Over the last 18 months, my primary responsibility here in Athens has been the Nest, our housing and discipleship ministry. God has worked through the Nest in amazing ways: (1) A number of guys have accepted Christ during their stay at the Nest – for example, read here and here. The house provides a safe place for men to read the New Testament and ask questions about God, Jesus, and faith in a community of other believers. I cannot overstate the importance of these simple things that the Nest provides: security, community, freedom. (2) Many new believers have come to the Nest in order to grow in their faith – for example, read here. I have cherished the fact that the Nest has served as a place to build-up new believers – even future preachers and evangelists!
I could go on… but the bottom line is pretty straight forward: God has used the Nest to accomplish His purposes here in Athens! For a number of reasons, however, the doors of the Nest are currently closed. First, we have staffing needs. In essence, I have been running the Nest on my own for the last 18 months. I don’t believe that this is a healthy pattern. (Wanna help? Click here to apply to ITeams!) Secondly, we have funding needs. We only have one family that donates to the Nest on a regular basis. We need more people involved through giving! (Wanna help? Click here to give online – simply designate your gift to “The Nest in Athens”).
After some prayer, I’ve decided that the Nest needs a sabbath – a time of intentional rest and prayer! As of September 5th, we have closed the doors to the house for one month. We will spend the next month in prayer – praying for wisdom and God’s provision. Would you please join us in prayer this month? It is my desire to re-open the Nest after this month, but – even more – it is my desire to follow God’s leading. Please pray for our Nest ministry!