Three times in the book of Proverbs we read about the purpose for a "the multitude of counsellors."
1. They keep the people from falling.
(Pro 11:14) Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
2. Purposes are fulfilled instead of disappointed.
(Pro 15:22) Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
3. Through the multitude of counsellors we can wage war with wisdom.
(Pro 24:6) For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Going on our own has had it's share of blessings. Still we have longed for accountability and stability. As we returned from India in our first journey we were homeless...moving from house to house...living out of our suitcases. Our belongings, if they still are in tact are in a warehouse being stored until...well I'm sure you get the picture.
We found a place to call "home" in 2012, Columbus, Ohio. Still we had so many struggles that is was wearing on us physically, emotionally, and most importantly; spiritually. In all of this, Abba was lovingly leading us to embrace a city that had no place in my heart. And it is here that healing and restoration has begun in our relationship with our Father and each other.
During the past 2 years I have had to learn to step down, step aside, or simply sit down and wait. For those of you that know my heart for ministry; this has been the most trying situation. Still my relationship with Abba and my bride needed a major overhaul. Even though this mountain looked insurmountable, By God's mercy and grace we have climbed where others have thrown in the towel...we are still standing as a trophy of His grace.
As we have learned to submit to Abba, and those He has placed about us we have also found a place where love, healing, and hope were given the opportunity to grow. We have around us wise counsellors that have sacrificially sown of themselves time and again without asking for anything in return. The elders would meet at the city gate and hear out a matter, make judgments, hash out issues, and grow the community Abba placed into their care. The same is happening here in Columbus, Ohio in the 21st century!
No, we do not have it all together. But we are on the right path. We are moving forward with a purpose. And our family and ministry has surrounding us a team of godly men and women that love Abba and us without reservation or hesitation. For this we are eternally grateful.
Our Call has not changed. Our purpose is still the same. Now we have wise counsellors who are not afraid to hold us accountable.
Because of their leadership we had to "go back to the drawing board" and put it in writing what it is that we hear and see Abba doing in and though us as a family and as a ministry. We have put it into writing. And we had had to set up boundaries and limits knowing that each of these makes us healthy spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally.
As a family, we need nothing less than 20 K a year to break even. And at 50 K we will overflow every penny into the lives of others as we are led by the Spirit of God. As a ministry our needs are much greater. We need nothing less than 100 K in order to operate on the shoestring and at 25 M we will also overflow every penny into other ministries also as led by His Spirit.
Christ's Creek Mission
The purpose of our ministry is to reach the Unreached and Unengaged Peoples of the earth with the life-changing power of the Gospel of Salvation and to touch their lives with the Love of our Messiah Yeshua; Jesus the Christ. Almost daily we receive calls and emails to "come over and help" as countless thousands are perishing without hearing the Good News of Salvation and the coming Kingdom of Heaven; ONCE.
This can only be accomplished through the power of the Holy Ghost as He connects our ministry to faithful, financial partners who are committed to seeing the nations impacted with the Gospel through their sacrificial giving. The God of all Creation has strategically placed us in this generation and at this appointed time. Our good works have already been prepared in advance by Him for us to walk in them. He has entrusted us with the Ministry of Reconciliation for more than two billion (2 Billion) people of the earth still waiting to hear that there is a Savior.
We further understand in order to fulfill the Great Commission we must live our lives by the Great Commands to Love Yahovah our Elohim (the LORD our God) with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. In order for the nations to repent and believe the Gospel requires those who are called "to go" and those who are called "to send" to be obedient to their call. Our call is to "go." Will you answer your call and "send us?" Together we can reach the lost and hopeless people of the earth!
We are further commanded to make disciples; not converts. This is accomplished as we establish and equip local Discipleship Training Centers in the nations of the earth in order to equip the body of Messiah to fulfill the Great Commission. Our goal is to develop Disciple-Making-Disciple-Makers that will also take up their cross daily, leaving the cares of this world behind, and follow Messiah to every people group still without the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Real Discipleship is not a class attended once a week. It does not come with a certificate of completion, nor are the temporal sacrifices worthy to be compared with the eternal impact it has upon the lives of those who commit themselves to follow after the Messiah. We have all been called to deny ourselves, to take up our cross daily, and to follow Messiah. Furthermore, we will not give Him rest, until His Name be praised in every kindred, tongue, tribe and nation!
With our Mission clearly stated, and by the power of the Holy Ghost, we will reach every Unreached People Group with the life-changing power of the Gospel of Messiah and the Kingdom of Heaven for His eternal glory!
"...and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent?"