Daniel Moreno, a partner at the St. John campus, started working at a large tech company a few years ago and knew that he wanted to make Jesus known in his workplace. His evangelism started with simple conversations—asking what people believe and what they think about God. From there, he has been able to share the gospel with several coworkers, and has gifted eight Bibles to people interested in knowing more about Jesus. Many coworkers have now read Jesus's words in the Gospel of John!
For the last 1.5 years, Brett and Rachael Dixon have opened their home to foster children. Over the last year, the Dixon’s have grown so much more dependent on God because of walking alongside their foster children as they have dealt with medical problems resulting from neglect, the emotional distress caused by being removed from their biological families, and the confusion of why they can’t be with their parents they love. As they watched one sweet girl be reconciled with some family she loved and missed, they appreciate all the more the love of their heavenly Father. After the adoption of their son, they understand more deeply what it means to be adopted into God’s family. And since navigating a broken system, they know the grace and the forgiveness of the cross so much better. As foster parents, the Dixon's stay in a constant state of uncertainty where strangers are making decisions for their family, but they continually thank God that he is the one in control of all things and will work things out for his glory and for the good of those who love him.
In 2018, God called 43 people to join our team of deacons made up of men and women who seek to serve and support the ministry of The Austin Stone at the St. John campus. With fresh vision and a new strategy, we have organized these deacons into ministry teams to serve to specific needs within our body. These teams range from a marriage ministry to care for marriages at our campus to a For the Nations team that seeks to support our goers and mobilize people to serve in the nations. Our prayer is that God uses these teams to continue to build up the body and equip the saints for the work of the ministry.