Though I never saw the movie, I remember hearing of it... "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." Honestly, I have no idea what the movie was about having never seen it, but I thought the concept is appropriate for my situation. (If the movie was not good or Christian in nature, please forgive me for playing off the title).
For the last couple of months as I drew closer to the date of my knee replacement surgery and post knee replacement surgery, I sort of lost my "groove." Instead of two or three posts per month, I dropped to one and my productivity levels dropped somewhat because of the slow process of healing. BUT NOW I'M GETTING MY GROOVE BACK!
I'm still in the process of healing being only three weeks out from surgery and rehabilitation is exhausting and painful, but I'm able now to get up and work full days most days and I'm becoming more and more productive again... it feels great and I am thankful to God for my continued recovery!
Let me share with you some of the things we are doing at our Stateside Mission in Port Saint Lucie, FL.
The week prior to my surgery, myself and three other members of church decided to tackle the grounds at the church. Over the years, the vegetation had grown so tall that the church building had become less visible from the busy road on which it was built (13,000 cars per day as of 2017). The old adage, "Out of sight, out of mind" came to mind and we decided it was time for a radical trimming/pruning endeavor. I rented two chain saws (one on a pole for trimming low hanging limbs), and the other members brought yard tools... by the end of the day, the church building could clearly be seen from the SW Savona Blvd. In that same day, we painted all the trim around the building as well as the letters of the church name. Though we have not polled them as to why they visited, we are seeing an increase of visitors and I'm sure some of them are visiting because the building is now visible and welcoming.
We have a new road side sign coming next week and outside lighting that will be on a timer illuminating the large letters on the front of the church building every evening until midnight.
A visitor's package in in the works and should be ready for distribution to every visitor and will contain a DVD with a "Thank You for Visiting" message from the preacher, four sermons preached here at Westport, numerous tracts concerning the Cross of Christ, the plan of salvation, and the Restoration Church with our plea to be Christians and only Christians. There will also be opportunities for prayer requests, as well as in-home Bible studies.
All sermons are now being recorded every Sunday and will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel, church website, CrossWay Mission's website, and links to these sermons from our Facebook page. We are also looking to upgrade our internet and possibly go LIVE every Sunday AM service.
As we enter into 2019 we are formulating numerous outreach efforts including possibly a late spring revival, children outreach efforts, small groups, a late summer VBS, and many more potential endeavors. A larger Christian church in a nearby city is already helping us as a stateside mission church and we are thankful for their assistance.
Though I may not be back to 100 percent yet, I am heading in that direction and I am definitely getting my groove back. Please continue to pray for me and this stateside mission effort of CrossWay Missions.
One of our goals for 2019 is "Everybody Gets One." In other words, every member will focus on bringing one person to Christ over the next year... if that can be accomplished, the church will double its size in 2019. Too lofty a goal? Not for willing hearts and an all powerful God.
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?"
Please continue to pray for the Westport Christian Church and our mission to take the message of the Cross to Port Saint Lucie.
May God bless you and your walk with Him in 2019.