We have nearly survived our first summer in the Coachella Valley. The hottest temps I saw were pushing 120. I even wore pants on a day it hit 110. The craziest part was standing on burning concrete… while it was raining.
My apologies for not blogging more. I have a lot to say, and this blog has created some great conversations, but I’ve just been too focused on other priorities. I’ve poured a ton of work into studying and preparing for our church launch at Desert Foursquare Church, Rooftop 519 and more. Juggling family, devotions and physical health needs means I run 90 mph for about 90 hours per week. T.V. was never much a part of my life, but now it’s gone the way of the dodo bird. Other luxuries are gone. If it’s not necessary, I don’t do it.
The church is incredibly exciting. We are watching people come to know Jesus in a personal way. Each person has a story, and I’m humbled by the amazing work God is doing in our church plant. We are meeting in our home right now (and the neighbors still like us OK), and we have lunch after service each week. Our Bible study on Sunday is an opportunity for everyone to engage & ask questions. One guy told me that he only comes because we feed him. I think he’s serious… can’t tell yet.
I visited Palm Desert H.S. on Friday to see how our transition into the new facility will work. It is an amazing campus, and we have an incredible relationship with this school. I thank God for his favor here. I’ve never heard of a church plant that is as welcomed on campus as Desert Foursquare is at PDHS. We will most likely be meeting at PDHS beginning in late October, with a full church launch in late January or February in the performing arts center.
If you’re reading this, take a moment to pray for us. The Manly family is in great need of support, as we are emptying ourselves in order that the Lord will fill us with his purpose. I’m on my way to do a night hike right now with three young college age men in the desert… excited to share my life with those young in the faith, and get some exercise at the same time.