Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
~ Matthew 9:38 ~
|Our son Sam with his wife Hannah and two sons, |
Sam Houston and Ben, at Sam's graduation from
Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, this past spring
Both Sam and Hannah have had a heart for working in the inner city since serving in outreach ministry in Louisville. Sam believed there was not only a great need for the spread of the Gospel in solving social ills, but also in providing biblical counseling and discipleship to those who made professions of faith, involving them in the local church and building them up in the faith. Soon after moving to the Austin area, Sam met and spoke with one of the elders of the Austin Stone Community Church who shared with him the ministry opportunity of working in their pastoral residency program. Sam and Hannah both believed this was God's leading.
|Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, TX|
Photo source: Direct Expansion Solutions
Though we are used to missionaries raising support, pastoral residency support may be a new concept. Yet, in my opinion, this way of launching men into the ministry is not only good stewardship but is also a streamlined and efficient way of getting those called into ministry immediately into the work at hand. The church is not risking a salaried position on someone who is not yet experienced, and the minister in training is not saddled with trying to work a full-time job to support his family while trying to minister full-time.
Do you feel the need is great for laborers to be sent into the harvest? Are you praying the Lord of the harvest to send forth those laborers? Are you willing and able to put some feet to those prayers? If so, please take a minute to read our Sam's support letter and consider either a one-time gift or a one-year or two-year monthly support commitment. Even $20 a month -- less than $5 a week! -- would go far in helping Sam qualify for this awesome ministry opportunity at Austin Stone Community Church. He only has until Sept. 7 to raise a certain portion of his support. So, please do not hesitate if you feel led to give. Sam's support site is .
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/ehomebody.
Sam is available for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by phone in the evenings at 512-917-5359.
Whether you are able to give or not, we ask you to please pray for Sam and Hannah as they seek to serve Christ in the Austin area. We are excited to see how the Lord will work through his servants.