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
Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill is an incredibly powerful, challenging, and brave story of a real guy that loves Jesus yet wrestles with homosexuality and rather than choose to embrace and indulge his homosexuality has chosen celibacy as his “cross to bear.” It is a truly awesome testimony of what it means to Live Weak, take up your cross, and follow Jesus. Â It’s also an incredibly eye opening look at how difficult it is for a real person with same sex attractions to live out their faith in a Christ honoring manner.
For the Christian struggling with same sex attractions, other sexual sin, or really any temptation or “thorn in the flesh” this book is for you!
Everybody should read this book
check it out here:Â Washed and Waiting
Here is a short video about the book from the author Wesley Hill
My son, Nick aka “BigRunkDaddy 6” is playing varsity quarterback this fall for the Levelland Lobos and I’m determined not to miss a single game for three reasons: 1. I’m his dad and he wants me there. 2. he’s really good and I want to see him play, and 3. its just the right thing to do. Â So we are simply trusting that God will provide unique opportunities of ministry this Fall that will work around Nick’s games.
As a result my Fall Schedule through November will be limited to Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday events or Sunday – Wednesday type events. Â I only have two full weekends available until November because of a Thursday night game and the bye week. Â So if you’re interested in booking me for a weekend before November, I will only be available The weekends of August 27 & October 1.
Fall weekends available prior to November:
Other than that let’s get creative and do some one nighters, short weekends, or maybe even a souped up, modernized youth revival!
So give me a call and let’s get together and make some unique plans to reach teenagers for Jesus!!
God Bless Y’all
Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier to die on a cross than it is to die to myself.Â Not to belittle in anyway the brutality Jesus endured for us on the cross but sometimes it seems like it would be a lot easier for me to take up my cross and follow Jesus if somebody would just nail me to it.Â The sad fact is that I donâ€™t really have a problem taking up my cross, I have a huge problem with laying it down.Â Denying myself, taking up my cross and following Jesus (Luke 9:23) is way too often traded in for indulging myself, crawling off my cross, and following my own selfish desires.Â Bottom line, I love Jesus with all my heart and I follow after him as hard as I can but Iâ€™m just not very good at it.Â The key is to not beat myself up for a week when I lay my cross down but confess my sin, climb back up on my cross as quickly as I can, and try again.
I doubt very seriously anybody is going to nail any of us to our crosses any time soon so weâ€™re going to have to get better at getting back in the saddle every time we fall off. For that to happen takes a strength much greater than we have so we must daily not only take up our cross but also learn to live weak by daily recognizing our weakness, choosing to trust in Godâ€™s grace, and absolutely depending on Godâ€™s strength and not our own.Â We still have to climb back on but we are not alone, and never without help.
Hang in there!! – Runks
Iâ€™m sitting on an airplane with my 6â€™6â€ totem pole body crammed into a regular, no leg room, non-exit row, teeny, tiny airplane seat. Iâ€™m sitting next to a guy who is also circus freak tall and weâ€™re both cramped, crunched, and fighting for leg and elbow room like sardines in a tiny can but at least weâ€™re not alone! I donâ€™t think there is anything more encouraging than knowing that whatever youâ€™re facing somebody has either been there or is there right now and feels your pain. I think the most comforting words in the English language are, â€œMe Tooâ€ because those words scream out â€œYOU ARE NOT ALONE!!â€ My 94 year old grandmother, Maw-Maw, would put it this way,
â€œA burden shared is a burden halved and a burden born alone is a burden doubled.â€
The problem is not so much finding someone who has been where you are but finding someone with the guts to be real enough to admit it. Sadly this is especially true in the church where often times rather than helping our wounded we shoot them and that has got to stop! I say its time we take off our masks and stop pretending weâ€™ve got it all together. We need to start being real and transparent about who we are and what weâ€™re struggling with so we can make it safe for others to do the same and hopefully all get better together. Iâ€™ll go first. To those who have faced the horrors of childhood sexual abuse I say, â€œ Me Too.â€ To those who have had their butts kicked by an addiction I say, â€œ Me Too.â€ To those who are fighting through the 12 steps trying to get well I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who have been beat down by the reality of depression I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who struggle to let Jesus take control I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who are sick of going to church and pretending everything is fine when its not I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who have feared that if people really knew you they wouldnâ€™t love you I say, â€œMe Tooâ€ To those who battle insecurity I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who just want to be loved and accepted, warts and all I say, “Me Too.” To all the broken, hurting, and struggling people I say, â€œyou are not alone. You have never been alone!â€ Somebody, including Jesus, Heb 4:15, has been where you are and you do not have to suffer alone!!! So letâ€™s take off our masks, get real with each other and with God and start saying â€œMe tooâ€ as loudly and as often as we can!
Me Too – Runks
We live in a society that tells us we need to be independent and self-sufficient, pull ourselves up by our boot-straps (whatever that means??), and do everything in our own strength.Â It sounds good on the surface but in reality it is so contrary to the way scripture says we are to live our lives.
II Corinthians 12:10 says, â€œWhen I am weak then I am strong.â€Â So if we really want to be strong we have to learn to Live Weak.Â What a radical concept!! Living weak is a paradox that goes against everything the world teaches or believes.Â Everybody wants to believe that they can Live Strong and handle all their junk on their own but the fact is we canâ€™t.Â We try and we fail because it canâ€™t be done.Â In fact, none of us can do anything in our own strength.Â Compare John 15:5 with Philippians 4:13.Â John 15:5 says that without Christ we canâ€™t do anything and Philippians 4:13 says with Christ we can do anything!Â That is the heart of what it means to Live Weak!!! On our own apart from Christ we are absolutely powerless to accomplish anything of any value but by walking daily in absolute dependence upon Jesus we can accomplish anything!!Â That doesnâ€™t mean, however, that we just sit back, do nothing, and watch Jesus do everything for us.Â Living Weak means living in a partnership with Jesus where we strive to balance dependency with discipline.Â You have to have both or you wonâ€™t get very far.Â Itâ€™s like the wings on an airplane.Â Which one is more important? The right one or the left one?Â BOTH!!! If your plane just has one wing then your going to crash every time!Â The same thing is true with dependency and discipline. You have to do your part and God has to do His.
Colossians 1:29 says, â€œI labor, struggling with all His energy, which works so powerfully in me.â€Â What that means is that we labor â€“ we strive to follow Jesus with our whole heart. We daily dig into the Word of God and rub up against Jesus all the while living in absolute dependence upon Jesus to give us the strength to do it.
Living Weak is a radical concept in our world but the fact is it works because when we are weak, then and only then are we strong!
Live Weak – Runks
I’m still trying to wrap my head around all that I saw and experienced in India.Â It was such an amazing experience and I am so humbled to have had the opportunity to be a small part of what God is doing in such a dark place.Â I’ve been home for a week and I’m still having trouble finding words to express what I experienced over there so I think just let pics and video speak for themselves.
Here is promotional video for Asian Partners International
put together by our fearless team leader Coby Colley:
The vision of A.S.S.I. Â – the ministry we were working with, (it stands for Asian -Hindi word-Hindi word- International) – is to plant churches without attempting to change the culture so their worshipÂ servicesÂ are like nothing I have ever seen. Â All the worship is in the languageÂ of Hindi and the style is typical Indian music. Â I couldn’t understand a word of it but Â worshipping with my Indian brothers and sisters was awesome and some of the sweetest worship experiences I have ever had! Â Here are some pics from some of the house churches we worshipped with. Continue reading