The holiday season is surely upon us, with Thanksgiving not to many days away and Christmas on its heels. Personally, these are our favorite times of the year with the trees turning brilliant colors, crisp air, always plenty of family, and good food. This year our family will be spending the entire holiday season together with our parents and loved ones, which is a great blessing having our new daughter Anna Claire to share in the festivities. Phinneas is also pumped about “Chris-mis.”
Jennifer and I have returned back to the Northwest as of November 2nd and are planning to be in the region till the end of March 2014. We kept our place back in Kansas City but needed to return to build our partnership team so that we can fully do what God has asked us to do. During this heightened season of Partnership Development we are working as IHOPKC employees with the job of adding more people and Churches to our current team. I have around 15-20 preaching/ministry engagements, lots of appointments connecting with the larger body of Christ, and others along the way. It’s a busy, but very productive time for our family.
Throughout Church history Jesus has always funded Christian ministry primarily through other Christians. During this season of Partnership Development Jennifer and I are entering into that prebuilt structure by inviting others to co-labor with us in the place of fulltime missions work. The task of equipping many believers from all over the world in the first and second commandment is great and having a partnership team ensures that our family can give ourselves fulltime to the call that God has given us.
It’s been such a joy to be around our family over the past three weeks. Our parents love our kids so well and Phinneas and Anna adore them. Life’s a little different from our routine but it’s a divine disruption as God has clearly led us this far and has been meeting us powerfully along the way. One of the weekends that we were connecting with people, Jennifer went up to Seattle with my mom and sister, while me, my dad and my brother-in-law went to Eugene, OR to watch the Oregon Ducks play. This was an epic road trip, to an unbelievable stadium and a Ducks victory.
We have been enjoying lots of coffee, lots of driving, long walks and warm coats. When you are away from the Northwest for awhile, it’s clear upon returning that this is a beautiful part of the nation. It’s easy to take for granted where you use to live when you don’t live there anymore. The trees have never seemed so green, the coastal fog so amazing and the snowcapped Cascades so tall and white! It’s crazy what Mid-West life will do to you!
I am also nearly done with a 23 chapter PDF book titled “The Revelation Of Jesus Christ.” This PDF book will be online at our website www.PatrickWalton.org for free. It’s virtually a verse by verse commentary on the book of Revelation with preaching notes. When I was actually preaching through the book I had to shorten the series due to the timeframe I was working with, but it’s still going to be a hefty resource that hopefully serves others in their quest of encountering the King of Glory!
All in all it’s been an awesome time and it’s exciting to partner with God and others, and to be able to see how Jesus unfolds the story of our lives. Happy Thanksgiving y’all!