Though I’d be lying if I said I don’t fight the battle of impatience, always seeming to want things to move faster and faster, I can genuinely say that I am happy about how Lifeline is positioned right now. I like the pace we’re running at as we ramp up to our grand opening phase kicking off in February. While I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t say they’d rather have more people than they have, God has been good to connect us with a number of people who had not previously been connected to a church. I’m confident that the still-developing stories of new people being added to our launch community will eventually culminate with some inspiring stories to share…just not yet! (Reference my patience struggle mentioned earlier!)
Some connections came through our first round of door hangers. Others have come because of Lifeline’s early investments in the community. But it seems as though every day we continue to have some great doors opening for us in the community – particularly through the school district, local businesses, and the chamber of commerce. Yesterday I was invited to sit in a meeting with the school district’s Homeless Grant Committee. Right now there are 280 students in the district who are homeless…in middle class, suburban Chicagoland. So a door opened for Lifeline to take the lead and serve as a catalyst for creating a Thanksgiving Day event for those families that will include a great meal, free bowling, and a Brunswick Zone XL game cards for the kids. We’re just trying to faithfully walk through doors that seem to fly open so fast and frequently it’s hard to keep up! But the community is starting to get the message we’re here for the long haul to share hope and add value whenever and wherever we can.