What an amazing journey these last few months have been for Christy and I! As you might recall, this past spring we began sensing that it was time to take a short sabbatical; a time to clarify next steps for both LCI and family. That’s right . . . I said “family”! Christy and I adopted Rand Keith Lennon, born June 9, 2011. He is such an amazing little guy, a true gift from God! Every day he brings us a sense of joy, and each day he seems to teach us more about God’s love.
Another big change came this summer when I started a side business to help support our growing family. The name of this new endeavor is Cove Paddle Fitness, a stand up paddleboard business based here in Malibu (if you don’t know much about paddle boarding, you can check us out on-line at www.covepaddlefitness.com). This too has been an amazing journey, not the least of which has been the unfolding of one new ministry opportunity after another as I meet people who would not otherwise cross my path in the normal course of my “ministry life”.
So where does the Lord seem to be leading us?
For one thing, all these new connections that have developed through Cove Paddle Fitness are opening up new ministry opportunities for LCI. For example, in partnership with a local pastor, we are developing a program called Balance Life that will be centered around paddle boarding and other fitness activities, but always stressing Biblical principles. Our target “audience” will be pastors, market place leaders and others who are challenged in their attempts to find physical and spiritual balance in their lives. It is our hope (indeed, it is our prayer!) that this program will foster relationships that will begin to promote unity within the Body of Christ.
We are also working on a concept called Church on the Beach, a relaxed and very informal approach to reaching the un-churched of our community.
But even with these new opportunities, the Lord continues to lead us down familiar paths. We recently partnered with Majestic Glory Ministries for a One New Man event in Ventura. Pastors and ministry leaders from all over Los Angeles were invited to learn about the Kingdom Center, and hear the story of what God is doing in that city as a result of over 20 churches coming together in an effort to serve the homeless.
And looking to the future, opportunities are surfacing that will allow LCI to partner with Spanish speaking churches in some very unique ministries in El Salvador and Nicaragua. But whether we labor locally to bring balance to people’s lives or we build bridges internationally, unity in Christ remains at the very core of Life Connections. These past several months haven’t brought change. If anything, we are clearer than ever in our mission . . . to network, to build bridges, to bring life to the nations.
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