Holly and I have been blessed with an incredible pastor who truly has a heart to shepherd his flock well and see God bring healing and restoration to the broken areas in our lives.
On June 19th, our pastor and staff welcomed Holly and myself along with my Restoring Wholeness colleagues, Rev Wynn Thompson and Jason Caywood, in Tucson to host a one day seminar addressing shame in our lives. For 3 weeks, both Holly and I announced the upcoming seminar to the congregation. Holly jokingly said to me that she didn’t have faith for more than 5 people to come out on a Saturday, giving up their day off, only to hear about shame, and possibly bring up more pain. God surprised us both when we had over 41 people sign up and attend. Not only were those in attendance engaged with the material, they were emotionally engaged with one another going deeper in conversation about past pain, hurt and shame. We ended the seminar with a time of prayer breaking off shame, self hatred, abuse, neglect and exposing the lies of the enemy. It was a powerful time of ministry and we are grateful for our ministry partners who kept this event in their prayers.
NAU and Flagstaff
Holly and I were recently able to spend time with our friends and the Chi Alpha directors of NAU, Ryan and Kelly Ribelin. We were able to catch up with our lives and reflect on this past year and on what God has been doing in the hearts of students in spite of COVID. When we take time to thank God for His faithfulness in our lives, it truly brings peace and clear perspective in the midst of challenges we all face as humans. Ryan and Kelly are on board with running a live Restoring Wholeness group for students in the fall.
We met with the Senior pastors of Northland Christian Assembly, Pastors Mark and Barbara Swee. What a wonderful heart connection we had with this special couple. We enjoyed getting to know them and experiencing their compassionate hearts they have for their congregation. They both are very interested in the ministry of Restoring Wholeness and we look forward to ongoing dialogue and discussion of future vision.
Holly and I are doing well. Our lives are full and rich and we are grateful for our family, friends and God’s blessings in our lives. We greatly appreciate your prayers for Holly’s health. As many of you know, Holly has been in pain and discomfort the last 3 plus years. We still are not sure of what is causing these symptoms. We are now meeting with a new doctor and going through more testing. In the midst of the uncertainty of what is causing this pain, God’s perspective, peace and comfort surrounds us. We would appreciate your prayers, thank you. Brett and Holly Martin