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Dear Family and Friends,

It may seem as though you have only just heard from us. I know it seems we have just spoken with many of you to ask for your prayers as we took steps to pursue God’s calling. There is simply so much going on, what an exciting time to be walking with the Lord! We are moving closer and closer to fulfilling our calling and a lifelong dream. We have been accepted to a position and will be taking an internship with the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX! Doug will be serving as a Campus Leadership intern; the internship is focused on pastoral skills, development, implementation of missional community and leadership development. We see this as an opportunity to be on mission in a strategic location; to live for the furthering of the gospel, through the building of the church, for the glory of God. My calling and vision for ministry has always been to preach the word and equip the local church to live on mission. A smart man, John Piper, once said “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in him.” God’s glory is the chief purpose of our lives, there is simply nothing more important. I have never been more satisfied in God’s character, presence, or calling than when I am on mission with him. We miss out on so much of what he has intended us to be when we miss that. His glory is worth a lifetime of pursuing his will to live on mission and to equip the church to pursue it as well. We are ready to go to the ends of the earth for his glory, but we are only one part of the story. We aren’t doing this for health, wealth, or fame; we do this for His glory, #WeDoItForAnEternalPrize (1 Cor 9:25).

For everyone who goes there is a team of senders who enables them to go through prayer and financial support. These senders are crucial for the furthering of the gospel for the glory of God and the fulfillment of the great commission. The relationship between go-ers and senders is a partnership; simply put the senders ongoing participation in the life and ministry of the go-er is an essential part of that ministry. Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” In the symbiosis between the go-er and the sender the work of the church is done and the love of Christ on the cross is manifested.

This is an incredible opportunity for us to live for the furthering of the gospel, through the building of the church, for the glory of God. To take full advantage of this opportunity we need to be able to devote our full time, energy, and focus toward the work and the training and equipping it offers us. That leaves me with two questions for you. 1.) Will you pray for us? 2.) Would you consider partnering with us financially? We want to share in this journey with you, and we want you to share in it with us. Our ultimate hope is that through all of this the love of Jesus Christ is made manifest in your life, in our lives, and in every sphere of influence we all hold for the glory of God through the furthering of the gospel by the building of the church.

 

Two ways to partner with us:

1. A monthly commitment for one year (preferred): $10, $25, $50, $100, or another amount.

2. Special Gift ($250, $500, $1,000)

Please fill out the donor card and send it along with your check made payable to The Austin Stone Community Church. Memo: Intern- (project number)

Or, if you prefer you can give an online donation through our blog page at treelineministries.wordpress.com.

If you would like more information about the Austin Stone Institute visit:  austinstone.org/who/interns_residents.

To Him be the Glory,

Doug and Emily Brannon

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Still my anxious heart

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, (2 Timothy 1:7, 8 ESV)

It’s easy to get caught up in worry about circumstance. We’ve been in that very place lately. So much has happened over the last 6-8 weeks to rob our focus on Christ and discourage us. But thank God for the church. We walked in yesterday morning, in many ways, feeling defeated and afraid. But the spirit of our Lord had a different place he wanted us. Our pastor Mike preached on 2 Timothy 1:7 as a precursor to VBS week. But we needed that reminder that no matter how daunting the task, challenge, or circumstance ahead we serve we serve a glorious, conquering King who holds the world. Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection secured our victory in his sacrifice. No matter what we fear, no matter if we fail He reigns victorious and it is his Spirit within us. If you’re afraid today, if you face insurmountable hardship or circumstance know that Jesus offers better. That doesn’t mean easier, and if this life is meant for hardship after hardship that’s ok by us, because we do this not for health, wealth, or fame. #WeDoItForAnEternalPrize (1 Cor 9:25)