Time flies by so fast when you have a baby. Teagan is now three months and it feels like yesterday I found out I was going to be a dad.
We apologize for the late update but God has been doing some really amazing things in and through us lately and we just haven’t written them down till now.
Hannah is back working at Café Elemental as a part-time Barrista and just being an awesome mom full-time. I am now a volunteer Intern with our church, Crestwood Vineyard Inner Healing and SOZO Team. So Hannah and I switch off who works and who watches the baby and let me tell you having the ability to be with my baby girl on a daily basis is worth all the money and fame in the world.
We are currently living with my Grandmother and sister and it has been such a blessing. We have been so touched by their generosity and openness to us living with them.
Our original plan was to head off to Mexico this summer but God has different plans for us.
In late April, Hannah and I were all for getting our feet back under us and head off on our next adventure but we felt uneasy. I was beginning to do volunteer work with the Inner Healing and SOZO dept. and was loving it but my eyes were focused on tomorrow and not today. Due to my searching for what God has for us “somewhere else” it was hard for me to accept the fact that God was having us stay in Oklahoma for a while. So I fought the fact that I might be here for a while. We got a bill from the hospital for over two-thousand five hundred dollars. Boom! It hit me hard. Why was God doing this? Doesn’t He want us serving in missions? Why cant I provide for my family? Other questions and doubts were flouting around in my head. God had been telling me personally “Trust Me with the here and the now. Understand that I am Lord and Trust that I will provide for your family”. Letting go of my pride to take care of my family was and is hard but God has been really good to us. I see now that the debt was like a final draw for a father. He told us once and again to be content and trust Him but It seemed so much easier to trust him if we were doing something for Him or being “On Mission” somewhere else. So I like to call the packet of debt His little spank on the butt. Over the past couple months of being involved with our church, spending time reflecting and searching God’s will, seeking counsel, and giving it to God has brought a lot of His plans and our gifting to light. I can see now how amazing counseling and inner healing is. It is such a joy and blessing to be a part of seeing God break through and bring healing and pour out His love on His children all the while seeing men and women rise up into their true callings as sons and daughters of the most high God.
I feel God has anointed Hannah and I with the ministry of acceleration. God has been training us and equipping us for the empowerment of His body. We don’t feel church planting, evangelism, discipleship, worship, etc is what He has for us but yet He has called us to come alongside churches, ministries, and individuals on a acceleration basis. Helping people learn how to better themselves and their ministries. Helping the burnt out Christians hear God’s voice and rise up again. Help the local church see and understand their calling within their city and also individually understand Gods specific plan for them.
Will we start ministries, be working with the church, or be involved to reaching out to our local community near and far? Yes, but in a way we aren’t called to change the world. We feel called to encourage, strengthen, and accelerate people that are/ will be changing the world.
When Moses hands grew tired, they took a stone a put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other– so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
We ask that you partner with us as we continue Missions here in Oklahoma. We are still in need of financial support to help us pay for Teagan’s medical bills, give a donation to a friend who gave us her car, start raising money to either start renting our own place or have the ability to go where God would like us next, and in the end just be able to live here in OKC. I wrote below exactly what we would need.
Hospital Bills- $2,500
Car – $1,000
housing, utilities, and insurance – $500
Our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doren Cell: (405) -921-8793
Donations: PayPal- Vandorentripp@gmail.com
or for a tax write-off send a check to:
PO Box 720231
Oklahoma City OK, 73172