We are continually grateful for the provision and prayer that God is blessing our family and ministry with through our faithful supporters/partners in ministry. This season of our lives is proving to be very fruitful and we are learning and growing more than we could ever have imagined. All of the credit for that goes to the Holy Spirit at work within and around us. We pray continuously for you and your families as well that the power of the Spirit would remain at work in and around you. Thank you again for your continued partnership in ministry. If you have any friends or family that might be interested in joining us as ministry partners (prayer and/or financial) and/or would like to receive our ministry updates, please send their info my way. Here are some updates on what the Lord is doing through our ministry…
We are continuing to serve at Providence Church and are loving the mission, vision and people of the church. We are forming deeper relationships with other families and we are becoming more integrated into the leadership and vision of Providence Church. There is much going on in many different areas of ministry, but here are 3 key areas that I would like to update you on and that you can be praying for…
1. Church Plant update
The vision for the church plant is coming along well. We have been praying, reading, and talking with our leaders about what God’s vision is for this church. We believe we have landed on a name for the church body and a generalized vision (it needs some refining, but it’s a start :). The name is “We Are Church.” The website will be wearechurchnc.com (Note: much of the terminology we will be using is from Francis Chan’s books, videos, etc.). We will continue to keep you updated on the refined vision as it comes. We are excited about the vision that God is bringing and we ask for your continued prayers!
2. Youth Mentoring Program
It is awesome how sometimes God leads us into things that we would have never guessed he would lead us into. This is one of those things. Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to begin mentoring/discipleship relationships with a couple of young men. We have notice a HUGE need in the Denver, NC area for strong Christian men to mentor young, troubled teen boys. I have a great friend and partner in ministry who is a PA at a family practice in Denver. Through his work he has noticed that there is a large amount of young boys in the area without father figures, from broken homes, on all kinds of psych meds, etc. The harvest is plentiful. So, we are taking steps forward to create a third party mentoring program that is masked as simply a community mentoring program, but has real intentions of restoring the lives of these young men and their families through the power of the gospel.
3. Providence Pastoral Update
I had the privilege of preaching my first sermon on June 22nd. The sermon was titled, “A Disciple’s Life” and was based on Luke 14. It is up on the church podcast if you would like to take a listen, grace appreciated J (providencenc.org, click on sermons, click the itunes icon, scroll down to “A Disciple’s Life”). I had an absolute blast teaching. It must not have been too bad (HaHa!) because they have asked me to preach again on Sunday August 3rd. Come join us that Sunday if you are able. My family and I would LOVE to see you! Furthermore, we are continuing to lead and shepherd at Providence. I am co-leading Life Groups now and will be preparing and leading an 8-week initiative in the fall called “The Tangible Kingdom,” based on Hugh Halter’s book. This will be a missional church series where we will study the missional identity of God’s church. Please pray for this series and for the power of the Spirit to work in all of our hearts and to lead us into aligning our lives more with his mission instead of aligning His mission with our lives.
Lastly, I want to leave you with a prayer of encouragement from the book of Ephesians. This is my prayer for all of us…
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Eph. 3: 14-21Sincerely in Christ, Josh Wood (Leah, Emma, Ezra, Ashley, and baby girl #4 coming in early October) Missionary Church Planter