Hello, my name is Nate Oltmans. I serve as the TBI Finance Director and will be giving periodic updates on how The Bridge Initiative is going.
We’ve passed a major milestone on our journey! The Bridge Initiative is now more than a half a million dollars! Praise God!!! There is a LOT going on at Southbridge – we’re changing the format of our Sunday Morning worship experience to make room for more people in the theater. This has taken a lot of time, effort and coordination but we see it as firmly inside the goal of The Bridge Initiative: to connect more and more people to Jesus. The search for a permanent home prayerfully continues, but these recent changes are a big step in advancing our vision in the place God currently has us. Philippians 4: 6 – 9 has been on my mind all day. “6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Today (for me) that means don’t worry about our future facility, but thank God for where we are and for His work in us while we ask Him for a more permanent facility.
Here’s an awesome example of God working through the members of Southbridge (and shows the generosity of our body which is also firmly inside the goal of The Bridge Initiative) – at a recent meeting of Community Group leaders a financial need for a family in our church was brought up. The pastoral team hoped for $500 to help the family meet a short-term obligation. Over $4,000 was given! That’s life-changing!!!
I’ll close this blog-post with my prayer today: “Lord, thank you that I don’t have to worry about a facility for Southbridge! Thank you for the generosity of our church-family and thank you for the power we see at work when others are connect to You. I would love to find a building and get started on moving in, we ask for that Lord – we ask for a permanent home. What we desire more, though, is that we remain dedicated to reaching this community and this city for You. Wherever someone is lost, help us find them and bring them to you, Lord. Thanks again God for granting us the abundance that you have – help us steward it and further your kingdom with it.”