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Prayer for Utah Thursday, April 11 at Noon

Prayer Meetings All Over Utah:  On Thursday, April 11 at noon, we will have prayer meetings hosted all over Utah.   The goal is an hour of concentrated prayer for what God is doing in Utah in His Church.  At the February Summit, Matthew 9 kept popping up as a recurring theme.  As Jesus  teaches his disciples to pray, he asks them to “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest field.”  God continues to bless our harvest field with more laborers.  We want to celebrate the new efforts as we gather together, pray that more people will accept the Gospel of God’s Grace, that he would strengthen all our churches, and to continue to pray the Matthew 9 prayer.

Here are a list of places where you can gather with us in Utah to pray for our church planting efforts, including our first ever Global Prayer Meeting for those who cannot drive to a location or our outside the state of Utah:

Davis County, Alpine Church — Hosts Tom Koehler & Ross Anderson.  Address: 254 West 2675 North, Layton. RSVP to: ross@alpinechurch.org or tom@alpinechurch.org

Salt Lake City, K2 The Church — Host Dave Nelson.  Address: 193 West 2100 South RSVP to: dnelson@k2thechurch.com

Heber City, Mountain View Fellowship — Host: Shane Finley.  Address: 150 N Main St #103  RSVP to: sfinley@mvfchurch.com

Park City, Crosspointe Presbyterian Church —  Host: Robbie Plemmons.  Address: ________TBD______________ RSVP to: robby@crosspointpca.org

Tooele,  Water’s Edge Church — Host: Pete Kirchoff.  Address: ________TBD______________ RSVP to:  pete@watersedgeutah.com

Global, Online Prayer Meeting — Host:  Dave Elshaug This is for those who cannot travel to a physical location but are all about Loving Utah.  You will need to have google+ and RSVP to lovingutahnetwork@gmail.com and say you want to join the Online Prayer Meeting.

We are looking for additional Host Sites for Prayer Meetings, so that people can gather in their own city or region.  Please let us know if you would be willing to host one of these meetings.  We would like to see up to a dozen prayer meetings on April 11.

Fall Summit:  Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 3 from 9-5 for a Church Planters Summit you will not want to miss. This will be all day Thursday.  Plans are in the works for an amazing time of fellowship, worship, prayer and learning about what God is doing through his people here in Utah.

 

 

Utah: A Land of Opportunity

Brody & Liz OlsonBy Brody Olson

What an incredible opportunity we as church planters have to forge new ground for missions in America.  Can you believe that there are actually large tracts of land with bustling populations that have never seen a Christian church in their community?  The culture, the history and the utter scarcity of Christians make Utah one of the most challenging places to plant in America.   However, for these very factors we can rejoice because they also bring incredible opportunities.  Think of it.  The culture is not necessarily un-churched, just churched improperly.  In fact, church is already a large part of their week and it doesn’t pose a formidable hurdle that many in postmodern America can’t seem to get over.  The culture has also implied that church is often stale, cold, rote and ritualistic.  We have the opportunity to introduce them to a church that is grace-oriented, refreshing, contemporary and life-giving.

Not only does culture provide unique opportunities to church planters but so does history.  We have the opportunity to introduce Utah to a church that is focused on displaying the grace of God.  In our own history, Christianity hasn’t always been this forthcoming.  Grace has always been integral in our relationship with God but sometimes lacking in our relationships with each other.  Ours is the opportunity to cultivate a grace atmosphere amongst our churches.  Also, the predominant religion in Utah has had a rich history of developing doctrine and literature.  This may at times seem like a difficult barrier to the minds and hearts of the people.  However, ours is an incredible opportunity to learn about the historic teachings of the LDS church and to intelligently challenge our neighbors with thought-provoking questions.

Lastly, we may not have the luxury of Christian community in our city or town but we have the opportunity to bring Christians to communities almost completely bereft of like-minded brothers and sisters.  One might be thinking, “How is this an advantage?”  Two words: “Mission Teams”.  Utah is indeed a mission field and mission teams typically want to go to a foreign field where Christ has not been known (Rom 15:20).  Utah is a foreign field right here in America.  Not only do the short-term missionaries get excited about missions but the missionary is tremendously blessed.  In my 4-5 years of working with mission teams I have realized that their presence not only provides accountability, but they promote creativity.  When a missionary has mission teams, he has to have something for them to do, people to meet, outreach events to coordinate and so on.  The lack of Christians in Utah can certainly be viewed as an opportunity.

I guess I just really want to challenge current and prospective missionaries to Utah to consider problems as opportunities.  We have the most relevant and authoritative commission of all, in fact it is often referred to as the “Great Commission”.  Planting churches is about making disciples and along the way we are bound to run into a variety of ‘problems’.  We must recognize our sovereign God and the calling with which he has given us and identify these as opportunities whenever we can.

Brody Olson and his wife Elizabeth have been Missionaries to the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) people in Hildale, UT & Colorado City, AZ since 2012. You can contact them to receive their newsletter at brody.olson@gmail.com