Travis’s computer crashed today…and we launch our online campus in a week and a half. We’re asking for help replacing it – we’re looking for a new mac (give how much video work we’ve been doing, a mac makes more sense than a pc). We’re also asking for prayer that God would grant us favor with technology and keep everything working well! Thanks!
We are working on paperwork and such for a few of our staff who want to become official NAMB interns, and for a couple who has decided to become a NAMB apprentice with us. The paperwork has become a stressful process. Please pray we can figure this out by the end of the week.
(A NAMB intern is someone who is given a monthly stipend from the denomination and expected to work 20-25 hours a week for a church plant. An apprentice is someone who is paid full time by the denomination and is expected to work 40 hours a week for 12 months, learning all they can about church planting during that year, and then is expected to plant a church on their own.)
We have been working hard all week to work out the kinks in the online church site. our plan is to launch on Easter, and we’ve actually started advertising this, so we’re stuck with that launch day! If we work hard, we should be able to get all this put together at a reasonable pace. Please pray that our launch goes well!
Short and simple today: Travis is recording three sermons this afternoon. Our plan is to have several uploaded so we can experiment with the online church concept before we launch later this month. Please pray he has the stamina to get through all three, and the video camera works properly (last time the battery died and he didn’t have a way to plug it in).
We have a lot coming up with the church that we are really excited about. Today though, I’d like to ask that we all pray for the Pope. As a protestant, I don’t agree with the theology behind the office of the pope, but regardless, we live in a world that is heavily influenced by the Catholic Church, and thus, the Pope. As Pope Benedict steps down today, please pray that his successor is a man who will love God with his heart, soul, mind, and strength, and that he will lean on God’s strength to lead boldly.
Today’s prayer request is one that could apply to people everywhere in our hurried nation: prayer to slow down. As I’ve taken our son to preschool this semester (he’s a toddler, so it’s more of a mother-child class), the biggest lesson we keep hearing about is how crazy life will become once our kids start school. I’ve hear horror stories of sports schedules and academic schedules and spending way too much time shuffling kids around. Unfortunately those stories are not the exception – neither here nor anywhere in our country. Please pray that our church will be a resting place. Jesus says that His burden is easy and His yoke is light. Please pray that in our church (and your’s too!) Jesus’s rest and peace will be evident.