Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Onward and Upward

We're playing catch up this week as we traverse the recovery trail. Jonathan's eye is 90% better, Chloe's hair is what it is, and I am coughing only at inconvenient times (on packed subways, in the middle of telephone conversations, etc.) rather than all the time. The weather is warming and the air has that hopeful smell of spring thaw. Today I am thankful that God is a God of renewal, that these small recoveries hint at the greater redemption of this life and this world.

In church planting matters, our focus is shifting toward two things. The first is fundraising, the second is relationship building and core group gathering. Over the next few months, we hope to raise enough money and pledges to support the ministry for three years. Fundraising for three years rather than simply one will allow us to focus intently on building the ministry without the distractions of additional campaigns. The second part, the relationship building, is a delight. We have coffees and meals and great conversations and meet all-around interesting people. We share our vision with them, ask for their insight, and invite them to join us in one way or another. Relationships take time and effort, and it seems that is where much of our time and effort is spent right now. Not a bad place to be.


Lorraine said...

Oh, yes...I lift my coffee cup in the direction of renewal. Chink!

Dana said...

Your comment brings a smile to my face.

Braaaaaaaad said...

If one wanted to send a donation to your cause, how would one? If you don't want to post you could email Chelle and she could send it on to me

By the way, the crib is working out nicely!

Dana said...

Braaaad (and anyone else interested),
Glad the crib is working...

Donations can be made out to Caledonia Christian Reformed Church and sent to us (Wolma Family)at 304 W. 92nd St, Apt 1B, New York, NY 10025

All donations are tax deductible.

Thanks for asking!

Christopher said...


I am a student at Calvin College, and I was given the name of this blog by Ruth Remtema. I had a question for your husband about a place he use to work and this was the only way Ruth knew how to get a hold of you. If you could send me an email to cam9@calvin.edu that would be a great help!

Thank you for your time,


Christopher said...

oh yeah and nice blog!