For Such A Time As This: Embracing Our Moment to Rise
e3 Team Ireland and Team Poland at the conference in Texas. Front row: Mateusz Kertowski, Tony. Back left to right: Olivia Caruthers, Robyn Caruthers, Tomek Bogowski, Lisa, Andrew Clements
"In the whirlwind of change facing our globe, God is doing something unprecedented. As the Church, we stand on the cusp of our next great turning point. A once-in-a-generation moment is here. God is opening doors to serve and advance His Gospel. It has never been more important - or possible - to rise and make a tangible impact on real issues that affect real people."
For Such A Time As This was the theme for our recent e3 Partners International Conference. When we read the story of Esther, we see that God had placed her in just the right place at just the right time to be able to make a difference for her people. But we also see Mordecai warning her that if she wouldn't act, God would bring liberation and deliverance from another place, however, she and her family would still perish (Es 4:14). We certainly don't want to miss out on the opportunity to be part of what God is doing. But like Esther, if we want to be part of what God is doing, we must step out in faith.
Attending the conference always gets us inspired and refreshed. A former Hindu priest, who God is now using to train believers and plant churches, was one of our trainers during the first half of the week. We heard stories about how people by the 1000's are coming to Christ in closed countries and the underground church is thriving! By attending breakout sessions each day, we are better equipped to share with children, pray more effectively. We had the privilege of touring the main office at The Hope Center and even got to sit in the official I Am Second white chair! Of course, one of the highlights of the week was being able to reconnect with old friends!
In 2016, through e3 partners expeditions, the gospel was shared 2.4 million times, in 65 countries, 40K churches were planted and 930K people maked professions of faith in Christ! The opportunities in 2017 are even greater! All Glory Be to God!!
For Such a Time As This (Tulsa, OK)
One of the key principles that we teach when holding a Four Fields/Church Planting training, is that when we do outreach, we are looking for a person of peace (God-prepared person). We go through examples in the Scriptures, and then put what we're teaching into practice by going into the community surrounding the church to look for persons of peace (house of peace search). During a recent outreach, one of the first doors we knocked on a woman answered and we asked her if we could pray for her and her family and she immediately started to cry. She said that she had been going through a really hard time and had cried out to God to show her a sign that He was there and cared about her situation. We prayed for her and she began to cry even harder, the mascara was running off her face. After sharing a brief testimony and the gospel, using the 3 Circles, she said that she wanted to put her faith in Jesus. Often times people assume that the gospel isn't good news any more and people just don't want to here it, but we can tell you that people do! Jesus says that the harvest is plentiful, only the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). This woman was ready to receive our message, she is an example of a Person of Peace!
For Such A Time As This (Your Partnership)
Give: Consider becoming a partner by your monthly giving. Your partnership makes it possible for us to continue doing what God has called us to do full time. Prayerfully consider a monthly donation of $25, $50, $75, $100 or whatever amount God leads you to give. Or if you have a small group or church that we can share our ministry with, we'd love to have you contact us.
Pray: We greatly appreciate your prayers! Please continue to pray for and with us to see all the world reached for Jesus.
Go: Come with us! The world is in dire need to hear the Gospel. Come labor with us and bring the Light to Europe. Who knows, maybe God has called YOU to take His message to Ireland or Poland for such a time as this!
Well, we are settled in Houston. The move from Tulsa went very smoothly as even our cat, Munchie, has adjusted well. Although it was difficult saying good-bye to friends and family, we know that God has wonderful things for us here in Texas and we look forward to continuing the work that He called us to so many years ago. With that said, we decided to hit the ground running and have already met with NPLHouston and church planting team members; we're looking forward to working alongside them to reach Houston for Christ. Houston is the 4th largest city in the nation and with the economy booming, an average of 200+ people move into the area every day! Also, Houston ranks highly in being on of the most ethnically diverse city in the country. There is so much opportunity here to reach the world by just stepping out our front door.
A lot is happening...As of this writing, we have our team from Canada on their way to County Mayo (Republic of Ireland) to share Jesus and serve the …
Thankful as we look back and ahead... Once again as we close another year, we look back with praise and thanksgiving to all that God has brought into 2018 and look ahead with praise and excitement at what He has planned for us in 2019.
Lisa's New Role: This fall, Lisa was made a Senior Trip Leader and starting in January, she will be the Implementation Director for Ireland. So what does this all mean? Our plan is to be in Ireland about 3-4 times in 2019, and Tony will focus on training leaders and Lisa will take over a larger role in team development and overseeing implementation of the country strategy.
Trainings/Outreach We continued to train churches and equipped them for both local and global ministry. The opportunities that exist in Houston have us very excited as it is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation and we are actively raising up teams to reach Unreached People Groups in the area.
Plans for 2019: The new year is fast approaching and will be filled with won…
Twelve years ago, we came on staff with e3 Partners! In that time, we have shared the Gospel, planted churches, trained disciples and help start an orphanage while working in countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, Jordan, India, Nepal, Peru and Uganda. And of course, our recent work in Ireland as well as being part of the NoPlaceLeft network to reach Tulsa OK for Christ. Being part of the e3 family is an amazing blessing for us! Every now and again, we comment to each other that this ministry is pretty much all we've known as a married couple. On June 3, we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary and if you include the several mission trips we did prior to e3 in 2004 & 2005...well, it really is what we've dedicated our lives and marriage to. As we continue to serve Ireland with e3, God has opened another exciting door for us with Cypress Bible Church in Cypress (Houston) Texas where Tony has accepted a position as Outreach and Missions Pastor. Cypress Bible is a wonderfu…