January 1, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of InFocus Ministries! 20 years ago we were preparing to leave the student ministry at First Baptist Church, Levelland, take a leap of faith and launch InFocus Ministries on January 1, 1998. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! Back then we were scared to death, excited beyond belief and just dumb enough to jump out there and see what God had planned for us. It has been the journey of a lifetime! I can’t believe God still let’s us do this! I wish I knew how many lives have been impacted and changed. I don’t know the numbers but I know it’s a lot. I know I’ve preached to half-a-million teenagers in 39 states and God only knows how many teenagers have been saved. I can’t wait to get to heaven and meet every one of them!
Looking back it is so easy and amazing to see how God has guided us, opened doors for us, and provided for us. He has been more than faithful to fill my schedule and meet our needs over these 20 years and I have no doubt He will do the same in the future.
For several years now we have been a totally faith based ministry willing to work with any group of any size regardless of what they are able to pay. It has been amazing, envigorating, terrifying, and incredibly rewarding all at the same time trusting God week to week not knowing what a church will be able to do and one way or another God always provides. Many times you have been a vessel through which He has provided and I want to personally thank you for that.
That is why we are asking you to prayerfully consider continuing to be that vessel in the future. So if you feel led to join us in reaching teenagers for Christ, please consider us in your year-end giving or partnering with us as you feel led. Donations can be made through runks.com/donate where you can make a one time donation or set up a recurring monthly donation, or you can always send a check to InFocus Ministries, 1006 Cactus Dr., Levelland, TX 79336.Â Â All donations are tax deductible.
We are so thankful for your prayers, your friendship, and your support.We couldn’t do this without you! It’s been an awesome 20 years. I hope God gives us 20 more!
Merry Christmas and God Bless y’all!!
Runks & Joanna
It has been another incredible year for us here at InFocus ministries! I have been to 12 different states, shared the Gospel with thousands of teenagers, and seen a “bunch of teenagers get saved” in all 12 of those states! There is no doubt in our minds that this incredible year is a direct result of God leading us last year to makeÂ some changes in the way we handle the business side of this ministry. Â Beginning in mid summer of 2015 we made the commitment to go to any church of any size regardless of what they are able to pay. Â WeÂ have always been willing to work with people to make events happen but in the last year we have taken that to a whole â€˜nother level! Our prayer has become simply: â€œGod, fill my schedule and meet our needs!â€
Ministry-wise it has been the best thing we have ever done. I have had more events and seen more teens saved and lives changed than ever before. God is on the move and it is amazing to watch Him work in this generation.Â Â I can’t begin to tell you how awesome it is to share this experience with you via Facebook. Each time I share about teens getting saved it’s so awesome celebrating with y’all via likes and comments.
Financially it has been a journey, as week to week we step out in faith not always knowing what each church will be able to pay. Over and over again God has been faithful to take care of us. Sometimes more kids sign up than ever before and the church is able to meet the goal. Other times the church is unable to meet the goal but we receive a donation that makes up the difference.
We are asking you to prayerfully consider being that difference.
If you feel led to join us in reaching teenagers for Christ, please consider us in your year-end giving or partnering with us as you feel led. Donations can be made online here or you can send a check to InFocus Ministries, 1006 Cactus Dr., Levelland, TX 79336.Â Â All donations are tax deductible.
We are so thankful for your prayers, your friendship, and your support.
Merry Christmas and God Bless y’all!!
Runks & Joanna
I cannot believe how blessed I am to have Matt Gierhart helping me with this whole website redo chaos! Â Matt is one of my former students from my Youth Minister days who is now older than I was when I was his Youth Minister – trust me its pretty freaky. Â Â He is an absolutely freaky talented, internet marketing, trend spotting GuRu who works with big shot corporations all over the stinkin’ world developing their internet something, something and a bunch of other stuff I don’t understand. Â One of his claims to fame is that he was making money off of twitter 2 years ago! Â I never even heard of Twitter until 3 weeks ago! Â And this is the guy helping me set up a “web presence”… whatever that means. Â I can’t believe how cool it is to see who he has become and how perfectly he has found a way to use his God given talent. Â Working on this web junk has been a total pain in the patooty but it has been awesome reconnecting with Matt during this process. Â If you need any help with this kind of stuff check Matt out here: thenewcelebrity.com.
Gierhart and I are about as opposite as two people can get. About the only thing we have common other than our relationship with Jesus is we both totally love to geek out on the video game series, Resident Evil. In fact, he’s the reason I started playing. Â Anyway, we were sitting around working on my web stuff when we started talking about how incredibly different the two of us are when I said, “dude, I could never do what you do” and he responded with, “and I could never DO what you do.”Â He’s a totally focused, driven, internet junkie entrepreneur and I’m a spastic A.D.H.D goofball, funny preacher guy. Â I totally love teenagers and they drive him completely insane. Â He can’t get up on a stage and use humor to illustrate biblical truth to teenagers and I don’t know jack about a “web presence” and can’t market anything to save my life yet together we are combining our gifts to impact teenagers for Christ! Â Gierhart will have a hand in any life that is touched as a result of this blog. Â He’ll have a hand in any life changed at any event I speak at because of this website. Â It is one of the coolest illustrations of the Body of Christ I may have ever seen. Â Just another really cool thing God is teaching me during this wacky 2k9 plan B summer.
That’s it. I’m out. I’m about to sneak off and geek out on some Resident Evil 5 with my old/new buddy Matt!
God Bless ya! – Runks