Mission Field: United States of America
Home Church: Lighthouse Baptist Church
Our Missionary for 5 years
July 25, 2019
Dear Pastor and Supporting Church,
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We wanted to give you the recap of our latest updates for this year. As previously mentioned, we decided to focus on completing our building project and not have any major events planned. In January, we had Evangelist Joshua Lancaster and his family with us. They were instrumental in helping us get the building in its final stage of completion. With the faithful help of some of our members, our building project ended with a final pass of an inspection around Easter. We had our grand opening of the building on Resurrection Sunday. We are so excited and thankful for what the Lord has allowed us to accomplish with His help.
Around Mother’s Day, my wife and I revealed the news that we are expecting our first child December 28th. This has been a long journey of waiting, and we are extremely grateful for the many churches, ministries, and people who have helped us carry this burden to the Lord in prayer. Please continue to pray for our baby and the pregnancy to go well.
Our church building is part of a shopping center. I have been able to establish good relationships with fellow shop owners and workers. Recently, one of the managers from Subway came to visit on a Sunday morning. Her name is Mirna, and she ended up receiving the gift of salvation that morning. She continues to come and bring her two daughters to church.
This weekend, many of our teens and youth will be working on raising money for camp. Our church monitors the parking lot during the Renton River Days festival that is held across the street The property owners allow us to use the funds however we decide. This year, all proceeds will go to help towards camp in August.
The Evergreen Beauty College, located next door to our building, has asked us to be a part of their back to school night on August 21st. We will have the opportunity to open our doors to the community. We will have different rooms set up, including a game room, craft room, and Christian movie room. We look forward to the opportunity to share about our ministry and the Lord to the people in our local community. We hope to see many visitors come from this!
Finally, our plan in September is to have an open house for our church. We will promote it on the back to school night of the beauty college. This will give us a chance to get the word out for people to come visit our ministry. We have had many visitors walk in lately from the area around the church property. With God’s help, we hope to continue reaching these people with the gospel.
Our church prayers are for more laborers to come and join us. The Lord has allowed us to start two new Sunday school classes over the last few months, and we still need someone to come work with the teens. Now that we have a nursery, we will also need workers. We understand that God will provide in His time what we need.
The area of Renton is vast and greatly in need of the Lord. Please continue to pray with us that God will use Lighthouse Baptist Church to further His gospel and shed the light in such a dark place.
Dear Pastor and Supporting Church,
Happy Resurrection! I pray your services were blessed yesterday. We had our children get up in church and sing 2 songs for our services. What a blessing it was to see them singing for the Lord. It is amazing what God has been doing. Yesterday our attendance was 53 with 8 first time visitors. Praise God for His goodness to us.
The city of Renton has given us our building permit officially. Along with the building permit and all other permits it has cost us just over $10,000 in permits. This is really a staggering cost when considering that this is for a storefront remodel. However, all of that is done and now we are ready to build. May 10, BIMI claim ministry is sending at least 4 guys to help us for a week in building the out the space. We are looking forward to having walls, new tiles, carpet, paint, and much more. We covet your prayers as we seek favor with the building inspector along the way. We will need many things inspected during a short time frame.
This past week I had a gentleman to my home to inspect my fence for repair. My fence has blown over and needs to be put back up. While he was here, we started talking and before long he was in my garage, eyes full of tears and cried out for the Lord Jesus to save him! What a powerful thing is was to watch Dan bow his head in prayer. He recently had a motorcycle accident and may have slipped into eternity. Praise God for grace and opportunity. This previous Thursday, I was invited to preach at an assisted living home and 3 residents raised their hands for salvation. In conjunction with another local missionary we go into the Military Prison at Fort Lewis and through preaching and person conversation saw 3 more people receive the Lord. What a great God we serve that He would use me! I would ask that you pray for these who have recently received Christ that they may be discipled and plugged into Church.
Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts we truly love you all!
Dear Pastor and Supporting Church,
Hello from a rainy Seattle! I’d like to take some time and let you know about the church plant here in Renton, WA. As some of you may already know, we have been working with the city of Renton to facilitate the church moving into a new storefront location. This building is strategically located by all the major highways and our church sign will be visible to people passing on the highway. It is a 4600 sqft unit that used to be used as a gym. For about the last 9 months we have been going through a process which was to obtain a “Conditional Use Permit.” This permit has nothing to do with building, or electric, or plumbing. The permit’s sole purpose to alert the community that we are changing the current use of the building from retail to that of a religious gathering. Due to the regulations of the EPA and the size of the building we were obligated to pay an excess of $3,000 in fees in addition to the $3,500 permit cost. This permit took from beginning to end 9 months to acquire. Due to the excessive time table it was not probable that a landlord would take a property off of the market for this amount of time, and still give us the option to pull out of the contract should we not receive the permit. However, I do believe that God was working and that is exactly what happened! We received the permit and now have all the green lights to move into the building.
An unsuspecting roadblock has come up in this process now. Initially, when meeting with the city they told us that once we got to this point they would allow us to meet in the building while we were finishing the permit process as long as we meet all of the fire and safety standards. However, now that we are at this point the city has reneged on its promise and has given us an open-ended timeline with a minimum of 2 months should we finish the construction by then. Of course, this creates a problem as we are now moving out of our old building and with no permission from the city are looking to find a temporary home. The city did say if we will provide $15,000 that they would allow us to meet in the building and would refund the money when the permit process was over. We do not have this type of fluid funding and are praying that the city will make exception in our case. It is our belief that God is going to do something amazing! Would you please pray right now for this situation and ask God to intervene? I know you will and covet your prayers. Thank you for being my friend and for being invested in our work here!