What a time to be holed up!
Hi there New Breeders! I wanted to write to you and apologize for NOT writing last month! I have been working on a text book that Zondervan commissioned me to do as their go-to book for the next generation of planters. Writing a textbook is a new level of dedication for me and I’ve never been so immersed in a project in my entire life. I had to call in the troops!
I am sorry that these times have befallen us my friends, and I pray that you’ll remember New Breed during times like this. I have learned to trust the Lord during times like these, and New Breed is fully dependent upon the generosity of gospel partners who want to see the next generation trained up to minister on the streets. No matter what happens, there is one thing that will be around until the end, the church! New Breed ensures that the next generation is not sucking air, as we train them up.
Please stand with us in faith as we go forward.
We want to multiply our impact in 2020 by coaching more churches, training more planters, and gathering more interns... But we need your help!!!!
Can I encourage you?
I was encouraged by something that C.S. Lewis wrote about the Atomic Bomb but rings true for us (Just replace "Atomic Bomb" with "Corona"):
"In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. How are we to live in an atomic age?" I am tempted to reply: "Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents."
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us are going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anaesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.
"On Living in an Atomic Age" by C. S. Lewis from the book, Present Concerns (pages 73-80).
Keeping up with the Jones’s
On the home front, all is well. Mommy is homeschooling the kids and loving it. Liberty is taking her courses online, and Eden is unleashing her creativity and doing therapies online as well. By the way, pictured here is an interview I did with Andy Stanley a few weeks ago on how to raise kids. Let’s hope I learned something. Thanks for all your support. Love, The Jones’s!
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Love, the Joneses, and the New Breed Team
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