It's almost been two whole months here in Portland, Oregon. Time seems to be flying by, but you can be certain that God continues to do what He promises. Not only has God wrecked my world, but He has given my team opportunities beyond what we could ever ask for. Relationships have been made, and soon they will be hindered by distance; it's comforting to know that Jesus will continue to move.
So, I apologize for my lack of structure and not getting my update in on time. If you know me then you know just how true that statement is! So let me update you while I have the chance!
This summer has been filled with more than just random meetings (as you can already tell) that have come upon me and my team at a moments notice. Every single individual we met has at least seen a glimpse of the Gospel lived out in our lives. And everyday I thank God for the blessing of relationships and the opportunity to share. It truly is astonishing to see the people we have met and invited into our home, wonder and ask questions about why we do this, and why are we so different as well as being joyful about being different!
With all this being said, my last update will be short. But know that God has put this place on my heart. One day I hope to come back to a place that feels more like home that Texas. But for the time being I am joyful and happy to know that God will have me doing ministry back in little Stephenville, Texas, as well. I cant wait to get home and keep doing what Jesus started there. Portland is not as dark a place as you might think. God is moving here just like in Texas. And it wasn't until I broke out of the Christian culture that my eyes were open to the rest of the world. So thank you Portland. See you again soon!
Nick Maddison is a student at Tarleton State and spent his summer serving in Portland, Oregon as a Go Now Missionary.