Praying amidst the chaos

In Exodus 17:8-13 there’s a story of perseverance in which the armies of Amalek and Israel fought with one another.  Moses instructed Joshua to choose men personally to go and fight with  him.  The deal was that Moses had to lift his hands (in which he held his staff) above his head, raised and the Israelites would win.  If he lowered them, the Israelites would lose.  Short version of the story-Moses raised hands, he grew weary, Aaron and Hur each held one arm up, Joshua cleaned house with his sword and God facilitated the win.

Last week I was working a shift at Chili’s and the night came to a close.  If you’ve never worked at a restaurant, here’s a look into what happens at the end of the night.  It’s insane.  The servers are taking care of their last tables while doing sidework (i.e. cleaning drink stations, salsa cooler, chip machine, trays, trivets, soup station, dessert station) and trying to clean their tables, all so they can roll two buckets of silverware before they can go home to their families or cats.  All the while, the bartender is cleaning the bar, the bussers are taking out the trash, cleaning the bathrooms and bussing tables, and the kitchen is cleaning all the grills, fryers, bowls, utensils and well……it’s chaos.

I walked back to my manager’s office to cash out for the night and we begin talking about Jesus, life, Christianity, and the church.  This is all fairly normal as the relationship I’ve developed with my boss has basically become a really great Q&A concerning the Gospel.  My boss begins to tell me about his life and the things he’s going through with his family and work and basically let’s me know he’s broken.  I assured him that we’re all broken and in need of Christ.  I explained God’s sovereignty and how He’s way ahead of us and is already putting into place things in our lives to draw us closer to him.  I shared 1 Peter 5:5 with him and explained the difficult process of how getting walked on glorifies God.

After talking I asked if I could pray with him.  He said yes.  So amidst the chaos of the restaurant closing, I laid hands on my boss and prayed for him.

God is moving in Orlando to redeem this city.  God is using Crosspointe Church to reorient people to the gospel, and God is using simple servers at Chili’s to pray over their bosses  prayers of healing and grace.  This is all being facilitated by and through your prayers and your giving.  Thank you for trusting God and supporting us.

Love,

The Potters

The First Sunday

I’ve heard a story told in pictures communicates far more than words so I’m going to heed that phrase and instead of describing how our first Sunday service went I’m going to let you see how it went.  God blessed us and brought us more than we expected; in people, in ministry opportunities, in community and in grace.  Here’s a peak into our first Sunday.


Brent and me figuring out last minute tech stuff for worship and teaching.

Brent and me testing the mic for recording and Jared & Jocelyn & baby Hudson looking over the seating arrangement.

Shot from the back of the room.


Where the body of Crosspointe Waterford Lakes worships.

Praying over the night.

Community

Jordan already has a big children’s ministry!!!  Six children!!!

The first worship at CPWL.

Out of the 32 people that God brought us that night, 5 were orphans from a foster care home.  They were awesome students and so much fun to talk to and be around!

Jared teaching the gospel.

Children’s ministry in full effect.

God is so good.  We are so thankful for your support and prayers.  Keep coming back for more weekly updates on what God is doing in Waterford Lakes!!!!

Love, The Potters

Launching soon!

The past few weeks have been filled with staff meetings, planning, praying for God’s Spirit to move and an overall excitement that grows daily.

We are one week and four days from launching our core team phase of Crosspointe Waterford Lakes!  What that will look like is this:

On Sunday nights we will gather at Jared and Jocelyn’s house.  There we will hold a service of worship where we will hear the Word of God, fellowship and worship through song, communion and community.  Jordan will be running the children’s ministry and I will be leading the worship in song.  After that we will all eat together and fellowship and grow in community.

It’s almost unbelievable that it is here.  We’ve been heeding God’s call since August.  We’ve been praying and trusting like we’ve never done before.  We’ve walked through terrible storms to get here and the only reason we are here is because of God’s grace.  We are so blessed and so excited to begin what God has called us out of West Palm and into Orlando to do.

Along with all the church planting excitement, our little baby girl Mercy is developing nicely in her mommy’s tummy.  Here’s some photos!


Thank you all for your support!  Your prayers and giving has been such a blessing and we want you to know how much we love and appreciate you all!

Josiah and Jordan

40%

Now that we have sent out our first quarterly letter updating you all on what’s been happening these last two months I am excited about blogging weekly again.

We wanted to get something tangible out that you all could hold and read and enjoy.  We will continue to send those out every quarter and will be blogging, emailing and calling weekly.

God has a plan for everything.  He works through and in all things.  One of those things has been Josiah’s job at Chili’s.

One of the things that I (Josiah) wrestle with is wondering why God has called us to Orlando to plant a church but has only provided 40% support for us instead of 100%.  I figured if I simply heeded the call and obeyed He would automatically meet my expectations of completely supporting us so that we would be “freed up” to do “Kingdom work.”  Luckily for us, God works in and through all things.

I was finishing up my work at Chili’s one night and walked into my boss’s office to cash out and go home for the night.  Here’s how it played out.

“Here’s my cash and checkout slips.”

“Josiah, I have a question for you and I hope I don’t offend you.”

“No, by all means.  What’s your question?”

“So, what makes you so sure that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?”

“I should grab a chair.  This may take a while”

For the next half hour I walked my boss through the bad news/good news of the Gospel.  I talked to him about the authority of Scripture and the fact that Jesus cannot be a ‘good man’, that He is either Lord or a lunatic.  We spent some time going through the separation from God because of sin and disobedience and the physical birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ for the Atonement.

Nothing spectacular happened afterwards.  I didn’t baptize my boss in the lake or hand him an invite card to my church.  I simply told him about the redeeming love of Jesus Christ.  I feel God gave me an opportunity to live 2 Timothy 4:1-5 which says:

h I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, i who is to judge the living and the dead, and by j his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; k reprove, rebuke, and l exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 m For the time is coming when people will not endure n sound [1] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and o will turn away from listening to the truth and p wander off into myths. 5 As for you, q always be sober-minded, r endure suffering, do the work ofs an evangelist, t fulfill your ministry.  2 Timothy 4:1-5

As I left Chili’s that night I thanked God for giving me that opportunity and prayed for more like it.  Looking back on that evening I’m grateful for our 40%.  That 40% meant a conversation to a man who needed to hear about Jesus Christ.  That 40% means another opportunity I haven’t had yet but will.

To those of you supporting us in prayer or financially-thank you.  Read this and know that your support isn’t simply keeping our lights on, or providing us the means to see whether we’ll have a boy or a girl at the O.B.; but that God is using you to facilitate the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ daily in Waterford Lakes, Florida.

Love,

Josiah & Jordan

God’s Providence

This past weekend Jordan and I went to Waterford Lakes to celebrate Kelly Allen’s birthday, Jocelyn Davis’ baby shower and hopefully lease a house in Waterford.

This is Crosspointe’s Lake Nona Campus where we worshipped and heard the Gospel from Pastor Chan Kilgore.

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Here’s Sydney the proud big sister of Brody.  They’re Rob and Kellie’s children.Sydney and Brody

Who would’ve thought I’d reconnect with my dear friend JT Dellis in Orlando!?  God is moving and shaping JT in amazing ways!!!!JT and I

Here’s Jo at Disney.  She loves Disney!disney 2

Here’s the Allen/Potter/Davis clan at Disney.  We’re excited about sharing the Gospel with these people!disney 1

Our Saturday was filled with appointment after appointment on every half hour with realtors and home owners that Jordan skillfully planned down to the minute from 9am-4pm.  After hours of searching and taking photos and reviewing and praying we finally decided upon a house!!!  Here it is!

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Above is the neighborhood we’ll be living in.  From what the neighbors tell us it’s filled with young families, UCF graduates and students!Front_of_House

Above is the front of our house.  We are thankful that it will have enough space to host Bible Studies/Small Groups and it fit our housing budget perfectly!

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Above is a lake near our house.Trees_2

These are the roads that weave in and out of Waterford lakes.  There are lots of little playgrounds like this in the area.  The one below happens to be immediately off of our cauldesac. Playground

We are so thankful for God’s providence in bringing us to Waterford Lakes.  It’s been an exteremely difficult six months and not how we would’ve pictured our first six months of marriage but God has proved over and over again that He is faithful and continues to guide us as we seek Him in everything we do!

Our next step is Jordan graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University on December 19th!  After that we will drive up and begin our lives in Waterford Lakes, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone.

We are currently 30% supported and are praying for God to provide 75% support by Christmas!  The more we are supported the more we are freed up to minister to Waterford Lakes so if you have a moment today, pray about partnering with us in ministry and God’s redemption of Orlando.

We love you all!

Josiah & Jordan

God’s Faithfulness

So over the last few weeks God has shown us how faithful He is over and over and over!

Jordan has been busy nannying and going to school full time and is almost finished with her Bachelor’s degree in Christian Leadership and Josiah has been asked to speak all semester at TNL presents The Anchor at Palm Beach Atlantic University as well as lead worship for the FCA chapels on friday mornings.

God has also been using us at Truth Point Church in West Palm Beach which just had it’s first Sunday in Bear Lakes Middle School a couple weeks ago!  It’s been a wonderful win-win situation where God has provided us a place to serve and be ministered to at the same time!  Here’s a photo from the first Sunday!

First Bear Lakes Service - 09-20-09

The biggest thing that God has been challenging us to do is to surrender everything we want to worry about to Him.

Money—->worry—->surrender—–>God provides

House—->worry—–>surrender—–>God sells it in 3 days

A place to live in waterford lakes—–>currently surrendering that to Him 🙂

As full time missionaries now the biggest concern is how we will afford to live in this American society without getting full time jobs on top of our full time calling/job.

Thankfully Jesus has been providing for us and showing us that He will choose who He wants to support us with.

The first thing people tell you when you are about to ask friends & family for support is; ‘Make sure you send letters to people who have a lot of money!‘ and while that is tempting we choose to prayerfully consider who we send letters to and trust that God will take care of the $$.  Here’s a perfect example.

This is Taylor.

Taylor

She is one of my guitar students and has been taking lessons for about six months now and she’s getting quite good at her instrument!  I had the joy of meeting Taylor and her family at the last church I served at and am so thankful for them as they have been so supportive of Jordan and I in our transitional season.

One day Taylor came for her lesson and when she was about to leave, she handed me two envelopes.

Two envelopes? I  thought.  Hmmm….maybe we missed a week of lessons and I forgot about it. Nope.

This is the envelope.

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That’s right.  In parenthesis it reads “My God money”

We were so touched by Taylor’s love and support and this was just another HUGE reminder that God’s going to use the ‘least of these’ to give Him glory.

As we continue to take steps in the direction that God’s leading us in we are constantly reminded of His love and grace and provision as we seek His glory in planting in Orlando.

Thank you to all who have supported us and are continuing to support us in this next season!  We love you and are praying for you!

Love,

The Potters

Houses/Traveling/God’s Provision

It has been a crazy couple weeks and Jordan and I have been in awe of God’s faithfulness and providence!

We just signed the papers to sell our house in Boynton Beach!!!  We listed it Wednesday night, had an offer made Saturday night and are faxing the signed papers today!

People talk about the economy and housing market as if God is God of everything else but those areas.  God is the God of the universe and as hard as it was to surrender the house (our greatest anxiety) to Him, when we did He took care of it.  Not only did He take care of it, but He decided to do it in 5 days!!!  We will be emailing everyone our new mailing address for Nov/Dec when we find out where we’ll be.

We traveled to Tampa this past weekend to celebrate the 10 year mark of Fresh Start Church.  While we were there we got to cast the vision of Crosspointe Waterford Lakes and learn from people who have been planting for years.  Fresh Start was so gracious to us and we are so thankful for them.  Here’s a shot of Scott Welch at the celebration dinner.

9127_1158789264413_1668232403_392871_6856896_nWe’ve been receiving postcards these past few weeks from supporters and ministry partners and are so thankful for all of you who supporting us as we heed God’s call for us to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Orlando!

In the meantime, Jordan has been finishing up her classes at PBAU and working and Josiah has been leading worship for a church plant in West Palm called Truth Point.  Josiah met the lead pastor, Jeremy, while hanging out with Jared in Boca a few weeks ago.  Jeremy was in need of a worship leader and offered Josiah a chance to begin leading worship again and getting acclimated to leading a small church of about 12.  God once again showed His grace in orchestrating that situation because it’s been a very helpful part in our process of transitioning to Orlando.  Josiah was also asked to lead worship at PBA for the FCA chapels this fall as well as speak at TNL, the thursday night college ministry.

Let me (Josiah) take a moment and just brag about my wife because she is the reason we sold the house!  Jordan continues to keep us very organized and has been looking at houses in waterford lakes non stop trying to find the place that God wants us to live in.  She’s been an amazing help in taking a lot of stressful things (that i’m not good at anyway!) and taking them on her shoulders while being a full time student and working full time.  We’ve only been married four months and it’s been the most amazing four months of my life.  We keep hearing how the first year of marriage is  the hardest, and well….if this is the hard part then we are SO pumped about the future because it’s been awesome being married!  Love and respect people.  Love and respect.  It works.

Prayer-

We are looking for a room to rent from Nov 1-Dec 20 so if you know of anyone in the WPB area that could help us out we’d love it!

The Crosspointe Leadership.  God is still moving and providing the people He wants to use at Waterford and we ask that you all be in prayer about those people and that they would feel and hear God speaking into their hearts,

Support.  We have about 25% of our support raised and hope to be fully supported by Nov. so we can begin to fully focus on planting and hit the ground running when we arrive in January.

Thank you all so much!

Love, The Potters