Well, we got some snow...
We finally got dumped on this winter. This was our first real snow of the winter, just one week before the official beginning of Spring...
We got about 20 inches in 2 days.
It has been quite some time since I have written an update for all of you who might potentially be reading this from parts elsewhere...
Winters in Buffalo are like summers in Redding; you don't go outside if you don't have to...
...but God has still been at work in our community of saints. We have continued to connect, slowly but none-the-less, with new people. About two months ago we celebrated a large milestone in the health of our Church. We officially released a second home group under Mary's leadership. (I know this goes without saying for all of you back home who know her, but, "Mary rocks!" she has been such a blessing here! It is wonderful to watch her step out into the places God is beckoning her!)
This has made room for new people and for new leaders.
...we have an upcoming leadership teaching that our church will be involved in. Myself and the Pastor of the Niagara Falls Vineyard will be teaching an evening on the subject of leadership. I see this as a very timely thing. There are several people in our church who are people of influence and may very well be the future leaders of the Buffalo Vineyard. (Although they might not know it yet!)
God has been stirring our hearts (particularly my wife) in the area of prayer and intercession. God has continued to raise her awareness on the issue of human slavery that still goes on in America and other parts of the world. We don't know what role we might play in these great global issues, but God is certainly asking us to pray!
I have personally been meeting with a small group of pastors in the city (two others from Buffalo, and then Pastor Jim from the NF Vineyard) to fellowship and pray together. This has been a great encouragement to me, and I see it as a potential source of something truly special as we continue to grow together.
We are looking forward to the warming weather and the opportunities for being out among the people of Buffalo that it will bring.
Please pray specifically for two things:
That God would open doors into new relationships in the city and new neighborhoods in the city.
That God would spark fire in the hearts of the people of our church, and raise up women and men who would take responsibility for the community of God and the mission of God here in Buffalo.
Here is Adrianna, her son Judah (in utero) and her husband Joe, (she cooks a mean stew!) and their friend Cabe; they are sitting in our living room during our Wednesday small group meeting.
Here is the Cafe that we have our Sunday night gathering at. Mary and I were warming up for worship, Alan is singing along.
This is a picture of some of our friends enjoying a meal at our old house.
Lilly and I playing guitar. Lilly is currently studying Art History for a semester in Italy!