We spent yesterday (Sunday) morning with The Well, which is a church plant in Boulder led by pastor Matt Patrick. They have been in Boulder for about ten months, and God is richly blessing their presence there—they already have about one hundred souls in attendance! Much of our reason for being here this week is to help out Matt and The Well. Our first opportunity to bless them was through helping them with their baptism service yesterday morning. The church is in the process of changing locations; for the special service yesterday they met in an old theatre because it was the only place in town with a “baptistry.” Why the quotation marks? Because the baptistry was a horse trough. Let me tell you, folks, Jesus loves resourceful people.
Matt’s sermon was incredible and the worship was phenomenal, but our team agrees that the greatest part of the service was the baptisms. Six people were baptized, and we heard testimonies from several of them. I was so moved to see the effect that these baptisms had on Matt and a few other key planters/helpers in the church. Tears were shed as they saw God rewarding their faithfulness and patience over these months. Thirsty souls had come to drink freely of the Living Water at The Well (now you know why the church is named that), and now those souls were satisfied and complete. I gladly admit that I wept too. As I shared (as well as I could) in their joy, I heard the Lord further confirm His claim on my life for missions and ministry as He whispered, “This is my plan for you as well—to spend your life weeping, both as you sow seed and as I give the increase.” It was a service that none of us will soon forget, I think.
Our afternoon and evening were spent pleasantly as we got to know Boulder’s famous Pearl Street with some of Brittany’s friends from Denver. One of my favorite moments of the week so far came from our time with that family. We had talked with them quite a bit about our purpose in Boulder, and at the end of the evening the mom of the family said to us,
“So often we Coloradans just think, ‘Oh, Boulder,’ and want to sweep it off the state. But you have changed my perspective on it today. You have reminded me that real people, real souls that need Jesus live here. So thank you for putting a face on Boulder for me.”
Isn’t it amazing how God can use us when we don’t realize it in the least? All we did was vocalize our passion for this city and for our purpose here, and He ran with it. He took our desire to see the darkness of Boulder turned to the Light of Christ, and He replicated it within hearts of other believers. I am incredibly comforted to know that our God uses ALL things for good, regardless of our ability, intent, or understanding.
“O, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and how inscrutable His ways! … For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” ~ Romans 11:33, 36
Thank you for your prayers! Continue to lift us up, but more than that pray that the name of the Lord would be praised from sunrise to sunset in Boulder!
Grace and peace,