A neighbor who has lived in our area for over thirty years recently saw us out working in the garden and stopped to tell a story. She shared her excitement over Burwell Gardens as she reflected on her time in the neighborhood when she was just girl…she spoke of peach trees, flowers, tasty vegetables, and the presence of an underground spring just below the garden.
So as we continue to strive to be faithfully present to our neighbors through this garden, it is our desire that as they encounter tasty veggies fed by a spring bubbling up from below, they may also encounter a foretaste of a life fed by a spring of living water…(continued)
Forge allows me to equip my church for this calling to be missionaries living out the Jesus life in the places they life work, and play; the exact places that Jesus has already sent them to join Him in his mission. I lead an annual Forge Residency as a way of planting a church within a church, comprised of missional-minded disciples who are modeling this new life and helping me illustrate for the broader faith family the value of this ancient lifestyle. We are redefining disciple-making as the responsibility of every disciple and not as the job of pastors or church programs…(continued)
We thought we were sent to Houston for treatment and hopeful recovered health. But we were sent here for so much more. This place is filled with miracles and God appointments. He is so present here. We are so blessed to have had this experience. The friends we have met are lifetime friends, ones we will know for eternity…(continued)
We felt like we were on our own in our desire to live incarnational lives in the neighborhood God had moved us into. We knew that connecting with our neighbors on an authentically personal level was what was needed. And we were already seeing positive results. But, we didn't feel like we had much of a support system.
Most of our Christian friends didn't understand why we weren't in a church building as much anymore. Or why we weren't trying to bring our neighbors to church. We were starting to question whether or not we were on the right path.