There is more to explore in 2019.

2018  is GONE.

2019 is HERE.

What now? What will come of this year?

What will come of this great unknown?

The answer is waiting for you to find it.

2018 was what it was, but 2019 may be something entirely different, entirely lighter, entirely fresher… but that is up to you and how you respond to the invitations the Creator is giving you.

Let’s be honest… 2019 has the potential to be like every other year, unless you explore more, unless you step out further, sail farther, reach higher.

There’s no doubt about it, the wind of the Spirit is in the air… but you won’t catch it unless you hoist your sails.

There are millions of people waiting to hear what you have to say this year.

There are thousands of lives waiting to be impacted by yours.

There are countless stories that need to be written, memories that need to be made, and lives that need to be impacted by the hope that you carry…

So what are you waiting for?

This year, begin to explore more.

Book a trip, meet a neighbour, forgive a brother or a sister, sign up for that life changing course, challenge mediocrity, if you’re married- move towards your lover, if you have them- hug your kids, if they are living- write to your parents, and most importantly open your heart up to the great love, life and plans of God.

There are open waters for you to explore. Now go, make disciples of all nations, and be Christ’s ambassador everywhere His Spirit blows.

What new thing is God doing in you this year? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

– Andrew

PS- One of the new things coming in 2019 is and I’d love you to explore if it might be for you. Click the link and check it out.

BLOG- The Journey Begins

They say every journey begins with a single step.

If you want a big tree, you have to start by planting a small seed.

There is no doubt about it, I’m a pioneer. I love to start things, and to go where few have gone before. I love to blaze new trails. Why? Because I’m excited about those that will come behind me and reap the benefits of the trail ahead.

Truth be told, I stand on the shoulders of my parents and theirs, pioneers in prayer and missions. I want to stand for something in my lifetime so that others can stand on what I laid down.

This last season my wife and I church planted, teaching a small crew how to be the church wherever they live, work, and play, rather than just attend one. We taught a group in California how to be missionaries to their own Western contexts. As a result there are activated Christians in a world that desperately needs the message they bring. By God’s grace and for His glory I share that that group are almost all living a radically more missional lifestyle as a result of our time together at “The Hub Movement”. When we announced the church’s “closure”, one lady moved to Florida to work with homeless and at risk individuals there, another man jumped into street ministry, another family moved to Europe and have engaged missionaly in their community there, and many more ripples have been made. Nothing makes me happier than equipping the saints for ministry, rather than doing it all myself!

And so… the journey of Awaken the Valley has begun.

It seems that as one season closes, it gives way to another, and for God’s grace to “pioneer again” I am thankful.

What will our legacy be from this venture? I don’t know, but He does, and He loves to grow seeds into trees!

As we start off on our journey, I want to encourage you with three thoughts for your own journey.

  1. Prepare. Every journey beings with a single step, but every step is taken because of preparation. I’ve tried hiking with inadequate supplies, poor shoes, and a poor tent and mattress set up. It wasn’t pretty. I was eaten by mosquitos, slept poorly, and was exhausted way earlier on in the hike than I should have been. Prepare for the journey. You may not know what you will encounter on your expedition, but you can have the tools with you just in case. For a new ministry I suggest that you talk to and surround yourself with the right people, make sure you have a clear vision and that it’s from God, and…
  2. Pray. It’s all good to have the tools and be prepared for any weather, but things of eternal value come arise from prayer. Their source is Jesus and their destination and motivation is His glory. Pray like your mission depends on it.
  3. Get on the path! Now get on the path! Take the step, and trust that God will be with you around every corner, and He will lead you out of every valley!

Thanks for joining us on our journey!

You can find out how to get involved with Awaken the Valley HERE.

– Andrew