For an Australian turned Atlanta-ian turned DC-ian, 30 inches of snow over a weekend was quite a shock! But we endured, hunkered down and I’m proud to say the GCC community is stronger for the experience!
As you’ll see in the video blog our 5 apprentices moved up to DC in January, these are amazing young men and women who, amongst other things, are going to be helping us establish a missional and discipling presence at the George Washington University. Pray for them especially in this time of transition.
Our community keeps growing, we’re completely full at the Capitol Hill Starbucks and in need of a new space… good problems to have as we keep moving forward towards officially launching GCC middle of this year!
MEET THE LAUNCH TEAM!
Time to introduce you to another member of our incredible GCC launch team. We have so many amazing people with so many different gifts and passions as part of this community, and this month’s member is no exception.
Let me introduce you to Julia Durham! Julia recently moved to Washington DC to take a job with International Justice Mission, an evangelical Christian human rights organization with a focus on laws and law enforcement. She also just got engaged this past Christmas break to her fiancé, David Goehring! We are so excited for David & Julia to be a part of this launch team!
Why did you decide to be a part of the GCC launch team?
While I was living in India, I was streaming the Midtown message when they announced the plant would be in DC. Out of nowhere, I broke into tears and asked Jesus if I could somehow be a part of this team. Months passed, Jesus more directly began pointing me to DC where I could also continue working with International Justice Mission, and now here I am.
What do you love about the city of Washington DC?
I LOVE the diversity of DC and the invitation there is to get to know people from all over the world. I love that I can get into an Uber, speak with the driver in French, and then he will recommend a really authentic Ethiopian restaurant in the District. I’ve never lived somewhere with that rich opportunity to engage with so many different people.
How would you describe the kind of church community you want to be a part of establishing in DC?
There is a culture of desperation in DC to make your life count for something. I pray that our community will be able to authentically know and love people, but will also be able to catapult people into the complete satisfaction of Jesus’ presence. We’ve talked a lot about creating a kind of culture where people are safe to be known.