Last month, Celebrate Recovery (CR) at Pine Lake Covenant Church (PLCC) announced plans to support and send Ardis Nelson, a member of our leadership team, to teach at a CR conference in Rivas, Spain in the fall. Fundraising and mission plans have been underway ever since with several updates and changes to report.
We recently received word that the 10-day organized prayer journey segment of the mission was postponed at least until 2015. That schedule change has opened up an opportunity for Ardis and this ministry to share the CR message beyond the CR conference in Spain.
One of the mission partners and a teacher at the Spain conference is Marvin Klein, an American missionary living in Grenoble, France. Ardis has accepted his invitation to speak at his church and to share her testimony at their CR meeting.
When asked about the change in the mission Ardis replied: “Naturally I’m disappointed that the prayer journey was postponed. However, the new itinerary opens up many more opportunities to invest in our CR partnerships abroad.”
“One of the most powerful ways to connect with people about CR is by sharing testimonies of life transformation. Since the program is in its early stages in France, and Europe in general, live testimonies are very rare. So it makes sense that our ministry would support this investment in the CR ministry at Marvin’s church.”
Ardis went on to say, “Personally, I think the new itinerary provides more opportunities to pray for and minister one on one with the people at the Rivas church. That was the desire of my heart when I was in Spain last year, and now God is making it possible this year. It is a win, win situation. I’m very thankful to be a part of this mission.”
We are also pleased to report that donations for the mission have reached $2,125 (including the $1,000 PLCC CR match). With a revised budget and itinerary in place, we are still hoping to reach a new goal of $3,000 to cover trip expenses and materials. For more information on how to support this mission of healing through prayer or donations, click here. For secure online giving, click here.
Ardis will also be traveling to the Celebrate Recovery annual Summit at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California in early August. Having been before, this time her training focus is on international mission sessions and meeting CR leaders from other countries.
A Spanish information night will be held at our regular CR meeting on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 7 PM at Pine Lake Covenant Church, in Sammamish. Ardis will speak about the mission and provide updates from her Summit experience at Saddleback. A Spanish themed dinner will be served at 6 PM with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
“You never know how or when God is going to use you or your story,” Ardis explained. “I kept asking God to surprise me. And now He is making provisions to use my story of his healing power in another country. That’s a surprise indeed!”
Now the Lord had said to Abram, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1, NIV)
Contributed by a leader at Celebrate Recovery on the Plateau.