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Our promo video is here! Click below!
As most of you know we are trying to produce a huge show like Cirque Du Soleil but all about God's love and pursuit of people! It's been quite a journey and we are still in the middle of it all that's for sure!
We felt like God wanted us to do this promo video and God supernaturally provided a guy who did it for us for free! And we didn't even ask him! The Holy Spirit told him to do it so that was encouraging.
We are starting a campaign called "Be One of the Thousand!"
You'll see more in the video but we'd love if you'd prayerfully consider joining the campaign and making this thing become a reality!
We love you all!
Luke, Bethany, Josiah and Tristin =)
P.S. We wanted to include some clips in our video of what a Cirque show looks like but we weren't sure about copyright laws so that's why there are none in there.
Tristin has arrived! And finally an update from us! :)
Sorry it’s been so long since our last update. A lot has been going on :) as you can see with the picture above us ;). Tristin Lion Roque arrived right on his due date Dec 15, 2017 at 5:28pm! Labor was only 2 1/2 hrs and amazing and was done right at home with midwives. God was so present and everything went so smoothly. Tristin means BOLD and Valiant! My mom came all the way from Hawaii for 3 weeks and helped out SO much! I cried when she left :). There’s no one like your mom! Also Luke's sister Becky came and we all got to celebrate the birth of our new son and have some family around for Christmas! So fun! In January my dad came to visit as well to see Tristin and Josiah and us of course ;). It's been amazing being close enough for family to come and visit now that we live back in the states for a bit.
Josiah turned TWO!
It was so much fun celebrating Josiah's second year birthday Jan 8th with some new friends we've made here in Redding. His favorite movie lately has been Finding Nemo so we did a theme party for him. So much fun!
What's the latest with the show?
We've been working with a guy here at Bethel who God hooked us up with. He's one of the Bethel pastors who is in charge of a lot of the artistic stuff that happens here. He's done 20 years of theatre and is good with storyline writing so we've been meeting with him every other week working on the storyline for our show. To be honest it's been a daunting task trying to come up with a good storyline. I mean we had a rough draft but now that we are going into detail and thinking of every little thing we need for each scene it takes a LOT OF TIME! But we are being faithful to keep slugging away haha. We are in the pioneer stages of this thing so everything feels slow but we know God is in it.
Coolest story lately: Luke and I both felt that we were supposed to do a promo video for our show. But we didn’t know how to film it ourselves or how to go about it.Two days later this guy called up Luke out of nowhere and said, “We should have coffee together. I remember you from being at Reality church years ago. I’m up here in Redding for a few days and would love to see you.” Luke wasn’t sure what the coffee date was about but he said sure.As they were hanging out the guy said the Holy Spirit told him he was supposed to do a video for us!!! And he had NO IDEA about us needing one or even about us doing this show. We were floored. So we prepped the script and he came over Saturday and we filmed the video! God continues to blow us away how He keeps opening doors for this show and how he keeps spurring it forward. We just got back the edited version and are praying about what to do with it next. Keep us in prayer as we figure out what God is saying in all this.
Well that's it from us for now!
Just enjoying baby snuggles in the meantime! Can't believe God gave us two kids already!! How did that happen? Miracles! Jesus!
Well we are back from about a month and half of travel! Props to Bethany for doing it all…. while PREGNANT! What a champ.
This time was amazing. We had the privilege of marrying (officiating the ceremony for) 3 couples that we love dearly in Germany, Texas, and North Dakota…3 weekends in a row haha! They are all close friends of ours from YWAM Australia, people we have discipled and walked through some of life’s key moments with. What an honor.
Daniel + Cathinka (Germany)
Daniel + Natalie (Texas)
Matt + Lacey (North Dakota)
Going to Germany was a miracle in itself. A little less than a year ago Bethany and I went on a scouting trip to Barcelona, Spain because that is where we feel like the Lord is leading us to launch this Cirque du Soleil style show we are working on.
Well we met this guy named Joseph at the YWAM Barcelona base…and it turns out that he spoke on my DTS in Kona in 2009! I remembered him and we instantly connected. We shared our vision with him and he got so excited! He told us that he was connected with Christian artists all across Europe and that he and his wife were now living in Berlin, Germany…and he said “You guys have to come and visit me!…can you come?” At that time we were unable to so he said “when will you both be in Europe again?” Then we remembered that we were going to be in Germany that next June (2017) for our friend’s wedding! How awesome is that?! So we planned to see each other then!
Ok so the wedding was June 24th. When we were booking our flights we prayed and asked God when we should go. We wanted to give God some space to do whatever He wanted before the wedding since we were going to be all the way over there anyways! We felt to go for the whole month of June…so we obeyed and bought the tickets.
Well, it turns out that our friend Joseph just ‘happened’ to be leading a meeting in Norway with Christian artists and creatives from all over Europe at the beginning of June! They were strategizing on how to reach Europe with the gospel through art! Come on! So he invited us to that gathering.
We visited him in Berlin and then flew to Norway for the artists gathering. Man, God is so good. Every time we shared about what we are doing, people just responded with so much excitement! They just knew it was God!
There are so many crazy things that happened but I’ll just mention a few: We got our first official intercessor for the show! We got some awesome prophetic words about our core team and how many people there would be - in both America and Europe. Also, this woman who was the base director at this location in Norway gave us an amazing prophetic word and told us that she wanted to be part of our team as well, helping with strategy and organization! Not to mention we now have connections and relationships with all of the wonderful and talented people at this meeting!
We all felt like the Lord was saying that we should be having meetings like this more frequently so we agreed to do more of them. Guess where the next one is being held? Yup…Barcelona. How cool is God? There is so much more to tell …but all I can say is that this trip was totally orchestrated by God!
Hanging with Joseph in Berlin
He took us to the BEST smoothie and juice bar!
Artist Gathering at YWAM Alesund, Norway
Another quick cool story:
We went to Nuremberg Germany and met up with Julio Mzar, our contact and friend from a past outreach in Barcelona who moved to Germany and is doing some awesome ministry here. When we told him about our show idea he was very keen be a part of it in helping disciple all the people who get saved from it. He has been training teams of people in many cities all over Europe to disciple new believers and he'd love to train up a team to help our show. Go God!!
After our time in Norway we headed back to Germany for the wedding. Here are also a few other fun photos from our travels :-)
Neuschwanstein castle in Germany...no big deal ;-)
Hanging by the lake in Bavaria with our friends. Yeeew!
Josiah loves cows!
Josiah...walking on water
The Alps just over the border in Austria
This kid adapted to the Bavarian lifestyle quickly...beer in hand
North Dakota - 4 wheeling!
The best surf I've had in a while...behind a boat in North Dakota :-)
We are now back in Redding, California and ready to get things going for the show with the people God has connected us with here! It is so fun following Jesus! He does most of the work and we just step out in faith and trust Him! Thank you Lord!!
Hey everyone! Here's a little update on what's been happening with us recently...and where we are headed :-)
We just went to the sickest conference at Bethel called the School of Creativity! It was seriously amazing. We didn't even know about it until Bethany bumped into a girl waiting in line for the bathroom at church. This girl was working on a creative dance piece for the conference and after hearing what we were doing she said "Oh my gosh, you HAVE to go to this conference! It's the best one all year!" Well, we felt like it was the Lord and bought tickets that day. :-)
But there was only one problem...the conference was 4 days long (morning to night) and well...let's just say that we haven't had the best run with our son Josiah and babysitters. He cries so hard just about every time we get someone to watch him (he's pretty sensitive) so 4 days straight was going to be REALLY hard for him. Not to mention, expensive (to pay babysitters).
Well, God had a plan already...he put it in Bethany's mom's heart to come and babysit for us the whole conference!! Liz flew all the way from Hawaii to Redding, CA to hang out with her grandson for a week! We were so blessed and just knew that God had made a way for us!
Back to the conference...
It's hard to sum it all up but we were encouraged, challenged, inspired, and blown away pretty much every day! God was speaking so much to us. Two themes stood out to us. First, it was all about people going after huge dreams in things they had NO EXPERIENCE or EXPERTISE IN!! Sound familiar? And secondly, it was about COLLABORATION. Working together in unity with others!
Ok check this out: Our friends Fab and Claire (who are on staff at Bethel and are very connected to people in the arts) told us that there were some theatrical producers from London at the conference that he wanted us to meet. We said "of course!". He introduced us to these three amazing people and then had to leave. Well, we absolutely HIT IT OFF with them! They were so similar to us in so many ways! They had produced a musical all about the gospel and were believing for it to go worldwide! Obviously we aren't doing a musical but our hearts lined up on so many things it was ridiculous! They even said "our show isn't for Christians...Christians can come to it but it's not for them. It's for the LOST." Bethany and I have said that so many times! And sometimes it seems like people back away a bit when you talk about doing art and...the E word. Evangelism. But that's another story :-) Anyways, after praying and talking together for a while we all decided to head into the main sanctuary because worship had already started. We had all saved seats beforehand. Well, as we go to find our seats we say goodbye to our new friends from London...but when we arrive at our seats we looked up and who is directly next to us? Yup. Out of almost a thousand people, they were next to us. We all laughed! God is pretty funny huh?
We all felt it was a God connection. We'll keep you posted.
Our new friends from London :-)
Ok, so what's next for us? Well, tomorrow we fly to Europe! We will be there June 1-26. The main reason we are heading there is to marry our dear friends Daniel and Cathinka in Germany! He is German and she is Norwegian. We staffed DTS together and have loved each other like crazy ever since! It will be such an honor to be a part of their big day!
But since we were already going to be in Europe, Bethany and I felt to book our stay for a month to leave room for God to connect us with people for our show. We had already made some amazing contacts the last time we were there so we were just believing He would follow up on those...and more. Well, so far our plan is to go to Berlin to meet up with a guy named Joseph who spoke on my DTS in Kona and who is now living in Berlin with his family. He is connected with artists all over Europe and he wanted us to come and visit! Yeeew! Also, he invited us to join him in Alesund,Norway at a gathering of Christian artists. They are all getting together to strategize how to impact all of Europe with the gospel through art!! We couldn't say no to that!!
Anyways, we would love your prayers during this time! We don't know exactly what else we will be doing during this time but we are believing God for great things. He has been so ridiculously faithful to us!
"He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32
That's it for now. Love you all so much. Thank you for praying and standing with us! Let's all keep shining for Him wherever we are!
so much has happened since we've been up here in Redding. First of all
it has RAINED harder than it has in years up here apparently. The
Sacramento river is SO FLOODED and some streets up here are blocked off.
It rained so hard that there was a huge leak in the apartment we are
staying in so they landlord has to put all new carpet in! Which was a
pain but I was secretly happy cuz the older carpet was gross lol.... so
there was a blessing in the whole thing. =)
Anyhow here's what's been happening since we've been up here.
We finally were able to move into the little apartment next to our
friends Kelly and Rylee and we just finished furnishing it and getting
all those last needed odds and ends. We even got a little creative and
started refinishing old cheap furniture making it look shabby chic!
Kinda fun! (See picture below).
There was a lot of attack the first few weeks of being here, like so
bad. We were feeling so many strange weird feelings and picking up some
of the atmosphere here in Redding (not Bethel church - which is amazing
by the way- but more so in Redding) There are a lot of drugs up here and
certain areas are a bit sketchy. Anyway more than that we felt the
spiritual atmosphere here, just like a real lonely going nowhere feeling
like I'm sure a lot of people who are stuck in drugs feel etc. But
needless to say the devil does not want us here cuz it was hard... and
we are pursuing doing a show that will change peoples lives and see them
get saved so we can see why the attack... nothing new there! I think it
was extra hard cuz we are entering a new territory in the spirit and we
aren't familiar with these demons as much. But all the better to build
our endurance right?!
So anyhow when March started the ATTACK LIFTED!!! Praise God and then
all of a sudden all these amazing things started happening. We met a guy
in World Market who's son is a music producer for all the theaters in
town. We also met a woman at Macy's who knows an art director for Cirque
Du Soleil and she gave us his info and we contacted him in Germany and
he got back to us! We also know a guy (who is on this update list ;)
who's son is married to a woman who's whole family are BEST friends with
the FOUNDER of Cirque Du Soliel!! What!!! So cool.... Would be so cool
if maybe we got a chance to visit the Cirque headquarters in Montreal
and see how they do what they do and meet some people. =) We'll see.
We also are connected with a couple here who run this professional art
school here at Bethel who really believe that our idea is from God and
they said they'd be willing even in their busy schedule to work on
perfecting the story line with us and connecting us with the right
people. He is British and has done 20 years of theater and has worked
with people like Angelina Jolie etc. Him and his wife are amazing. We
had dinner with them last week and are starting to make plans to meet.
Also Luke and I went to this Bethel family event and I met a woman in
line at the bathroom who moved up to Bethel from LA. She used to be a
celebrity photographer and she is now helping run this huge art
conference here that starts in May. She said there are some key people
in Hollywood who are coming to speak at this conference- like the head
of MGM, and two guys who directed Survivor, Glee and the Voice etc. When
she heard our idea she said, "We have to get coffee!!I have to show you
this film I am working on, there are some incredible dancers in it
etc!" So we will be getting together with her soon.
ALSO, we are heading back to Europe this summer to connect with some
more artists and contacts we made last summer and to marry some close
YWAM friends of ours in Germany.(They graciously paid for us to come so
we thought why not meet up with some contacts while we are there!) We
skyped a guy we know in Germany who is the chairman of this gathering in
Norway of ALL THESE ARTISTS from all over Europe who happen to bet
gathering the week we will be visiting him. So we are going to fly to
Norway to meet all these people.
Anyhow the list goes on... pray for us! We are still on mission even
though we are back in California for a season. Nothing has changed in
our hearts for the gospel to go fourth. So don't forget about us haha
anyway, we love and appreciate all of you and are very grateful for
every supporter who has been there for us in years past and those who
are with us today! You all mean more to us than you know. Because of you
the Kingdom of God is advancing!!!
Ok we'll send another update when more things start to develop!
love you all!!!
Bethany Luke and Josiah
Ps. Josiah just took is first steps this week!!!!!!! Ahhhhhh my little
baby is growing up! He's the greatest thing that ever happened to us!
God is SOOOOO good!!!
Luke getting all creative!
We keep running into YWAMers everywhere! Makes us feel at home!!
My little precious started taking his firsts steps this week! My heart melts at every step! I love you Josiah Roque!
The trees up here have all been blooming as spring is beginning! So beautiful!
We painted this nasty old dresser and made it all Shabby
Chic! =) Never done that before. I think this year is going to be a lot
of firsts like this.
Luke and I finally got to go to a prophetic session where
these amazing people who have been practicing prophecy for a long time
speak some amazing things over you with out knowing anything about you!
It was super encouraging!
It's been fun hearing Bill get all fired up about how much
God is moving on the earth!! They really feel like God is targeting
Europe which is so exciting!!