Being the 'Fountain' for those around us
Last updated 7/29/2020 at 1:35pm
In autumn 2014, my newly-wedded wife Mia and I were talking about where we would move to. I don't remember all the details, but we started with nearly 20 possible places and narrowed it down to the area outside Chittenden, Vermont, and the Colorado Springs area. We looked at job possibilities, housing, crime, weather and other key issues, but we kept getting drawn to Fountain on the map. Even many of our Colorado Springs area searches kept coming back to Fountain. We now live out east near Schriever Air Force Base but consider ourselves from Fountain. We've been here nearly six years but ultimately we both ended up working in Fountain, attend and serve in a church in Fountain, do almost all of our shopping in Fountain – you get the picture. We haven't regretted one minute of our move here and thank you for welcoming us to be part of your community.
Just a few days after making our final decision, Mia had a stunning dream/vision. When she woke up the next morning, she told me about the dream. She remembered there were many fountains, and those fountains were pouring out on the people. She said God was in the midst of the fountains, and she felt a peace. That peace was not only spiritual but physical: she had a calm/peace about the decision to move to Fountain. For the record, Mia had never lived outside West Virginia. God gave her His calm/peace at a time that she was struggling with one of the biggest decisions of her life. Mia had a strong sense we were being sent to the Fountain Valley; not only to begin our journey as husband and wife, but with a sense of purpose. Deuteronomy 8:7 tells us "For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land; a land of brooks, of water of depths that spring out of the valleys and the hills."
We are proud to be contributors in this area and see no reason why Fountain couldn't be the spearhead for the revival and spiritual harvest this state and country needs. Whew! Thank you for your patience, but I said all that to say this: Let the harvest begin! With well over 100 churches and houses of worship and a population of over 30,000 (with tens of thousands more in proximity) recent statistics estimate that less than 30 percent in this area attend church and less than 18 percent claim to be Christian. I fully realize polls/statistics are subjective, but my stats are a blend from many sources. What I see in these numbers is horrifying. The Christian and spiritual in the Fountain Valley community cannot idly sit by and let 82 percent of our community go to hell. Again, the formulas, polls, surveys and statistics are likely flawed. But whether the percentage is 82 percent, 62 percent or 42 percent, it's obvious we've got much work to do.
Living here for nearly six years, I've noticed something important about the people of the Fountain Valley: There are some truly tender-hearted folks here. I have seen dozens of acts that exemplify the characteristics of Christ. As a whole, we need to examine ourselves, not others. We need to be the conduits of God. As He pours into us, we pour into others. Pour into them what the fountain of life, Jesus Christ, is pouring into our lives. We have to have a heart for our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and all the others. Their eternal destination has to matter to us. Jeremiah 2:13 says, "For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters and hewed them out of cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water." We must get back to the business of God's kingdom. He is probably not calling too many of you to Jerusalem, Judea or Samaria. He is calling us to be missionaries in Fountain.
One of the keys to unlocking God's power and blessing, stirring His heart, is found in Matthew 9:36-38. In verse 36, Jesus saw the condition of the people and was moved with compassion. Insert your name where Jesus' name is, and it transforms the responsibility. Next is to pray that the lord would send harvesters. My wife and I love you folks. We join you in prayer and effort to seeing my son, your wife, her sister, his best friend, and all the others, escape the death that sin causes. We join you in prayer and effort in showing this community Christ's love and compassion as well as spreading the great news of the Gospel. Be purposeful; tell someone about the alive, life-changing Jesus. Revelation 21:6 – "And he said unto me; it is done. I am Alpha, Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely."