July 29, 2009. We had 4 couples show up to our very first in-home Bible study (pictured) on a Wednesday night. We met at Jeremy & Julie Edler’s house. We were stoked. Awaken Church was off to a start!

A little over 9 months later, we’re back to square one. We met tonight for a Wednesday night Bible study at the Edler’s house. It’s interesting to think that the church owned more at our first Bible study than we do now. We don’t even have a banner to put outside like we did at our first Bible study!

We’re ok with that, though. We’re excited to see where God takes us from here.

We emailed our insurance company today about the flooding, knowing that there may not be much they would do considering that we didn’t have flood coverage. Their response: “We’re sorry for your loss. There’s nothing we can do.”

God offers great flood coverage, though. As unbelievable as seeing our church standing in feet of water was, what is even more unbelievable is the outpouring (that’s a slightly sensitive word right now) of support – prayerful and financial – that we’ve seen so far. Literally from coast to coast as well as in Afghanistan, we have people praying and asking how they can help. We’re humbled. We also just found out about a team of 12 coming out here on Saturday to aid in the clean-up (more on that in another blog)!

Although we’re starting from scratch with less now than we’ve had, we’re reminded of what’s really important: people. It’s all about reaching people with the love of Christ and His Gospel. Whether my pulpit is rusting in an abandoned, flooded church building or not, I’ll keep preaching the Word. That’s what God called us here to do and that’s what we’ll keep doing.

Thanks again for all the prayers and support! Click HERE if you’d like to donate to the cause. Click HERE for more pictures and a list of some of the things we lost in the flood.

Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you….

Here’s a video recap of some of the sights outside the church (sorry for the wind)…