Has it been worth it to take this much time out of a traditional ministry context? Absolutely. God has done more in my heart, personally, in these past few months than the past 5 years combined. Our hearts are as broken over the city of Nashville today as the day we accepted the call to come here. And now we have more tools to add to the passion God has put in us.
One thing we are in great need of is a trip west to gather supporters for our cause. Now, I'll add a little caveat to this: this isn't entirely selfless (Sarah and I have been dying to come out to see friends, family, and people from our past churches). So, while we're planning to take a trip to meet with churches and possible funding partners, we also want to invite all of our friends in Phoenix and Southern California to some parties. This will allow us to (a) catch up with people and see people we haven't seen in a while, (b) share what God has been doing and the vision He has given us, and (c) invite people to join us in the mission!
Our party in Southern California will be on Saturday, April 5th, and the one in Phoenix will be on Monday, April 7th. I think they are both at 6:30, but the details are still being ironed out. You can scroll over "Vision Gatherings" on the top menu to get more info for each of these and RSVP for food. We want you there!