What a joy it was to create a warm and inviting home for a family in need. Thank you for those of you who gave financially, bought items, and came to help us "Spruce these Rooms!" Now, a new Joshua Station family will have a place to spend the holidays! We were honored to be a part of such a great project with awesome people! Words can not describe how thankful we are to be here in the city of Denver serving His people.
We have had the honor to become Cares mentors to teams here in the Denver area. It is such a fun role being able to love, encourage, and give helpful tips to other Cares teams. Here are some pictures from a Fall Event @ the Lowry Heights Community with Zack & Desiree Henderson. We love them and are very proud to be their mentors!
We just want to say thank you to all our faithful financial supporters of Martin Missions Inc. Money is not a topic that comes comfortable for many but as we all know, money is needed to pay for the basics of life. It is a pleasure for us to take a new believer out to coffee and share our faith, give a ride to a friend in need of transportation, or simply provide a meal for a family in need. We do not say it enough, thank you for your commitment to growing the Kingdom one person, one family at a time. You are valuable to us and we appreciate you.
May you be blessed abundantly for your willingness to give.
An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.
When talking with the people who God chooses for us to minister to there is always conversation about choices. The power of choice is a huge thing. The choice to leave or go, continue or quit, be connected or isolated, stay on coarse or fall off the boat. We celebrate and want to jump up and down when good choices are made and we cry and our hearts ache when bad choices are made. We have no control over the choices which people make. We love unconditionally, continue to reach out, and be available no matter what. It's tough sometimes, but the Lord knows that. He is the ultimate example of how to love no matter what choice is made. As His creation, we choose things over Him, choose to reject, even to ignore Him. However, we have a choice, we can choose today to love Him, accept Him, and be used by Him.
Thanks for choosing to be a part of our journey in sharing the love of Christ.
We are having so much fun being the Cares Team at the Parkway, downtown Denver. The position is just perfect for us! As the Cares Team, we plan & host parties, welcome new residents, and build relationship & community. So far, we have had a "Slide into Spring with Stoney's Sliders" event, Pancake Breakfast, Pool Party, and a few Breakfast Burritos on the Go events. Each day we are in the community we get to share love and encouragement with the staff and residents.
It is an honor to be partnered with such a great non-profit as
Cares by Apartment Life. http://www.caresteam.org/
Thanks for standing with us as we represent Christ to the community around us. We appreciate you!
Matt's mother, Denise Caddell has fought leukemia for over 7 years now. In May, she went back into the hospital with 80% cancerous cells in her bone marrow. The Lord has healed Denise 3 times of leukemia. Her body has suffered much toil because of all the chemo that she has been given. Matt and I went to Texas to be with her and family for 2 weeks. It was not easy to see her in such a frail state. Denise continues to fight reminding everyone to "be fearless". She was given a low dosage of chemo this time since that was the only amount her body could handle. The Lord is good, he healed her body of cancer again... 4th time. All the cancer is gone, however; her body is still at risk. The chemo takes her immune system to nothing. Please stand with us in faith believing that her body will be completely healed. We appreciate everyone's love and support during this season.
Two of our friends we have had the privilege to be in relationship with took the plunge by giving their hearts completely to Jesus and getting baptized last Sunday. With tears in our eyes, we watched as these men surrendered their lives to the one who loves them, forgives them, and will never give up on them. Both of these men have been through a tough life. Their stories are real, the pain they have felt is true, but the transformation that is taking place in their hearts is a miracle. Why a miracle you ask? I can't describe it, I can just see it in their life, I hear it in their words, and I sense it with my spirit. It's exciting, refreshing, and makes me remember what it was like when I first fell in love with the Lord. My heart leaps just being around those who are eagerly seeking the truth.
"This is life, and without Jesus, there is no life"-Mark
"I've tried to do this on my own, I can't, that's what I need, I need Him to help me."-Scotty
Towards the beginning of the year, Matt and I began to feel a stirring in our spirits that change was about to take place. We began to pray and ask the Lord, "What is next?" We knew that Denver was the place that our hearts were drawn to, but what or where would the next days ahead entail? As our daily commitment to Joshua Station soon comes to an end, we just knew there was something waiting in the wings for us to venture into. We have had such a eye-opening experience meeting ministries in the city of Denver that have a heart like ours to build community and help those in need. As we searched for next steps, Matt and I had narrowed the search to two options. Our first option we looked into was a non-profit ministry called Apartment Life which develops a "Cares Team" in a typical apartment complex to build community by creating relationships with residents, organizing & hosting weekly/monthly events, visiting new residents, and helping out the staff. We got approved for Apartment Life, waited for the right property, and waited some more. Our other option, was a wonderful non-profit in the city called Providence Network. Providence helps those in need by providing programs for substance abuse, safe house for women, and a next step apartment living for those in transition. The transitional housing sparked our interest. Each of these options could have been live in positions, creating community, and loving on people (what we love to do best!). After much prayer and open doors, we have now become the Cares Team with Apartment Life at an apartment complex downtown, Denver called the Parkway. We believe this is a great building block for Martin Missions Inc. to continue to grow in how to develop community, build relationships with residents, and connect with the needs in the city. What about Providence Network you may ask? We look forward to also partnering with them by rallying troops to do community projects, helping with men's discipleship, and being available to help however we can. As of April 1st, we moved into the Parkway and we love it! It has been a great transition getting to know the staff and meeting residents at the Parkway. Be in prayer for us during this new season. We are blessed to be led by the Lord as to where He wants us to go. We love being a part of the lives of people. It is our honor and privilege to be here in Denver for such a time as this. Thank you for standing with us on this journey. We appreciate you and love you.
Martin Missions Inc. has teamed up with our home church, Denver United, in doing what we all call GO Day. GO Day is one day out of the month where we go into the city and love on people. We show them the love of Christ in many ways. It can be a group of people buying 30 McDonalds breakfast sandwiches and passing them out to those in need of some food, sitting and having a bagel with a man many would just pass by, or giving out a multitude of water to people we come across. Each act of kindness we do is a direct representation of God's love for His people. If we have the opportunity, we encourage the people, pray with them, and give them resources within the city. It's a beautiful time. We all meet back up at a coffee shop, share stories about our experiences, and we all leave blessed and renewed. Sound like fun? If you live in Denver, join us! If you live in another city, start your own GO Day. Just go where the people are. Don't be afraid. Bless their socks off with the love of Jesus.
Thank you for your love and support as we continue on this journey of connecting the Body of Christ with families in need. You are a valuable part of this mission and we appreciate you. May you and your family be blessed abundantly for your willingness to pray, support, and be a part of Martin Missions Inc.
We love you.
In Christ's love, Matt and Wendy Martin
But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:23
Would you like some cake? Lilly will share! Matt and I have had the privilege to be a part of most of this sweet baby's first year of life. My heart was taken the first time I ever met Lilly. She is just precious. Lilly encourages her mommy and daddy everyday to keep pressing on with her sweet smile and loving spirit.
Friends and Family came to celebrate Lilly Princess Style! She partied so hard that Lilly became Sleeping Beauty! Happy Birthday to Lilly Jo!
Martin Missions had the opportunity to bless some of our friends from Joshua Station. We had a blast this holiday season spending time in Denver with our friends. We adopted a family from Joshua Station. Ruth and Jacob THANK YOU for their Christmas tree with decorations and fun gifts. Our sweet friends,(And Martin Missions family)Larry and Rachel, joined in on the fun times by adopting our friends Nick and Carol. Thanks Friends!
Our church Denver United, Martin Missions, and Boulder Running Company teamed up to make this holiday season extra special from two of our families from Joshua Station. Check this out, you won't want to miss it!