The countdown to September 15th is in full swing! We are less than 100 days from the launch of weekly services for Ascent. I am nervous, excited and 100 more emotions all at once. It is so cool to be a part of something that God is doing and I am glad you guys are a part of it with us! We have many blessings and prayer requests as we head into the final three month stretch.
1. We are blown away by God’s provision
As I mentioned in the email we have been given an amazing opportunity that only God could orchestrate. Let’s praise Him for that! In the May prayer update I told you our budget and asked you to pray over it. We didn’t see an increase in the giving, but we did see this amazing opportunity that none of us could have ever planned for! Isn’t God good? And it's not just with our fundraising! He has provided us with the right people on our launch team and prayer team. He has provided for us in our search for a facility to gather in. He has provided for us in our search for a worship leader. He has provided for Taylor and I personally even when it looked like there would be no way! He is good my friends. I am not nervous at all about raising the funds we need because God has shown me time and time again that He is the provider. If nothing else, I really hope your time on our prayer team has served as a great faith builder for you as we watch God answer prayer after prayer for Ascent!
2. All three interest meetings exceeded our expectations
I seriously can’t believe that we are already finished with all three interest meetings we had planned for the summer. It seems like yesterday that we were planning and dreaming for them in January. I was so nervous that there would only be 12 of us at that first one, but our expectations were exceeded every single time. We welcomed over 150 unique individuals over the course of the three months and our team grew from about 10 to over 50! The most exciting part is we have seen that the vast majority of the people we are reaching have no relationship with Jesus or a local church. Jesus is doing something big in NW Oklahoma!