Well, here we are at the beginning of a new year.  It seems like just yesterday that we were ringing in the New Year for 2015!  It never ceases to amaze me how time flies.  I also think about the fact that we have been in New England now for over four years.  Again, it seems like yesterday that we were pulling in to the parking lot of our first apartment here, with new friends ready to help unload the moving truck, not having a real clue what God had planned for our futures here.

Chris and Ruthie Allen

Chris and Ruthie Allen

A lot of you know us and have been a part of this journey with us, but I know that others of you don’t know the story of how we ended up here in New England.  I don’t have time to share the whole story here, but we do want you to be able to hear about what God has done, so we will be posting a video really soon to share our story/journey with you.  For now I will just say that HE GOT US HERE!  So stay tuned and keep a lookout for that video, as it will be posted soon.

Some of the awesome volunteers for God is Bigger Ministries

Some of the awesome volunteers for God is Bigger Ministries

I want to give you guys a brief update on where the Lord has led us in this season of life and ministry.  Since moving to New England we have all been on staff at churches helping to make ends meet and also just taking some time to get a feel for New England, make connections, and really see how God was going to lead us.  And we are excited to announce that He has led us to step out in faith and do God Is Bigger Ministries full-time.  In these years He has closed doors, opened doors, established relationships/partnerships, and continued to clarify our vision to the extent that we believe this is the time to step out and go for it!  God is definitely blessing and expanding our efforts here as...

    - we have 3 God Is Bigger Conferences scheduled for 2016

    - we have had to move to bigger venues for more space

    - we minister weekly on the campus of Framingham State University

    - we have an AMAZING volunteer team of about 20 people

    - we have a growing network of youth pastors/pastors to partner with

    - we have increasing opportunities to be across New England ministering

These are just a few of the things that we are excited about as we look back at what God has done and look forward to what He is going to do!

As we step out on this adventure further than we have ever stepped before we are asking for your prayers.  Paul tells us in Ephesians that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the “spiritual forces of evil” and the “cosmic powers over this present darkness.”  Even though most of the battles seem physical, logistical, and worldly, we know that we have an enemy who does not want to see another great awakening among students in New England.  So please pray for us as we move forward and continue to walk in the calling that God has placed on our lives.  And please pray that hundreds and thousands of students would hear and respond to the gospel this year!

- Chris

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