What if

This past week, Leigh-Ann and I had an interview for our home study to adopt a little boy from Africa. The point of this home study is for an outside professional to either affirm or deny our competency to take in another child.

Are we equipped to parent SIX KIDS?

Well, I guess we’ll find out when our home study is completed.

What does it take to be equipped to parent SIX KIDS?

Grace…

Yep, pretty much a Divinely apportioned amount of grace and a deeply rooted commitment to working together.

There are moments when I feel we are good to go, I mean, we already have five kids, what could be difficult about adding another? There are other moments when we are faced with the reality of immunizations, travel plans to a third world country, ongoing responsibilities, and schedules, kids fighting over TV channels or chores, parenting fatigue, etc.

As we have considered this opportunity, we are confident that God has led us to this place and we believe He is faithful to bring us through to the end.

To bring things into perspective, our desire to adopt another child is pretty insignificant in comparison to a vision to reach our city.

What would it take for the church to be equipped to reach Kansas City? I mean, this is much, much bigger than one child. This is a vision for the Gospel of Jesus to infiltrate homes where violence and perversion reigns, to bring release to those captivated by addictions, to bring hope and healing to every single person in our city.

In order to fulfill a vision for every man, woman, and child to experience and know the love of Jesus, Christians are going to have to work together. Like Leigh-Ann often says, “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.”

This Sunday, I look forward to sharing a sermon from Ephesians 4:1-16 that attempts to answer the question, “What if the church is equipped to reach Kansas City?”

I look forward to dreaming with you about all that God has planned for our city and beyond.