Creating Connections in Denver

Ben and Lynley Mandrell have worked tirelessly to plant Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Since Storyline’s launch in February 2015, the church has baptized nearly 40 people. Mr. Mandrell says that the church has averaged 450 people in attendance on Sunday mornings. Of those 450 people, about 125 are children. The church has already had to move from its first location to a local high school. Mr. Mandrell shares, “We are praying for God to give us opportunities to bless teachers and staff at the high school in order to build community and relationships with those at the school.”

Pray for the Mandrells to receive opportunities in their community to create relationships and connections with those who need to hear the gospel.

The Mandrells enjoy building relationships with the people of their community. They enjoy inviting people into their home for dinner. They enjoy learning about others’ life stories. They enjoy exposing their children to diverse cultures. As they develop relationships and build the trust of people in their community, they remain open to opportunities to tell people why they have placed their hope and trust in Jesus.

Mr. Mandrell explains that their strategy for teaching others about Jesus is a strategy that all people can use: “The Lord places his people in strategic places, so every Christian should be watching carefully for the open door to a relationship. Relationship-building takes time and patience, like a farmer that plants seeds and waits for the first signs of green to spring up from the earth. Doing relational evangelism is like agriculture. There is a lot of work up front and then waiting. When a harvest is born, the reward is sweet.”

This month, please join us in praying that the Lord will give the Mandrells opportunities in their community to create relationships and connections with those who need to hear the gospel.

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