The Pulse: Other People’s Trees

February 21, 2022

Bob Buford, a seminal leader in various Christian organizations over the past 50 years, once said, “My fruit grows on other people’s trees.” Buford viewed his life and ministry as an opportunity to serve others and help them become more fruitful in what God called them to do. What a perspective!

That’s what we have the opportunity to do as a church also. It’s why we partner with organizations like Compassion International and Global Media Outreach. We want to come alongside and invest in the work that God is already doing, not just in our own backyard but around the world.

In our recent teaching series, “Greater,” we saw the global nature of God’s activity highlighted in Colossians 1:6, “The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world…” By God’s grace, we want to be a part of that!

This week, we begin a new chapter in our relationship with one of our global partners. Over the past few years, we have partnered financially with BEE World to provide Biblical training for those with limited or no access, but now we are personally jumping into the pool of that training process. This coming weekend, we send a small group of pastors and elders to Kigali, Rwanda to come alongside BEE World facilitators in their equipping of Rwandan leaders.

Please pray for us that we would effectively serve these local pastors and leaders, and that God would bless them and their ministries.

Thank you for your generosity. Your faithful giving helps enable GFC to join God in building and reaching others through partnerships like this one.

Let’s keep seeking to be a church that, by God’s grace, plays a part in Gospel fruitfulness on other people’s trees.


P.S. Don’t miss this coming weekend as we explore another aspect of Jesus’ greatness and how that makes a difference in our lives right now.

Matt Murphy
Lead Pastor