On the eve of Thanksgiving 2011, Keri and I have much to be thankful for.
The past year has been perhaps the most difficult and most satisfying year of our lives. One year ago, I was unemployed and scrambling to raise seed money to start planting MainStreet. We had just found out we were pregnant, and my superhuman pregnant wife had picked up a second job at the mall for the holidays, while going to school two nights a week, trying to keep our bills paid. I was working day and night casting vision and gathering support , but was discouraged I couldn’t provide financially for my family.
Our small Launch Team was a bit tired and discouraged moving into Christmas wondering where we would find enough people to move our mission forward. A year ago we were just beginning our relationship with Excelsior Covenant and it would be many months until we would meet most of you! We were staring up at an imposing mountain, trying to muster up the mustard seed faith able to move it.
We knew our faith would be tested when we began this journey. It’s been etched on our website since June 2010 as a reminder: “This is a God-sized Vision that will require supernatural power and provision. We are choosing to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7) and trust in the God who calls things into being that do not yet exist (Rom 4:17).”
But God is faithful!
For the past 12 months, we’ve had a front row seat watching God move this mountain one boulder at a time. We now have a strong team of volunteers helping with worship. God has provided 2 talented young worship interns. The Gillespie Center has just approved our proposal to meet there weekly in 2012. We’ve had nearly 400 people attend our first 3 monthly services. We have many new faces attending the Sunday Huddle. We successfully launched two new LifeGroups this fall with over 30 people now involved. We have been active in the community via the Garage Sale, Trail Pick Up, Bus Stop Coffee, Scarecrow Stomp, Farmer’s Market, Gillespie Center Tailgate party, and more. There is a buzz in the air, and people seem eager for us to begin weekly worship.
What was only a God-sized dream only months ago, is becoming a living, breathing community of believers before our very eyes.
Last fall our baby Peter was invisible to the world, but growing ever so perfectly in his mother’s womb. Today he is four months old, beginning to roll over and trying to sit up on his own. Soon he’ll learn to crawl, and then to walk and talk. In the blink of an eye, he’ll be running and skipping and jumping for joy!
This fall MainStreet has been learning to crawl and sit up on it’s own. By God’s grace and with your continued help, MainStreet will be running and skipping into a bright New Year in 2012. They say it takes a village to raise up a child. Likewise, it takes a village to raise up a new church to shine Christ’s light into the darkness, to reach an entire city for Christ.
Thanks for being part of the MainStreet “village”, and we wish you God’s richest blessings this Thanksgiving!
Love in Christ,
Jeremy, Keri & Peter