Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Off to Eugene

In just a few short days, my family and I will be traveling to Eugene, Oregon as a part of Into All the World 2005. This trip is part of a summer mission effort that Highland is sponsoring. I am really looking forward to it! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Christ Fellowship, the newly planted congregation that will be partnering with us this next week. My two favorite worship leaders, Matt and Sarah Lynn Grubb, left Highland about two years ago to be a part of the church planting team in Eugene. It will be so great to see them again and to meet their two children, Enoch and Indi. The small congregation meets in an elementary school cafeteria, so it will be quite laid back and comfortable. Boy, am I getting excited about the worship times. There is one inner-city ministry that I have heard incredible things about called Hosea that serves homeless teens in the city. I pray that I will get to spend some quality time down there lending my hands and my heart because I know that this is where Jesus would be spending a lot of his time if he were to visit the city. Eugene is home to the University of Oregon, one of the most unchurched, God-starved campuses in the country. I am looking forward to walking the campus and praying that the Spirit would permiate everything that happens on its grounds. In preparation for our trip, our team has been warned that there are a lot of ungodly things that go on in Eugene and my prayer is that God will use each one of us to shed some much needed salt and light in this special city. God loves every citizen of Eugene, Oregon and I hope to be a bearer of his grace, humility, light, and love. I know that there will also be some great people waiting to greet us as we ready ourselves to be servants, I can't wait to forge new relationships! Lord, let the games begin. Please be glorified through us, may our harvest be abundant!


judy thomas said...

My prayers are with all of you--say hello to Matt and Sarah. Miss Judy

Candy said...

My prayers go with you too, Lauren. I know blessings will be received by all - your group and those you come into contact with. Your blog entry made me wish I was going along. I can't wait to hear all about it when you return.