I almost can´t believe it´s been over a month since I last blogged. Even in my recent, busy past of playing hopscotch across the country and negotiating pressing on with my Master´s degree in usually the opposite end of everywhere else I was needed…I still always managed to find time to spill on to paper.
Staying off the radar and being consumed like this reminds me of when I was back in High School. My closest friends would attest that there was this portion of my Senior year where I basically vanished. I didn´t abandon them and be that guy, but I did vanish from all those extra times I normally spent with all the people God had placed in my life.
As you can guess, the reason for the vanish was a girl. I found myself smitten with a cowgirl. This was something new and refreshing to me. She was genuinely fun to spend time with. And best of all, she was an escape from everything that was already convincingly uninspiring and fake about High School.
Much like the girl worth vanishing for, I have been found by a new Love… a new inspiring face to give of my time…a new escape that comes blazing with all the freedoms of Christ. For two months now I have been co-laboring with the Lord in planting a church with a team hailing from Bloomington, Indiana…with original roots as far away as Africa. Our team looks like an affirmative action poster… and I bet the Lord smiles everyone time He sees all the colors of His kids frozen in time for testimony and joyful reminder.
Remnant Church was birthed out of a vision from God through one Irishman´s relationship with Him. It did not come from a big church tithing excess, or out of a school for churchplanting, where one learns how to execute his and/or her efforts in all the ways necessary to see success. True, God can and often has been in many of those facets of seeing His Kingdom advance…But what an incredible feeling and sensation to know that God gave specific vision and breath to this particular church and the planting of it.
It´s a bit nuts when you read about how it all began…and you really have to read the quick little page-long history of how the vision on Remnant´s website (www.remnantloves.me) in order to truly begin to understand the supernatural depth of it all.
Some of the highlights of it´s journey involve its impartation to our Lead Pastor, Mark McGovern, some 30,000 feet in the air, as he was on his way to a mission´s trip in the Dominican Republic, at age 13 (some 14 years before he would actually plant). That same dream came to him again on his way to yet another mission´s trip some 5 years later. It even has some Indiana Jones to it, with a whole X marks the spot craziness, but I won´t spoil it with my re-telling.
I absolutely Love the people I am working alongside. The Lead Pastor has generations upon generations of Irish ancestry, something I adore!
The team has got some Africa beauty to it as well, as our lead Productions Director is from the Congo. Everyone on the team is married, or months away from that step…nearly all of them inter-racial couples. It´s beautiful!
Everyone of staff is working full-time jobs…something that I nearly cry about in prayer time because it´s so inspiring. What a testimony Paul certainly had when he was negotiating through his tent-making ministry days. We here at Remnant get the privilege of looking at people with tired eyes, both from planting a church, (about 30 hours a week) and having full time jobs (about 40 hours a week)…and through those bloodshot 50-70 hours a week eyes we say…we Love you…and I think in large part because we labor so, people all the more allow the space in their lives for the God in us to be heard!
And so, that said, we are officially launching this coming Sunday! We´ve already been in our movie theatre (a space that was not supposed to be rented by anyone originally) for three consecutive Sundays now, but this Sunday is Remnant´s birthday! We are gonna keep bringing people home To God´s embrace at Edward´s Cinema in Fairfield, Ca. and would invite any and all genuine prayers over our times to come in that place.
As you can imagine, the team is often tired during the week. All of us, whether it be with the long nights of having new babies, picking up second jobs to help us be able to live closer to the church, or simply labor through the many, many things that God has continually placed in our charge…we all could use prayer for strength and energy to keep on keep on.
The most recent praise note is after sifting through the growing pains of fielding a worship band…among which was us resorting to some Hillsong DVD worship video (not the ideal choice for Remnant´s staff) we were approached by a guy and his 6 member worship band who are now going to lead our church in worship for a good 2 months it would seem. Praise God!!! We went from trying to figure out how to upload cross-lyrical scrolling, Live projector syncing and Hillsong DVD…to now having to make room for a full Live band that has a cheloist! DVD to cheloist! Haha, God is in control.
So, that´s where I´ve vanished to and who I have been Loving with these past few months. This is the busiest week by far with upwards of 5,000 door hangers still needing to be hung, a stage needing to be built, personally for me I also am over the Children´s Ministry along with another woman, and so this week will be the first week of curriculum and worship for us. Along with a million other things that simply have to be flushed out, decided upon, practiced and prayed about…we´ve got a lot to do! But, as the whole team is in unity about, it´s all worth it to see our mission statement become a reality.
So people far from God fall in Love with Jesus.
Please check us out when you make time on our website. It´s ever undergoing reconstruction and will constantly continue to look better and better as the weeks upon weeks of Loving Fairfield stack high and deep in all our stories.
Follow along as we make History with His story.