2012 was an amazing year at CX! I wanted to post some of my personal favorites.
We took our first major mission trip to Thailand. Five of us traveled over 9,000 miles to share Jesus' love with some people on the other side of the world. We taught some English to a handful of kids in an Muslim village. We worshipped on street corners, in restaurants and at a great church some of our missionaries started. We also prayed with a number of people on the streets, got to be a part of three salvations and even helped with the baptisms! You can watch the highlights here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg_K6IM3tfk&feature=share&list=UUeUz74mCtPHWICseUfwau1g
This year we also did a plethora (yes plethora!) of service projects. We held our annual free garage sale where we gave everything away to unsuspecting shoppers. We served meals and loved on people at the Boise Rescue Mission and City Light. We played board games with some really sweet people at a local nursing home. We painted walls for the Christian Children's Ranch and took their kids out on the town for dinner, a movie and Christmas stockings. We wrapped Christmas presents for free at the neighborhood Fred Meyer. This list could go on and on with even more projects that our individual small groups did. What an honor to wear the name of Christ and love on people! Highlights here . . . http://youtu.be/BZ29_Jyc9MM
Also, at the tail end of 2012 God opened the door to hire a couple of part-time staff to help move Connections further toward the vision. I am super excited we are to have Allegra Finnigan and Jeremy Wight join the team. Besides helping with the typical office challenges and weekly to-do lists, Jeremy and Allegra are both pastors at heart and are excited to come along aside us to encourage and pray with us.
If 2013 and every year after were as good as 2012, I would consider CX a massive success. But truth is, I believe this year will be even better. I know this to be true for two reasons. First, God has allowed us to press on and do greater things every year and we have even higher expectations for 2013. Secondly, we serve a God who is alive. He is still in the business of changing lives and reconciling relationships. I believe if we simply submit to Him, He will use us to love on even more people!
God is moving! And we're drafting right behind Him! I can't wait to see what's next!