On July 1st we left LA for Istanbul, Turkey, where we met up with a Christian college group for ten days of touring western Turkey and the Greek island of Patmos. The whole point was to see where the churches had been when the Book of Revelation was written by John while he was exiled on Patmos. They're still digging up parts of those towns and finding churches from that time period. They've already found 25 churches in Laodicea, which was told in Revelation that they were lukewarm. They must have read that and gotten busy sharing the Gospel!
What impressed me most was the "Umoja wa Kanisa" (Unity of Churches) that have come together to research and lead outreaches in the villages of the Kilwa district in Tanzania. Through their cross-denominational work they have planted churches in 21 of those 70 villages in the last 5 years alone!
I also realized just how special we are at NLC. Lots of churches reach out to their communities, but it is the rare church that is willing to be transformed through such ministry. We are indeed a diverse family of faith and that is all for God's glory, the One who is already uniting us with all things in Christ Jesus. I've truly missed you and the experience--challenging as it is sometimes--of being a new life community.
See you Sunday!
It is great to have you back. You both have been missed.
Welcome home! Glad your sabbatical was good for you and Laurie! Thanks for sharing photos and learnings. See you Sunday!
Thank you so very much for all that you do Pastor Mark! So glad you're back! Your wisdom speaks volumes. Thank you for representing NLC on your journeys! You are AWESOME!
We are so very glad you're back. We plan on seeing you both tomorrow!