Wow, so many things are going on! The ladies, 18 of them, have just started their new Tuesday night study on “Believing God!” About 25 men are signed up for the upcoming A-Men retreat in two weeks. (By the way men, you can still join if you haven’t yet! Send a reply and we’ll get you the info) The morning service format is going very well! The kids program on Sunday’s is taking shape! And …………..????
As a newly forming church plant, we are just getting started! I truly believe there are many wonderful things that lie ahead in the next 12 months for LIFT! God is at work and it’s exciting to be a part of it. I realize the world is thinking back in memory of September 11th, 2001 a date that will be remembered for a long time. Not to minimize the impact of that date, I would like to draw your attention to September 5th, 2004, another anniversary date of a special “birth” that took place. Two years ago, LIFT began that night with a meeting in our home with 8 adults and five kids. For the weeks that followed, it was mainly us Bests and the Eales and a few brave others that came together each Sunday night, worshiping, praying and seeking God’s Word with expectation and faith, that God was to take that worship and service to Him and bless it into something broader for His purposes in Zug! Now re read the top paragraph above! It is clear, God’s hand is in LIFT as part of His church reaching others for Jesus! Yes, we are still just a “baby”, but that is so exciting and encouraging to think that our whole life as a church is still before us! May we seek our nourishment and strength in the Lord and grow up according to His plan for us, as individuals and as a church: LIFT- The International Church of Zug! Yes, I think the time is right to even use the word “church” and not just “a ministry”.
I don’t want to jump too far ahead, but it is clear that we are going to outgrow our 40 person meeting place someday and that our kids ministry is going to outgrow the two leaders that lead them each week. The ladies already outgrew the living room they used to meet in. Of course, when 25 men are energized in faith, one can excitedly expect great things from men too! We just wrapped up a preaching series about “The Body” and as our LIFT body is growing and needs the individual parts of the body to serve and work together!
I can honestly say, I don’t know exactly what LIFT will look like beyond the next 12 months, but I can confidently say, that we will still exist as a church body with passionate hearts, in worship and love, seeking His Word for our lives and then giving this amazing love to those we encounter. The greatest thing is that God can supply all our needs. He already has!
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. GO! Luke 10:2,3a
As we look around us in Zug, it is so true, the harvest is plentiful. So many around us need the love and hope of Jesus Christ in their lives! We have been praying this verse from the beginning and the Lord has continued to bring in the workers for His harvest! YOU ARE PART OF GOD’S ANSWER TO THIS PRAYER! Let us continue to “GO” together for the Lord!
In His grip and grace,