In preparing to move to Texas in the spring of 2013, I explained to my two oldest children that there wouldn’t be a church where we were headed — That we would be going with the hope and prayer that God would cause one to grow up there.
After a few weeks of driving around in Texas, my son (2 ½ at the time) started pointing and asking, “Dad, what’s that? How about that?” “Those are churches, son,” I replied. And then the old adage – “Kids say the darndest things” – proved true. My son held me to my words: “Dad, I thought you said there wasn’t a church here…”
My son’s blunt observation was giving way to some of my own. There were churches everywhere here in North Texas: old churches, new churches, small churches in the country, monstrosities on the freeway… There were churches everywhere! The question flowed naturally:
Why ARE we here?
Do we have something different to say?
God has blessed the mission work here in Parker County, Texas. Through His Gracious Word and with your support, God has baptized infants, children, and adults into His family.
He has given a Gospel-rich home to some who’d come from one like it, but also to handfuls who, in spite of the “many churches” around, found themselves starving for the Good News.
You are supporting mission work here in Parker County, Texas – a place rife with churches because the uninterrupted voice of the Gospel – the voice of a crucified and risen Jesus who IS PRESENT with forgiveness and life for the sinful and dying – because THAT voice still has something to say! Something that desperately needs to be heard.
I was just reminded of that the other week when a prospect and frequent visitor to church said to me, “I hope Divine Mercy is here for a long time. You have something people need to hear.”
And then, like my young son, we get to be the children who hold their Father to His Words:
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Reverend Kyle Madson
Divine Mercy Lutheran Church, Hudson Oaks, TX