The Story So Far…
I cannot believe that we are already 6 weeks in from our amazing launch day which feels like yesterday!
God has truly shown His faithfulness on Groundswell Church thus far and for those of you investing in us, I really want to share with you all that He has done in such a short period of time.
Our team have shown faithfulness and sacrifice week in and week out, you would be so proud to know that this Church is being built on the foundations of men and women with a heart for revival.
I cannot thank you enough for all that you give to enable us to do this. I always say to our Church “there are people outside these 4 walls who sacrificially give to make this Church a possibility”. Whether it is through finances, or prayers, some of you have entrusted us with family members and we hold that very close to our heart. Thank you, for your seeds into this harvest, your return will surely be great.
So here is some exciting snapshots of the fruit that we are already seeing in Groundswell Church since our launch day:
35 people have made decisions for Christ so far. Every single week people are raising their hands to meet Jesus. Every single week!
Last Sunday, I was finishing up my message and as I prayed for those who wanted to know Jesus for the first time, I saw the hand of my co-worker from the bakery go up. My eyes filled with tears as I realized that it has now been over a year since Mika and I moved to Toronto, and I started working at that seemingly mundane job. Little did I know that God was going to use that very bakery to start our mission field. I have to say, it is all totally worth it. We are finally in a place where the fruit of the decisions we made a year ago is starting to show. Praise God!
A few weeks before that we had the brother of one of our core team show up. He brought his lovely wife and their little boy. They had been searching for so long to find a Church that they could really feel connected with. Now they call Groundswell Church their home. We will also have the privilege of dedicating their little boy in the coming weeks!
Cedric, a faithful guy on our team invited a girl who he works with at Starbucks to our launch. She’s a single Mom with a beautiful little boy and she absolutely LOVED it. She had been through so much pain and rejection in her life from other experiences with different Churches but Groundswell Church was welcomed her in. She has been coming every week since launch and has already been bringing friends.
This is why we do what we do.
My favourite encounter of all was that a guy was walking past the theatre, saw all the people and he thought that a movie was playing so he walked in and sat down. He ended up giving his life to Jesus that Sunday.
There are many more broken, lost people in this city looking for a community where they can belong. And our mission will always be to point them to Jesus. Always.
At the end of this month we will be doing a baptism service, and I cannot wait to share with you the pictures and testimonies from that Sunday. God is doing great things in His Church.
This is the story so far, I can’t even imagine how it will begin to unfold… Thank you for continually standing with us.