As we approach the end of 2022, I have been reflecting on our future as a church and the remarkable things God has done in our past.
In a recent email, I shared the details of Canyon Springs Church pursuing a new home. A building less than 100 steps from the Cove currently houses Family Life Church. Their pastor Robert Nigro has invited us to join them in their facility. We are waiting to hear from ownership if they allow us to share the facility and redesign the building to create a beautiful new church that matches our community. Please join me in prayer that God opens up this opportunity.
When we presented this lease to the owners, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a video of how Canyon Springs Church has made a difference in this community. In that process, I was extremely humbled to look back at how this church’s people have been generous to our church and the community. The two-minute video couldn’t hold all the highlights, so I put them here.
When we first moved into the community, the cedar fires had wiped out seven homes of people who attended Canyon Springs. Over two short weeks, the people of Canyon Springs raised over $20,000 to help them rebuild their lives.
After the earthquake in Haiti, God called us to make a difference. We have since sent over 40 teams to build two schools, rebuild a church, build bathrooms and dorm rooms, and the most amazing library for an orphanage in Haiti. We have also sent teams to Uganda, Belize, and the Dominican Republic. Every person who joined us on those trips had to raise over $2000 to be a part of that team. The people of Canyon Springs have given over $2 million of their funds to make a difference in the lives of people worldwide. We plan to send teams to Guatemala and Puerto Rico in 2023.
Since 2015 we have run our Coffeehouse Christmas program to help sell products for artisans worldwide. The people of Canyon Springs have given over $75,000 to help people worldwide and locally fight human trafficking.
Every year we send people down to Mexico to join Rio Al Mar ministries to help renovate churches and pastors’ homes. We also have brought over 100 gifts for the children of Mexico every year for the last ten years.
The list of how Canyon Springs has been generous to our community and around the world is endless. We have spent over $100,000 to help renovate the schools that we have used to worship in. We have fed thousands of homeless through our ministries. We have provided hundreds of meals for people in our community who are sick or recovering from surgery. If this letter included all the benevolent ways the people of this church have been generous, it would be so many pages you’d get bored and stop reading.
Throughout all this generosity in our community and world, you have not stopped giving to us as a church. While many churches had to let go of staff during the last couple of years because of the pandemic, we have not had to reduce our team. We have added people to our staff during these difficult times. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity.
I have two quick challenges for you as we close this year. Can you consider joining us in continuing this legacy of generosity by giving to Canyon Springs a year-end gift? There has never been a time in our community when people needed Jesus more, and we want to hit 2023 running so that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of families here.
Please also consider making Sunday attendance a part of your regular family life. The pandemic has taken us out of our traditional rhythms. I never have and will never take roll in who shows up to church, but I will make this challenge. We are better together. When we gather on Sundays, we are more aware of the needs of the people in our community. We can only continue to be the generous people we need to be as a community if we are together as a community. I want to challenge you to set a goal as a family on how much you can be involved on Sundays. If you can commit to making Sundays your regular practice, that’s fantastic. If all you can do is once a month, put it in your calendar, and we would love to see you whenever you show up. When new people wander into Canyon Springs to find answers during this challenging season, we need our “committed” there to greet them, love them, and care for their needs. Will you consider not only tithing your money but tithing your time as well? To make a donation or visit our safe and secure online giving page at www.canyonsprings.org/give
I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for the great legacy of generosity you have established at Canyon Springs. Join us as God puts us on the front row to do the amazing in 2023.
Wishing you a joyous Christmas season,