Hello Friends! It has been some time now since we have posted a public update on all that is happening in our lives and ministry here in San Francisco. It is hard to believe that June marks one year in the city! This year has flown by so fast. We are so grateful to the Lord for how He has worked in our lives these past months. We have come to know Him and depend on Him in some incredible new ways.
If you are not a Facebook friend, you may not have heard or seen the latest addition to our family, August Hannah-Rejoice Bergmen!
We are so humbled and grateful to the Lord for this miracle in our family! So many of you have followed our story over the years and faithfully prayed for us. We thank you for laboring in prayer with us, that the Lord would continue to grow our family. August is just over 2 weeks old and doing really well! Keane is loving being Big Brother and doing great with our new addition!
Redemption San Francisco is moving forward in exciting ways! We are planning an official weekly launch in June! God has been good over the past year to allow us time to get adjusted to city life, to steep ourselves in San Francisco culture, and to understand how our church can be a blessing to this city. A passage in Jeremiah 29:7 has been instrumental in our hearts this past year. “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” We strongly desire to exist as a church that blesses the city of San Francisco and gives sacrificially to it.
Our focus these past several months has been to engage in discipling relationships, to build genuine community with one another and with our neighbors, and to train leaders who will make disciples. This is the vision of our church.
As we approach the end of our first year in San Francisco, we do have financial needs that we want to bring before our community, to ask you to pray for us, and if the Lord leads, partner with us financially. We need people who are giving to re-commit another year of monthly support, for those those who gave a one time gift to consider giving again, and for the Lord to bring new supporters who have not yet partnered with us in this way.
We know that many of you give in your churches and to several other ministries across the world. We cannot emphasize enough the power of even a small monthly commitment. I know for me, when I am asked to give monthly to friends in ministry I will think, ‘man, I wish I could give $50 or $100 but I just cannot do that right now.’ This often causes me to decide not to give altogether because I would feel like $20 wasn’t really making a dent in the need. That simply isn’t true. Our very first commitment we received for this ministry was $20 a month from a girl that was in our old college ministry. She is a beloved younger sister in the faith. Her faithfulness to us, and her desire to partner with us in this effort is incredibly life-giving and edifying to us, and believe me, every amount helps. If 50 people were to start giving us $20 a month today, that would be a game changer for our family. It would free up time and resources for me to give to building relationships in the city and the greater kingdom here in San Francisco.
We thank you for your prayers and encouragement. Please pray that we would remain faithful to our calling, that the Lord would protect our marriage and our family, that His will would be accomplished through us and through Redemption Church, and that above all He would be glorified in everything we do here.
If you do decide to give, you can do so by visiting Redemptionsf.com, clicking “Giving” in the bottom right corner, setting up an account through “easytithe”, and letting us know that you gave on our behalf so that those gifts will be allocated to us. If you are unable to give at this time, but would still like to receive our newsletter, you can subscribe to that on the right hand side of this blog. We would love to keep you posted on the work we are doing here.
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Rom. 11:36