God is the author of unexpected friendships! Over the course of our travels we have been so thankful for God's hand in meeting and reconnecting with some amazing folks.
One story comes to mind; it started in August, when we were speaking at a church in Olympia Washington. A sweet couple came up to us to say ‘hi’ and thanked us for sharing, it was nice to meet Janie and Jack. They even invited us to visit them (if we were ever near Lexington Kentucky). Because that’s what Jesus followers do… they invite people to their house! (See Acts 16:15).Janie and Jack were completely unaware that Kentucky was our next planned state to visit, and that we had been praying that weekend for connections to visit and share there (although we already had some appointments and were invited to speak at Kentucky Christian University).
Once back in Dallas, preparing to visit Kentucky, we called up the couple and asked if their invitation was still open, only to hear a family emergency had kept them in Washington, this led to them introducing us to their son, a pastor, and his family who then invited us to visit them.
When we arrived in Kentucky (back in September) our first appointment was to visit the Whitaker family whom we had never met and only spoken to once on the phone… but we cannot explain the amazing confidence and excitement we both felt when we arrived for a Sunday evening Ice cream social at their church…it was the feeling of going to our home church and being reunited with dear friends (the very first time we met)! We visited the Whitakers for a few days and amid games, conversations, and pizza it felt like a family reunion!
Friendship, when built on the foundation of Jesus and united on the ground of sharing the gospel, start out strong and grow even deeper! We were excited to get the chance to swing back around after other visits, see both Whitaker families and have the chance to preach at their church and share our calling to ministry. We are so excited Cornerstone Christian Church is now our partner in ministry and together plant churches that share Jesus in Mexico!
This is just one of many stories where we have seen God's hand in connecting us with His body and building our partnership team throughout our travel. Cornerstone Christian Church pledged support this month, the forth church to join our support team (in addition to individuals and families). As our partnerships develop and more opportunities to share open we are ever closer to reaching the goal. We have crossed the halfway mark (50%) of fundingsent and pledged needed to meet our monthly budget and momentum is building! We are so thankful to God and to all of you for your prayers, encouragement, and support!
Highlighted below are the states we've traveled developing our partnership team in 2017! If you haven't yet, join the team!
In Christ alone and all for him,
Joe and Patricia Klein