“What are you going to change at Connection Point?” This was a common question we heard as we became the lead pastors of this great church in West Lafayette, Indiana. The initial response we gave was, “We’re not sure anything needs changed, but we like the instructions Jesus gave Paul during his Damascus road experience, ‘go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’” (Acts 9:6) We were confident God would show us what to do as we began to lead.
“Church leaders wanted me to ask if you would be interested in submitting a resumé to serve as lead pastors of Connection Point Church?” This became our lunch-time conversation after having shared about missions in the Middle East with this great church in West Lafayette, Indiana over Labor Day weekend in 2015.
“How many people have decided to follow Jesus?” That can’t be right. Seeing one person make a decision to follow Jesus in the Middle East is incredibly difficult. How could 300 former Muslims have made a decision to follow Jesus in the past few months?
Boom! Crack! Pow! On December 31st, 2011, our family landed in Tel Aviv, Israel to serve as school administrators for a pre-K through 12th grade school in East Jerusalem, Israel. We were awakened later that night by the sound of fireworks, bringing in the New Year. It was hard to believe we were back overseas and would be for about the next four years.
While we were in the U.S. for the birth of our daughter Haley, we again traveled to raise prayer and financial support to return overseas. During our travels, we had opportunity to listen to a message series about “What the Gospel Demands” from David Platt.
“Doc, I feel off. I feel like I’m struggling with purpose and joy and am not sure what to do about it. Do you think I need to talk with a counselor, would medication be helpful? There is history of depression in my immediate family, could this be that?”