I am at the airport now getting ready to board the plane for my trip back to Ann Arbor. As I sit here at the terminal, I am just thankful for the privilege of reconnecting with the Austin team. It has been a fruitful trip.
I was able to spend some time with the whole team last night. We had dinner and spent some time sharing and praying together. It is hard to believe that the church plant has been in existence for only a little over 3 months. It was encouraging to hear the testimony of the lives that the team was investing in throughout the last 3 months. But most of all, the testimonies of what they were learning personally was a reminder that God is at work and that He loves them tremendously.
I also had an opportunity to meet up with some of the team members individually. It was good to hear about the lessons that God was teaching them.
One observation that I made as I was talking with Pastor Ben and the team is that it was hard to find a transcultural church in town. They have churches that fall in rank and file with ethnicity or para-church groups that stick with the Homogeneous Unit Principle.
But as I try to observe what God is doing in HMCC of Austin, I realized that our contribution to the Body of Christ in Austin is to be a transcultural church that reaches out to the nations. Right now, they have people from various backgrounds that represent nations such as China, Japan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Korea, and etc.
As HMCC of Austin begins to grow and develop, I am excited to see what God will do through them to reach the nations.