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How did we get here?

June 16th, 2020 Posted by Blog


“How did we get here?” I have often found myself wondering this at the beginning of this wildly interesting year.

I love this question, and I love it when it comes to the surface of my reflections, for it has always revealed the evidence of what my heart most desires for my life, and Poetice. When walking with the Lord, I have found that this question is most often an indicator, a litmus test of sorts, that reveals simple obedience to Jesus.

While Jesus is compassionate, invitational, and kind, He is also unexpected and delightfully mysterious and radical. As we continue on this journey with Him, I hope to see more and more of His life reflected in ours. As we learn new things about His heart, His truth, and His justice, I pray we lean in with open ears and willing hearts to change our minds, and change our course. Therefore, as we journey on with Him, we should find ourselves in the middle of raw moments wondering how our feet have wound up where they have. We should look at our life and wonder how it looks as it does, quite simply because our life is not our own.

This year has been a test of our hearts, our faith, and our confidence in the Lord beyond what our eyes can see. We turned 10 in August of 2019, and with a decade under our belt, we anticipated another year staying the course and celebrating this incredible milestone. Rather, we have experienced a monumental transition in our leadership, and the coronavirus has reworked nearly every plan we had in place. Our events have been postponed, adjusted, or canceled, grand openings delayed, immersion trips dismantled, and financial support disrupted. Things did not begin as we expected.

Yet as the year has already begun to take shape, this has proved to be only half of the story. The Lord has created space for us to hear Him whisper, and reveal His plans full of promise, redemption, and vision. He has already lifted us financially in ways we never expected. We have been able to draw up plans and are finally able to begin to build a beautiful new pavilion and cover our outdoor dining and kitchen area. Both of these projects have been in the works for nearly 3 years, and while our Build the Future campaign is not yet fully funded, we finally can begin to build.


We have learned new ways to generate unity and strength through cross-cultural diversity of our team, and believe the Lord is giving us the vision to passionately spur the global Church on to do multi-cultural teams in unprecedented ways. We have been able to sit in the presence of the Father and minister to His heart. We have had space to contend for breakthrough for ourselves and one another as the Lord lays a foundation to do far more than we would ever dare to ask for or imagine.

And so we sit before Him, silently asking this question full of a giddy hope, loaded with possibility and promise, “How in the world, did we get here?”. We are free and we are on fire. We hope that you will continue to join us as we press further up and further into the delightful mystery of this adventure with Jesus to empower His Church to fight for justice.

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✌🏽

Abigail Van Peursem | CEO

2019 Review

December 18th, 2019 Posted by Blog

What an exhilarating year 2019 has been!!! Growth, expansion, fruit!

This year, we turned 10 years old as an organization. This milestone was only possible by the grace of God and your consistent, faithful support over this past decade.

There are SO MANY great things to celebrate about 2019 and we can’t say THANK YOU enough to everyone that has helped make this year extra special! Here are some of the highlights!


In 2019, we saw 127 people commit their lives to Christ and enter into a new relationship with God.


In 2019, we saw 30 people get baptized at our church in Zambia. All year we have been praying for fathers to come to Christ and they did! Many of those who were baptized were fathers of our church family members.


In 2019, we conducted 630+ local outreaches in our surrounding communities.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

63 families were given Sawyer Water filters and trained to use them.


302 bibles were distributed.


37 small food packs were given.

In 2019, we impacted thousands of children and youth with the gospel, mentoring and educational tutoring. Since 2018, we have reached 3,558 kids + youth through our weekly program.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

Averaged 365+ kids & youth in attendance at our weekly program


Highest week attendance: 706


We conducted 5 camps that hosted 1,865 campers


62 study hall sessions


24 tutoring sessions

2019 was an awesome year to GO!


25 students from 7 nations joined the Poetice family and were commissioned from our School of Justice + Mission.


Also this year, 63 people jumped into the river of what God is doing in Choma, Zambia by going on short-term trips.

Are you interested in joining us in 2020? Sign up today!

Our work in Zambia has evolved throughout our existence but when we followed the leading of the Holy Spirit in 2018 to establish a local church as the epicenter of our work, this mission became a movement. In 2019, we saw amazing growth!

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

Averaged 200+ people in church attendance every week (this is a 185% increase from 2018)

Highest week church attendance: 430

As sons & daughters in God’s family, we create space to grow in community while celebrating our diversity. In 2019, we were intentional to grow together often.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

178 Discipleship group meetings

130 bible studies

308 house visits

13 restore sessions

21 learning community meetings

In 2019, we began major renovations to convert an existing house on our base into a new coffee shop. This major headway on a new “3rd space” location is going to help provide job creation and income-generating activities while serving as a gathering space for local outreach and as a small marketplace for local artisans. We hope to have this new coffee shop completed & fully operational in 2020.

Our 2nd Annual BUILD Leaders Conference & Gathering in Choma, Zambia was epic! This year, we had a wide variety of leaders attend hailing from 40 churches & 23 ministries representing 10 countries, 14 Zambian cities, and 21 different communities within Choma. We also had the School of Justice + Mission alumni students spanning 6 years in attendance!


Interested in attending our 2020 gathering? Let us know! Send an email to trips@poetice.org with the subject BLD2020 and let’s GO!

In 2019, we extended our Justice + Worship Gatherings to Ransom Church & Watermark Wesleyan Church. Attendees experienced the power & the presence of God, captured His heart for justice & were prompted to respond to His calling at these very special one-night gatherings.


Keep an eye on our Justice+Worship Gatherings page for dates and locations!


THANK YOU SO MUCH for making 2019 an incredible year!
We can’t wait to see what God does through His people in 2020.

If you would like to make a last-minute 2019 investment in our work you still can ?. Invest now here.

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