Stenson Family

We are so excited to share this news with you! We are moving to Latvia!
For a while now we have felt the stirring of the Lord in our hearts about him birthing something new through us. What we have experienced in our last outreaches to Europe has been life changing. We found ourselves in the front lines out there in the streets with the people. What we found was people who are hungry for the truth, people who are lonely and yearning for community, a listening ear, an embrace. People who fled their war torn countries in hope for a better life and found Hope in Jesus. People who want to exchange some music and stories, finding that what they really need is the Lord.

As we consider all we have seen first hand and the ways in which God is moving in this part of the world, it has become clear to us that it is time to go! To be a part of what He is doing. As we have kept seeking his guidance we have found him releasing more ideas and understanding to us with ways to engage those that he loves so much.

We are excited share with you the strategy the Lord has been sharing with us. We will be launching a new YWAM ministry called CoLab432 in Eastern Europe this spring/summer!

The name CoLab432 comes from “collaboration” the idea of working together. Working together across generation and cultures. Co Lab also suggests the idea of a “lab” or laboratory, a hands on place of learning in which experimentation and observation take place and those present move beyond their current understandings to new places and applications of truth. The 432 part of the name comes from Mark 4:32 in which Jesus paints a picture of the kingdom starting out as the smallest seed in the garden but then growing to become a massive tree in which the birds of the air find shelter. CoLab432 is a place of belonging and community, a place of learning and creativity, and a place to discover identity and destiny.

In considering the picture given in Mark 4:32 of the birds finding shelter in the kingdom; we were prompted to ask the question, “Where is the beauty of birds observable?” As we considered this, we landed on three primary areas. The beauty of birds is observable in their colors (the seen), their song (the heard), and their flight (the moving).
These three areas represent three strategic bridges that we will seek to use to reach out in CoLab432. “The seen”- visual arts, “The heard” – audio arts, and “The moving”- movement oriented activities such as dance or sports.

While reaching out over these past few years we have seen these three means as effective bridges to see the love of the Father connect with his precious children.

We are so excited for what is in store and are so thankful for such a loving Creator to lead us forward into new expressions of his heart! Thank you to you, our friends and family, for joining with us on this journey. We will continue posting more details as we continue to unpack all of these things with the Lord in the coming weeks and months.
In this journey we seek to, as the African proverb says, “Not run fast alone, but far together!”

Colab432 is all about collaboration/working together across generations and culture it is all about openness and invitation. It is about sharing and giving. It is about a kingdom with room for any willing to follow. In that same spirit we have felt prompted by The Lord to share some of those things those mountains we are believing God for and at the same time extend an invitation to be a part of the founding of Colab432. As part of the requirements for filing our residency application in Latvia we need to raise $25,000 dollars to show that we have enough to cover the minimum annual expenses as a family of five. This amount is huge to us but we have seen God provide time and time again over the years in miraculous ways for those things that are on his heart. We want to invite each one of you to be a part of seeing this ministry launched by choosing one of the amounts from the board. We are committed to see this happen and we want to include as many as possible in our effort. Thank you for joining us in seeing this mountain move !