He Numbers the Stars; He Numbers Us

ll_biggerLauryn Lane serves as a Department Assistant for P2 Missions, keeping overseeing contracts and all finance related items. Anyone that has met Lauryn quickly learns she is a Texas girl at heart and “Boomer Sooner” are two of her favorite words. If you want to treat her to dinner Tex-mex is her favorite. You will see from reading this post that beyond the finances and operations of P2 Missions, Lauryn is passionate about seeing the lives of participants changed through missions. 





What does it take to really know a person?  Do you know them when you can look them in the eye?  When you share a meal?  When you experience an adventure or tragedy together?  At the root of our relationships and interpersonal interaction is this heart question: “Do you know me?”  We feel that, until you know a person, you can’t fully appreciate their story or their unique perspective.

Recently I had an epiphany about my job with P2 Missions. Day in and day out I’m entrenched in numbers and, for a poor liberal arts student, some days the work of dollars and figures can be rough.  I don’t speak the language of graphs and charts yet each day that I look at registration numbers and process finance reports, I must remind myself exactly what it is those numbers represent.  At one time I was a student attending these mission trips and for those years – out of all the thousands counted – I represented only one.  Only one!  But I walked away from those experiences forever changed.

When the nation of Israel was facing exile in Babylon, God sent a message through His prophet. This passage is not an instruction for behavior, nor is it a road map for the future.  Instead He reminded His people of His very nature, explaining that their path was directed by the same power who can name every star in creation:

Look up and see: who created these?  He brings out the starry host by number; He calls all of them by name.  Because of His great power and strength, not one of them is missing.  Jacob, why do you say, and Israel, why do you assert: “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my claim is ignored by my God”?  Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth.  He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding. - Isaiah 40:26-28

If God can orchestrate the events of galaxies, how much more is He conscious of the course of our lives?  God knows the name of every student who is registered or will register for a project this summer.  He has charted the life events of every church plant member that our students will meet on one of these trips.  He is prepared for every conversation presenting the message of His gospel and every act of kindness that will be expressed in His name.

When I replace registration numbers with students’ lives and finance figures with stories of sacrificial giving, suddenly the charts and budgets don’t feel so impersonal and cold.  Instead of numbers I see real people showing real love to communities, residents, churches and cities.  And I’m given a new hope of the stories that will pour out of the work done through P2 Missions this summer. He numbers the stars; He numbers us.

Share “Living Water” in Cleveland this summer!


Jeff Bodziony is a church planter in Cleveland. View other Cleveland church planter testimonies here.

Our P2 City Rep, Jay Schroder has written the post below about the culture and need for churches and ministry in Cleveland.

Chances are you live in a community where a Christian heritage is at least evident within the culture. Have you ever been to a Wal-Mart at Christmastime that didn’t sell nativity sets? Have your students joined a club or sports team and not had a single other Christian in their group? Have they looked around their new class at school and noticed no one else in the class goes to church – not just to your youth group, but to any youth group?

Cleveland is different, and not just because sweet tea is only seasonal at McDonalds. Cleveland is a city that has been tortured by failure after failure in its sports teams, despite an extremely loyal fan base. We experienced economic collapse long before the “great recession,” which led to enough housing for 1 million people within the city limits, but less than 400,000 inhabitants. We’re consistently labeled the second poorest city in America. Worse than any of those things, the church hasn’t been able to make a sustained difference for the Kingdom. Each church in our network would have to hold 42,500 people for everyone in Cleveland to attend.

But Cleveland is turning around. Driven by health care and new technology, young professionals are moving in. Housing is being reclaimed. New people are arriving in our city daily. The 1.7 million residents in the metro area hail from over 130 different nations around the world. What if the Kingdom was part of the resurgence? What if we could plant enough churches for everyone to hear the gospel in a compelling way in their own neighborhood?

In our network of 47 churches, half are less than 7 years old and 13 began in the last 2 years, with hopes for another 100 new churches in the next 5 years. Neighborhoods have seen drug dealers become church planters, comedy clubs host worship services, the homeless fed weekly, and lives transformed with the gospel. Your experience in Cleveland could include children’s camps, sports camps, prayer walking, surveying, or construction; all while rubbing shoulders with immigrants, international students, or the homeless.

I’m not sure what God will do in your group if you come to Cleveland, but I am sure that if you come you are coming to a city where God is at work.

“…Missions is here and now”

David Yoon

What inspires a student to see their role in building the local church?  David Yoon shares his experience finding that inspiration in student ministry. He is currently serving at Good Community Church of Torrance, California as the Youth and Adult English Ministry Pastor.  This summer David will coordinate a P2 Missions project in San Francisco.



Pictured: Good Community at P2 San Francisco 2013

Over the past six years I have learned many things through the trials and hardships of ministry. As I serve students and hear about their pain and doubts of having a purpose and a vision in their life, I have begun to study more and dig deeper into God’s Word for an answer or solution. I have quickly learned that the greatest purpose for discipleship is living a life of obedience toward God.

P2 Missions gave our students an opportunity to live out their purpose. Missions was not only going overseas to third world countries in the summer, but P2 Missions taught our students that missions is here and now. The cities and the neighborhoods we live in need Jesus just as much as those living overseas. This trip provided an opportunity for our students to share their faith and live their life in action. I believe one of the greatest blessings in P2 is teaching the next generation that the local church is the hope of the world. To serve and to build the church is one of the greatest callings a follower of Christ is given.

Many students from our church have committed to be full-time missionaries and have devoted their lives to pastoral ministry. As many of them graduate high school they are devoting to serve as interns in local churches that cannot fund hiring ministers or that don’t have the resources for teachers. P2 Missions has opened doors of opportunity to teach students about local church ministry.

Pivotal 2014


Kyle Wiltshire, our Summer Staff Coordinator has written about the theme for next summer, Pivotal.  Kyle is the dad of three (including a new baby girl) and husband to the beautiful Joni.  He also does a great Bill Cosby impression.



As a child, I remember hearing the story of a little boy who lived over 125 years ago named Joseph Meister. When Joseph was nine-years-old, he was bitten by a dog with rabies. When this story took place in 1885, rabies was a fatal disease. Around the same time, Dr. Louis Pasteur had been working on a vaccine for this disease. He learned of Joseph’s bite and wanted to help. Risking legal recourse, Pasteur administered his experimental vaccine to Joseph, even though it had not been tested on humans yet. It worked! Joseph never contracted rabies, and from that point on, rabies became a treatable disease. That was a moment when everything changed in the science of vaccinations.

History is riddled with moments like this. Some call them pivotal moments. They are points in time when the course of history changes. For those of us who are believers, our pivotal moment is the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

The word pivotal has two basic meanings: of crucial importance and revolving around. As Christians, Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection are the crucial elements of our faith. On top of that, everything we believe revolves around Jesus. Therefore, Jesus is pivotal.

In 2014, at P2 Missions we will explore the theme of Pivotal. This summer in The Gathering, through personal, church group devotions, and throughout the whole week at the project, our goal will be to reveal that Jesus is of crucial importance to every second of our lives. We will constantly be reminded that everything we do, everything we think, and everything we are should revolve around and be fixed upon Jesus.

We hope you will be a part of one of our projects and that the theme Pivotal will help your students grasp an understanding of the supremacy of Christ. Jesus is everything! See you this summer!


How to Make Missions Stick

We understand the frustration that leaders and even students can feel when they go home after such an emotional and life changing week, only to be thrown back into the daily struggles of life.  Paul Turner, our City Strategist has put together some tips to help overcome these challenges.

Following Up a Great Summer Missions Experience

One of the final sermons at P2 Missions this summer focused on the fact that “it starts at home, but it doesn’t end there” and that emotion can come and go, but the calling of God is to be witnesses of Jesus to all nations.

Here are a couple of things that might be helpful for you to think and pray through –

  1. Allow students to continue to talk about the experiences they had. Remember people and places that God allowed you to influence and learn from.
  2. Work hard to include those students who did not get to attend the mission trip. Include them in conversation and tell the stories. When talking about the experiences, be careful not to use “remember when  . . .” but say, “We got to see God at work when . . .” and then allow those not attending to talk about what God was doing back home at the same time.

Help students understand that missions is not something we do one week out of the summer but is a lifestyle that we are going to promote and emulate through ongoing actions throughout the year.

Here is a video that we pulled together that will give you a much more complete look and ideas on how to Make Missions Stick.

Celebrating what God did through P2 Missions 2013

Celebrating P2 Missions 2013

P2 Missions exists to “Serve Churches in their mission of making Disciples”.  It is our goal to provide meaningful missions experiences that develop the hearts of students to share their faith.  Unique to P2 Missions is that the focus of our meaningful missions experience is serving church planters. We were able to see how God used the meaningful missions experience to transform student as well as youth ministries.

Here are some comments from Group Leaders…

  • “The hands on experiences and opportunity to visit various church plants helped my students get the bigger picture.  I was proud of my youth for being examples and stepping up to the challenges with no complaints.”
  •  “This experience challenged our students to investigate what it means to ‘die to yourself’ with out knowing what God is going to ask.”
  •  “Our group grew 10 fold in unity and personal relationships.  Amazing!”

It is also exciting to see how God has continued his work in the people of cities across North America through P2 Missions.

Participant Decisions

  • Salvations- 20
  • Rededications- 120
  • Commitment to Missions/Vocational Ministry- 104

Community Impact

  • Presentations of the Gospel- 3,334
  • People with Questions about a relationship with Jesus- 361
  • Salvations- 144
  • People Requesting Prayer- 732
  • Tracts Handed Out- 6,249

We really don’t know how God will use all the seeds planted in the hearts of people this summer.  Here is what we can celebrate, but know God is up to more than what we can count.  Join me in praising God for the obedience and courage of P2 Missions participants sharing God’s love in so many ways this summer.

There is still much work to do…

Luke 10:2: The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

It is my prayer that laborers will be mobilized to the cities for the harvest.  Pray and ask how you can be involved in the harvest.

Dave MacNeill

P2 Missions Strategist


P2 Cleveland July 15-20

Project Cam – New York City – July 22nd – July 27th

“…she questioned the afterlife and why bad things happen…”

Today one of the participants, Charlei from FBC Cumming, shared a story with us today:

We went down to Gantry Park, and we set up a face painting area and an arts and crafts area to invite children and their parents to feel free to approach us. A few of us went down to the playground and began to play with the children. During a much needed break from tag, I sat down with two of the mothers. One began to question why were willing to spend our time, and that later led to questions about our faith. She questioned the afterlife and why bad things happen to good people if God supposedly has a hand over the believers. One of our adult leaders joined our conversation, and we answered her questions as best as we could which thankfully led to us introducing our church planter’s church. The other woman, who was Catholic, through about half an hour of talking, proved that she truly had Jesus in her heart; however, she was troubled about her children and told us that they quit going to church after conformation was completed. My adult leader did an amazing job of comforting her, as she also has children, and the day ended with both women willing to visit the church!


Thank you so much for your prayers. Tomorrow is the last day at the ministry sites so everyone is really going to be tired, but hopefully be so excited because it’s the last chance to witness to some of these people. All these participants have been incredibly genuine and awesome!!

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