Friday, June 19, 2009
Anthony and I in Israel 2008
It's Friday night and my video has been shot but Bobby has to complete it for posting tomorrow. He is putting together a montage from the first Sunday service last week in our new location.
We have also been working on putting together three new projects for the St. Patrick Project and I will announce these efforts in the next week or two. One thing we are doing is sending a couple of missionaries to Australia next month where they will train with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) for three months. Once they have completed their service in Australia they will continue in another assigned country for an additional 2-3 months. Their names are Alexis Leavitt and Anthony Schuller (our youngest son shown above!) Please pray for these young people as they dedicate the next 5-6 months to helping others and sharing the good news of the love of Jesus. These two young people have been raising the money required for this incredible assignment over the past few months. If you would like to support them you can send your tax deductible donation to St. Patrick Project at P.O. Box 1584 Orange, CA. 92856-6584. Please put a sticky note on your check stating that this is for either Anthony, Alexis, or both.
I can't wait to share another message with you tomorrow.
Moving forward with God or as another friend always says, "onward and upward"
Remember that He is blessing YOU!! Donna
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Just a day now and The Gathering and it's pastor, our son Bobby, will be in their new home on South Lemon Street in Old Town Orange, California. If anyone had told me just one year ago that Robert would no longer be at the Crystal Cathedral and that Bobby would be right behind his dad in his exit, I would have said "no way!" After all, we were all committed for many, many years to come! Interesting how change can come into our lives so suddenly and so unexpectedly. As you read this I bet you can think of a time when you were taken off guard and you ended up having to make significant and uncomfortable changes in your own life. In fact, you can probably think of this happening more than a couple of times. I know I can. We can and will be blown around by the winds of change. Sometimes we might even feel like we are about to be blown to bits in hurricane or tornado force winds. When we feel this way we need to take cover quickly! Hopefully we know where our shelter waits and we always take refuge there. If we can remember to run to the loving arms of Jesus and hide in his presence until the storm passes, our comfort will come from knowing that through faith in God we can survive anything.
Yes, change is difficult and we may have to experience the shock and disappointment of having our dreams shattered, or our relationships broken. Here's the great news... once we allow God to begin the healing process we become open to using the lessons learned through our pain. We can see that God provides justification through it all and just as He has promised, "All things work together for good to those who love God and who have been called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28
Thank you for continuing to pray for Bobby, his wife Hannah, and their unborn child as they lead their church through the doors of a new beginning! I also pray for you that you would see the opportunities in your new beginnings, whatever they might be!
Until then, remember, God is blessing you, Donna