…Short answer: we are fully funded through June of 2019. We anticipate between $4,000 to $5,000 coming in per month between monthly donations, PR fees, program fees, and trainings. That puts us at a month deficit of approximately $5000/mth.
…As if on cue, my eyes began welling up and the dizziness I experienced began to fade. My mental fatigue diminished and for the first time in a week, I was motivated to take on the world, to work another long shift Saturday, and actually like the guy in the mirror again.
My heart is for caring for our leaders. God started prompting me to think about longevity and sustainability in ministry. Ideas tend to float around in my head bouncing into other ideas until I finally catch the connective thread. I wanted to know how we effectively care for our leadership. This has evolved into a clear vision for a pastoral and leadership care group.
This has been a summer of events for me...
Mel was hanging out with a friend one day, “By the way, Mel, God told me that Immerse is going to get $100,000 next year.” Mel did what any one of us would do. She filed that away in a deep mental folder under the heading of, “That’s nice of you to say and it’s never going to happen.” This was 1 year ago.
Do you ever play the game in your mind where you imagine what it would be like to do a different job just for the fun of it?
It was one of those dreams where you wonder if it was just a dream or something more substantial. I think it was more substantial. It had that divine taste to it. Ever since then I have been looking for ways to make more connections and expand my network. Somehow, I think this is critical to Immerse’s long-term success and sustainability.
What is faith? Is faith required for God to do miracles? If something doesn’t happen, does that mean I don’t have enough faith? What’s on the line in my own sense of identity if I don’t have “enough faith”?
I thought He was only concerned with me giving him glory, or me evangelizing everyone I met. I thought He only cared about results and converts and morals and ethics and doing the right thing always. But as I begin to dig deeper, I realize he wants something a lot deeper and heck of a lot simpler, too.
Then I remember that no good story is easy. No good story is free of conflict. No good story has everything go perfectly. Some things are worth the struggle. Worth the uncertainty. Worth the sacrifice.
“Daddy!” Three different little-kid voices. “Pop-off hug!!!” Somewhere along the line I’ve taught my kids to try to literally pop my head off by hugging me as tight as they can. I need to do something about that soon.
We were swamped with requests. We couldn’t meet all the need.
Then something happened. Vulnerability, courage, and brilliance combined into a catalytic mixture and suddenly...
Since 2013 Immerse has strategically sought out experts and mentors in fundraising, business management, leadership development, and accounting. We are learning quickly and continue to grow towards making Immerse the best it can be because people are worth it.
We were never meant to live lives riddled with discipline. Maybe discipline has a place if it comes from a motivation of love, but, honestly, I've only been taught how to do discipline from fear. We were simply meant to taste the superior and enjoy it! How? In *connection* with God.
Do you dread God’s voice? It’s an indicator that you haven’t experienced God’s true nature. In 1 John 4:18 it states, “If we are afraid…this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” Why are we afraid? We fear punishment from God. We might believe the lie that God wants to stamp out our dreams and desires.
Have you ever wrestled with what you perceived as a very black-and-white directive from God? A directive you did *not* want to follow through with? If you have, I’d like to offer you an alternative way of connecting with God that, in my experience, produces joy and peace.
Truth be told, watching God work in people’s lives through Prayer Resolution (PR) and Immerse Community is addictive. I’m so happy to be back. I finally feel “like myself” again. Which is strange considering how much the last 6 months have changed me.
He loves me with a love that defies logic and reason, a love that extends beyond the limits of the universe, a love that is expressed in the tiniest prairie flower and in the great expanse of many oceans. His love for me is unconditional. It knows no limits.
I truly believe God is a “Way Maker” when there seems to be no way forward. However, I’m what you might call an “over responsible” oldest child. I had always believed, deep down, that if I didn’t provide for me I couldn’t expect anyone else to. God included.
In 2017 Immerse had exactly what we needed ($150 more, actually). It was a crazy year of car accidents, twins, people joining, people leaving, change in focus, and life-changing God moments ...