well, i sit in the Cincinnati airport waiting for a delayed connection to New York…so i thought that i would blog a little about where we are at with the refuge.
we have been experiencing some hurdles with the city (but i believe these hurdles are a good thing) because the LORD knows what our needs are and His timing is always perfect. please pray for His timing and our obedience to follow. we are awaiting patiently to move in along with about 15 other individuals who have declared the refuge is their mission field. it is amazing to see all that God is doing in the hearts of individuals and married couples. for you see, this building has nothing special other than it appears to be a place where the LORD is really resonating with people in making a kingdom impact.
our plan of action is still very much the same. move in disciplers who want to “go and make disciples” among those who are widows, orphans, alien, poor (zachariah 7), and to execute true justice. our biggest hold up in moving into the refuge is the heating situation. a heating and air condition unit has been donated to us to do central heat and air but it appears that will not sit well with the inspectors. so we are looking into floorboard heaters as another option. i have also been told that 20 air conditioning units have been donated by a company in new jersey. it is amazing to see how God is continuing to provide all of our needs…
we purchased insurance for the refuge so we are now able to cover the parking lot next door in which we are renting from a great guy who is really open to what we are doing. he is currently working on mayor’s homeless alliance. included in the homeless alliance, there have been some great leaps made in creating a master plan of transformation in that area. we, at the refuge, are really wanting to bring a huge transformation down in this area that seems to have been ignored for so long. there are tons of empty buildings and broken windows. but we are working on this and i anticipate that we are on the move this year in bringing a huge transformation to that area as we really begin to bring the church down there to make disciples.
our plan for the widows and orphans is to see what would happen if they move in next door to the disciplers, who will be living out, intentionally, to make impacts for the kingdom through their life. it will be so fun to see how God uses us to love our neighbors right down the hall from us.
alien and the poor: the focus for the refuge is really champion for the spiritual food. the rescue mission next door has plenty of resources to provide physically. our heart is to see what will happen when, as disciplers, we don’t have too much silver and gold, but what we do have is Jesus…and to give away Jesus to all who would want to stand with us (1 Corinthians 15) and walk into the fullness of Christ.
execute true justice: here in okc, i hear a lot about social justices. i am not sure how to really define that within the confines of this culture here…but what i see happening is seeking the needs of my neighbor…giving away of myself for the sake of others…but i also think that it means making the streets safe…our plan for this is to set up at least for now a worship team at night who will be willing to worship on the street corners where the drug dealers stand to sell their drugs…which mostly goes on from the 1st of the month through the 5th of the month. the reason for this is due to those who get checks from the government…they usually cash their check and spend it on drugs…and therefore the 2nd half of the month the rescue mission begins to fill up and the cycle continues month upon month.
our approach with the drug dealers is to lead with worship. the worship of the warriors will be our tactic of battle. consider Moses when instructed by God in Numbers 10: 8 “The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come. 9 When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. 10 Also at your times of rejoicing–your appointed feasts and New Moon festivals–you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.” ; or of course with Joshua when going into the first battle with Jericho in Joshua 6 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.”