The following update was written by Keith Baldridge, Church Plant Pastor, The Living Stone Church, Broomfield, CO. It is a testament to how your prayer and financial support is making a difference in a Church Plant supported by BABC.
I remember reading about the eruption of Mount St. Helens when I was a kid. The volcano, located in southwestern Washington, used to be a beautiful symmetrical cone about 9,600 feet above sea level. The eruption, which removed the upper 1,300 feet of the summit, left a horseshoe-shaped crater and a barren wasteland. I can still see the pictures of the total destruction of an exploding mountain that was so powerful it laid trees down like toothpicks. The volcano left death and destruction in its wake for miles around.
We've all heard it said that out of the ashes of death, pain and suffering come hope and new life, but sometimes it's difficult to see when you're at the epicenter. As a kid I remember reading how botanists were surprised that new life was coming back to Mount St. Helens much quicker than expected and that the rich volcanic soil was ideal for new life to thrive.
This past week, I was asked by my daughter's principal to be available for grief counseling at her school. A popular teacher at the school lost an 8 month old baby to a serious illness last week and the school was reaching out to anyone who has counseling experience. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity and was assigned Wednesday afternoon, the last slot on the last day of grief counseling. I sat in the counseling room for 15-20 minutes waiting. Thinking that no one was coming, I was about to leave when, of all people, the principal walks in. Holding back tears, she said, "I could use some counseling."
Over the past week she'd been holding strong for everyone else but she had very little left to offer. We talked and I learned that she has no real spiritual foundation and that she attends a Unitarian Church in Boulder which believes that all paths lead to God. I knew this was a divine appointment and shared how I deal with pain and grief by casting all my cares/anxiety/burdens on Jesus. I felt God leading the conversation and unapologetically shared the Gospel with her over the next few moments, even inviting her to join us for church this Sunday. Until recently, her husband wanted nothing to do with God or church but has expressed interest in "trying one out" soon.
From the ashes of pain and suffering, we're seeing a glimmer of hope shining and new life about to spring forth... And this is where I NEED YOUR HELP! Would you pray with me? Pray that God would begin a new work in this principal's life? She is a gatekeeper to the school that we long to minister to. Already, two first-grade teachers attend TLSC, but we want to see a real movement of God within the school that will spread like wildfire!
Pray for the principal and faculty of Academy Charter School, that hearts would be softened towards the Gospel of Jesus.
Pray for good to come from this death. More conversations about Jesus.
Pray for us as we engage people who have no spiritual foundation.
Thank you for lifting up these requests! We need strong men and women like you standing in the gap on our behalf. We are honored to have you on our prayer team!