Friends and Family, greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
We want to start off by thanking you for being a part of our lives. Echoing the Apostle Paul, we thank God for you and for your partnership in the gospel, and believe that “he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6). Whether you know the Huffman’s, or the Pool’s, or both… please know that your love and support in our lives has not been overlooked, but humbly given to God in praise and thankfulness.
We are very excited to share an opportunity and blessing that the Lord has laid before us. This coming Fall (’15), our families will be joining together to plant a new church called Redeemer in the community of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. We are so very thankful for all that God has done in our hearts and ministries up until now, and thankful still for His kind and clear leading in our lives. This decision to plant a new church was birthed out of much prayer and from wise counsel, and has been made very clear by a passion in our lives, a compassion for the lost, encouragement from fellow believers, and a visible need within the SRB community.
Mark 16:15 says, “…Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” The great thing is we have the opportunity to do that right here in our own back yard. The community of Santa Rosa Beach has been etched on our hearts over the past few years. It is a diverse place to say the least. The U.S Census Bureau released a list in March of 2014 of the fastest growing areas in America, and Okaloosa/Walton County is 3rd on that list! South Walton is growing rapidly, and it is our desire to come alongside what God is already doing in Santa Rosa and join with others who are laboring to impact our area for all eternity.
David and Josh will be joining together to pastor and lead this new church family, and are excited to partner side by side using their training, ministry experience and different gifts to glorify God in Santa Rosa Beach. Our heart is burdened to hold highly the proclamation of God’s Word, to train and equip leaders to use and express their God-given gifts, and to exhort the body of believers to live as missionaries within our community. We firmly believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still Good News, and we pray that everything we do at Redeemer centers around the transforming power of the Gospel.
Thank you for taking your time to read this blog. We anticipate what God is going to do through Redeemer, and we are excited about being a part of it. If you would like to know more about Redeemer, or would like to see how you can partner with us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we are preparing to launch please join us in prayer for these few things;
- Finding a Meeting Location.
- God doing a work in our hearts, and the hearts of those we seek to love and serve.
- Financial Support to help get Redeemer established.
- Solidarity among the other churches, pastors, & ministries in the area.
- Housing for the Pools who are transitioning all the way from New England.
- The gathering of a Planting Team who are burdened to live intentionally as missionaries in Santa Rosa Beach alongside Redeemer.
Thank you so much for your prayers, support, and friendship. Stay tuned to this blog to get more information as we progress.
Believing the best is yet to come,
Josh, Mandi, Abigail, & Jack Pool
David, Haylee, & Asher Huffman