First steps into fresh streams.
Welcome to liftleaders.com and our first ever blog! We are so filled with excitement and anticipation for what God is going to do in this new season. As many of you know we are finishing up as Youth Pastors in Brisbane, Australia at iSEE Church and we so humbled by what have seen God do in the lives of thousands of Teenagers across the nation. But now it is time for us to step out! We have been on a 7 year journey where God has been speaking, stirring and positioning us for a move to Europe. The story is truly remarkable, and I pray that one day we get to share it with you!
We get asked all the time, "So, what exactly does the future hold for you now?" Our response is: "Well...only God really knows, but we do know one thing! It's going to be incredible!!" We believe that there is a generation of people to reach and leaders to raise right across Europe that is exactly what we are going invest our heart, soul and lives into. We believe that we can see 200 youth ministries and churches exploding with growth by 2020!
There is such a rich spiritual legacy and inheritance in Europe and now is the time to see the promises and intention of God released. One scripture that we can't seem to get off our minds when we think about what lay ahead of us is:
ISAIAH 43:19 "For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland"
There is no doubt that God is up to something powerful in that part of the World and we have already seen his incredible favour. But for us as we step out, we are taking a huge step of faith. We believe that in the natural things look very different to what is happening in the spiritual . Some places in Europe look very secular, oppressed and hard to reach but what is actually happening under the surface is a deep hunger and longing for fulfilment in God! And in the same way, at the moment we face some financial difficulties as we step out to relocate. The physical conditions look difficult but we know that in the Spiritual God has a way forward for us!
Just like Joshua as he was leading the Israelites into the promised land, the river Jordan was in full flood. But on a word from God he stepped out and crossed over whilst holding the presence of God as the catalyst in the middle of the situation. We have word! We have a promise and on the 14th of December we take our step and we would be so honoured if you would stand with us in faith and prayer. We are believing for a financial miracle of $20 000 to make the transition possible! If you feel like you'd like to practically stand with us and make a financial contribution, we would be so ever grateful! The financial details and Paypal link can be found on the "giving" page of our website: www.liftleaders.com.
Thanks so much for stopping by, we are looking forward to not only sharing more with you about our journey but also bringing some practical encouragement to bless you as you pursue God's plan for your lives and ministries! The next post won't be too far away!
Believing for God's greatest blessings over your lives!
Joel & Helena Bagnall