January 5, 2015
Please Pray • Looking back at 2014 and Photo of the Year
Dear faithful supporters,
For the past few of years, we’ve taken the first week of January to look back at what God has accomplished during the past year. Join us in praising God for an extraordinary 2014. Here are just a few of the highlights:
The move. One of the biggest transitions for our family and ministry ever was our move in March from our home for the past 12 years in the Mexico City Valley. Thank you for your prayers; we have experienced God’s answers to them since our arrival here in Chicago. Our transition has been healthy, and our family is flourishing.
Institute. This has been an incredible season for my role with Orchard Institute, an initiative designed to train up new workers for service in church and urban ministry:
More than 40 college students attended classes organized by Orchard Institute
Three universities are now partnered with Orchard Institute to offer class intensives for credit in Chicago, New York, and San Fransisco.
A new class intensive launched in San Francisco in the Spring
Ministry “residents” — college graduates who are beginning church ministry — began service in Chicago’s Renewal Church.
Ministry “interns” — college students who are preparing for church ministry — are lined up to begin serving in churches this year.
<li><strong>Churches</strong>. New churches planted in partnership with Orchard Group saw many exciting milestones this year:
Two new churches launched and held their very first gatherings: Renewal Church in Chicago and Renaissance Christian Church in Harlem
More than 18,000 people gathered in Orchard church plants on Resurrection Sunday
And here is my favorite: In 2014, hundreds of new believers were baptized into new life in cities across the US and abroad!
You can read much more in Brent’s end of the year update
<li><strong>New daughter in Christ</strong>. I've saved the best for last. Last month, with a gathering of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, our daughter Olivia was baptized! (Scroll down to view the Photo of the Year.)</li>
There is so much more than space and time allow me to share. Praise God for 2014! And join us in looking to Him for His grace and providence in 2015!
Happy New Year!
Photo of the Year: Olivia’s baptism
Supporting church planting trainees
Rhesa, who oversees communications at Orchard Group, has put together a great overview of highlights from this semester’s Institute courses. If you