The day started off bright and early as we knew we had a lot of set-up and organizing to do before guests started arriving at 10 a.m.! Some members of our team were very sleepy as they had stayed up with Dave assisting him with last minute details until the wee hours, but they still arrived coffee in hand and with a big smile! Talk about being troopers and serving others graciously without complaint! They were walking examples of it today!
First let me say that I have never witnessed the “setting up” and “tearing down” of all the necessary items needed for a church before. WOW! I had no idea how much work went into it! The months Dave and April have been preparing for this really showed up that morning. The details all came together and it was impressive. We quickly integrated with the core Texas team and we were rocking through things pretty quickly. Dave’s vision really shone through as he helped us set up! It became increasingly obvious that he and April had spent a great deal of time organizing, planning in great detail and getting everything ready for the launch today.
The nursery and preschool rooms set up and practiced our songs with the volunteers. The kids had a ton of fun helping out!
The tech volunteers kept the sound running smoothly and the projector screens! You can also see our own Kristi Thomas during worship!
While I personally didn’t get to hear the message that Dave preached (since I was in the nursery) I did hear bits and pieces as parents picked up. Not surprising Dave’s sermon was surrounding hope and when we have hope and trust in Jesus. It was a great first sermon and we are so excited with the turnout. Nearly 100 adults showed up!
The morning was filled with excitement as we began our first full day in Austin! This was my first mission trip and we came to Austin, Texas to help Dave and April Jamerson launch their new church plant. On Friday evening our team from Indiana rolled in to pray over, invite members of the community to join us on Easter Sunday and to help with whatever is needed to support Dave and April on their launch weekend. Dave gave us plenty of inspiration as he shared with us the reasons why he felt God called him to Austin. Both Dave and April have a heart for people and their hearts were in full on trusting God without doubt mode as they embarked upon this adventure! Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Although it is about the same size area in Indianapolis, but there are about 1/3 as many churches.
At our breakfast meeting Dave spoke about the hope found in Jesus that he desires to show that hope and grace that comes with loving God and Jesus to the community of Austin. We started the day by doing Guerilla Love – delivering donuts to the surrounding businesses with invitations to join us on Easter Sunday. This was quite an adventure but overall we received many “thank you’s” and “what a great outreach by the church” comments.
One of the amazing things about this missions trip was that because it fell over spring break and was in the US, many children were present. The children were impressive as they went up to other children they have never met and inviting them to church with such confidence. It was great to see these little hearts on fire for God and eager to share that with others! This happened over and over again as we walked through the neighborhood to put invitations on doors!
Walking through the neighborhoods we felt our prayers from earlier in the day being answered. Every person we spoke to was receptive to us and open to the invitation! We walked through the neighborhoods praying over these families and the local community.
We were able to see the permanent location for the church and prayed over it with Dave Jamerson! Naturally we followed it up with a group cheer!!
We ended the day tired but excited to see so many in the community being open to talking about church and God. We were so blessed to be there to support Dave and April as they headed into the final hours of their big launch!
Greetings from the TPCC March 2016 Austin Team!
We are excited that our team has met, we are all ready to go, and in a few short days we are traveling to Texas. Six different families are sending team members down to Austin to help Dave and April Jamerson in Texas. As you may recall, Dave and April were sent out from TPCC last year to plant Renovate Church in Austin Texas.