Home Is Where The Heart Is
In truth, our story began before the foundation of the world. We say this because the Bible teaches God chose us before the world began and predesigned our lives.
You Will in Texas
However, when my wife and I married in 1988, we had no idea that we would eventually live in Texas. God had not yet given us that memo. Or maybe He had, but we were too dense to discern it. The idea of life in Texas came about during prayer one Monday morning in 1999. The Lord said we would have a ministry in Texas. At the time, I was a full-time pastor in my small, rural hometown in North Carolina. We were shocked that the Lord spoke Texas to us. We had been to Texas only once, with no intentions of returning. But in 2000, we made our first visit to Texas. In 2004, we made another visit. We eventually made the big move in 2006.
We have been in Texas for a while and have become more familiar with its culture. We are earnestly ready to start the ministry. God showed us exactly where He wanted us to launch the church. This revelation occurred during a life-changing encounter we had in South Dallas.
Woman Named Sylvia
As we rode through South Dallas, amazed at all the community’s needs, my wife saw what she thought was a person sleeping on the sidewalk of the main street during midday. The compassion of Christ welled up in our hearts, causing me to stop the car and investigate. It was a person, a woman to be exact, and her name was Sylvia. She was very belligerent and broken from her condition. She dealt with many challenges, including homelessness, addictions, and mental illness. I attempted to tell her about Jesus, but she became even more belligerent. She asked me a question that, ever since, I have not been able to shake. She asked me, “What has Jesus done for me lately?” At that precise moment, we knew South Dallas would become the location for our new church. We had to show and tell Sylvia and other South Dallas residents all the wonderful things Jesus has done for them.
Now we have a divine love for South Dallas, although not everyone in South Dallas is experiencing the terrible life that Sylvia is experiencing. Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that America, the state of Texas, and the city of Dallas have neglected South Dallas for a long time. Poverty, joblessness, failing schools, crime, drugs, dilapidated houses, and much more are proof of the neglect. Satan has set up his kingdom in South Dallas, but we are serving the notice on him that Jesus has not neglected South Dallas. He died for South Dallas!
Launch Easter 2018!
After our encounter with Sylvia and through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we realize that Jesus sent us to plant Saltmakers Church as part of His plan to transform this region. Saltmakers Church will be a kingdom-minded and outwardly-focused church, which will demonstrate the love of God, personal evangelism, community outreach, and the supernatural power of God. Evangelism and discipleship will be staples of our church as we work to make authentic, entirely devoted Christ-followers who salt the earth.
We invite you to become a part of what God is doing through Saltmakers Church in South Dallas! If you feel a tug on your heart to help, there are many ways you can help.