You know when you decide to clean out the garage or the basement and it seems like a good idea but as you get into the project you realize it is going to take more than just organizing? And more than just a few hours? You'll need shelves if you are really going to clean up, some things will have to be hauled off ... That good idea just consumed your day or weekend. It was still a good idea, it just involved more than you had originally thought or planned.
Over the years I have found the ideas, dreams, mandates or vision God gives us to be much the same ... in our mind we see a cleaned up garage or basement, the end product of our work. So we start but then realize the amount of time and effort it will take to get to the end. That is why we see so many unfinished projects in peoples lives. Experience is sometimes a good teacher for the future. Plus learning how to plan so we can take all of our good and God ideas and turn them into "End Products". Sometimes that is a good or great idea is just a seed and God wants us to grow it into something that becomes an important part of "The Church". And we don't quit, we finish!!
That one seed of vision God put in Michelle's and my heart 30 years ago is still growing and involves more people, places, travel, money and and and then we had envisioned. For some years this was almost overwhelming until we realized that God would continue to give us more to do, that is how He works. But in His design for all of us was also the plan to disciple, delegate, entrust, empower, build, grow, train etc. It is only by multiplying ourselves that we can ever finish with the "Garage Project" that God entrusts us with. If we have the vision but don't understand the rest of His plans and patterns we can easily burn out and quit. How many times have we seen this happen?
Our churches must be filled with vision, but also with these other parts of how God functions and wants us to function. Better to take the time and learn how to function than to be dysfunctional. God wants everyone involved in His Garage Project and He has a way for this to be a reality.
Training Centers Europe
In the beginning of February I was in Athens, Greece again and Michelle was in Nice, France. We were both teaching classes in RHEMA Bible Training Centers. In March I was in The Netherlands ministering in a church and their church Bible School, Michelle went to Ulm, Germany to teach Prayer at the RBTC Campus and the end of the month I am in Bavaria ministering. Our network is growing and working. Mountains in the area of Albania and Croatia
Training Centers Africa
In early April I will be in Nigeria teaching at RBTC Abuja, Nigeria, meeting the leadership, speaking to alumni and ministering in a local church. I was going to go to RBTC Lusaka, Zambia on the same trip but decided to go there separately. Plane connections in Africa aren't as smooth as many other parts of the world.
I am gone many Sunday's now and Alex Harten our associate has taken over much of the Pastoral duties. The church is strong and growing, just where we wanted it to be. I do minister some when I am home, but I also like to sit in the front row and listen.
Kilimanjaro - January 2012
In January 2012 we (Zack, Spencer and I) are going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. For me this has been a long time desire. Why you ask? Not sure, just always wanted to do it. Wish I could have done it 30 years ago but I didn't so now will be a good time since both boys will be able to come along.
Now if you're saying, "I want to come along also", well, come along! One of our RHEMA Germany graduates and Pastors did the climb about 4 years ago with some men from his church and he is organizing the trip. This is not a technical climb, no ropes or anything like that it is just a 5 or 6 day hike to the top. You will go thru every climate zone and finally reach 19,341 feet. Do some reading up on Kili so you have a good idea what it involves. The following paragraph is from Wikipedia.
Mountains in the area of Albania and Croatia
Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is an inactive stratovolcano in north-eastern Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 metres or 19,341 ft above sea level (the Uhuru Peak/Kibo Peak). Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain as well as the 4th most prominent mountain in the world, rising 5,882 metres or 19,298 ft from the base.
How much will it cost? We are working on that. For now I would like to start an "I am interested list". I would need your names and email address's. Please put in the subject line "Kilimanjaro". After we get the final info I will let all the interested know and turn the list into "I'm going to Kili" list.
Become a part of the Team that is reaching Europe, Africa and the Middle East. I will explain more about this in future Missions Notes. It is always good to be a part of something much bigger than yourself but where your part and contribution are still valuable and necessary. There is something for everyone and I will explain this more soon. One easy way to get started is to become a prayer and financial team member.
Spencer and Gabi will be going on a missions trip to Panama in July. Primarily they will be on some small islands sharing the Good News with children and adults in a variety of ways. Even though our kids have grown up on the mission field it is important for them to reach out in other areas of the world and experience different cultures. If you would like to help them "GO" on this trip you can donate through www.grunewald.org/invest Anything is much appreciated.
Creation and Evolution
Spencer is also becoming quite the expert where Creation and Evolution is involved. He has a presentation made that he can use in Youth groups etc.
The painting below is by Allan Bruce Zee titled "Waiting for the Believers".
This is much of the world, people with empty hearts waiting to be filled with God. We have a message to take to this world ... and they are waiting.
I want to encourage you to check out www.grunewald.org You can find out more about what we are doing, read current FB entries, find our itinerary and easily donate.
Have a great day,
John, Michelle, Zack, Spencer and Gabi
Grunewald Ministries Inc.
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