July 2014- Gearing up for Ministry!

PRAYER REQUESTS:
– Ellyana starts school on August 14th, pray her transition will be smooth
– We officially start ministry in August, please cover us in prayer during this season
– One of our partners has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and we are asking all our partners and friends to join us in praying that the Lord has an amazing testimony and brings peace to this family in this season.

PRAISES:
– We are no longer negative in our monthly budget! Our friends at two churches and some wonderful partners have felt led from the Lord to increase their giving to make up the $600 a month shortfall. Also, some individuals were moved to give a bit extra this past month and made up all the shortfall we had since moving to Kenya. Thank you for praying and thank you for being a part of a testimony! Please join us in telling God, “Thank you!”

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CLICK HERE: To play with a fun interactive Google Map with pictures and see where we traveled and where ministry took place in July.

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CLICK HERE: To see a photo album of July 2014


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And the Date We’ve All Been Waiting for Is…

March 3 imageWe are ELATED to announce that we have purchased our passage and will be moving to Nairobi, Kenya on March 3rd!! We have been walking down this road to Kenya for over 2 years and to be this close to the end (and the beginning) is pretty astonishing, truth be told. Along the way we have seen God show up in the most unusual ways and surprise us again and again with His faithful hand on our family. In that time we both have developed a pillar of faith in our hearts that will hold us high as we set out to answer the Call. In these 2 years we have had the rare and sacred privilege to meet with hundreds of people from varying backgrounds, hearing their hearts and catching glimpses of the wonders God is accomplishing in their lives. We are beyond blessed to be partnering with so many of them and are thrilled to be looking the future square in the face with these incredible brothers and sisters in Christ backing us.

Ministry Team in Nairobi
Ministry Team in Nairobi

WHAT WE ARE JOINING IN KENYA: We are tremendously excited to be joining a dynamic and tenacious team who has been in Kenya for the past 7 years bringing this ministry to life and setting it up for a bright future. Here are some of the incredible highlights they’ve recently sent us:

To date there are:

  • Over 3,000 Kenyans have attended leadership trainings
  • Over 300 home discipleship/leadership groups with over 2,500 Kenyans actively engaging in community development and growing deeper in their relationships with Christ
  • Over 10 churches have been planted
What is the impact of this you might ask? 
  • Kenyans building homes for Kenyans
  • Kenyans feeding Kenyans
  • Kenyans equipping and empowering Kenyans, who then will equip and empower Kenyans
  • Kenyans creating community and bringing the love of Jesus into their neighborhoods

Our team has told us they are adding more people and churches to the waiting list consistently and can’t wait for us to join them in March! For a snapshot of the ministry, click here.

Sorting for Kenya
Sorting for Kenya

WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW:  As you might guess we are focusing on logistics and getting our family ready to rebuild a new life halfway around the world full of adventure and incredible ministry. One of the tasks we are still working on is finding our last 10 monthly partners to reach 100% of our monthly goal as we’ll then be able to move. This equates to a remaining $900 a month.

We’ve broken this down into a fun graphic we call the “Yellow Brick Road to Kenya“. (See below). If you know of anyone who is passionate to see God’s people equipped and empowered to reach their communities with the Love of Christ, who might want to “grab a brick” please let us know. If you want to share the “Yellow Brick Road to Kenya” with anyone you can find it by clicking here.

If you want to join our partnership team, please let us know via email which “brick” you’d like to pick up and we will send you all the information you need or you can just click here.

WHAT WE NEED PRAYER FOR:  Here is what we would love for you to surround us in prayer for:

  • 10 more monthly partners so we can spend our time getting ready to move and helping our girls prepare for the transition.
  • Securing some additional large suitcases to pack our belongings in for the plane
  • That the process of transitioning and starting a new life and ministry in Kenya would draw us closer together as a family.
  • That the time we have left in Colorado would be a sweet and rich one with our friends and family. And that the Lord would fully prepare and comfort those in our close circles who will feel our absence (and vice versa).
  • That the Lord would provide some solid time for us as a family to reconnect and have some fun. It’s been an intense season with language school, Clinton working full time, securing partners, the holidays, etc. and we’d love to be able to have a little bit of down time as we close one chapter and gear up for a new one.

WHAT WE STILL NEED:

  • As mentioned previously we need large suitcases. We’ve been told for a family of four we’ll need about 20 of them total! Yikes!
  • We’ll need to make some final purchases before we head on out. So, if you know of any coupons or discounts at the following stores, we’d love to know about them and save where we can (Pahtyana’s favorite hobby and secret superpower): Kohl’s, Home Depot, The Container Store, Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond.

In closing we remain in awe of our God, looking back on His divine provision and presence. We look ahead knowing the immediate work still to be done and keenly anticipating the future that at long last is near.  

In Him,

Clinton, Pahtyana, Ellyana & Enjolie

Yellow Brick Road to Kenya

Click here to “Grab a Brick”!

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The Moores & the Ministry… in a Nutshell

NutshellSo, who are the Moores and what is the ministry all about in a nutshell? Here are the highlights and how to get around on our blog.

THE MINISTRY

We have been requested by Kenyan pastors and church leaders to facilitate in leadership development and coaching. This training equips them to establish small groups whose focus is on spiritual development and empowerment through discipleship. A main focus of these groups is to consistently impact the local community tangibly with Christ’s love and welcome people into God’s kingdom through real relationships.

THE NETWORK

We have been requested by Kenyan church leadership to assist in the creation and resourcing of a national multi-denominational network of likeminded ministries. These ministries all focus on community oriented discipleship and service and are dedicated to building up, equipping and releasing church leaders.

MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trained over 1,000 people in transformational discipleship ministry to date
  • Churches and ministries have experienced exponential growth and the ability to plant multiple ministries
  • Multiple requests from neighboring countries to receive training and build similar ministry networks
  • Over 300 churches in Kenya alone on a waiting list to receive ministry training and coaching
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Pahtyana, Ellyana, Enjolie, Clinton

THE MOORE FAMILY

Through our many years in pastoral ministry, we discovered a calling to discipleship. This first began for us as Youth Pastors working with our staff and students and eventually expanded as we helped launch a house church in 2008. The Lord ignited a passion in our hearts for training and discipling His church in it’s varying formats around the world and has given us many opportunities to cultivate our abilities and experience in this area.  In 2011, the Lord called us to international ministry in Kenya, working with the interdenominational missions agency SIM.  In March of 2014, we will move to Nairobi to begin providing leadership development and coaching for Kenyan pastors and church leadership. This training and coaching results in transformational ministries impacting their communities by bringing the love of Jesus Christ in very tangible ways.  We are thrilled to be joining Jesus in the powerful work of building the Kingdom of God and answering the call to, “Go and make disciples of all nations…”

MOORE FAMILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Plan to join the SIM Kenya team March 3rd, 2014
  • Need roughly 10 more monthly partners before we can go
  • Click here for a breakdown of what this looks like
  • Click here to partner

Navigating our Blog: Click on the links below for more detailed information.

The Ministry

About Us

Partnership

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Never Late for a Divine Appointment- Part III

Connecting Around the WorldLooking back over the past couple of years of the journey towards Kenya that we’ve been on, it’s amazing to see God’s hand in it all, evidenced greatly in the timing of the divine appointments we’ve had. In our quest to share the testimony of all God is accomplishing in Kenya and the role He has called our family to play, we’ve had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of people. For each of those appointments, we’ve seen the Lord accomplish various purposes. Some of which were evident immediately, some of which were not. As we’ve leaned further and further into the Lord as the season has worn on, we’ve become less and less concerned with the immediate evidence of purpose for each meeting and learned to rely more and more on trusting the Lord in His unfolding plans. Hard at first to do, but over time easier to live out.

One of the greatest examples of this has been in the divine appointments we’ve found ourselves a part of over the past couple of months. The Lord has shown His faithfulness to us in a series of meetings beginning in May connecting us to a network of house churches throughout Colorado. Interestingly enough, it’s a network we’ve felt called to connect with for over a year and have tried to twice before, with no further open doors. In frustration and disappointment, we thought the Lord was directing us elsewhere. But then in May, the door opened again and we walked through it out of sheer obedience with no hope of anything coming from it. However, the Lord had been at work all along in the background preparing the way. As one meeting led to introductions that led to other meetings and introductions, we found ourselves meeting a gentleman named,  John White and praying about an invitation to attend an international conference for an organization called Luke 10 that was set to take place in 4 days time. We had babysitters, cleared schedules and cost to address and within 2 days all had seamlessly been taken care of! We knew God was up to something big.

So we ventured up the mountain brimming with excitement and curiosity at what our big God was doing, all the while having learned from times past to leaveLK10 International Fall 2013 Conference defined expectations at the door to make room for the unexpected. What we found was a weekend full of divine appointment after divine appointment. We unearthed a hidden gem in this wonderful organization and discovered God had been speaking and moving here in much the same way He has been speaking and moving in Kenya! As we leaned into this further, we also discovered not only a family here, but a deeper call for us in ministry. A call to a unique partnership!

This partnership began to unfold as the weekend continued on. We found first, common ground within the LK10 community and second, a united desire to see these life-changing principles take flight around the world. It is our belief at this time, that part of our call is to help bridge our ministry in Kenya with the LK10 ministry here in the States!

In addition to this discovery, we also became acquainted that weekend with an organization called House2House, which is a national network aimed to resource and connect churches of a simple/more organic focus. We met it’s director, Ken Eastburn and found ourselves immediately a part of a divine appointment! As we both shared a unique, God-given vision to see mission trips between house churches around the world, we felt the Lord moving us to partnership. Though at this point, we don’t know the details of what that looks like, we are moving forward one step at a time, as the Lord provides direction.

We are thrilled to be exploring what God intends with this connection and are excited to be featured in House2House’s monthly magazine and e-letter this month!! Click here to listen to our interview with Ken! Click here to read the e-letter! Our prayer is that the Lord would use this newly forged partnership to continue bringing to fruition the many unfolding purposes He has for our family and the ministry!

Ahh, the warm rays of 60%

60 percentWe are excited to announce that we have reached 60%!!!! This is a huge milestone because we have really crossed the threshold now. From this vantage point, we only have 40% more to raise before our family can board that plane and then step foot finally into our beloved, Nairobi!

Join us in celebrating this wonderful milestone and giving praise to our amazing Heavenly Father for bringing this about. We now have just a little ways to go!! It makes such a difference to realize that you’ve already raised what is left before you. Takes the pressure off a bit. ;o)

Can’t wait to fly past the next milestones and at loooong last be on our way!

One Step Forward, Three Feet Down

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This spring has been one of intense spiritual, personal and relational growth for both Clinton and I. As we’ve been diligently calling people, having meetings and walking through the doors God opens, we have felt that we move forward one inch at a time in this season. Somewhat like “one step forward, two steps back”, except that we know God is moving us closer and closer to Kenya every day. So, no backwards movement, but instead of leaping forward, it’s one step forward in building our ministry team and 3 ft. down in our spiritual development and growth.

It’s been a time of restoration and rebirth. Restoring relationships from the past and giving them new life that will last for the years and distance to come! It’s been a time of deep spiritual awakening in both of us, much like this spring season has been. As the snow has come and come, shrouding any evidence of new life from our view, we’ve had to cling to the hope that much is taking place beneath the surface. Then at its given time, we will witness a vibrancy and abundance of color and life springing forth, the beauty of God’s creativity and wonder, beholding its splendor all summer long.50 percent

We believe the end of this small season is very near and that we are entering into a fresh season of abundance and breakthrough in building our team. We are excited to share a recent milestone of not just reaching but quickly surpassing 50%!!! We know the remaining amount will prove to be a much swifter process for us than this first half. So much was accomplished in our family and in our walks with the Lord during that important time, that we now stand on that foundation and move with joy forward into the reality of the next season God is preparing for us!!

Join with us in faith and prayer, as we see this come to pass this summer!

As we have done all along, we rejoice in your partnership with us and presence in our lives. We know this journey has been unlike any other and we are so thankful for your friendship and support of all God is doing to get us to the field and all He is preparing even now for when we arrive!

 

In His Service, 

P, C, E&e

Hello, 35!

35%One blessing so far this year is that we’ve reached 35% and the momentum is building! The Lord has also been opening up some interesting doors for us to continue sharing our story and building our team.

This coming weekend we will give the message at the Saturday night and Sunday morning services at my (P’s) home church, NorthRock Foursquare Church in Thornton! Pastor Jeremy has been doing a series on what it means to be “All In” in your faith and has asked us to share our testimony of this past year to close out the series. We are honored and excited! We know God has something wonderful planned for this weekend and we can’t wait to be a part of it! If you’d like to come and hear us, the service times are Saturday, 6pm, and Sunday, 9am and 11:oo am. Click here for more information.

Treading Softly

As we’ve been having these meetings, I’ve been consistently reminded of a passage in the devotional, Jesus Calling. It says, “Learn to listen to Me even while you are listening to other people. As they open their souls to your scrutiny, you are on holy ground.” This has spoken to me over the past few months. The idea that people’s souls are holy ground is so stirringly beautiful and is a poignant reminder to always tread softly when welcomed in. It is an absolute privilege to not only get to share our hearts and calling with others but to be privy to theirs. In these times we’ve experienced the sweetness of the Holy Spirit as He unites us and calls us each to something beyond ourselves.

Our First Trip Home to Kenya

As we left the bright lights of the airport behind and drove into the darkness of Nairobi, we quickly realized that we had just arrived…home. Not traveling, not vacationing, not even visiting but, home. This home was deeper than we’d ever known and full of the all-encompassing grace of our God. We knew that He was waiting there to meet us and that we were made for this place and it for us.

The week started with a surge of palpable anticipation for the 3-day Cell Church Consultation that was at last just two days away. More and more details were falling into place by the minute and Colin and Fey were more focused and driven than ever (which is saying something). This was their baby and the culmination of everything they had been working towards for the past six years. To have so many pastors coming together from the furthest reaches of Kenya under one roof, with one unified purpose was in a word, astounding. And true to form Colin and Fey began this essential week with the most essential element- prayer. We joined the SIM office Monday morning in their daily routine of prayer and praise. To us, this bore witness to the integrity and nature of the organization of SIM probably more than anything else had up to this point. They really do live up to their motto, “by prayer” and we saw the effects of that in everything they did.

Afterward, Clinton and I visited the Cell Kenya office and finally got to meet in person the Holtums’ right hand man and our Kenyan colleague, David. He’s a pastor who has been with them for the past two years and is essentially their Kenyan liaison among many other roles. As final preparations began for the consultation, we saw the Cell Kenya team officially fuse. It was evident to all 5 of us in that room, that God had indeed, molded, prepared and brought each of us together to form this team! This team that is on the cusp of doing incredible things together by His power and design, is not without its flaws but is also full of His grace!

The chairs were set up, the welcome table ready, the media was ready to go, and then it was finally time. One by one they came, from Mombasa, Western, Rural, and Nairobi. Various regions of pastors had traveled many miles and in some cases days to be here. Each carrying the hearts of their people, with their own stories, their own struggles and challenges but each with the same purpose and passion-discipleship. So many denominations and yet as we got going, you really couldn’t tell the differences. What you could tell though, was that this was without a doubt the Body of Christ.

As we listened to their testimonies and praises, Clinton and I just looked at each other in amazement at all God has been doing in the lives of these people. People who are being transformed day by day, because of Cell. The simple and yet profound truth of Jesus, manifesting itself in the hearts of Kenyans through real daily relationships and unconditional love has been working a miraculous magic, as it were. Transformation of the deepest kind and these pastors know it. That is why they traveled the miles and the days, sometimes with no guarantee of provisions. Because they know better than probably anyone the value of what has been given to them and what is at stake. This is what Clinton and I found ourselves a part of and saw in the flesh that first day.

In the days that followed we bore witness to not only the testimonies of transformation but laced within that, the continuing need. With every miracle story is another one just within reach waiting to materialize. Because as one life is transformed, something is birthed within that heart that can reach out to the world around them and bring transformation to other hearts. This is the nature of the kingdom of God and the heart of Cell. This is the reason Clinton and I are so desperately needed there. This is the reason we are called to go. This is also the reason you partner with us.

We finished the week out by attending Colin and Fey’s cell group and developing future relationships. We are now even more excited to personally be a part of a cell group and experience our own transformations within it.

On our last day of the trip, we got the chance to see Nairobi in all its diversity. It’s a massive city and so we really only covered a fraction. But it did give us an opportunity to better conceptualize what our future there will look like and how to better equip our girls for their new home. Though we said tearful good-byes to Colin and Fey and felt an aching of heart driving to the airport, our calling no longer held the ambiguity we had grown accustomed to but had become crystallized. We now didn’t just know the call, we had internalized it.

As we boarded the plane we knew that we were leaving this home to return to home in the arms of our girls. What a strange place to find ourselves. But even at this bizarre juxtaposition, we could feel definitely that something monumental had shifted. We were no longer getting ready to become missionaries to Kenya. We ARE missionaries to Kenya. Our task now is to bring the truth as we keenly witnessed it to everyone that God brings into connection with us. The truth of the tremendous need of a nation that daily stands. The truth of the hearts of all who have been touched by this ministry- their faces, their voices, their stories, their testimonies of an incredible God working the miracle of transformation in their lives. The truth of the work yet to be done.

In the time we’ve been back, we have seen God moving in powerful ways! As a result, we have much to praise Him for. Also as a result, we have much to bring before Him. For our praises click here and click here, for our prayers.

We want to close with gratitude. We are so very thankful for your presence in our lives and amazed at what your prayers and partnership have accomplished thus far! It is an honor to join with you in the Call and to jointly bear witness to His great works!

May many, many blessings be upon you and yours!

In His service,

C&P

P.S. To see images of our time in Kenya, click here. To partner with us in the Cell ministry, click here

Opening the Door to Kenya

Well, we made it safe and sound!! The flights were definitely long & tight at times (2 year-old triplets for 8 hours…you do the math) but what an adventure! We made it into Nairobi late last night and went through customs and immigration with so much ease it was amazing, really. Incredible that our luggage arrived intact all the way from DIA to Nairobi without us seeing it once. Thank you God! We walked warily through the final doors of the airport and there Colin and Fey were in the crowds jumping up and down welcoming us. It was such a wonderful sight to see after all the hours of travel!
We located the SIM driver who had driven them to meet us and we were on our way! We flew past the lights of Nairobi Airport and into the heart of the city towards the compound. Not wanting to blink for a moment and drinking in every sight we could make out in the pitch black, we took in Kenya. The warmth of the climate, the smells of the air…the essence of Kenya. We arrived at the SIM compound and at our request were given a late night tour of everything which was fun to imagine what it was going to look like in the morning. When we got to the door of Colin and Fey’s place they had a cute little welcome sign for us. In true me-fashion (you can make a sign for everything, you know. ;o) The home was so clean and lovely. Fresh flowers in every room, clean towels at the ends of our beds. Lovely.
We were woken up this morning by the most unique bird calls I’ve ever heard. I have no idea what it was but truly unique. Then when we opened the curtains we saw the most beautiful view of the compound. Gorgeous trees with bright blossoms, right outside our window. A warm, humid breeze filled with a musky scent wafted into our room telling us we were home somehow. We went to church this morning at Colin and Fey’s church which is a large church that is centered around cell groups. We loved it!!! Amazing to witness God’s people here and their hearts for Him!
Both Clinton and I were unsure what exactly we’d be feeling being here, in this place we’ve heard and dreamt of so much. But from the moment we went through customs and began to sense the country, could both sense a comfortability, a familiarity within our hearts of sorts. Like we were made for this. One thing that was very distinctive for me was feeling immediately that God had come before us and was meeting us here. Like stepping off the plane and into Him. Very interesting feeling.
Well, the lights are flickering their warning of waning power and jet lag is an ever present uh, companion.
Tomorrow brings the adventures that await us beyond the open door.

Fusion Strikes Again

This morning while attending Fusion in Greeley I (Clinton) received my first word of knowledge for healing. As Pastor Doug was speaking healing over the room and calling out words of healing for different afflictions he asked if we had received anything. I didn’t even know we we’re supposed to be listening for anything, so I started tuning in. Just asking the Lord if he wanted to share anything with me. Instantly I felt him describe a heaviness of the chest.

I didn’t have a chance to relay this to Doug and it wasn’t until the service had ended and some were cleaning up that I told Doug I thought I received my first word of knowledge for healing. As soon as I told him what I thought I heard, he turned to the room of people cleaning up their things, breaking down the stage and walking out the door and yelled, does anyone feel a heaviness in the chest, Clinton has a word for you and wants to pray for you.

There was a young lady, already walking towards us, who instantly responded, “It’s me, I do.” We had the the wonderful honor of praying healing and the love of the Lord into this wonderful person. Just another adventure in a day of the Lord.