulness at Ironman Florida! The day before the race, they spent the morning serving free pancakes to athletes, followed-up by a worship opportunity through Iron Prayer. In Kona, we went international, welcoming a Teammate from Germany to bless our Ironman World Championship Iron Prayer attendees through sharing a message - thanks Daniel! Our Littleton Huddle Leader, Brad Cooper, also served through that Iron Prayer, and we're grateful for his heart to minister where the Lord leads him!
Wow, that's a lot to celebrate, and rest-assured, we didn't hit it all! As we close this newsletter, I wanted to pass on a few quick ministry updates:
For God's Glory!