New Season. Big Changes.

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writing | 28 Comments

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Hey everyone!

 

If you are at this page you are most likely here because you saw the Life Today Interview with James Robison. Man, I had such a blast! I think we recorded that interview back in May sometime and it’s crazy to think how much has changed and progressed since then.

 

James and Betty were so kind and gracious. I felt very welcome and humbled by all their staff. Not to mention it was a full audience which made it more lively!

 

If you watched it though you noticed towards the end James begin to ask my about my plans and heart for the future. I shared with him my testimony of growing up in a very urban, inner city, context. Because of that I’ve always had a heart for urban ministry. At the time of the interview there were some things in the works but what is awesome is a lot of those things have officially become a reality already!

 

Me and a few of my buddies have officially launched “For The King” ministries! The best way to describe it would be as an urban based ministry aimed at young adults and college students. We are starting in Tacoma, a city with 3 universities and 2 community colleges. By the end of September we will have launched with a weekly gathering (every Friday), small groups (or as we call them, fight clubs to fight against sin and for our faith), a website (ForTheKing.TV), and outreach events to engage the culture and city around us. As well, we want to equip and encourage young adults to serve and plugin to a Jesus-loving church in our region. As I mentioned on the show my heart has always been to be the hands AND feet ministry without sacrificing one for the other. If you are in the South Puget Sound area, come visit us this fall! We already have a core group of a couple hundred college students and are very excited to see where God will take this! We are working by God’s grace to be faithful stewards while telling as many people as we can about Jesus.

 

I really believe in this mission and I really think God has called me, my fiancee Alyssa, and a few of my other friends to join God in what He is already doing amongst people in my area. Because of that I will be scaling back from traveling and speaking and will invest more time into For The King (don’t worry though I still will be traveling! Just not a crazy amount as before). Because traveling and speaking is my primary source of income to sustain not only me but also my future marriage I’ve definitely had to trust God on this one.

 

At the end of the interview, James directed people to my website and asked them to give and help support. Over the last couple months since the interview we have been planning, strategizing, and have just begun fundraising. We realized very quickly an endeavor like this takes a decent amount of kingdom minded people who are willing to give to the mission. If you are willing, we would be extremely humbled for you to consider supporting us and give to our efforts and the movement of God’s grace in Tacoma. (I have marked a few ways to do that below). You can check out the website, come visit us in Tacoma, WA, or watch us through the online portal as we will be updating often. But regardless we would love if you would help support what we are doing.

 

THINGS WE NEED MONEY FOR:

  • Bibles for incoming college students.

  • Start up costs for outreach events like neighborhood BBQ’s, quick one day mission trips in our surrounding area, and other similar things.

  • Staffing and operational costs (Having the resources and support means that we can invest more in the students and mission around us).

  • Funding to help sponsor resource giveaways of gospel centered books, CD’s, etc at our local weekly gathering.

  • Sponsorship for camps, retreats, and other trips we will be taking for those students who can’t afford it.

 

WAYS TO GIVE:

We are in the process of getting our 501c3 status right now (should be approved in the next month or two). Until then you can make donations to Fireproof Ministries (one of our partner and parent ministries) and they will get directed to us as long as you click the “For The King” tab on their site. Here are three ways you can do that.

 

1. Donate securely online at this link (www.tinyurl.com/bethke). In the drop down,  select ‘For The King’.

2. Mail a check to Fireproof Ministries and in the memo put ‘For The King’.

 

-Po Box 50048 Pasadena Ca 91115

 

3. Pray, Pray, Pray. We are going to need it! Pray that grace would abound in the hearts of college students all over the Tacoma area.


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Finally, I’m beyond humbled and thankful to all of you who follow my blog, email me with encouragement, and constantly let me know you are praying for me. That alone means the world. Overwhelmed at God’s grace that He would let me partake in His mission the way He does. He doesn’t need any of us one bit, but He loves and wants us all a whole lot. Excited to see where this season of grace takes us!

 

-Jefferson

 

 

28 Comments

  1. Jim Guthridge
    August 28, 2012

    I have never been so uplifted and inspired by reading your blogs and watching your videos. I have always believed in our Lord and Jesus Christ, but had lost faith over time with organized religion. I, a Mormon my mothers side, Lutheran and fathers side Church of Christ, I have had a vast aray of teachings. But you have renewed my faith in your presentations and teachings. Modern, youthful uplifting and spirit moving. My soul is renewed and I want to thank you. And the youth and young adults that you bring to the lord is such a blessing. I am a Youth Director at a camp near Yosemite. Mostly troubled youth. May I have permission to show them your videos on movie night rather than what they wish to watch? All who follow and all who know you personally are so blessed. Stay well. Stay blessed and spread your teaching throughout the world.
    In Him,
    Jim

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    • Malinda Bacchus
      August 28, 2012

      Hi Jeff,
      I am a mother of two young girls one 14 and one 10 I was very incourge by what I saw today on the interview with James and Betty, It is the first time I’m seeing or haring of you and I just want you to know that you are on the right path, when the time is right I will love for you to come to the Big Apple and be a blissing to our young people our church is near to a public Hige school and there is much to be done.God bless you in all you do for Him and with your wedding coming up

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  2. Howard Crutsinger
    August 28, 2012

    Great interview on LifeToday! Exciting to see your dreams becoming a reality. May the Lord use “For The King” ministries to draw many to Himself!
    - Howard
    Cru

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  3. Brenden Valks
    August 28, 2012

    Hi Jeff,

    As I am in Southern Manitoba, Canada I won’t be able to swing through For The King but know I’m praying for you and your core team.

    Cheers,
    -Brenden Valks

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  4. Jessica Daniel
    August 28, 2012

    I’m a mom of a teenage son and I LOVE seeing what you are doing. I’m in Atlanta so I will be praying and just wanted to say that I love the name “fight clubs” as that movie came out when I was in my 20′s and it was one of my favorites!! Good luck and God Bless!!

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  5. Carly Loves Amos
    August 28, 2012

    Super excited for you guys and all the people you’ll reach!

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  6. dan waits
    August 28, 2012

    wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow!

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited for y’all!!! Go to it!!! It wilol be such a blessing to see what God does to you, through you, & with you!!!!!!!!

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  7. Cecilia
    August 28, 2012

    Hey!
    You did a great job on Life Today! I wanted to hear more about what YOU had to say on your personal life. haha I felt like the host kept interrupting you. Well keep it up! The LORD has definitely shown his favor upon you and your ministries. blessings.

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  8. Ottih cyprain
    August 28, 2012

    I watch this vedio very slightly bt I need to kn u more cos I was captivated by what God is during via u*
    I’m thanking God for ur from the City of Aba, In Abia state of Nigeria.
    Pls air this vedio, its really touching souls**

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  9. Diane Wabs
    August 28, 2012

    Jeff, as a mother and grandmother of 5 teenagers living in a college community, I am excited about what God is doing with your life to bring glory to Himself and lift the name of Jesus. I have been following you this past year and LOVE what Our Father is pouring into you. Thank you for sharing so much of His truths thru the various media available to reach young and old alike. I will be praying for you and For The King ministries. Praise God for richly blessing you, your future bride and those standing with you in this much needed work today.
    PS Great interview on Life Today! Go Jesus!

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    • jeffbethke
      August 28, 2012

      That means so much Diane! Thank u! God is good!

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  10. De'Andre Nettles
    August 28, 2012

    Your story is amazing very similar 2 my own I’m a new believer and follower of jesus i want to thank you i follow you on facebook watch your youtube stuff, Twitter etc. I can never get enough.i was raised by my mother so as a kid without s father we look for things to replace that im so thankful 2 God for being my true father you make his message clear…

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  11. Penni
    August 28, 2012

    Bring revival to Tacoma and spread it like wildfire! God bless you exceedingly abundantly above all you can imagine! #dothatthing

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  12. Angela
    August 28, 2012

    Your new adventure in life reminds me a little of a book I read called, Release the Power of Prayer by George Muller. I know you like to read, so I thought I’d throw this at you. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s written by a man in Germany from the 1800′s that felt the calling to glorify God through opening orphanages. The book recounts his prayers to God, mostly for help with finances and needs for the children of the orphanages, and how God had delivered. I, too, am praying for the abundant blessings that God has in store for you, your family and friends assisting, and the young adults that will be growing a closer relationship with God (thanks to the accurate teachings, guidance and love that you all will show them).

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    • jeffbethke
      August 28, 2012

      i love george muller! he’s amazing!

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      • Angela
        August 29, 2012

        If this was facebook, I would ‘like’ that. :) I’m not surprised that you’ve read his writings. …Keep shining that light you got burning inside you!

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  13. Omar Martinez
    August 28, 2012

    Your so inspiring to me!! I like how me and you are around the same age and seeing how you talk so real about jesus christ and his word just inspires me to set up in my faith and reach out to others!! god bless! Ur doing an amazing job

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  14. liam obrien
    August 28, 2012

    So excited to hear this. Tacoma needs Jesus! Glad you guys have been called there and will be praying for you and supporting when possible. You’ve got friends in Jacksonville, Florida!

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  15. Rebecca
    August 28, 2012

    Boom. Amazing. Praying.
    God is such a corker.
    Blessings x

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    • Kathy
      August 28, 2012

      kjp in Sophia, NC… how much this touches my heart, and in such a way that makes sense to me! thank-you and God Bless !

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      • Kathy
        August 28, 2012

        please consider a little town in Randleman,N.C. if you pass thru this way!!!

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  16. Rhonda Riester
    August 28, 2012

    Jeff,
    I live in Everett. But would be willing to come down and help at events when I can. I have 5 kids (3 teenage girls) and love what you are doing. Please post volunteer opportunities. I will do my best to fit them in and give back.
    Rhonda

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    • jeffbethke
      August 28, 2012

      Rhonda! that means the world! I just updated this post with our twitter, fb, and website at the top and bottom of the article. make sure to follow and we will definitely post when we are in need. thanks so much rhonda! ps i used to live in everett :)

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  17. Ibukun
    August 28, 2012

    I’m excited for you, Alyssa and your friends! I’m confident God will do beautiful things through your ministry. Just keep yourself plugged to Him! It’s easy for us to be consumed working for God that we are too busy to enjoy fellowship with Him. You are definitely in my prayers :)

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  18. Tony Rivera
    August 29, 2012

    I like your video “Why I hate Religion, But love Jesus”.. It clarified my views on my own belief.. Im just 15, and battling with pornography :P Just plain and simple.. ugly? Indeed. Am i ashamed? YES!! Do i feel good.. one second of pleasure and a whole day of pain.. But im a little lost.. i pray to God about it. I am Christian, i dont like the sin.. infact hate it!! :/ but i cant help.. my body is week but my spirit is willing.. get it? Im pretty sure you went through something like this.. i go to church and understand that its sin.. i dont like to brag about myself at all.. or brag about not bragging! I dont see myself as self-righteous.. or a religeous.. i know that Jesus CHRIST took my punishment and put it to death! But this porn addiction im dealing with is just shredding me.. at first.. i got seperated from church.. i was to ashamed and believed that i dont deserve to be in his present.. but soon learned that i cant quit this fight no matter what! So i went to a camp.. and a pastor.. to my suprise was battling with this.. a grown man.. and obviously that was GOD speaking to me thru him. I was quite shocked. So ive been fighting this monster and still tend to give into it from time to time. Its been happening frequently.. almost predictable.. What should i do? I mean i cant find someone i can talk to about it from my church or any Christian friends to talk about it:/ I dont want to give in.. but i want the fire of lust to be put out inside of me.. so that i can be pure for my future girlfriend/wife.. I hope you got a chance to read this, i really hope you do.. ill be praying about you and your ministry and hopefully as a bretheren you can do the same about my sin and my future ministry (what ever God calls me to do) GodBless ya truly! And Be breezy:)

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