October is here and so are fall, football, and making and meeting new friends here in the great city of Fort Worth!
With each passing week, God is opening doors and hearts. We are meeting new people through a variety of activities in our community and on campus.
One activity that has allowed us to make meaningful relationships has been Ian playing flag football.
Speaking of football, how about the unbelievable football season that the TCU Horned Frogs are having, right?
Mosaic Church Austin’s staff graciously gifted our family with tickets to three TCU games this year.
And in only a way that God could allow, these games have proven to be quite memorable in more ways than just winning. Not only have we met new people, but God surprisingly orchestrated reconnecting with old friends from my college and high school days.
There was the TCU/Kansas State game where a lady and her family had been gifted tickets from a friend to cheer on a KState player. They sit down one row in front of me, Mal, and the kids. She and I awkwardly make eye contact for about 15 or so seconds as if we knew one another.
Lo and beyond, Jennifer and I attended the same high school.
But the story gets even better. As Jennifer and Mallary are talking and getting to know one another, Jennifer mentions that she and her family were hoping to find a hotel.
And why on earth did Jennifer mention this detail you ask? Well…
As soon discovered, she and her family had planned on surprising us by attending Sunday morning services at Mosaic Church Fort Worth! Look at God!
Of course, we explained that our official launch isn’t until September 2023, but beyond grateful for the love, support, and interest that has been shown so far.
And if divinely meeting and reconnecting with a high school classmate wasn’t enough, two weeks later my family and I were walking to the TCU/Texas Tech game when another divine encounter occurred.
As many of you know (or will come to know), Seth, our baby boy, really loves, loves, loves — did I say loves — motorcycles.
As we walked to the stadium for the game, we passed a Fort Worth police department motorcycle officer just about to drive off. I pointed and directed Seth’s attention to the officer.
The office then turns off the motorcycle and does what next? You guessed it!
He invites Seth, Ian, and Mila to sit on his and two other officer’s motorcycle. Of course, Mila declined, but the boys jumped at the opportunity.
While snapping a few pictures to capture the moment, my eye caught the last name of a second nearby officer. His name sounded very familiar as if I knew him — and I did!
Lo and behold, Chad and I attended DeVry University together nearly twenty years ago. Look at God!
What a great surprise and blessing it was to experience the move of God in reconnecting with both Jennifer and Chad.
In addition, I’m excited to see how God moves through these divine encounters in the community and on campus.
Speaking of campus, what tremendous favor God has shown us in opening doors to establishing meaningful relationships at TCU. This month Joya (meet Joya) introduced me to Isaiah, and he and I meet and touch base weekly.
It’s been a joy getting to know and break bread with Isaiah, and experiencing God’s move upon his heart as a Jesus follower and believer.
Please be in prayer for God to confirm what’s next for Isaiah as he prepares to graduate from TCU.
In addition, please continue to pray with us as we believe in the sending of ten (10) students from TCU to the 2023 ENC Conference — Joya and Isaiah have both committed to attending!
Not only are we meeting new students at the local coffee shop near TCU, but I had the pleasure to meet with Rev. Todd Boling, TCU University Chaplain — thanks to a mutual friend from Mosaic Church Austin introducing us. It was truly a blessing to meet him, and his team and hear his heart for the TCU campus.
PRAYERS FOR THE CAMPUS
Pray and believe with us for God to provide divine favor for the following at TCU from now until the end of 2023 (and beyond, of course!):
Ten students to register to attend ENC Conference 2023
Joya and Isaiah starting a student-led Bible study with 10 or more students
A Sponsor/Champion from TCU Faculty/Staff to officially become and be recognized as ENC TCU Chapter
Two fully-funded campus missionaries
As we experience favor upon favor on campus at TCU, we’re witnessing God’s hand moving on our behalf in the community too during the month of October.
One of the many highlights was having our spiritual family from Mosaic Church Austin surprise visit us one Sunday morning.
We worshipped together at another local church plant not far from our house, Redemption City Fort Worth.
The lead pastor, Matt Kendrick (not pictured), and I (as well as our families) have become good friends in such a short time — living in the same neighborhood a few blocks from one another and in the same house floor plan. Talk about kindred spirits!
Redemption City’s worship pastor, Geoff Noblitt, touched all of our hearts when he, one of their elders, and a few others gathered us all in a circle after service.
Geoff tearfully encouraged and prayed specifically for God to establish the work of Mosaic Church Fort Worth in the city and on the campus.
This is by far one of the many heartfelt memories we’ll cherish in our charge to reach the communities and campuses of Fort Worth.
Having fellow Kingdom allies in our corner helps to boost our faith and catalyze our laboring to make disciples for Jesus through the core values of worship, community, and mission in a multiethnic, multigenerational context.
And it is these types of gracious and kind gestures of love to us — your text messages, phone calls, the cards in the mail, your commitment to give financially, and let us not forget your timely prayers — all of these acts of love enable us, Mosaic Church Fort Worth, to change the community and campus, forever changing the world as the hands and feet of Jesus!
So as Thanksgiving arrives next week, we want you to know how thankful we are for your continued partnership in our reaching the communities and campuses of Fort Worth with the Gospel of Jesus.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and God bless,
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown
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P.S. Please don’t forget to invite a friend, family, coworker, or neighbor to the upcoming events:
Food, Fun, Friends, and Family at the Brown’s House
Saturday, Oct. 30th @ 5 pm
Food, Fun, Friends, and Family at the Brown’s House
Sunday, Nov. 13th @ 5 pm
Prayer Requests & Updates
For evangelism to flourish so communities and campuses in the greater Fort Worth area will be reached, and the lost will see and experience the love of Christ and be drawn to his kingdom.
For signs and wonders to follow the preaching of His Word.
For team unity and laborers to help carry the load.
For finances and provisions.
For fully funded campus missionaries (2 per campus) to help reach the next generation — University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas Christian University (TCU), Tarrant County College (TCC), Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) and Tarleton State University – Fort Worth (TSU).
Alvin Brown, the Lead Pastor of Mosaic Church Fort Worth, brings over a decade of pastoral ministry experience and more than 20 years of operational and technical leadership expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Mallary, and their three children and contributing as a writer to various media outlets.