Church Plant Update: June 2016

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JUNE 2016 UPDATE

We've officially moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. We are staying with some friends for a week or so until the house we are moving to is ready to go. I need to take a moment here to give a huge shout out to my wife. Madison packed somewhere between 80-90% of the boxes in our house over the last couple of weeks while I have been in and out. She finished up her school year and hit the ground running to get us ready to move. There is no way we would have been ready to go without her complete domination of the packing process. Way to go babe!

Also, I need to give a shoutout to the friends who helped us move out of our house in Tipp City and also to the friends who helped us unload in Fort Wayne. Nobody's favorite hobby is helping other people move. It takes a special person to sign up for this task. God has a special reward for you in heaven someday :)

It was really hard to say goodbye to so many great friends. As I was driving the 26-foot U-Haul from Ohio to Indiana I found myself experiencing some real sadness about what we were leaving behind. It was so crazy because I was having flashbacks of driving a U-Haul on the exact same road from Indiana to Ohio seven years earlier and feeling some of those same feelings then. The truth is leaving a place you love is never easy. I tried to take my mind off of it by turning on the radio. The only stations I could pick up for most of the drive were country music stations. I pretty much never listen to country music, so I forgot how sad and sappy the songs are. Needless to say, it didn't help.

When we arrived in Fort Wayne I was greeted by several old friends and some new friends who came to help me unload the truck. It was in that moment that God reminded me of his promise in the letter to the Philippians. "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his Glory in Christ Jesus." Often when we think of this verse, we think of material needs, but I believe it applies to all of our needs. This means that he will provide a great community of people for us here just like he has done in the past. Being back in Fort Wayne is bringing so many things in my life full-circle right now. I never imagined I'd end up back here, but I'll be honest with you, I'm super pumped about it! I can't wait to see what God does in us and through us as we return to the city I grew up in and the place where Madison and I met.

As far as the church plant goes, we are about half way through the process of identifying the community/neighborhood where we will plant the new church. If you want to know more about how we are going about this, you should read this blog post about our TAP team. As I have mentioned before, we are working with Pine Hills Church in Fort Wayne to plant this new church. Now that we are in Fort Wayne, Pine Hills has become our new church home. It's pretty amazing to see how God is moving and working through this church, and we are excited to be a part of it. The plan is to launch the new church in November of this year. Between now and then there is a lot of work to do, but I'm ready to get after it!

Thanks again for taking time to read this update. Feel free to share it with anyone you know who would like to stay connected to us. Much love!

- Chris, Madison, & Piper

 

P.S. One final shout out to the Rocholls for letting us live with you all this week while we are in transition. You all are so good to us!