Cincinnati – Day Six

We landed back in Georgia at 5 a.m. on Monday! After traveling all night in the back country of the Georgia hills I’m sure glad to be home. Tired, but glad.

Day Six

  • We went to Northbridge’s launch. It was exciting. They had 240 people on their first day. As we sat there, I realized, again, why God has called us to this area. We are different. We will have a different kind of church. The guys at Northbridge were very helpful and gracious to us as they shared their excitement with us! It was a good morning.
  • We spent the afternoon cruising around the Landen area. This is really quite an exciting area packed with young families. We are looking at this area for housing and schooling. Because it is five minutes or less from Maineville and even considered a part of Maineville at points we are also considering this area as a launch point.
  • We packed up and headed home with the assistance of Starbucks and Skyline!

Any final reflections Mr. Peterson?

Sure.

  • Ten of us and an English Mastiff spent a week in a three bedroom apartment. It was an apartment over a couple’s house so we did have access to their kitchen, laundry, and TV room, but we still packed ten people (4 little girls, three teenage boys, and three adults) and a dog into a three room apartment! We did it and we still love each other! Weird smells, walking over sleeping boys and babies, sharing one shower, eating around a table that seated five… This is commitment! 😉
  • I’m so confident in what God is going to do through Walls Down church that it humbles and scares me.
  • I’m pretty sure we’re not going to meet in a high school. We are going to be calling some movie theaters this week.
  • Yesterday a friend of mine, JR, called me and left a message of encouragement. Now here’s the story about JR: a few years ago in Pennsylvania I was his pastor. To make a long story short, his marriage had fallen apart. Through a series of miraculous events, I had the privilege of re-marrying he and his bride! Sherri and I regularly look back at that event as illustrative of what we want to spend the rest of our lives doing. When he called me yesterday and left his message of encouragement, it occurred to me that a man that I once ministered to is now ministering to me. It has come full circle! And then Sherri said it, “God is using JR to remind us of what he wants to do through Walls Down church.” He wants to regularly bring reconciliation to broken relationships; hope to despair; forgiveness and peace to guilt-burdened hearts; meaning to apathetic and bored people, and on and on and on. God is going to use Walls Down to be a point of change in innumerable lives. Am I being arrogant? No. Just confident in the vision that God has given us and His ability to carry it out through humble, obedient servants.

This was a great trip that we will make several more times before moving to the area in July.

Three ways you can pray:

  1. Pray for the people of this area. The broken, disappointed, bored, and disillusioned people. Pray that God will use Walls Down Church to help them find the life Jesus promised.
  2. Pray that we will find the location that God has carved out for us to meet in.
  3. Pray that Rindy sells her house and that we both find housing.

4 thoughts on “Cincinnati – Day Six

  1. your blog is such an encouragement!! It will be great for you to come back this time next year and celebrate what God has faithfully done. Praying for you, Sherri and the Walls Down team!!

  2. Paul,

    I can tell you that we at Center Pointe Church can’t wait for you all to get up & running. There are a lot of lost & hurting people here that need you and your team to show them to Jesus! We need a partnering church in the area. We promise to be praying for you all every week. Your names and Walls Down Church are written on our walls. I know that God will open the door to the exact location that He wants you. Don’t let the pressure get too much, He has it under control. It may ne that, that location is currently occupied, being held for when you arrive.

    See you all soon,
    Ray

  3. Man, I can’t tell you how exciting this is to watch unfold. Thank you for sharing all of it with us. When MLC announced last year that we would be starting a church planting residency, I had no idea that I would actually befriend one of the residence …. and a foreigner at that ;-), and that we would get to follow the journey in such a way. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and I can’t wait to see all God has in store for you all and the good people of Cincinnati.

    I can’t wait to get up there and hand out some fliers about a great new church coming to the area. I can’t wait to try this chili I am hearing so much about…. can it live up to the hype?…. we’ll see.

    Take care and God Bless,
    B

    p.s. You recently said that MLC has been such a blessing to you. I just want you to know that you have been a blessing to many of us as well. You are a wonderful man of God and an inspiration to me. Thanks!

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