Christy's family update

Christy's family update

One of our two babies is pretty calm, relaxed, and easy. The other one I like to call our more passionate child. She will scream to let you know she needs something and requires more creativity and often time to calm, soothe, or placate.

Slow growth model

Slow growth model

Three-fourths of our donations in 2017 were recurring. That means most of our donations are reliable, predictable, and consistent. This is super great for long-term sustainability and future planning.

Grow as slow as possible

Grow as slow as possible

I’ve been hearing the whispers of God saying ridiculous things like, “Grow as slowly as possible” and “Be as small as possible.” It sounded like crazy talk at first, but I’m starting to fall in love with those ideas.

Surviving on a prayer

Surviving on a prayer

God feels very close these days. He’s holding her, wrapped up, snuggled to His chest like a mother holds and snuggles her baby in a wrap carrier. God’s deep Presence in difficult circumstances is showing Mel that He is tenderly committed to the long-haul healing process of body and heart.

The Gospel according to Jeff

The Gospel according to Jeff

Over the many centuries, various schools of thought have been formed concerning the applicability of the Gospel. Who’s in and who’s out? How exactly did Christ’s death cover our sin? What is hell and who goes there? What does it mean that our experience on earth is still hard?

       Banker Family Update   A lot has happening in the Banker family this summer. River took her first step at 10 months old. Isaac started pre-school (Eeek!) Silas and Isaac got their first bee/wasp stings (with resulting ice cream celebrations). Michelle has started a part-time babysitting gig. Nate has been running Immerse solo most of the summer (it’s okay because it has resulted in really good coffee and company). We have paid off our mini-van and put some money to keep the Corolla running strong.  A few weeks ago we had some good friends treat us to a weekend away at a lakehouse outside of Duluth. Our two families have kids similarly aged and everyone got along so well together (thankfully, since it rained most of the weekend and we were all stuck inside with each other). We did all the vacation things. Marshmallows, board games, Tobies donuts, swimming, eating sand, leech-removal, Finding Dory, good food, drawbridge/boat watching, and someone even got pooped on by a bird! It was a glorious break for both families and hopefully the start of an annual tradition.  This month, Nate is picking up quite a few days doing construction. With Mel being out of the office due to the concussion, we have been unable to do any Prayer Resolution sessions. We didn’t foresee the financial impact this would have on Immerse and we need a bit of catch-up time (many people give in response to this ministry). In order to keep Immerse going, Nate is planning on reassigning roughly 60 hours of his work time from Immerse to carpentry in September.  In general, we feel like our life is fairly well balanced. We’re handling the challenges and stressors like we’re adults or something. We have a very full life and often find ourselves talking in amazement at how great everything is. We wouldn’t choose any other way of living.

In general, we feel like our life is fairly well balanced. We’re handling the challenges and stressors like we’re adults or something. We have a very full life and often find ourselves talking in amazement at how great everything is. We wouldn’t choose any other way of living.

Love up for grabs

Love up for grabs

It’s harder to boldly claim God’s love when things aren’t going well - when your car breaks down, when the relationship doesn’t work out. It’s so easy to feel abandoned. To wonder why God has left - why He has betrayed you.

Gudim Family Update - BABIES!

Gudim Family Update - BABIES!

Some of the best things in life also happen to be the things that require the hardest struggle. Kids are the obvious object lesson, but the not-so-obvious is the wholeness of our hearts. Christy’s commitment to her own heart-health through this journey is an example worth following.

"Don't Charge for Labor"

"Don't Charge for Labor"

I wasn’t sure it was God. It was mostly just a vague impression or random thought that didn’t want to go away. But, I’ve learned to trust that annoying nudge. In the end, God isn’t going to fail to provide for me because I was too darn generous and willing to help some people out in my community. God’s resources are unlimited! I’m always as rich as all the promises of God.

My heart in shadow

My heart in shadow

Like the woman in the story, I, too, don’t want to meet God having carried much of my heart in shadow. I don’t want God to have to eavesdrop on a conversation with a friend to know what is really going on in my heart.

Mel's Update

Mel's Update

The more I allowed my heart to connect to God the more peace flooded my heart.  It's a strange thing to be at peace and wildly uncomfortable at the same time.

Rebelling against Rest

Rebelling against Rest

If I am being honest, there is fear in my heart here, Lord. Fear of stillness. Of what may be uncovered if I stop moving and actually let my heart speak instead of silencing it with busyness. I’m afraid of the loss of control if I stop pursuing things and let you gently pursue me in quiet places. It feels vulnerable to me. To stop.

Banker Family Update

Banker Family Update

...Then again, if we didn’t have people willing to risk it all for the hearts of the broken, all hope would be lost. This ministry can often feel like a ragtag group of youngsters rebelling against a system that defines people by their performance. A group of 20 taking on a horde of demons try to kill, stifle, and silence the hearts of our generation...

Dollars and Sense

Dollars and Sense

Immerse is not at the place where we are impacting thousands or even hundreds of people at a time. We know, however, that by significantly impacting one or two people, we will change the world. The exponential impact of those two people is immeasurable. Every person Immerse has impacted, challenged, helped heal, or taught are the fruit of an investment into two people...

But, what does it take for Immerse to do what it does?...

I love spring.

I love spring.

Change definitely has a way of uprooting heart things. The safe becomes unstable. The known unfamiliar. The things you thought could never change (like the position of your mailbox) suddenly do as the peace of your normal world is suddenly disturbed by road closed signs. 

It can be easy to forget what it’s all for...