• Jeff & Julie Sanders

Woven together for the Work

Updated: Oct 5, 2019

In each place we go, we find materials, scarves, or cloths reflecting the life of people there. Silk from China. Alpaca yarn from Nepal. Scarves from Turkey, Linens from Greece. Blankets from Oregon. God is glorified as we weave together the things of our lives and create something useful and beautiful.

Working with national partners is weaving work. It's watching God the weaver do His work with and among us. It's adding the threads of our lives and being amazed at how single strands are joined to form a strong and supple cloth. In this unique season for us, where two life streams come together and overlap, we're watching how one familiar role joins a new role. Jeff continues to lead the Global Outreach of Bethel Church as we begin to build our own support team and move towards a Live Global focus. In the past week, the first role intertwined with the new role as a Live Global team member.

Last weekend, we had the opportunity to watch the Bethel role tie into the Live Global role, as a Bethel family prepares to work with a national partner.

  • As Bethel leaders, we've had the privilege of walking alongside this American family, providing pieces of coaching, training, and encouragement.

  • From the Live Global role, we provided a field preparation piece.

  • Last weekend, we celebrated with them as our church commissioned them.

  • The Bethel Global Team came together with the Bethel congregation and Live Global leadership.

  • Members of the congregation came to pray, celebrate, and give towards the ministry of this family who will serve as an extension of the Bethel body.

This family will partner with a Bethel supported national partner of Live Global, weaving together partnership of church, individuals, Live Global, and national partners.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

This week, the tapestry lengthens, as the Bethel Global Team sent Jeff with our American couple from Bethel. They've been met by our Live Global national partner who guided them in making arrangements to support the local ministry. The "team" is truly knit together as a cord for service: national partner, local North American church, Live Global team.

May we weave together the things of our lives and create something useful and beautiful for kingdom work.

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