February 16, 2019

Beginning stages of a new Russian ‘Spiritual Formation’ course we are developing. It shows life-long phases in the discipleship journey. Perspective is a powerful thing when we consider the many ways God shapes us into His image over a lifetime!
Jan Brunk at the Christ for the Nations Missions building, on a visit last week with Mir Leaders. Thankful for the legacy of the Brunk’s and their partnership with CFN. (their family is in the group photo behind)
Wolf Pack: Alpha leads from the rear. The sick or weaker at the front setting the pace. Guarding the main pack at the front and back are strong younger wolves.
In addition to the Leader’s Weekends, we are exploring unique retreats that focus on rest, solitude and enjoying the presence of God in a variety of creative ways. In solitude we find life, a practice much forgotten by this generation but rich in history through the Church.
Corporate worship at CFN has always been in the DNA of the school, and has sovereignly continued through the work in Belarus and now Ukraine. Blessed to join the 44th live recording together! Mir continues to sponsor & host public worship events – going to one tonight in Kiev!
It was surreal to be back at CFN Dallas after 25yrs! The common denominator for our collective families is the call to the Russian speaking world and the role this bible college played in that journey. Back last week teaching at the 3rd Year School of Missions! We are considering receiving some interns this fall on placement.
This year the Spirit is guiding us to invest intentionally into the spiritual health and formation of our next generation leaders with Leadership Weekends throughout the year.

Loving the hearts and giftedness accumulating for long term mission to the Slavic culture!
Our Widows ministry, in partnership with World Challenge, has expanded recently to include several more villages in Belarus & Ukraine! We will be launching our online system next month to help us care for and monitor more effectively. Our focus is to train & mobilize the church. Pray for our leaders
Bruce & Deborah Crowe with CFN Mission Directors Bryan & Dorie McLemore. More strategic connections!
We had 7 nations represented at our last leaders weekend!
Miracle! Serving with us is a young women that dreams of designing and making dresses for Christ. God provided by connecting us to a team of seamstresses from Texas who are coming in June to train, and also providing us with 4 machines! We have set aside a room at Lighthouse for creating a space like this photo!
Working on Russian version of leadership formation course with my Fuller studies.
Slavyansk, Ukraine: we are visiting for the 2nd time in March exploring possible Cafe platform with partners in this area. God has opened several doors with both new and legacy connections. This city of 100k is very close to the war zone.
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Two Survey’s for CFN Students

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Weekend Update

Our first Leaders Retreat for the year was wonderful! For some it was a time of refreshing, for others it was an important time of hearing from the Lord in very important life decision matters.  I’m going to just post some photos now in hopes that I’ll have more time later to share some testimonies and ways God is shaping this core for future mission. Very encouraged, humbled, and ready for a nap!

Thank everyone for praying – we had several send us notes that they were lifting us all up. 34 young leaders, from around Ukraine, Belarus, France and US – those hungry to grow, deepen their faith and see the Kingdom of God come in legit ways to our generation.

You can follow us on Facebook Group for details of upcoming events – come on over!  Teach, share, give, fuel this emerging generation with us 🙂 Click here

Here’s a few slides form our Leadership & Spiritual formation review – it’s taken from some the books I’m having to read from Fuller and learning over the past few semesters – so good!

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Here we go!

Says, “Disconnect, Refresh, Grow” – the theme of our upcoming weekend.

Big week coming up. We have +30 descending upon our houses, emerging leaders from Belarus, US, Ukraine and Russia! Amazing to see how God is uniting and connecting. 

Last few days having all our kids under one roof. We enjoyed an evening last night of sharing, things God doing in our hearts, lessons learning, and opened our ‘thankful box’ – a small little treasure chest of written things we collect which we’re thankful for through the year. The funniest part was around half of the pieces of paper in the box were scribbles from Claire.. who knows what she was drawing or thinking about 🙂

We took some photos today down by the Dnepr. It was chilly. There’s this large ship barge thing stuck in the ice, awaiting spring.. I thought it would make an interesting backdrop. Here are a few of our photos!

Please pray for :

  •  Travel and Logistics for our upcoming discipleship weekend!
  • Remaining planning.. it’s a lot of work with basically only one vehicle among us able to drive these roads . Thankful some friends are helping with a meal, and local restaurant agreed to make another ‘to go’. Water, electricity, all things we do not take for granted here hosting a group like this.. anything could happen!
  • Our times of prayer, creative listening, and some training I’m leading in the area of developing a story-line of your life, formation areas God has and is now leading us all individually – I’m really excited for sharing some of the leadership and missiology God has been forming me with over the past year via Fuller. It’s such amazing stuff and liberating!
  • First of February will be heading to Texas for few days – Sharing at Christ for the Nations, Dallas (missions dept) as we partner in some cool new things in 2019! Also will be in Longview to visit our sending church and try and prepare our house for sale – it’s a big step for us and feels like pulling up final roots in East Texas as a family.  I think we’ll stay over here ha!
  • My arm is 80% healed and it is amazing, so thankful. Need to continue strengthening.
  • I’m back into Fuller school work, almost finished my first year! Some amazing reading, I’ll post some of the best books of 2018 and some I’ve started this year soon.

Praise! We were able to raise $7500 on facebook towards these discipleship weekends. We are very thankful!  Around 12 first time givers participated, which was our hope, to connect and get more prayer, awareness and investing into next generation in Slavic world.

We also picked up another charity who will sponsor monthly a new area of ministry I will reveal soon. As well, we’re continuing to work towards a possible new platform in Eastern Ukraine. One of the cool things with this Mir Leaders group is that we’re not, as a family, the only ones charting a course, but gathering as a team to wait on the Lord, discern together and move when we have unity and excitement.

Thanks for checking in!


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