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Dear supporters and friends;
Just a few short years ago I closed what was known as Envoy Creative Media and looked around for the next thing God would have me do. As a creative writer; artist; and composer and lyricist with some entrepreneurial skills in January 2011, things looked bleak. The economy; the work and for ministries I sent resumes out and was even offered jobs; and as 2011 was in its second week; I saw four doors that were wide open, blow shut.
Message; Mission and Music
At the same time I was being called in a direction to start churches for people with special needs; their caregivers and families. That was another matter that I had to raise my own support which at that time was prohibitive. Yet we kept on driving to Denver and back; leading Friendship and writing my columns and planning for my friend Brett Bixler to move and start Mission Coffee Roasters at a warehouse suite Envoy Creative was looking at to start a studio. We survived that winter thanks to family and friends; a summer missions project that paid in the fall and then the phone rang. I was invited to work on an interim basis at Focus on the Family, where I had worked for 11 years, and had as an Envoy Creative client for 3 and half years.
The Ancient Path, Gate and Road
So that was two years ago and since then Friendship Fellowship has grown to three gatherings; I am in my fourth year with Ancient Paths where I am on staff and an elder; I am working on getting ordained by Word and Spirit churches; Mission Coffee is up and running and has exciting new ventures that we are part of; and I am starting a new media platform, which you can read about in this guide. Please continue to pray for me and my teammates as we continue in evangelism; special needs ministry; creating media that feeds a hungry culture; planning through praise and prayer and planting churches and growing businesses that foster the building of real and deep community.
This season will mark the fifth year as an examiner. The only changes to the editorial will be that on Tuesday the Media and Culture column will replace the Special Needs Ministry column and SNM can be found on Wednesday.
Pastor Richard Beattie-Friendship Fellowship Den-COS/ September 2, 2013