A New Journey

Welp, it’s been a minute since there’s been any action here on the blog, but there’s a story to tell and I’d like to finally start sharing it.

It was a cold, dark, and rainy night in 1984…

I’m joking. Not going that far back with this story.

You might’ve noticed that my social media presence (I’m looking at you Facebook) has not been what was my “norm” over the past couple of months. Heck, I even shut it down for a month or so. The past 8-12 months have been the most difficult of my life. The toll that it has taken on our lives physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally is absurdly high. There is more to that story that I think is important for me to share, but not today.

Let’s fast forward. We find ourselves doing something that we really didn’t think we’d do. We moved from Atlanta a month ago and moved to Chattanooga. While the draw to Chattanooga has always been present for us (hello rivers, mountains, and city living!) we really never thought it would be our reality. That changed and we felt like God was opening the door and changing some of our direction and focus for the next season of our lives. Looking back over the past month it is amazing to even consider how God knew this was what we needed to survive the latest battle we’d face.

Brandi and I feel a huge burden to be restorers. We believe that God has allowed us to endure a large amount of suffering (again, another story for another day) so that we might have the ability to partner with others and see them be restored, and to help others see their ability to play a role in the restoration of others.

What does that mean?

We are in the beginning stages of starting a non-profit that is dedicated to the restoration of people, families, and communities from their place of brokenness back to their intended design.

Our vision is to partner with churches, families, organizations, and other groups to pair them with an individual, a family, or even a community to see restoration take place. Our desire is to help the church of Jesus be the hands and feet of Jesus in the midst of the brokenness of the world we live in. It’s not our goal or desire to be an organization that does all of the restoring, but rather see a movement of restoration take place across the land. This can only happen if we’re willing to leave our comfort zones and engage with the broken.

Currently we’re working to get all of the administrative tasks taken care of- Business incorporation, non-profit status, board of directors, the list goes on and on.

Personally, we’re also working on being restored ourselves. Right now I just feel broken and Bran has carried extra weight in all the areas of our family.

How can you help?

  • Pray for our continued restoration
  • Pray for clarity around the vision of what God is allowing us to do here
  • Consider partnering with us by donating your time or abilities to help see restoration take place
  • Buy Brandi nice things. She deserves it for putting up with me. 😉

 

There’s way more to this story to tell. And we’re finally ready to share it…

2 Replies to “A New Journey”

  1. Wow this comes as a big surprise ! when you get settled in let’s talk you know that I’m a non-for-profit now as well so if you need any help in that regard…. plus networking and all that good stuff …….stay in touch
    John winstanley
    CEO
    fortsafety,inc.

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