Spring of Life Church - Week 1 Recap

AN UNBELIEVABLE WEEK

We've been dreaming about this week for years.  I was so excited to greet our first team at PDX International Airport.  We hit the ground running with eight people.  The team included two ladies who are over the age of 65 and one 8-year-old boy.  They blew me away.

The team had a goal of 250 Gospel conversations, using an online spiritual survey on their phones.  These were really high expectations based on a similar experience in 2014.  It turns out, we underestimated how effective our ICE CREAM GIVEAWAY would be.  The team really couldn't walk anywhere without people asking to take a survey.  I love that.  People were actually begging to hear about Jesus.  We spoke with 432 people.  Eighty-three percent invited us to share the entire Gospel.

Due to overwhelming response, we're actually running out of survey supplies.  If you want, you can help us buy more by clicking here.  This is proving to be a far more effective strategy than I could have imagined.  One of our team members is 65-years-old.  She said in our last meeting that her friend dragged her into this trip.  She had never shared her faith with a stranger.  During this week, she had the privilege. 

  • $3 = a spiritual conversation
  • $30 = 10 spiritual conversations
  • $300 = 100 spiritual conversations.

We already have people on the ground.  Your donation is an incredibly cost-effective way to get the Gospel to people who have never heard it before.

 

STORIES FROM A BROKEN CITY

We found that people were incredibly open about their spiritual journey.  Here are some quick excerpts from our team's conversations.


I’ve made my share of mistakes, and I know I’m not perfect. But yes, I would like to know God if he were real, and if he would give me that chance.
— MARC, to team member Nick

I need an epiphany... like a Damascus Road experience. I have never met a Christian who genuinely cares.
— BRYCE, to team member Linda

I have never been to church and never had anyone explain the gospel so clearly. (She had never heard John 3:16)
— ROBIN, to team member Sandra

You guys have a really cool approach to this. I think people in Portland will really respect and appreciate what you’re doing.
— ALEX, to team member Brice

I respect you coming all the way out here and helping people. Thank you for meeting us where we are at.
— to team member SPENCER

A couple of days ago I asked you to pray for a young man named Corey that I was able to share the Gospel with. Many of you said you would pray for Corey. Today I ran into him again. He smiled at me and I asked him if he had thought about the conversation we had about Jesus. He said he had really been thinking about it a lot. I asked him if he wanted to put his faith in Jesus. He said that he did! I helped him through a simple prayer to help him begin his life of following Christ. He said he would be at “Spring of Life” this Sunday. Only God knows what is in a man’s heart but Corey seemed very genuine.
— team member Rick Hermann
 

SUNDAY MORNING PREVIEW

We are hosting four preview services at the Regal Cinemas at Fox Tower during the month of July.  The first day went great.  It was amazing to see how our brand-new team pulled together and began serving in their new roles.  Our executive pastor Jonathan and his wife Kristen were amazing.  Our new volunteer coordinators went above and beyond.  Our worship leader Cody helped us to focus on Jesus, and draw near to His heart.  If every Sunday is this good, this is going to be really fun.  

Here are our goals for these preview services --

  • Connect with people who want to join our Southwest Action group (our new small groups launch in August).
  • Give our team members a chance to serve together and to test our capacity for regular gatherings.  We would love for these to begin in January.
  • Introduce our church to Portland in a high-impact way.

 

None of this would have happened without the prayers and support of people like you.  YOU are a huge part of this journey.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  We can't say it enough.  To God be the glory (we're very aware that this has little to do with us).


Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.