Moving to Maui!

moving to mauiMy family and I have enjoyed four incredible precious years here in the world-class city of Chicago. Most of you know that I was a Missionary/Church Planter in the Kingdom of Tonga for 6 years. During the last couple years though the Lord has been reviving us, and stirring up a love and passion in our hearts for the Polynesian people of the South Pacific once again. Although we were extremely happy in Chicago, and at Evangel World Outreach Center, and were not at all seeking change – the Lord has opened up for us a great and effectual door and is giving us the desires of our hearts. We will be ministering in the state of Hawaii, and I will be helping to lead an Internship program there where I will be raising-up young people to be pastors, worship leaders, children’s workers, and youth pastors with the objective of sending them out to the nations of the Pacific Rim and the South Pacific in starting brand new Churches.

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that the Lord would bring the vision that I have carried in my heart for over 20 years now into reality. My wife had to bring something back to my remembrance. It was in 1990, when I lived in Maui, Hawaii that I actually received the call to be a Pastor. I then became an Intern at Calvary Fellowship in Seattle, and 3 years later was launched into the South Pacific to plant a Church. And now it seems like the Holy Spirit is bringing me back full-circle to the place where I was called. Now I will be the one who disciples young Interns that have a call to reach the nations. The King’s Cathedral congregation is predominately made up of Pacific Islanders, and Lokasi will be able to see family, and Addison will have a greater appreciation of his culture as well. People have been saying to us… “This is just… YOU!”

We will miss each and every one of you, especially Pastors Ray & Adrienne. Pastor Ray is one of the most amazing men of God I have ever met. He has poured into me, developed me, and has modeled for me what a Pastor ought to be. I will forever be grateful for being a part of Evangel’s Church family. I will also truly miss my young people – United Youth. We have laughed together, worshipped together, and even cried together. You are always in my heart and in my prayers. My Youth Leaders are the most incredible Team of youth workers this world has yet to see. There was never ego with us, but only humility and the common vision to see young people reached for Christ.

Lokasi and I will do our best to update you on Twitter and Facebook.

With Love for You All,

Pastor Robb Gorringe

What You Build is Where You’ll Live

“What’s the big deal? God understands. I’m not superman or something? Nobody’s perfect.” Have you ever made excuses, but found that in the end it didn’t help you?

What You Build is Where You’ll Live
Daily Bible reading: Exodus 16-27, Ps. 17-23, Pro. 1-8


And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. Exo 25:8-9 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. Exo 25:22

There’s a story of an old carpenter who was ready to retire, and his boss said, “I want you to build me just one more house before you retire.” The carpenter wasn’t all that enthusiastic about it, so he cut corners and didn’t do the best job that he could. He just wanted to get it over and done with. As he told his boss that he was finished – the boss did something unheard of. He reached in to his pocket and gave his faithful employee the keys to the brand new home and said, “you’ve been so faithful all these years I wanted to give you something very special.” Who knew that when he was building this house that he would end up living in it? I’m sure if he had known that it was going to be his he would have, no doubt, done a much better job.

In our Scriptures this morning God told Moses, in effect, “Moses, build me a house, and what you build I will meet with you there.” I hardly doubt Moses did a shoddy job. Why? Because the Lord was going to meet him there. I’m coming to realize that day-by-day I am building a Devotional-Life, a Prayer-Life. If I don’t build it well still the Lord is going to meet me there. Perhaps though, if am not diligent about it, could it be that the welcome won’t be as special as it could be? If I was inviting the King of Tonga over to my house how bad would it be if I didn’t clean my house and make it as special as possible? But if I took special means to make the best preparations, when he arrived I would be very excited, and not ashamed.

“O Lord, I want to build You a spiritual sanctuary so that each day I may welcome You there. If my prayer-life hasn’t been all that special perhaps I have been neglecting my spiritual house where You meet with me. Help me to understand today that what I build is where You’ll meet with me. I don’t want to be ashamed. I want to be excited about my relationship with You. I look to You today, In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”