Stories from the road

This week we were honored to be featured in the ChurchNEXT ONEthing newsletter update. We were so encouraged by the update that we wanted to share it with you! Here’s a few stories from the road as written by Steve Hoke, Director of Team Development with ChurchNEXT.

RYFO transforms the lives of musicians outside of the local church through creating movements of discipleship, reaching an often overlooked mission field—the music industry!

“The vision for this tour came to us at the WWC in Cancun— to deepen our relationship with RYFO’s existing host families and to expand the reach of our network into new regions of the country. So far we’ve stayed with 25 different families.” – Simeon

When RYFO team leaders Simeon and Johanna (+Judah – 16 months) Lohrmann departed OC in May for a 5-month road trip across the country, they didn’t realize how much gold they would discover at every stop along the way!

Phoning in from the half-way spot—NYC in July—Simeon shared his amazement at the divine appointments encountered daily. Here are a few of them:

  • “In each stop so far the Spirit has done something significantly different—from encouragement for weary Christ-followers, to opportunities to share Christ with strangers, and $3500 in unexpected supernatural financial provision.”

▪ “A host home in NC reported they were hosting a Christian band and a non-Christian group together. One of the crew members of the Christian band was a new believer and unfamiliar with baptism. After discussing the significance of this public proclamation of faith, he asked to be baptized and was baptized on-the-spot—in the host family’s pool. The non-Christian band observed all of this and was amazed.”

▪ “A faith-stretching late-night dialogue with a host family about how they had fully committed their every belonging to the Lord, despite partial deafness with the husband, chronic pain in the wife, and regular ministry to addicts. We saw Christ in every aspect of their lives, in addition to being a host family to itinerant musicians!”

▪ “We’ve had numerous God-moments in prayer with our host families and with strangers we’ve met along the way. The Spirit seeded a vision for being catalysts among our host families—and it’s played out differently in every locale.’

▪ “Most exciting has been how the Spirit inspired us to launch a chaplain’s ministry to these transient artists. These chaplains will provide soul care to local and touring musicians who are desperate for the transformative ministry of discipleship in their lives.”

 

Pray this Week:

Pray for the Lohrmanns as they continue this tour to increase the impact of RYFO.

Specifically, they asked that we pray for:

1) Continued safety for their travel as a family.

2) Sensitivity to the intervention and voice of the Spirit as they follow his lead from city to city and family to family.

TRIP Overview (as of 8/4/2015): 

# of stays: 30

# of RYFO events: 8

# of hours traveled: 126

States visited: 13

Distance Covered: 5,511 miles

WHAT’S NEXT? 

August travel plans

 

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Ryfo Tour

There’s a lot happening in our world right now.

Big changes are on the horizon.

In case you haven’t heard, here’s what’s new.

On May 5th, we are packing up and “hitting the road.” Our family is going on a 24 week Missions trip across the nation. We have 60+ planned stops. Our goal is to make it back to California on October 18th.

Wow.

We leave in 8 weeks. Wow. wow. wow.

People keep asking me how I feel and the best answer I can give is that I have two competing emotions.

The adventurer in me is excited. I love new places. I love doing radical things. And I love being in situations where God shows up in powerful ways. This trip will be no exception to that. God has asked us to GO and we have responded in a big way. We’re packing up our belongings, putting everything in storage, and committing to essentially live out of a van for 6 months. Okay God, here we GO!

On the other hand, the Mom in me is nervous. Yes, I will be taking my 1 year old on the road. For the first 6 weeks we will have 18 stops. That’s 2 days in each city. Every 2 days we will be on the road and in a new place. I already feel tired just thinking about it…

But that’s the beauty of following God. I already know that He is going to meet me each day, in a powerful way, and meet the needs of my family as we serve where we are called.

This trip, while exciting for us, is not about us. It’s about bringing the Kingdom of God to each place we go. It’s about serving those who serve others (Ryfo Host families) and it’s about sharing the gospel of Christ through loving others.

We will GO and go and go…

Wherever He calls us, we will go.

Want to know more? Follow us on our journey!

Your personal lens

Your personal lens

Each of us sees life through our own personal lens. Our lenses can be shaped, colored, and fine tuned by many things. Personal experience. Our upbringing. Our political beliefs. Our religious beliefs. How much education we received. Where we live. How much money is in the bank. The friends we have. The list can go on and on..

Have you ever paused to consider the lens in which you view the world through – your personal lens? The first time anyone asked me to ponder such a question was 5 years ago. I was sitting on a hard, plastic chair in Soshanguve, South Africa. Up until that point I knew that we each viewed life differently, but the teaching that day sharpened my perspective on my own personal lens and caused me to think about other people’s lenses as well.

A lot has changed in the last 5 years. My lens has been colored differently by marriage, graduation, job loss, loved ones passing, new jobs, moves, and a deepening in my life with Christ. I see now how each event, experience, and truth effects my lens. All too often I see how it effects others as well.

Most recently I have been witnessing the experience of pain and the effect that has on the lens of others. Pain is such a real experience and it has real implications for how we view the world. The world can become sinister, unwelcoming, and cruel through the lens of pain. We can view the world as cold and eventually we view others the same as well. Even good intentions, through pain, can feel devastating and unwelcome.

There is a part of me that longs for total vulnerability on this subject and to just say it as I mean it. I fear that I have also contributed to a “perfect” view of life through social media, face book posts, and pinterest boards. I choose to keep a pretty, clean lens on social media; to only share the positive.

But isn’t life so much more than that? My lens is colored by much more. At times, my lens becomes smudged, cloudy, and grimy with the grunge of everyday life. Feelings of fear, anger, and shame are all to real to me. Life is by no means perfect. In fact, most times I feel exhausted just balancing all that lies before me. Keeping it all together is a full time job in itself! My lens is cracked, not perfect, and definitely in need of adjusting.

But that’s the beauty of it too. Life is not perfect. We go through constant change. We are always learning. Loving. Crying. Forgiving. Laughing. Dreaming. Losing. Failing. And trying all over again.

As I said before, our lens can be colored by many things. I believe one of the largest contributions to my lens is my faith. Without the lens of faith I believe I would continuously see the world through the lens of the “victim.” The pain of this world would cause me to feel that all hope was lost; too much to bear. But faith beckons me to believe in an everlasting hope that cannot be seen now. My lens has no frame of reference for what faith requires of me. I must believe without seeing that Jesus is the eternal hope.

That changes my lens entirely.

So, what lens do you see your world through? What will sharpen your view? What changes need to be made? Do some smudges need to come off? Just a little something to think about..

P&P Jars!

P&P Jars!

Tonight was one of the first nights in a long time that me and Sim didn’t have any plans. So, our plan was to spend quality time together where we talked and caught up with each other on a deeper, more intentional level. Our favorite question to ask each other is, “how is your heart?” this typically brings things to the surface that we would not normally talk about. As we mused this question tonight, an idea was birthed from our conversation. That idea was P&P Jars! We have created Pray and praise jars to request and remember what the Lord has done. Tonight, we created a new family tradition where once a month we will sit down, add prayer requests, and put praises in the jars. Our goal is to do this monthly until New Year’s where we can “ring in the new year” by reading all of the entries and praising God for what He has done!

Join us!
P&P Jars are really easy to make. I simply cut up some scrap paper and added our praises and prayers from this month (and we used this time to reflect on the lat 6 months). I then folded them and put them in the jar. The Green labeled jar is for prayers and the verse inside says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Phil 4:6). The purple labeled jar is for praises and the inside message is, “He has caused His wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.” (Ps 111:4).

So, let our prayers turn to praises Lord!

Excited to see these P&P jars be filled!

P&P Jars!

Tonight was one of the first nights in a long time that me and Sim didn’t have any plans. So, our plan was to spend quality time together where we talked and caught up with each other on a deeper, more intentional level. Our favorite question to ask each other is, “how is your heart?” this typically brings things to the surface that we would not normally talk about. As we mused this question tonight, an idea was birthed from our conversation. That idea was P&P Jars! We have created Prayer and praise jars to request and remember what the Lord has done. Tonight, we created a new family tradition where once a month we will sit down, add prayer requests, and put praises in the jars. Our goal is to do this monthly until New Year’s where we can “ring in the new year” by reading all of the entries and praising God for what He has done!

Join us!
P&P Jars are really easy to make. I simply cut up some scrap paper and added our praises and prayers from this month (and we used this time to reflect on the lat 6 months). I then folded them and put them in the jar. The Green labeled jar is for prayers and the verse inside says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Phil 4:6). The purple labeled jar is for praises and the inside message is, “He has caused His wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.” (Ps 111:4).

So, let our prayers turn to praises Lord!

Excited to see these P&P jars be filled!

The Bride (Part 1)

The Bride (Part 1)

This is the moment that most little girls dream about, becoming the Bride. In our youth, we play games of ‘weddings’ and we imagine a beautiful dress, a beautiful veil, and a handsome prince waiting for us. For me, becoming a Bride was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had. There is more to this story, so stay tuned! This is a sneak peak……

The Bride (Part 1)

This is the moment that most little girls dream about, becoming the Bride. In our youth, we play games of ‘weddings’ and we imagine a beautiful dress, a beautiful veil, and a handsome prince waiting for us. For me, becoming a Bride was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had. There is more to this story, so stay tuned! This is a sneak peak……