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Meet Olga From Miami Church

“I was having a difficult time last summer. One morning, I woke up and told myself I could not do this alone anymore.” Meet Olga from Miami Church Olga moved to Miami for work and school. While she had attended church as a child, she said, “I just never felt connected to a group of people who I can learn about Jesus with.” Changes that she could not control made her reevaluate her life. She could no longer hide her stress and anxiety and wanted to find a church for support. She and her husband found Miami Church via a…

MIAMI CHURCH LAUNCH

“I can say with the utmost confidence that God’s timing has never ever been off by a single second.  My continued challenge is to surrender my whole self to Him and His timing.” Greg Ingram, lead planter of Miami Church in Florida, wrote those words one year ago when plans for the church experienced repeated delays. Greg faithfully followed God’s leading, even when that leading meant slowing down and adjusting his plans. That faithfulness is bearing fruit. This month, a group of 80+ gathered in Miami to worship, sing, and pray. Miami Church was launched with words of hope and…

Church Planting in Miami – Diversity, Downsizing, and Adapting

Learning a new language, adapting to a new culture, trying new foods – a missionary to a foreign country would expect all of these challenges. Church planters in the United States might not anticipate such cross-cultural experiences as part of their work, but Orchard Group planters in major cities are discovering the world is right on their street. Whitney Ingram moved to Miami six months ago to help start a new church with her husband Greg. A recent conversation highlighted the opportunities and challenges of planting a church in and for the city. Here is what she is learning: Be…

5 Things I’ve Learned About Waiting

Without a doubt, waiting is one of the harshest aspects of human existence.  Is there anything more painful than being forced to wait with no course of action?  Have you ever had to wait by the phone for test results from your doctor?  Each minute feels like an hour as you wait for answers. Waiting is to feel neglected for a time.  As I type these words, my family and I are in a season of waiting.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been delayed in relocating to Miami to start a church with Orchard Group. Here are…

2014 Miami Project- Meet Greg and Whitney Ingram

From lead planter Greg Ingram: As I cruise the streets of Miami, my heart is stirred for this great city and the people who call it home.  I am reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 9:36-38. When he saw the crowds, Jesus had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Miami is a beautiful city full of exciting and diverse people who…