After we stepped down from our role with All Nations, we thought we would most likely be looking for a church ministry position. Back in July, we began immediately getting the word out and sending out resumes. Full time church ministry is a “comfort” place for us and, after 10 years of challenging and sometimes gut-wrenching global work, it sounded “nice” to say the least. BUT, we always want to do exactly what God wants for us, no matter how challenging it may be, so we continued in earnest prayer and fasting - seeking God for HIS next step for us. We were blessed to get some interest from some churches in Indiana, Kansas, Michigan and Oklahoma. Before we began moving forward with them though, we felt redirected by God - convicted that we were to continue our focus on disciple-making on a global scale. God is leading us to step out in faith yet again and move towards a vision that He has been working on Ken's heart for many years. We are calling this work “Lumenations”. We feel the work of Lumenations has incredible potential to impact the Kingdom both here in the states and around the world by meeting several needs that we have witnessed in our stateside and global ministry and training work. We plan to stay in Kansas City through the end of the year to allow our adoption to finalize and then move to Searcy, Arkansas to "set up shop" for this work. We are partnering with J.P. and Heidi Wornock in this work. Heidi is Tanja's sister for those of you who don't know and their involvement was one of several BIG confirmations that this is the direction God is taking us. We also feel convicted to be closer to our parents in this season of life. Ken's mother has Alzheimers and is will be a blessing to help care for a woman who cared for so many so well in her younger years.
I wish I could sit down with you over a cup of coffee and share with you about Lumenations and all the ways that God has convinced us that “now is the time.” Hopefully that can happen soon but, until then, I have created a video to tell you all about it. This is a very unique form of global ministry that does not fit into any preconceived boxes so I feel it takes a video, at least, to give you a picture of what Lumenations is. You can check it out on our web-site:
Would you please take some time to sit down and watch this and prayerfully consider how you might like to be involved with Lumenations and with our future work? As you will hear in the video, the are four "levels" of involvement we would love for you to consider:
- PRAY - join our prayer team: https://www.lumenations.org/pray/
- JOIN OUR PROFESSIONAL RESOURCE NETWORK - we won't be able to do this alone! https://www.lumenations.org/network/
- GIVE - partner with us in this work! One of the reasons I held this vision at "arms-length" is because of the resources needed to make this happen. We are praying that God moves on the hearts of His people to partner with us financially for this strategic Kingdom work: https://www.lumenations.org/give/
- JOIN LUMENATIONS - watch the video. Maybe God is calling you to be a part of this on a full-time or part-time basis? If so, let's talk: https://www.lumenations.org/connect/
Please pray for us as we transition our family back to Arkansas. Please pray for our adoption to finalize. Please pray for Bethany who will be moving back to the states, for Robbie who will be on his own as he continues work and college here and for Shelby who is making plans for global work in the near future. And please pray for Lumenations - for God to make this vision a reality and use it to spread disciple-making movements and cross cultural missions around the states and around the globe.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you have.
Thanks and God bless!
Ken and Tanja