April 26, 2017
This past Friday I had the privilege of visiting the home of Mark and Luciana Poulterer for their Tie Dye and Cupcakes fundraiser for the Good Friday Gift. Luciana's baking would have been enough to entice me (she always astonishes me with her creations), but I was also secretly excited to try tie dyeing - growing up oversees I'd never done it before!
When I turned onto their street, I started tracking the house numbers to make sure I didn't miss their home, and then I saw the VW bus covered in tie dyed shirts, the rainbow of color in the porch windows, and the five "we are not afraid" signs in the front yard, and I knew I had arrived at the right spot.
The fantastic setup attracted neighbors and passers-by, and made it impossible to miss for those of us searching for it. I was thrilled to see not only Resurrection families, but also neighborhood kids, and Mark's co-workers lining up to dye a shirt and munch on yummy treats.
The Poulterers truly succeeded at using their gifts and resources to multiply their impact for the Kingdom. Mark, a teacher, travels to craft fairs during the summer with his tie dyeing stand, and Luciana caters for various events out of their home. I was so encouraged by the creativity and effort they put into raising money for the Good Friday Gift.
As Mission Director, I've been immersed in preparations for the gift for many months and it has been such a blessing to see Resurrection respond so generously. Thank you so much to everyone who has already given! April 30 is the last day to give. You can learn more here. I can't wait to see how this Good Friday Gift concludes!
November 07, 2016
In April 2015, Church of the Resurrection's incredibly generous Good Friday offering was dedicated to help build up the Christian Institute in Jos, Nigeria. This training center equips young men and women to rebuild the church in northeast Nigeria by sending pastors, evangelists, church planters, and rural health care workers into an area ravaged by tribal warfare, persecution and terrorism, largely instigated by Boko Haram.
Last September, Pastor Matt Woodley brought our Good Friday gift and presented it to Archbishop Kwashi. The Archbishop expressed enormous gratitude to our church family, saying, "I know that even a gift of one dollar means that your people had to give up something else, and that means something to us. We are so grateful to God for your people—not just for your money, but for your love and our partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Now the Archbishop has asked Bishop Stewart and Pastor Matt to return to Jos so they can bless the Christian Institute’s newest dorm building for students—Church of the Resurrection Hall. Based on past experiences in the Diocese of Jos, Bishop Stewart and Pastor Matt will also have plenty of opportunities to preach and teach, build friendships and strengthen our mutual partnership, and eat lots of Moi-Moi and pounded yam.