May 6, 2008. May 6, 2009. May 6, 2010. Something significant happened in our lives on all 3 of those May 6th’s. Since today is May 6, 2013 I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane, hopefully inspiring you to believe God is always at work behind the scenes. Let me explain…
In January 2010 Kellie and I were invited to a “church planting boot camp” sponsored by the Association of Vineyard Churches (at the time we weren’t sure what a “boot camp” actually was…and we were pretty ignorant about the Vineyard as well!). We said yes and attended two months later.
While we were there, we felt God calling us to plant a church. As we continued to discern this call, we knew that Step 1 of this process was going to be “Thursday Nights at Redemption” — an 8-week-long event at Redemption Lutheran Church in Sterling Heights where I would be teaching on various topics surrounding healing, the supernatural, spiritual warfare, and the goodness of God, as well as a time of 1-on-1 prayer for healing.
We chose to launch this event on May 6, 2010. When I picked that date, it seemed arbitrary. But nothing is as it seems when God is involved. It turns out May 6, 2010 was two years in the making…
The weekend right before we launched Thursday Nights, Kellie went to a Beth Moore simulcast at Kensington Church. At one point Beth quoted Isaiah 43:18-19 which says: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. That verse really spoke to Kellie about our church plant. It described exactly what we were feeling.
As soon as she got home she grabbed a Women’s Study Bible off our bookshelf (it was a copy of the Bible she didn’t normally use) and opened up to that verse.
Then we were floored.
Not only was the verse already underlined, but she had written a date very lightly in pencil next to those two verses so she would remember when she underlined it. I looked at the date and a chill literally went up my spine. It said “5-6-09.” May 6, 2009. She underlined this verse exactly one year prior to the date we felt God telling us was going to be the unofficial launch of our church plant.
We started to feel there was something about May 6th. Then several weeks later, that was confirmed even more.
Just for fun one afternoon in the summer of 2010, I dug through my e-mail “outbox” to find the first-ever e-mail I sent to Jim Pool — my mentor, friend, and the Great Lakes Regional Church Planting Director of the Association of Vineyard Churches. I wanted to re-send it to him as a trip down memory lane now that we were on the road to planting a church. I was pumped when I finally found that e-mail and my heart pounded when I saw the date I e-mailed it to him.
The date of that e-mail? May 6, 2008.
I am not into numerology or anything weird like that. 🙂 But I think it is beyond cool that two years before we felt God tell us we were going to plant a church, He was working behind the scenes, orchestrating our steps. On May 6, 2008, I e-mailed Jim Pool for the first time and that e-mail began a friendship and church planting mentoring relationship. On May 6, 2009, Kellie was moved by Isaiah 43:18-19. And then on May 6, 2010 we launched Thursday Nights at Redemption.
And now it’s May 6, 2013. The Eastside Vineyard Church is thriving on Sundays and all week long. Jesus is building His church.
***May 12th is Mother’s Day! While flowers and candy are great gifts to give to your mom, the best gift you can give to your mom that day is your time. Start off Mother’s Day right by coming to church as a family! Invite your mom or your children to come to The Eastside Vineyard, whether or not they normally come to our church. It will be a great day of worship, communion, 1-on-1 prayer, and a sermon based on Matthew 22:34-40 focusing on love. May 12. 10:30am. More info at tevchurch.org***