God is doing amazing things at our church. We are rural, and yet contemporary; we sit in the middle of corn fields yet we’re reaching 20 somethings like crazy; we’ve been around for 140 years and yet the average age of our church attender is probably around 28-34; we’ve just been practicing an outreach program for two years now and yet our baptism’s have doubled every year for 3 years; we don’t have any wealthy people in the church and yet our budget has climbed by 300% in 3 years. I could go on and on. I am consistently amazed at the goodness of God to our church. In light of all this it’s time for me to say thanks to a couple of amazing guys. I haven’t really mentioned them as much in this blog as I should, but John and Nick are not only my best friends but they are, by far, the best parts of our church staff. Their faithfulness has been much of what has made our church go for the past two years. John is certainly the most talented musician/songwriter that I’ve ever personally known. His ability to lead people into worship is unmatched in my experience. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over how many times he’s shown up on a Sunday morning with a brand new song he’s written “while playing around” the day before that works with our service topic in amazing fashion! Nick has got to be the most persistent evangelist that I’ve ever met. It is impossible to have a conversation with someone whithout them hearing the gospel from Nick. He challenges me every day through his life to be more consistent in mine. His faithfulness to work with our students for almost 3 years now is unbelievable. In both of these guys’ cases they could have left long ago for much larger churches with much bigger paychecks but they have stayed because they feel certain that God put them with us. I don’t think it’s ever possible to understand how much I love, and value their partnership at Missouri Valley. John and Nick, you guys rock!