First, all three of my children are out of school for the summer and are thankful to be away from studying for a while. Kayla is thinking about going on to medical school. Dallas continues to work and find a place to attend school next year. Kerri is excited about being in the 8th grade next year. I pray all of my children find their place in ministry and will use their gifts and talents to honor God.
Shepherd continues to grow, and we are constantly trying to help those who are struggling. The economy is affecting so many folks and it's almost impossible to deal with the sheer number of people who are truly hurting. Please pray that God will continue to provide in every way.
I know this will seem vague, but I was in a meeting today that will greatly effect the future of our church, and it was so exciting to see how God was opening doors that many thought were impossible to open. I hope in a few weeks that I will be able to share this good news with you.
One of my burdens is for all of our satellite campuses. We are so strong in the number of people who attend our Porter Ranch campus and I want to see the Lancaster, Agua Dulce, Fremont, Woodland Hills, and, of course, the West L.A. campuses thrive. We need to be a little more intentional about outreach in these areas.
We continue to be on CITY-WIDE TELEVISION. We have close to 15 million possible viewers and are in need of sponsors of our KDOC channel. We have the potential to share the Gospel through T.V. if we are able to find these sponsors. Please pray about YOUR involvement.
Some of you may or may not care that I have started to TWITTER. I am wrestling with all the technology and how much time to put into it, but I want to do EVERYTHING possible to help spead the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ.
So, I am going to use Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot and the web via www.callonjesus.com and www.pastordudley.com to reach the world. Don't you think that Paul would be using ALL MEANS to spread the Gospel if He were alive today? I think so!!!
Speaking of which, Tom Ellsworth, a dear friend of mine, is helping me with a HUGE project in which we are going to have an IPHONE application for www.callonjesus.com. You will be able to download this application and watch our services ONLINE via your cell phone. I am AMAZED at God opening this door for our church.
Don't forget we are still attempting to build a 3500-seat auditorium. We need the Lord to provide the resources, and we are going to do something where GOD WILL GET ALL THE CREDIT FOR IT. More to come...
Lastly, I am headed to Austria after church this weekend. I am excited about going to Europe and being involved in the training of pastors and ministers in that part of the world. Please pray for me, for safe travels, that God would be with me and give me favor with these leaders and that I would be able to encourage them in THEIR work in THEIR ministries.
Please know that I will be praying for EACH OF YOU. That God would bless you, provide for you and lead you into all righteousness.