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Living the Faith

February 20, 2017

Some updates on the Wednesday Restore Family:

  1. John and Anna have stepped aside for a break.
  2. Chuck Dobson is leading until a replacement can be found
  3. The group is now meeting at 714 West Creek. Laura Devin's home.
  4. We are in conversations with a group of young women about joining our Restore family.

"Jesus isn't God."

At last week's Restore family meeting, we had an opportunity to live our faith: a friend was invited. Amen & thank You, Jesus!

Are you inviting people to your Restore family?
Do you have a Restore family?

Anyhow, first rattle out of the box our newly invited friend came out swinging, stating effectively that Jesus wasn't God. What would you do? How would you handle it? What would you say?

We meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Join us... and bring a friend.

We Are Secure In Jesus

September 05, 2016
In peace I will both lie down and sleep. For Thou alone, O Lord, dost make me to dwell in safety. -Ps. 4.8

Those of us in Wednesday Restore labored through the summer months dealing with ailments, surgeries, broken relationships, car wrecks, finances, family deaths, problems at work, and even some job changes. But guess what, Labor Day has arrived and we can both lie down and sleep because we are securely in the hands of Jesus. Our Lord Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, gave us the strength to persevere through these trials, making us stronger, wiser, more compassionate, and loving. With the Restore tenets of Sharing Life Together, Living on Mission, and Growing in Truth, we have grown as God demands.

We completed our third study of the 9Marks series, “The Whole Truth About God: Biblical Theology.” Our prayer life was encouraged by reading and praying a Psalm at each meeting. Outreach included ministry to one another, neighbors, friends and the community with loving individual efforts, and we are now developing an outreach project for this fall. Our Restore family has continued to grow with three new members: Teresa, Dana, and Lara. We are also blessed to have Bob & Rose Huff attending now after Bob’s retirement from his job in Dallas. God is good and we are thankful.

But let all who take refuge in Thee be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may Thou shelter them, that those who love Thy name may exult in Thee -Ps. 5.11

Our prayer for those who read this update is that you may both lie down and sleep tonight knowing you are in His secure hands. Amen


May 03, 2016
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. -1Th5.16-18

The journey of our lives takes us through this broken world of sin, disease, and prideful endeavors, but we are encouraged by these words from Paul to the believers in Thesalonica. He expressed his joy and thankfulness for their faithfulness to the Gospel and assured them that they were in his prayers constantly.

The faithful in our Wednesday Restore family have taken this to heart as they have lifted up prayers for each other, ceaselessly praying for John & Anna's nephew, Van Garcia. Van has been at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the past six months battling back from a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. Even though we pray, his body continues to weaken. So should we as believers "leave it to God" when our prayers seemingly go unanswered for many months and even years. We have family and friends in the pits of worldly desires leading to their destruction without any desire to change. This once Christian nation of ours continues to ignore the love and light of our Savior Christ Jesus and His Word as it points us toward more saintly lives and the kingdom of God. Jesus has an answer for us:

Jesus was in constant prayer with His Father as he taught his disciples and those in Jerusalem's Temple and as he ministered to the multitudes. In Mt 14.23 we read of Jesus praying in solitude on the mountain after the miracle of fishes & loaves. He even taught us how to pray in Mt 6.5,6,9-13. On the cross Jesus prayed for those who were crucifying him, Lk 23.24 "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing," and finally praying Ps 22.1 "My God, My God, why hast Thou Forsaken Me?" So take heart my fellow believers, your Lord Jesus has shown us the prayer life we should have from the time we are born again to our last breath here on Earth. We should always Rejoice in our position in Christ, always giving Praise and Thanks to our Lord and Pray without ceasing as He has exemplified.

Van has recently been transferred to Lifecare Hospital in San Antonio where his family and friends are there to comfort him. This has indeed been an answer to our prayers and we continue to pray that through his ordeal Van comes closer to his Savior, that our prayer lives be strengthened and our Lord Christ Jesus be glorified! Pray without ceasing my brothers and sisters, He loves you.

Are You Growing In Him Who Loves Us?

January 02, 2016
"but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." -Ep4.15-16

The body of Wednesday Restore was blessed as it grew in 2015 with the addition of several faithful believers in Christ, including Steven & Sheila Kale, Rose & Bob Huff, Mary Newman, Sherry Garfield, Teresa Garza and her son Sam. When added to our regular faithful, these made our body grow in mission outreach, in the truth of God's Word, and in prayer as we shared life together. Though challenged through the loss of loved ones, various illnesses, disappointments in those we ministered to, the Holy Spirit continues to work within to strengthen and encourage each of us as we're reminded in Dt31.6 "I will never desert, nor will I ever forsake you." Our mission efforts, both individually & corporately, touch many with the love of Jesus. These acts of prayer, comfort, and feeding the poor in spirit have only one purpose: to glorify Him who loves us, and our reward is to be continually in Jesus.

So, as we continue to grow in His service of love to each other and others as He loves us, we pray that 2016 may grant to all who believe His special peace: "And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." -Ph4.7

If you have not joined in fellowship with a Restore family which meets weekly from Monday through Wednesday, our prayer is that His Spirit will touch your heart and bring you into one of these family-fellowships in Christ. God Bless.

Our Ministry For Jesus

September 30, 2015
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. -1 Co 12.4-7

Chad, one of our brothers in Wednesday Restore recently testified of his personal ministry for his Lord Jesus:

My ministry is my job. Having been employed at a local eye Doctor for the past 10 years I have crossed paths with so many people within the community. One patient of ours was going through a rough time. I could see she was being worn down. God brought to my mind an earlier conversation I had with another patient a couple of years prior, in which she saw a painting I had done of Jesus and how much she liked it. God led me to give her the painting - so the next time she came in for an appointment I told her that God led me to give her the painting. She cried and thanked me. A couple of weeks later when she was back to see the Doctor, she told me that she had hung the painting in her living room and, as she would pass by it, she would be reminded to thank God for the day and that there is hope beyond the difficulties of this world.

What joy and encouragement this brings to all of us in Christ! As the Word tells us in 1 Co 12.4-7, we've all been given a gift and the strength to shine His light in this world. Throughout your day, as God reveals opportunities, let His Spirit move you to action without hesitation, because His strength is sufficient for you and your gifts are God given.

But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. -2 Ti 4.5

Our Restore family prays for God's Blessings on each of you as you glorify Jesus through your gifts. Love and Peace

July 2015 "Brothers and Sisters in Christ's Service"

July 01, 2015

1Tim. 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Our Restore Brothers and Sisters are bound by the upward calling of Christ as we reach out to each other and the community. Having a sincere faith with a pure heart and good conscience leads us to the many opportunities to deny oneself and serve others for God’s glory.

Who do you call when your shopping trip ends only to find your car has a flat tire in the parking lot? Well of course your family! But that’s not always possible, so the next thought is your Restore Family. And yes, they will be there for you as was the case recently with one of our Sisters. The responding Brother even went the second mile to get her car going again, comforting our frantic Sister and helping her locate a replacement tire. Prayer ministry is another area of ongoing service during the Sunday Proclaim, Restore meetings, and at the Marketplatz at 2pm every Sunday afternoon. Our other service opportunities include participating with Men in Song each Saturday morning, setup/takedown at Proclaim, the Friday Women’s Bible Study, volunteering at the Hospital Hospice thrift Store, encouraging and comforting our neighbors, the Food Ministry each Sunday and the Austin Food Bank food distribution each month. Service to others blesses our Wednesday Restore family, strengthens our faith, and makes us abundantly grateful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Heb.13:1-3 Let Love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.

If you are moved by the Spirit to put your sincere faith into action, plan on visiting one or more Restore Families which meet on Monday thru Thursday each week. You will be blessed many times over as we study His Word, minister in prayer, and participate in Christian ministry with and to each other and our community. Peace and grace to you.

Fellowship With Him

March 26, 2015
What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. -1 John 1:3

As Wednesday Restore sups together, in His Word, in prayer, and in mission all for His glory, we are reminded that He is indeed in fellowship with us. What a wonderful and humbling place to be--how can we even imagine such a gift of peace, security, and joy could come to sinners like US! Yet it is true, how faithful He is to make us complete in Jesus.

Our Restore family continues to grow as an answer to prayer with the addition of two more couples, Steven & Sheila Kale, and Bob & Rose Huff. We are also so blessed to get frequent visitors as our regulars reach out to others who bless us with their fellowship.

Outreach opportunities abound for each of us in the community and within South Church as our members are active in ministry to those needing temporary housing or food assistance, aiding the sick, encouraging those hurting, volunteering in the Head Start classroom, and guiding those to Jesus who are open and searching for that inner peace that the world always fails to provide.

In His service, all the while giving thanks and praise. Peace and Grace to each of you, come and join us if you are seeking to share life with those who are growing in Him.

Christmas - It's All About Jesus

December 22, 2014

As we progress through Advent we are reminded by Phil. 2:5-8,

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant, and being made in the likeness of man. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."

Jesus, who came wrapped in the likeness of man gave to us an example of obedience to the Father. He calls upon us to empty ourselves likewise, to be a bond servant of God and in His service to love beyond ourselves, to minister and bring others to Christ.

Though the Wednesday Restore family is small in number after spinning off the Monday SRS Family, we remain committed in faith and service to the community. Since moving our location to John & Anna's home, we have had the opportunity to declare Advent with Christmas Caroling in the neighborhood. Some homes greeted us with enthusiasm and applause while others just peeked out their window to see who the strangers in song were. In any event, it was uplifting and fun for our small Restore family to proclaim Jesus.

Our ministry to those in need continued with participation in the Head Start food distribution, Food Ministry at Proclaim on Sundays and volunteer work with children at the Head Start School. We also joined hands with the Needs Council to provide a Christmas gift basket to a family of three which included food, toys, cards of encouragement and a Bible.

Being in a Restore Family means praying and caring for one another, being in the Word, and living on mission. So come help us grow in Christ together.

Peace, Grace & Hope be with you this Advent Season!

Grace Upon Grace

September 23, 2014

In John 1:16 we find words to both humble ourselves and be grateful for the fullness of Christ and His out pouring of grace upon us. It reads: "For of His fullness we have all received grace upon grace." We too have received this fullness due to His sacrifice for our sins and can now mirror His grace and minister to others in our community. His grace does not end but continues each day as we abide in Him and follow His Word.

This continuing grace was so evident during this summer as our Wednesday Restore family received His blessings over and over again. We welcomed new member Mary Newman into our Restore family, Brian was given a new job at O'Rielly's in Llano, Rori received a full time job at Walmart and her first car, Les' card ministry continues to grow with an order for cards from a Christian book store in Kerrville, an open door was granted for our family to serve within the Stonewall Head Start program in Fredericksburg, Anna learned to swim after being fearful of water for so many years, Chad received confirmation of his career and ministry in Fredericksburg, Susan was given a plane ticket to participate in a friend's wedding in Colorado, Cristina gets to continue and expand her teaching assignment at Ambleside Christian School and John, well he is still "vertical" with a good heart check up.

Outreach opportunities continue to flow as we had a fun work day at the John & Terry Schuch Ranch. Seems like we all get behind in caring for our homes especially when an illness comes along, so receiving help from a willing church family is, again, "grace upon grace". The open door at Head Start will soon begin to bear fruit as Anna has been accepted as a volunteer to help with reading and after school program. The Food Ministry on Sundays continues to grow in both giving, sharing and receiving by many in our church family.

The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace." -Numbers 6:24-26

Baptism, Outreach and Sharing

June 24, 2014

Wednesday Restore kicked off the second quarter of 2014 with a round of testimonies given by each of our members as we discussed baptism and its meaning. As the group concluded the review of The Doctrine of the Church it became clear that faith is indeed proclaimed through a public display of each person's belief in Jesus Christ's saving grace in their lives through baptism (Acts 2.38-47, John 3.22-36, Romans 6.1-14) . As a result, five of our members proclaimed their faith on April 6th. Rising from the water in joy and triumph were Rori, Nevaeh, Elijah, Susan, John, and Anna. Although some of these were dedicated in baptism as small children, this was a time for them to rededicate their lives and encourage others to show their faith outwardly which we all need to do without reservation.

Outreach continues to be a focus of Wednesday Restore as we participate in the Stonewall Headstart Food Distribution each 2nd Saturday of the month along with food sharing at our own Food Ministry each Sunday after Proclaim. Church members have been bringing in eggs, garden vegetables, and groceries to share with our church families and as an outreach to the community. Also we received a great blessing as we worked together to help rebuild a double wide home for a single mom who is trying to restart her life after a divorce. How exciting it is to see each of our restore members look for opportunities to serve Jesus in Fredericksburg.

Come and join us Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm at the Peach Tree Inn, 401 S. Washington, as we live on mission, share life together and grow in Truth, being restored through the ministry of God's Word. Peace and Grace to you.

Feeding & Reaching

March 21, 2014

Our Wednesday Restore family had a jump start into the 2014 New Year with the birthing of two mission outreach programs. One of our member's, Elijah Washington, vision of creating the Spiritual Recovery Support ministry came to fruition in January and is growing each week. This ministry provides healing for those who have encountered difficult challenges in their lives and are humbly seeking the mercy and grace of Jesus to bring them to wholeness. Praise to Him for blessing this effort and thanks to all those who participated in its creation. Read more about this effort in the March Recovery Recap.

Another "Living in Mission" outreach sprung to life in February with the establishment of the Food Ministry. Each Sunday our church families bring food staples to the Proclaim service for distribution to those in need both within our church and friends outside our church family. This need for supplemental food has arisen due to periods of unemployment, illness, and other life events that we all have experienced from time to time. Thanks to all who are generously and continually contributing to this effort and following Christ's teaching according to Matthew 26:35-40, "For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat ..." In addition, our participation in the 2nd Saturday 9:30 am Head Start food distribution is an ongoing effort and we encourage everyone in the church family to join in to help.

Our Wednesday Restore family continues to flex in size and personnel as we welcomed new member Donovan Toomey and returning members Les Shoot and James Marsico. We are also thankful for Chuck Dobson's leadership this past year and for John Mendeke and his wife Anna for assuming leadership roles for the group. As you can see from the attached group picture we are a joyful, yet humble in Christ's mission and are eager in His service. Come and join us at 6:30pm each Wednesday at the Peach Tree Inn, 401 S. Washington St.

Peace & Grace

Meals, Ministry & Mending

December 27, 2013

Our Wednesday night family still characteristicly grows and shrinks in number from week to week, however, the trend seems to be leaning more toward steady growth. Thank you, generous Father, for gradually bringing us more people, who actually keep coming back! We have Rory, Anne and Sally, all answers to prayer as the brothers in this family have outnumbered the sisters for far too long. And now John and his sweet wife Anna have joined us - a real-live married couple and both of them actually show up TOGETHER! We praise the Lord for their coming to be part of our family, and we look forward to learning from them as well as alongside them. So you see, Wednesday Restore is therefore living proof of God's Hand at work - not because of anything we've done, but by His very faithfulness in not only keeping our rag-tag group together, but in causing us to grow and to thrive in His strength.

Our greatest effort this season to reach out to the people around us in the name of Jesus, came in the form of a community Thanksgving meal. Elijah offered his culinary skill as well as resources donated by his employer to put on a plentiful spread at the Headstart Building. Well over 60 people were fed on the premises while Paige and others came to pick up dozens of plates to distribute to others in the community in need of a meal. Elyse, Bethany, Yaya and members of other Restore families pitched in to help with preparations, baking and serving. Best of all, we were finally able to establish contact with a Spanish-speaking pastor from a Baptist church in Stonewall. We have long prayed to develop a relationship with a pastor like Carlos who is both desirous and able to disciple Spanish-speakers in our area. He came and delivered God's Word in power (in Spanish and English) to those who attended the Headstart meal and got contact info from a few families who were interested in talking further with him. All praise to You again, Lord!

Prayer needs... well, we continue to ask Jesus to restore our faithful leader Chuck to full health. We know that if God can clear the Red Sea, He can certainly do something similar, on a smaller scale of course, with Chuck's nasal passages. Elijah is prayerfully moving toward putting together "Steps" (January maybe?), a ministry for those struggling to come out of addictions of various types and into the salvaging arms of our Redeemer. On a similar note, a young man came to visit church and our restore family a couple of times, but has since fallen back into the tangles of addiction. Please pray that he might hear the Holy Spirit calling him out of bondage - that he might be set free to be loved by and to follow Jesus once and for all. We also pray for Susan and for her brother, Ronnie, in particular. He is in a nursing home, very ill with cancer and various other health conditions. Chuck has visited him and told him about his need for a Saviour and has pointed him to King Jesus. Ronnie acknowledges his need for repentance so please let's keep lifting him up that he might wholeheartedly surrender to God in Christ Jesus. The Lord has shown Himself to be Susan's sole Strength in dealing with her brother and so we ask for continued endurance and peace for our dear sister.

Revolving Doggie Door

October 29, 2013

We have had new faces come and some go. One coulple showed up and then moved to Lubbock to minister to people in the s-x trade. Believe it or not we even had a dog come. I am not sure Angel a Chihuahua got anything out of restore but at least he had supernatural name. Chad is planning on moving into a ministery opportunity he just isn't sure which one. He has choices. Chad's desire has been to be in ministry leadership all along and we have prayed for him to be used that way for a long while. Now it looks like it will be happening sooner than later. PTL not that we want to loose him but we are happy knowing he will be moving in to leadership. Les, moved out of town and his hands on help will be missed. Speaking of which we will be doing our Car Thingy on Nov. 9th at Headstart. We will again top off fluids and while doing so look for ways to talk about Jesus and pray with people. Elijah is still working on starting a recovery kind of ministry to the truly broken. We have also started talking about doing some kind of Thanksgiving, holliday, Christmas meal thing to the community of people that Elijah is trying to minister to. On the radar is the annual envelope stuffing for Good Samaritan nothing unique about that as all restore families will be helping. We also are looking forward to the meal thing to the first responders. Notice how we do "thing" kind of things? We must be in a rut. If you have some fresh Ideas come and visit we need them.

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

August 19, 2013

Did the car thingy thing again while attempting to connect with our Hispanic community. We topped off cars, took prayer requests, and practiced Spanish. For Head Start we made scripture cards to attach to tote bags we brought to give to the Head Start people. Had a bunch of new people, lost a bunch of new people and one person might stick. Please pray as that person doesn't know Jesus. We had a substitute leader when Chuck was absent rescuing Susan in San Antonio. Prayed for one another as always! We prayed for one member of our family one way and God answered over night in another way even better than we asked! Praise the Lord! Some bad news I'm afraid as Susan's Bronco just didn't make it. Good news though is that she has been blessed with a solid like new Chevy Suburban from very generous hearts within our South Church family! God is good! Amen?

On The Road Again

July 20, 2013

At the end of the game the King and the Pawn both go back into the same box. Susan's Bronco is still getting good reports. Chuck says he saw something fly past him on 16. Whoa hey! Was that Susan? Watch out for that tree! Our restore family is now meeting in the conference room at the Peach Tree Inn and much thanks to Jay for hosting us there! Susan, Elijah, and Chuck each invited a guest who also invited a guest. Praise God! Praying they all return and find a home with us where they can be real and come to know the Lord in all truth. Pray with us church family! On a last note Jay, Elijah, and Les are Sustaining together with some great results. Are you Sustaining? Who is your Sustain partner?

Reaching In with the Love that Never Fails

June 26, 2013

Restore families have a goal of reaching out to our community. We also reach in, as we've been doing these last few weeks. Susan's Bronco II is running and she is on the road again! Yippee! By the way, does anyone know where these extra parts go? Yikes! On a sadder note Kari and Joe are getting married. Sad only because we are losing them. Happy though because Andrew is getting a whole family! Blessings to you Joe, Kari, and Andrew! And thank you Kari for the hospitality of your home. God is good!

Reaching Out with the Love that Never Fails

June 01, 2013

So it's the early bird that gets the worm but did you know it's the second mouse that gets the cheese? We've been so busy reaching out that we're behind in catching you up. We did our Car Thingie thing again and was able to pray for more hurting souls while servicing car needs at the Head Start Food Bank. We also reached out to a friend of Chad's who is going through some pregnacy issues. All of us wrote notes of encouragement & lifting Scripture as well. Ideas are circulating down the road to pass out free bottles of water to our community on a hot summer day while witnessing. We would love to have any other restore families join us on this one... all locked and loaded with Jesus!

Car Thingie

February 28, 2013

Car thingie was our operative code name. What we did: checked vital fluids, air pressure, cleaned the headlights that had clouded on automobiles at the Headstart food distribution thingie. We passed out flyers and people responded. All women but for one man; he made up for the girls by driving a real truck. Anyhow, we prayed on the spot and took prayer requests from folks. No lost sinners gave themselves to Christ. That was a downer, but we made some real connections as evidenced by the tears that were shed. We plan on trying again. Additionally, we said goodbye to Timothy Nolan who left a year ago for a job but quit and came back. He is probably gone for good this time. We will miss him as he never missed a restore family meeting when he was here. It was church for him.

Wearing the Word

November 04, 2012

We did a different thing. Susan Stephens discovered a closet at the high school where the administration stores "modest" clothing. The idea: when girls come to school immodestly dressed they're loaned clothes from the closet with which to cover up. So we donated suitable clothing... with Scripture! We ironed verses into the clothing (so you couldn't miss it along with the church website). Yes it isn't much, but pray with us that the Scripture will be read. It may be the only Scripture they see?

August 30, 2012

We tried to build a bridge to Hanna's husband. Since she died we figured he was hurting and lonely. We sent cards to him offering condolence and help. When I visited him he declined the offer of prayer. Please, when you think of it, pray for him.

On a more lively note we had someone visit the wednesday family, then actually kept coming back. He didn't worship at South Church but does now. How cool is that?!

We would like you to visit. If you can't and know someone we can help you minister to, call us: 713.562.8847.

July 26, 2012

We need more family. If you are free for an hour on Wednesdays at 6;30 pm. come and help us restore one another. Recently Cristinia went to Martinique and we really felt small. Still we have been raising up one another in prayer,examining scripture and looking for ways to raise up Jesus in the community. Humm... Street preaching in Marketplatz? We are ready to go when and where the Lord sends us. What about you? We got an encouraging church planting report from Austin. Please pray with us for Eric's efforts there

June 30, 2012

Wednesday restore is looking for 1 more person. You? Do you love Jesus? Perfect! Come. Do you wonder who He is? Perfect! Come. Is it possible that sometimes God ticks you off? Perfect! Come. Did you witness the baptism Sunday & wonder what it was all about? Please come. We like questions... & answers! We got to bless someone in the community with labor of love & prayer. Many hands make the work light. Come. If not to the Wednesday family then one of the others. Ok?

June 01, 2012

Timothy, X-base-player-now-over-the-road-truck-driver returned for a brief visit. His job is working out and he's in good spirits. One of ours is thinking of moving to Austin to help plant a church. Another couple is hoping to start a restore family in Boerne. We're hoping the Mendez family returns soon.

Looking for a safe place to talk about Jesus? Even if you might not stick around, you're welcome!

March 27, 2012

The Wednesday group continues to be challenged. We are very small. We would like to be bigger. We have had people show up,say they dont know God, apparently come to faith and yet remain very independent making it hard for us to disciple them. We would like to be better discipler's. We now have someone comming to restore that goes to another church. Whats up with that? If you want to be in relationship with some challenged christians. Come Wednesday, we could use some help.

March 03, 2012

Who is God? What is righteousness? Why can't He tolerate imperfection? How many sins until we're separated from God? Will God judge me? If so, what's my defense? What's my hope? Is Jesus the only answer? If I say I am a Christian, shouldn't I completely stop sinning? Lord, how we wrestle with You. We know what we should do but we don't. Instead, we do what we we shouldn't do. (Romans 7) Thank You for the grace, mercy & righteousness of Jesus!

January 28, 2012

Being the tiniest group of all restore families hasn't prevented us from being used. Previously we reported that one of us was going through sustain 101 with a non-believer. Unfortunately, no decision for Christ was made. Please pray. This week our restore family was able to deliver the gospel to another non-believer. Again, no decision. Please pray. Ready to deliver the Gospel? Pray & learn with us.

January 12, 2012

Lord, send the Holy Spirit to guide us in relationships that glorify you. Please open our eyes to the need to hold one another up in prayer. Open our eyes to people we can minister to by raising up Jesus: the only hope for salvation. Timothy is gone truckin' so we've room for more people. If you are trying to do it alone we would encourage you to try a restore group. Start the year with friends and Jesus

November 26, 2011

We're about to lose Timothy ...most of the time. Looks like he is going to be an over the road truck driver by the end of the year! Keri finally has her adoption date for Andrew: December 5. That's answered prayer. After completing Sustain 101, one of our men has an opportunity to help an unemployed ex-convict who doesn't believe in God. They're now doing Sustain 101 together. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will open the convict's eyes to his sin and his Savior.

November 02, 2011

Lots of good questions on Wednesdays: How many sins seperate us from God? Is there a hierarchy of sin? Comments: "I'm convicted. I know the Gospel but am not sharing it." "What a relief," referring to the 101 booklet's quote: "Sin is not only what we do, but why we do what we do." Confused? Come Wednesday for an explanation. God gave us a ministry to a family that has lost employment. After some prayer, the provision of an HEB card was a God-send!

October 08, 2011

A great way to grow in Christ is by asking questions. Direct to the Wednesday group anyone you know who is looking for answers to questions like: How do you walk with Jesus? Is there such a thing as coincidence? What does it mean to repent? Where will I go when I die? What is sin? What is grace? Real biblical answers is what we're learning! Praise God! Got questions? We also answer in French, Spanish, German and really bad Arabic.

August 22, 2011

Whew, what a ride! New location and new leadership after the Odenwalds moved to Austin. Eric says thing are finally settling down for them and asks we pray for "God to open doors to relationships with believers and unbelievers alike." We also joined monday restore in getting the Gospel into homes on Mazurek Loop. We're looking for relationships with believers and unbelievers alike. Know any? ;-)

August 01, 2011

It's hard to say goodbye as we prepare for our move, but I'm excited about the plans God has in store for us (the Odenwalds) as well as our Wednesday Restore family. The gatherings will now take place at Kari's house (419 W. Nimitz) at 6:30pm. Uncle Chuck will be stepping in to lead as we look to the Lord to raise up another shepherd. If you don't currently have a Restore family, we welcome you!

June 25, 2011

There continues to be lots of changes for our Restore group, but it's been great to see God's faithfulness through the crazy times! We've welcomed a new little one, Kaleb Odenwald, and temporarily met at the Friendship Place Apartments clubhouse.

It was a blessing to handout flyers and serve at the Highland Oaks party and also to host a community dinner at Friendship Place... God is good!

June 15, 2011

Change seems to be the new norm for Wednesdays. They've been sad to see the Bakers move to Lubbock and the Bondanzas relocate to Boerne this past month, but are excited for these families' opportunities in new cities. Please pray God would continue to shape and transition the group as He sees fit and that more relationships and ministry continue to take place at the Friendship Place Apartments.