Training the Whole Man

Who knew Grace and Internet Technology went hand in hand?

Today I had a great opportunity to disciple some young men using my book on grace, Death of the Modern SuperHero.

Some friends started a ministry called Together Tech. They pair Biblical training and IT skills with the focused outcome being sustainable employment. It is a grassroots mentorship movement for young men under 30 in Cape Town, South Africa. Bridging the digital divide to tackle big issues like extreme poverty and believing in the model of Jesus to go far with a few people at a time.

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While not teaching the gentleman internet technology skills, I have an impact in their lives when they read my book to complete some of the spiritual discipleship they engage in.

I was able to meet with them for a few hours today to build relationship as well as discuss the book. I was so impressed with all the questions they had from the content. Even more it was fantastic to see them being inquisitive about how to apply the truths to their lives.

We plan to connect several more times over their internship. To read more about this great program, Together Tech – CLICK HERE. Or to see a video promo for the ministry CLICK HERE.

We are so excited to be training the whole man, not merely their spiritual lives.

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It was so great to see an “out-of-the-box” way the book has been able to impact lives. On our last trip to the USA, I received a number of encouragements as to how the book is being used. These ranged from counseling centers dealing with perfectionism to many reports of individuals being challenged and encouraged.

When you write something and put it out there, you often wonder about its impact. At times you question if anyone is actually reading it! So to hear these reports are very encouraging.

If you are interested in a copy of the book or want to read more about it head over to NoSuperHeroes.com. There is even a video overview! Thanks! Together with Project Grace you are helping to train the whole man in South Africa!

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Back to Africa

Hello friends

We have returned  to South Africa from a wonderful summer spend in the United States.   grandpasmith

Some Highlights:

Seeing family! We had a wonderful time reconnecting with Grandparents, Cousins, and Aunts and Uncles. The kids loved all the swimming and soccer time.

Missions Homecoming at the Worship Center. We were able to reconnect with one of our home churches as well as the other 45 missionaries from around the world.

Special events and good food. There was far too many to count.

Traveling to 10 states including a free trip to Disney World and visiting Lindsey’s grandfather for the first time since we’ve been married.

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Coming up:

Both Lindsey and I teach shortly after returning in the Discipleship Training School in Muizenberg. All the schools are underway and we are training 125 student this term. Chris will teach on Grace and Lindsey on Relationships. Chris will also be teaching Romans in the School of Biblical Studies

The kids will finish up their school year in Grades 3 (Garett) and 2 (Thabo)epcot

We will be MOVING into our new house after a few minor renovations are complete.

Chris looks forward to travel to other African School of Biblical Studies as part of his role in the Africa hub.

To all we saw and gave generously to us, THANK YOU for making this the best summer! 

Stay tuned for great news coming out of South Africa

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Mission Accomplished

 It is hard to believe we are in our 8th year in South Africa. Time sure does fly.

Shortly after we arrived, we embarked on jobs and projects we felt God lead us to. Chris took on the School of Biblical Studies and Lindsey stepped into the role of Training Director, seeking to bring cohesion to all the different programs.

At the time the campus was small, with 30 full-time staff, training approximately 70 students per year. DSC09849

Through the years, we’ve seen explosive growth; outgrowing our classrooms and needing additional housing. From 30 staff we now have 150 full-time staff, from 70 students we now have 260 students coming through our doors to be trained each year. God has been good and gracious!!

Recently, we were able to hand off many of our responsibilities to some faithful men and women we have had the privilege of seeing rise up. Every leader’s greatest hope is that what you build will outlive you. It is wonderful to see this transition take place!

With all this growth, we had become swamped with more responsibilities than we could handle.This transition gives us the freedom to continue to develop leaders, teaching and preaching, as well as helping to lead the ministry of YWAM. We are excited to be even more focused on what we are good at. Exciting times!

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Prayer Requests
With growth, we find our campus desperately in need of additional facilities. We need more housing for students, additional classrooms and dining space, as well as a large corporate meeting area. Please Pray!!

Answer to a Long Standing Prayer Request
For those of you who have journeyed with us for a long time, you know it has been our desire newhouseto plant roots in South Africa through the purchase of a home. We’ve had a number of false alarms and disappointments over the years. God recently dropped a house in our laps! In a matter of 3 days, we found a house and bought it. Even better, it is only two doors down from our current rental. The boys will not need to adjust to a new neighborhood or make new friends. Thank you to those who stood with us in prayer all these years!

HEADLINES

After Mandela As you are aware, South Africa lost its “Tata” (father). The nation continues to mourn but also looks forward, recently holding elections. Pray that this nation would walk in the spirit of Mandela. Violence is still an issue. Just this week, 8 people were killed, blocks from our home, in gang and drug related violence.!

Thailand Lindsey taught on Relationships in Thailand to students from all over Asia, even some from unreached people groups. A highlight was a discussion on “dating” as a Christian. Many students shared that in their culture they “date” by kidnapping the girls from their homes (also known as bridal kidnapping). This was an enlightening experience where the students asked the question, “What would a follower of Jesus do?” !

Reproduction of Leaders One of our desires is to multiply leaders throughout the African continent. We recently sent out someone to Burkino Faso to work with Bible schools in West and Central Africa and another to pioneer a Bible School in Rwanda

Permanent Residents We have been granted Permanent Residency status in South Africa (like a Green Card). This means no more Visas, we stay or leave on our own terms. We do not need to renounce our US citizenship. This gives us an extra layer of security and longevity.

IMG_20140405_083012470_HDRBoy-land The boys are 8 & 9 years old and in Grades 2 and 3. They both attend a local South African school. They have great friends, are doing well at school and learning the language of Afrikaans. Like boys, the highlight of the week is sports. They play soccer, rugby and cricket. Thabo also sings in the school choir!! Both of them are very excited about this upcoming trip to the USA where they plan to eat as many hamburgers as possible and drink as much root beer as we allow:)

OnlineWe are both blogging! You can find Chris’s writings on Grace, Leadership and the Bible at: www.nosuperheroes.com

Lindsey writes about love in the areas of friendship, dating, marriage, parenting and sex at: www.thisisloveactually.com

Contact Information

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Heading Stateside!

Hello and greetings from COLD South Africa. Yes, Africa does get cold. With no central heating we have been bundling up and wearing multiple layers.

In just a short while we will be heading to America for a few months.   linds and i

Some of our highlights will be:
– Family vacations.
– The Worship Center’s mission conference in Lancaster.
– Meeting extended family for the first time.
– Warm summer weather activities.

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We would love to reconnect during our time. Please let us know if you are interested.

We will spend the month of July in Washington State and the month of August in Pennsylvania.

A newsletter will be coming your way soon to update you on all our ministry and personal news, including the purchase of a home here in South Africa!

See you soon!

 

What Will You Do Now?

Greetings from summer in South Africa!

You read that right! December and January in South Africa are the height of summer. The kids finish the school year and have a six-week summer holiday. Both the boys did excellent in school and will begin grades 3 and 2 in mid January.

The theme of our recent lives has been leadership.

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You are all aware that South Africa and the world lost one of its greatest leaders with the passing of Nelson Mandela. It was amazing to be here as the country embarked on a journey of mourning, celebration, and remembrance for what Madiba fought for and accomplished. I have never seen such a world-wide outpouring for any one individual.

The world is asking South Africa, “What will you do now?”

Our hope and prayer is that this nation embraces the values of Mandela even more in the coming years.

On a much lesser scale, both Lindsey and Chris have embarked on some leadership changes recently.

Due to the continued growth of the ministry, we have begun to restructure our leadership team. This change has allowed Lindsey to pass off many of the things she was overseeing. This is a good change. What started as a position able to be filled in a part-time role, grew to the job of 3-4 individuals. This change will be complete by March 1st.

photo 4Chris has also been able to pass off his responsibilities in the Biblical Studies team. In late November, we had a handover to the new leader, Nick from Zimbabwe. It was a wonderful time of celebration, remembering the past, and anticipating even greater growth in the future.

As news of these changes breaks, the very first thing on people’s lips is, “What will you do now?”

The answer is simple. The same things we were doing, only more of it! Instead sitting in endless meetings and logistical gatherings, we will embark on even more teaching, leadership development, coaching, counseling, and mentoring.

These changes will actually serve to make us more effective in using our gifts and abilities to serve in South Africa. One thing both of us are excited about is the ability to engage even more with local churches and ministries, rather than solely Youth With a Mission. We see this as an expansion of our ministry and effectiveness.

One final update is that of our pursuit of a house.

As many know this has been a long journey, filled with ups and downs. What will we do now regarding a house?

We feel that in the course of the next two years the time is right for us to buy. We’ve grown and learned things through the trials and past attempts. We were protected from a bad decision or two. But we feel now is the time. Twenty plus years of paying rent on a missionaries income has become wearisome :) We have some set aside (including all past gifts) for a down payment. We are trusting for either the full amount, or a way to gain a small loan from an individual or institution in the US (since we cannot finance in South Africa) to make up the difference. (approx. $50,000)

Please pray with us in these next few months and years to see this happen. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support during the past year. Great things have happened in South Africa!

Merry Christmas!

The Lautsbaugh’s – Chris, Lindsey, Garett, and Thabo

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Spring is in the Air

As many of you are ending your summer, we are ending our winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  Winter for us is a time of re-grouping and preparing for the coming 12 months.  Some highlights of what we have been doing and what is ahead:

– We have been doing a massive renovation to the inside of our main campus building.  Old carpet is out, wood floors are in, all the walls are repainted, leaks are fixed, the kitchen is re-done… you get the idea!

– Our paperwork and buildings are almost ready for inspection with the government so we can become a registered University.

– We have our annual Staff Gathering at the end of September.  Around 200 staff come together to re-connect, get refreshed and hear from God together.

– At the end of this month we will be receiving over 100 new students on to our campus to grow in God together.

– Chris is teaching in the USA, Togo (West Africa), and South Africa this coming term.

– Our boys enter their last term of 1st and 2nd grade… they have had a successful school year thus far!

– We just moved in to a new rental and are feeling settled and grateful for a new place to call home.

– We celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in just a few days.

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Thank you for your continued support of Project Grace, we feel so grateful.  God is on the move in South Africa and beyond and we hope you realize how much of a difference you are making.

A New Look

Yes, it is true.

WE ARE STILL HERE!

It has been some time since we posted an update on Lautsbaugh.com. This is largely due to the fact we have been meaning to do an Extreme makeover on the site.

 

Well, it’s in progress. Stay tuned for a new look and more new content!

Thanks for your patience!

From the Land of Reformation

Greetings from Geneva Switzerland! 

Geneva is historically a place where transformation has taken place. The Swiss have applied Biblical values to see culture and the world change.

Today, Switzerland has left some of their hertiage and turned to their own efforts.

In the land of Swiss watches, international banking standards, and the seat of the United Nations, I had the privilege of partnering with Nations 2 Nations to proclaim the grace of God. 

Nations 2 Nations is an international movement committed to championing Identity, Dignity, and Destiny of all people from all nations. The vision is based on Revelation 7:9 where all nations are represented around the the throne of God in heaven.

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes…”


Together with Benny Prasad, a world record holder, I was able to minister in several venues in Geneva, Nyon, and Lausanne, Switzerland. We shared in churches, universities, missions gatherings, and even the United Nations!

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In the most humanist of organizations, the gospel is having an impact. I met several high level workers in the United Nations. It is amazing to hear their stories of how the gospel is penetrating a very God-less organization. I had lunch with the man who oversaw 1.5 million refugees in Rwanda following the genocide. I was so touched by his heart to serve people in the worst of situations, using the platform the United Nations has given him. He has used my book, Death of the Modern Superhero, to teach Bible studies!

I met another African man who’s Christian convictions led him expose corruption at the highest levels of a UN agency.

My perspective on ministry grew in this trip. Government is often considered the darkest of areas. If gospel is having a major impact within the United Nations, it can anywhere!

What a gift and privledge to call the nation which historically spread the message of Grace thorughout the modern world, back to their foundations of Reformation. 

Falling Forward

We leave in 4 weeks for a trip to the USA!  We are very excited but it is always a sprint to the finish line when we go on trips like this.  It can feel like we are falling down a hill! In order to prepare to leave a lot has to happen and we also happen to be in a very busy ministry season.

Here are a few highlights of what is happening!

- We just welcomed 65 new students onto our campus for our three different programs!

- We are hosting a 3-week leadership event called Slingshot starting this weekend.  So we will have another 30 young leaders with us… the campus is buzzing with all these great people!

- Both of us have been teaching a lot in various Bible Schools and Churches.

- Both of our boys are doing so well and have really settled and thrived in the Primary school they attend.  Garett is finishing up 1st Grade and Thabo is finishing up Kindergarten right before we leave.

- Lastly, one of our ministries just celebrated their 10th anniversary.  They started with one small church in a home and now have 6 thriving churches throughout South Africa.  Below is a picture from the Celebration Sunday.

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A Hurricane of Grace

(We apologize for the Email sent with an old update – here is our New and Most Up to Date News)

This week was “@Home Week” for us.  This is the annual staff gathering, spending three full days with God and with one another.  There is only one way to describe what God is doing here in Cape Town, it is a hurricane of Grace.  Why?  Because we are seeing incredible growth and fruit which is beyond what we are capable of in the natural.  Our staff alone have grown to over 200 people.  It was amazing to hear of what God is doing through the ministries.

Multitudes of Muslims coming to know and follow Jesus.  The unemployed are getting jobs for the first time.  Neighbors are forgiving neighbors… after hearing the Bible taught, one woman forgave a neighbor who poisoned to death her young son.  Young people from Africa and around the world are being used by God to teach and minister in the nations.  One of our students was on death row in his country, before he came. But God is now using him to preach and teach the Bible.

This makes us so grateful to all who pray and give to us.  These stories are your stories.  Thank you for being part of this hurricane of Grace

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Online Giving

One of our partner churches has offered its missionaries use of their online giving service. Here is the info you need if you are interested. 

Individuals can sign up for a secure account with The Worship Center where you can set up recurring or one-time gifts, give from a bank account or use a debit/credit card.

This secure giving account is at the Worship Center website: http://www.worshipcenter.org/giving/. Once you have filled out the registration form, an e-mail will be sent to you with login instructions.

We are very grateful for the church offering this service to us as missionaries.  Many of you have asked us for this to make it easier, we hope this helps!