Thursday, February 12, 2015

Update: The Simple Way and Adullam

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” 
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Isaiah 61 gives the resume for these beautiful people: They will rebuild ruins, restore places, renew devastated generations. They are the ones who are anointed to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and bring good news! They will bind up the brokenhearted. Proclaim freedom to the captives. Release the prisoners. Comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve. Who are "the they"? They are the poor, the brokenhearted, the captive, imprisoned, and mourning. It's scandalous. It doesn't make sense!

We love those kind of people because we are those people! We are the beautiful people who live in the sacred, bring beauty, live community, do life with God, and are healers in a broken world. Messy, undone, desperate, incomplete, longing, and wanting so much more but also with Paul we can resolutely declare, "I want to know Christ- yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participate... become like him... not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived... but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me... I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it... But one thing I do. Forgetting what is behind... I PRESS ON!  Philippians 3                                                                    

                                                                       When you walk in this amazing declaration of truth you experience celebration and transformation all around you. Every meal is a love feast. Conversation beautiful. Life sacred. Community a wonderful mess. Healing is warfare and doing life with God, perfect.

A few weeks ago we experienced the collision of all of this... we hosted a Father Heart weekend in Spokane, WA for a small home community group.

We could give the rundown but it wouldn't capture what took place. In the end we can just say, Thank you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for hosting us in your presence.

We love hosting people... hospitality is so much the Father's heart. Recently a friend of ours, Lauren Walker, shared with us a conversation she had with a group of people from 10,000 Fathers in Atlanta. They were teaching on hospitality and Lauren was asked what she thought. She shared that when she thinks of hospitality she thinks of her friends, Rich and Lynn. "They always make you feel welcome and you sense you are the most important person in the world when you're with them. And the funny thing is that they have not had a home for over 21 months. They are the most hospitable people I know and they don't even have a home!".

Speaking of welcome our 13th grandchild arrived on a very special day! Philippa Jane Stuhlmiller was born on Christmas day... the proud parents Andy and Heidi and big brother Charlie are all enjoying the best Christmas present ever.

Finally the news on Adullam. We are blessed to announce that the funds came in for our initial deposit a few weeks ago!  We are overwhelmed at the love and support so many have expressed to us. We also are grateful for the support for our vision... a place of retreat, rest, and renewal.

We want to announce that a gracious donor has given a matching challenge. They will match, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 any funds given for Adullam. That would be $200,000! Favor just ain't fair!!!! Continue to pray with us for the release of the funds for the retreat, furniture, vehicles, and household needs. Our closing date is May 4th.

Thanks for joining us in this amazing journey,

Rich and Lynn

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