Well, it has been a little over a year since Jeff and I got this Faith in the Field thing going and we wanted to give you an update on what is going on. But first we really want to thank you for your support. It is pretty amazing really, that a little over a year ago we put this blog and our email list in motion with just some family members and friends on the list and it has grown to over 300 people in a years time. The responses we've gotten from several of you through email and the conversations with many of you that we've been fortunate to meet have been really inspiring and has helped keep this dream alive. So thank you for your support and for your prayers.
When we got started Jeff and I both said that we wanted to create the vessel and then let God captain the ship. We knew we wanted to make hunting videos that would not only show hunting from an everyday outdoorsman's perspective but also share from a Christian perspective all of the things we enjoy about about spending time in God's country. God has blessed our efforts and "Seeking the One 10" is selling faster than we anticipated. Thank you again for your support!
But there is more we felt God wanted to do and our hearts were stirring with ways that we felt He might be leading us into more of a ministry focus. Specifically God was going after some buried desires that I had deep in my heart that I walked away from years ago. I went to college and recieved a degree in "Youth and Family Studies/Psychology". I had dreams of becoming a school resource police officer, a gang intervention officer or something along those lines working with troubled youth. But the demands of life and the pursuit of a management career with better and quicker earning potential lead me away. Abandoning that desire has caused me a lot of frustration over the years. It is really just in the last 4-5 years that I've realized what this discontent with my life was over and I as I began to take it to God and walk with Him closer than I had in the previous 10 or so years He really started leading me back to what He created me for.
And the doors are now opening! Through putting Faith in the Field out there we have met some great guys out in the McMinnville area who God had been leading in ways that were just as unique to them. He brought us together through email and we started discussing ways we felt God was leading us to use our outdoor passions and pursuits as a ministry. Long story short we've been meeting with these guys and we feel like God is asking us to step up the ministry side of Faith in the Field. Here is what is happening....
-We have established a board of directors.
-We are completing the work I started a year ago to submit forms to become a 501c3 non-profit organization.
-We have a group of guys working on starting a ministry for fatherless and troubled boys where we will get them outdoors to enjoy fishing and hunting as well as be mentored by Godly men who can point them to the true Father who will never abandone them.
-We have a team working on a program and developing materials for fathers to get their sons and daughters outdoors and lead them into adventures but also lead them into a deeper relationship with Christ and help them to discover the desires that God has placed in them.
-We will continue to make great outdoor videos that fit our vision of "Introducing people to Christ through the glory of creation."
We are really excited as we move forward with where God is leading us. Support has already been pretty amazing from peple saying that they have land that a kid could come hunt on, guys saying they have LOP tags that they would donate to kids in our program, a few people have said they would support us with money, and we've had a few people say that they would like to be a part of the ministry. Lots of evidence that God is at work here. EXCITING!
Things will be changing a little over the next few months. We will be introducing our board of directors to you and we may be able to get them to write a blog from time to time so you don't have to keep hearing from me and Jeff every week. Our website will be changing soon. We are talking about changing the logo a bit to include a young person standing with a man or men by the cross. And we are hoping to bring you some stories very soon of young people whose lives will never be the same as a result of meeting Christ in very real ways while involved in one of our programs.
Now more than ever, please keep us in your prayers.
Seeking the One,