Episode 306

Baking Bread, ‘Jesus Revolution’ Movie & Online ESL Group

Mar 7, 2023

Baking bread has become an excellent way for Kelsey and Vergil Brown to connect with neighbors and church members in Portland, Oregon. Jesus Revolution – the movie about the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s – had a second strong weekend at the box office. It pulled in another $15 million helping it to top $30 million at the box office. And, as Russia declared war on Ukraine, Eunege and his wife Julia rushed to buy a car as their vehicle of escape from Chernihiv, ground zero of the onslaught.

Transcript

Baking bread has become an excellent way for Kelsey and Vergil Brown to connect with neighbors and church members in Portland, Oregon. Kelsey developed the skill during the 2020 pandemic lockdown and has continued sharing loaves of bread to build relationships while she and her husband Vergil, a church planting missionary with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), get to know people and introduce them to Jesus.

Vergil and his wife moved to the city roughly 16 years ago to begin seminary. They planted a church in Gresham, a suburb east of Portland, where Vergil pastored for about a decade before the Lord began stirring his heart for something new, which they discerned meant planting a new church in northeast Portland.

Portland is known as one of the most religiously unaffiliated metro areas in the U.S. An estimated 42 percent of people choose not to identify with any particular religious tradition, but Vergil quickly learned that did not mean residents are closed off to learning about Christianity.
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Jesus Revolution – the movie about the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s – had a second strong weekend at the box office. It pulled in another $15 million helping it to top $30 million at the box office.

The movie staring Kelsey Grammer as Chuck Smith and Jonathan Roumie as Lonnie Frisbee tells the story of how God used the Calvary Chapel to reach hippies more than 50 years ago. Southern California pastor Greg Laurie was one of those reached during the Jesus Movement. Not only did he come to faith in Jesus Christ during the movement, but also answered a call to ministry. He’s been the pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship for nearly 50 years.
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As Russia declared war on Ukraine, Eunege and his wife Julia rushed to buy a car as their vehicle of escape from Chernihiv, ground zero of the onslaught.

Billy Hoffman, co-director of missions for First Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., reached Eunege on the phone. The two were conversation partners in a Ukraine-U.S. English-as-a-second-language (ESL) group co-founded by Hoffman, a former International Mission Board executive.

Newlyweds, Eunege and Julia accepted Christ and were baptized together just four months before the war began. They have been discipled while honing their English through their relationships with members of Nashville First Baptist who serve as conversation partners from afar.

They have been a part of an international ESL ministry through the Nashville based church.

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