Week 2: He is Transforming

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 NKJV
As we were taught today at church, the Holy Spirit brings radical transformation in our lives with complete surrender of control to God.  This radical transformation is such an awesome testimony of who God is!  Awesome!
Since we last left you we have traveled over 1000miles…and are still in Portland!  We had the awesome privilege of traveling out to Boise, Idaho to connect with our past c0-volunteer/co-manager Erica and family.  The time we had was priceless and completely worth the journey.  It was an amazing time of sharing encouragement and testifying to God’s faithfulness and goodness.  The icing on this cake was the breathtaking route through the Cascades along the Columbia River; the promised land (best 9 hours in a car yet!)!
During this 3 day adventure, we had another meeting(via skype) with potential investors in Kraków.  Although I am not a fan of Skype conference calls, I believe it went well.  We will find out this week if our potential investors become partners in business and ministry!  Prayers are appreciated!
Speaking of investors, thank you to everyone who has “invested” in our families journey!  Your prayer, time, homes, love, and financial support has been such a blessing to our family!  We give God the glory for surrounding our family with friends like you!  Our journey is enriched with your participation.
Allow me to be honest with you, one of my biggest fears was finances.  In December we transitioned from volunteers with the Church of the Nazarene to being independent missionaries with Centerpoint Church out of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.    God continues to calm this fear through provision and encouraging words.  We have  supporters who are providing our kids school next year, we have housing for all but 2 weeks of our entire stay stateside, transportation across the US is completely covered(except gas, but Honduras inlcuded), we have 28% of our monthly budget ($1,000/$3,500), and our landlord found renters for our flat (contract ended 2 months early!).  Our God is a BIG God! He thrives in our weakness and shows His strength.
If you would like to partner with us financially we have good news!  We now have online giving options:
  1. Go to
  2. Select First Time to create an account (recurring options) or quick give (one time)
  3. Change “my donation” to “MISSIONS”
  4. In the “Other Comments” you can say “Graves Family” or “Poland Missions” or “Mission to Poland”
  5. Give as the Lord leads.

– OR –

Make checks (or cash) payable to: “Centerpoint Church”
In the notes say it is for: “mission to Poland”
Send to:
Centerpoint Church (Attn: Erica Shamburg)
2750 Cornerstone Dr
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

It amazes me how God empowers His people.  We have been connecting with people as we begin our journey stateside, sharing prayer requests.  It is so calming to know that our needs are being lifted in prayer by those we fellowship with(both ours and theirs!).
Please pray for our family…
  • As we move forward with Sweet Life (Bakery/Coffee Shop)
  • Travels to Honduras and our future ventures with coffee farming communities
  • As we travel across the U.S. this summer
  • Our finances
  • Our future home in Kraków: we are looking for a place near the kids school that we can minister to the families at our kids schools and others through hospitality (short and long term visitors)
  • Our connections with Coffee Shop ministries, friends, family, and others that we meet during our stateside trip

If we can be praying for you, please let us know.  We would love to pray for you more specifically!

May God bless you and yours.


Brad and Michelle