Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Praying for you with a glad heart

Dear Friends and Partners in this Journey,

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer.  I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:3-6 MSG 


As I am writing this I am praying this verse over you. My heart is filled with gratitude and joy when I think about how faithful you have been in supporting us.


Thank you and we pray all is well with you. Just wanted to drop you a quick line and give you an update on what’s been going in our world.


God is definitely moving and I feel like I am just trying to catch up. As far as ministry, things are going wonderful. God is continuing to expand our ministry and reach here in Nashville.



God has been so good and faithful throughout our time here. I could tell you countless stories on the lives that you have helped changed and what we have been able to do together for His Kingdom.


But will save that for another time. I was sharing this with our youth about this past winter and going into the spring.


As faithful as God has been, if I am being completely honest this has probably been the toughest season in our ministry. God has put us in very uncomfortable situations and has been teaching, molding, exposing things in my heart.


He never makes us too comfortable. Let’s just say I am more confident, secure, of who I am in Christ than I have ever been in my life.


The verse that I have been holding on to is James 1:2-4 and it says: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."


We would love to hear from you and know how we can be praying for you. We love you and think about you often.

Rob and Samantha 

This ministry gets to reach the next generation, the lost, and those who are in need. It will not be possible without your financial partnership and prayer. Thank you so much for being a part of the work that God has called us to do. Be blessed always.

Friday, September 20, 2013

SUMMER 2013 REPORT

Where did summer go?


This is our third summer here and it came and went by in the blink of an eye. Hope you had a wonderful summer and I pray as we come into the fall you will experience God in deeper and greater ways.

Here is a recap of what we did this summer. It was so jammed and action packed and God moved mightily, and YOU had so much to do with it.


RUSH Franklin
We kicked off our summer with an exciting series called War Paint. One of our leaders Evan Dominguez came up with the idea and it was just fantastic.


THE WAR IS WON!!! That was our anthem over the summer.




SUMMA' CAMP 2013
This year's summer camp was anointed. This was our third camp with RUSH as we teamed up with our sister churches: Bethel Brentwood, Clarksville, and Metro.
 

The theme was Burn the Ships. The idea was to burn everything that keeps us from serving God wholeheartedly.


We went to a wonderful 4-H camp outside of Birmingham, Alabama. There was over 200 students that came and it was powerful.


One of my favorite stories from camp was from a Zack. I met Zack at the YMCA and had been reaching out to him.


Zack was a troubled high school student getting caught up in the wrong crowd. Zack was very resistant on coming.


I had never met someone so opposed. He got there and seen other students serving God, worshipping God, and He was touched by the Holy Spirit.


The last day he got up and testified in front of the whole camp that he had given his life to Christ. I honestly couldn't be believe it, this was an absolute miracle.


He got home and the first thing he did was hug his mom and dad and told them he loved them. He had never done that. God is good.

There are other amazing testimonies that happened. All in all camp was off the charts.


Thank you for your prayers. Lives have been changed forever because you invested in them.


Every Nation World Conference 2013
WOW WOW WOW. Every three years our Every Nation family from all over the world come together.


This year it was in Orlando, Florida at the Disney Dolphin Resort. It was great seeing our old friends from different parts of the world.


Especially, our friends and colleagues from the Philippines. What a wonderful time!


We also had about 20 of our youth that came and was able to experience this. Can't wait until 2016 where we be having it in Cape Town, South Africa.


HAVEN: Letters of the Rescued
We had a back-to-school worship expression night called HAVEN: Letters of the Rescued. This was our second student-produced worship night that we have had.



It was awesome seeing all the students share their gifts, talents, and their hearts of worship to all of us. We had students sharing testimonies of how they were "rescued" by Jesus. Their stories were powerful.



It was such a fun night seeing the students feeling comfortable and safe to be able to pour their hearts out to other people. We are helping build a culture that is safe and no one would ever feel judged.


Franktown Open Hearts
Last, but not least, FRANKTOWN OPEN HEARTS. We feel so blessed that God expanded our ministry here in Franklin, TN.


I came on board with Franktown this summer working with at-risk youth in our community. It has been eye opening and life changing.


I oversee 100+ youth and their spiritual development. 90% of the families we serve come from a single parent home.


It has been extremely difficult but fulfilling at the same time. The communities and families we serve are pretty hidden in the Franklin Community.


Most people don't know there are low-income homes (projects) in Franklin. Franklin is known for its wealth and affluence.


God has always given us a heart for the least, last, and the lost. Samantha and I feel honored and blessed to be a part of this ministry. What makes it absolutely a joy is that the students from RUSH Franklin are becoming involved as well.




Prayer Requests
Please pray for rest, wisdom, and strength as we continue to pour hearts into reaching this city. It is pretty exhausting and am experiencing a little fatigue. 

Samantha and I have been blessed with a trip to Europe next month with her family. We will be gone for about a month. 

We are looking forward to resting and having some time away from work. We have not had a break since we have been here. We are excited at the thought of coming back ready to continue the work that God has called us to do.

We have planned a series of fall activities and opportunities for these young people to be discipled. We can't wait to tell you more about it in our next update!

Please pray for safety, provision, but most importantly a time of refreshing. Thank you for all your love and support. We have not made it this far if not for your prayers, support, kind words, and the outpouring of love throughout the years. We love you so much!

How about you? What can we pray for you?


Your co-workers for His Kingdom,
Rob and Samantha

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

SPRING 2013 Report

We send you the warmest greetings from Nashville!


I remember the words of Paul as he shares to the church in Corinth.  

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  
Philippians 1:3-6

So much has been going on and it seems like I don't where to begin.  Let me just say thank you and God is way too good.  

 
Here are some of the highlights this past spring:

Orlando, Florida 
We had a great time in Orlando visiting one of our sister churches HighPoint Church.  I was so encouraged by what God is doing through Pastor Keith Tower and his team.  I am amazed to a part of a spiritual family all over the world.

    
Another highlight of our trip was the opportunity to attend my favorite conference yet: Youth Pastor Summit.  It was at Universal Studios.  


The worship and preaching was off the charts.  We also received tickets to the theme parks.  
And the best part of the trip was it was FREE! My favorite price. 

The Youth Pastor Summit wanted to spoil youth pastors because they believed in us so much. We were so blessed.

 
RUSH Franklin
 God has been doing an incredible work with our students at RUSH.  We kicked off our God's Not Dead series.


We had bonfire that was so much fun.  So blessed by Chris and Angela Dodd who opened up their home to us.  The students had a blast.

   
Eleven seniors graduated this year: Keziah, Gracie, Mattie, Jessica, Otto, Jonathan P, Ian, Megan, Jonathan A, Savannah and Josh. Two of them were valedictorians and was a salutatorian.  


We had a Senior Night where we honored and prayed for our students.  Please pray for them as they launch into college. Each of them have strong calls on their lives.

There were also baptisms held on Mother's Day. Praise God for these young lives!






Franktown Open Hearts
Finally something I have been so excited to share is my new position with Franktown Open Hearts.


 God opened up a door for us with an inner-city ministry in Franklin called Franktown.  We know without a doubt that this is from the Lord.  


We have always had a heart to work in the inner-city of the city that we live and serve in.  It amazes us how God would give us the opportunity.  


I can't wait to share all the exciting things that God is going to do in the city of Franklin. The photo below shows an evening at the Franklin Prayer House where churches/individuals in the city gather to pray.



 
God is so good.  Thank you for all your constant support and prayers.  We couldn't do without you.  

Please let us know how we can be praying for you as well. It always brings us joy to hear updates from you.

 
We love you so much and think about you all the time.

Rob and Samantha


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