well, it is now official.
at 4.46 am (pacific time) this morning, the nation’s population officially hit 300 million. it hit 200 million in 1967 and growth continues to be in the future of this country. from the seattle time article, i learned that about 2.8 million people are added to the US population each year; 40% coming from immigration and the rest coming from births outnumbering deaths.
quest is doing our part to add to the 300 million. being one of the youngest (if not the youngest) churches in the larger seattle area (average age hovers around 25-27), we have yet to experience an ‘immediate death’ in our community. while we have couple recent immigrants to the country, we are beginning to see the beginning of a baby explosion at quest. in the past six months, if i have my numbers correct, we have had 13 babies born into the church, and another 5 couple expecting babies in the coming months. one of my greatest privileges as a pastor is having the opportunity to help welcome and bless their new child in the first hours of their lives. what a privilege!
while i love and wholehearted embrace the singles community (i apologize ahead of time for this non-politically correct word) at quest (at least 70% are ‘single’ at quest), my daily hope and prayer is that all (with the exception of those who are pursuing celibacy as a calling/lifestyle) would have honorable courtships, deep engagements, passionate and God honoring marriages, and many many children.