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(Gmail - FW: Importer News abou Jordan & Koren Rook Karen Root FW: Important News about Jordan & Karen Root Karen Root Wed, Apr 1, 2016 at 12:04 AM To: From: Steve Hardin, The Village Church [mailto:] On. Behalf Of Steve Hardin, The Village Church Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 4:33 PM To: Karen ‘Subject: Important News about Jordan & Karen Root ‘A message on Jordan & Karen Root from The Village collaboration with SIM ew this email in your browser THE VILLAGE CHURCH Important News about Jordan & Karen Root Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters of The Roots, We, The Village Church (Jordan & Karen's sending church), are incredibly grateful for your faithful prayers, support. and most ofall your love for Jordan & Karen, Unfortunately, in the midst of a joyous ‘Advent Season, we have some difficult news to share with you, and would covet your continued prayer and support of the Roots. First, we want you to know thatthe Lord has used Jordan and Karen to begin a good work among the ‘Cheuasai people these last few months. This was particularly evident in their efforts to get the business ‘ofthe ground that will open doors for the gospel to this unreached people. This is no small work, and certainly worthy of the all ime, support, and prayer that wentinto Jordan & Karen's time overseas. Unfortunately, in the midst ofthe pressures, diffculty, and spiritual warfare of being on the mission fel ithas become evident that there are some sin issues that Jordan is dealing with that require him to relum home. While we are grateful for Jordan’s sin being brought to light and what seem to be good steps toward confession and repentance, we, The Village Church, along with their sending organization, SIM, fee! that it's best for Jordan and Karen to return home to more thoroughly assess the situation and determine the best course of action peal google comma 2u=28ik=betsebOataan=plseearerinoaxsimsge 14c7SsdareaAtibcossiml= McTSsAsTenAtecO 2 arvaons ‘Gmail FW: Important Nowe shout Jordan & Karen Rank (Over the next few weeks, counselors, The Village, and SIM will walk closely with Jordan and also with Karen. Our goal will be to understand the depths of any issues, take steps toward healing, and, eventually, to discem the future of each person's ministry. During this te, we ask that you refrain from speculation as to the details of whatis going on, while tis not secretive, itis sensitive, Instead. lit them Up in prayer each time they come to mind. We tust the Lord will do @ good work here. As the Roots are members of The Village Church and missionaries who have sacrificed much for the sake of furthering the gospel among the nations, we want to reiterate our support and care for Jordan land Karen. We love each of them dearly. And ata tangible level, during this period of assessment, The Village Church will continue our financial and prayerful supportof the Roots. As you feel led by the Lord, we would encourage you to do the same. We promise to keep you updated during this ‘assessment process, and will send you another update before the end of January. Lastly. ifyou see Jordan or Karen at church, say hello and love on them, Please understand that there a ‘number of questions that they don't have answers to just yet. We encourage you to send any questions to The Village Church through the Sending Program minister, Richard Brindley, at of 972-537-1337. Richard has been walking closely with the Roots and is happy to help with your questions. Again, we thank you deeply for your faithful love and support of the Roots. In ourLord, Steve Hardin, Campus Pastor and The Village Dallas Elders The Village Church, Dellas Campus in collaboration with SIM (Serving In Mission) his email sentto \aby od | get this? unsubscribe from this ist update subscription preferences The Village Church : 3677 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX, United States - Dallas, TX 75229- USA tps :tmaigoonle comm ally 28k bela eBviow=ptSsearch=inboxBimsc 1c:735d97ead itll = 4c736ASTeaAtocd 2 ava0ts CGmail- FV: aauic ellomp tones about re Roots Greaail oe FW: a quick followup to news about the Roots Karen Root Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 12:04 AM To: From: Richard Brindley, The Village Church [mailto:rbyindley=] On Behalf Of Richard Brindley, The Village Church Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2014 3:04 PM To: Karen Subject: a quick followup to news about the Roots: ‘A message on Jordan & Karen Root from The Village Church in View this emeil in your browser collaboration with SIM a quick followup to news about Jordan Root Home Group members and friends, This is just a quick followup to a select few of you who know and may see Jordan at church, home group, or other settings. (Karen will be back in 2 weeks). There are times when, after heating this kind of news about a person, it can feel awkward the next time you see the person. You may not feel this, but if you do, | want to encourage you here. Even as many of you want to reach out to love on Jordan and Karen, it would be entirely normal to have questions running through your mind like, + ‘Do I say hi, or avoid eye contact?” + ‘if do say hi, what do | say?” + "Do ask about the elephant in the room, or not?” Let me encourage you to say hello. And in case you find yourself without words, here’s a couple suggestions. + Saying hello. Please say hello. It's ok to say, ‘It's good to see you", even when it would have been better to still be in East Asia. tp:imal google comimavOrAs=28k= Mesaosedviewraptasearchsinbewkinsg=14e7SsdaetdcetOkmI=4cTSSdas4Aeat30 13 arveons We're grateful to those of you who will be that community around Jordan & Karen, closely loving and caring for them, as welll as to those of you who will simply offer friendship and pray from afar. And as always, please feel free to email or call me (972) 537-1337 with any questions. ‘Gmall-FW:aqick low tone state Roots The elephant in the room. It can help to acknowledge this without focusing on it. You can say something like, “/’m sorry for this difficult time. Know that we love you and are praying for you both.” to both demonstrate your love for them and allow your conversation to either move on or sit and talk about it Asking Questions. With many things still up in air, it might be hard to. answer specific questions. Instead of asking, ‘When are you going back overseas?” consider asking a more general, “What does life look like for you right now?” What now? After you get done with introductions, consider extending an invitation to sit with you at church, or join you for dinner/coffee or another community gathering. And always feel free to offer updates about your own lite. Dinner, Home Group, and other Settings. In other settings these same things would apply. With more time, It will be ok to ask about their time abroad, “Tell me what East Asia is like.” And, if you're in more of a 1-on-1 type setting, it can be helpful to come ready to either do most of the the talking or most of the listening. In any difficult situation, it's good and essential to have the body of Christ surrounding you. And while awkwardness or social fear can lead to divisiveness or isolation, we want to encourage a boldness in your love. Blessings, Richard Brindley This email was sent to Why did! get this? unsubscribe from this ist update subscristion preferences ip smal. ih 28ik bel 4oOd4&view=ptSsearch= inbox sg" 4c SdaetAcstOml= 14c7SStaetoA0 api01s (Gmai- Importar Update on Jordan Rect Gma il Karen Root Important Update on Jordan Root 1 message Karen Root Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 11:40 PM To: From: Steve Hardin, The Village Church [mailto:rbrindiey=thevillagechurch,] On Behalf Of Steve Hardin, The Village Church Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 5:50 PM To: Karen ‘Subject: Important Update on Jordan Root 'A message on Jordan & Karen Root from The Village Church, this email in your browser THE VILLAGE CHURCH Important Update on Jordan Root Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters of Jordan & Karen Root, ‘We are grateful for your faithful prayer and support of Jordan and Karen during this iffcult time. ‘Since our previous update sent on December 26th, The Village Church and SIM have taken this last ‘month to more thoroughly assess the sin issues that came to light in December. This has allowed SIM {ime to complete an internal inquiry and then jointly determine the best courses of action. We appreciate your patience and now want to share its resolution with these of you whe have prayertully and financially sacrificed to support thelr ministry. First, we'd like to briefly mention why The Village Church would write to all ofthe Roots’ supporters. We believe that the Bible calls the church to send out missionaries (Acts 13:1-3,3 John 5-8). We also view missionaries as cross-cultural ministry leaders. In publically commissioning missionaries for ministty, the elders of The Village Church are commending them and their ministy to other believers, and in essence saying, “We testify to their integrity and affirm their ministries as God-honoring, worthy of kingdom resources, and therefore urge you to consider supporting them financially and through prayer. Butjust ‘as we publicly affirm a ministy leader, we are also called to publically remove a leader when sin has persisted (1 Tim 5:20). ps inal gsole comm aiiuO”As=28k=HksAbodABviow=ptssesr 4748053008004kemle14c74en50000024 18 seavaots ‘Gmail - Important Updo on Jordan Rot We are grieved to have to do that today. ‘As you already know, Jordan's sin resulted in the Roots being recalled from the mission fleld, and this. astweek, his termination from SIM. As in any case of sin in the life ofthe believer, the church must respond in two ways: 4. With the blood-bought grace of Jesus for the sinner, and 2. With the necessary consequences of sin (ur hope in communicating these two responses publicly are that Jordan’s repentance will ead to healing and full restoration within the fellowship of the body. Grace for the Sinner ‘The calling of the missionary isto take to the nations the gracious message of reconciliation (2 Cor §:18) found in the blood bought salvation of Jesus Christ (Heb 9:14-15). They go in order to tell the nations: that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1). That message thatis true for the nations is also true for believers at home. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, and therefore. no condemnation for Jordan. In his confession, he is washed clean of all unrighteousness, metwith forgiveness, and granted fellowship with the body (1 John 1:7-8). We are now called to reafiem ur lave for him, ‘Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it t00 severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is ‘enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So | beg you to reaffirm your love for him. ~ 2 Corinthians 2:5-8 Grace not only forgives, but also calls sinners to sanctification and to pursue holiness (1 Pet 1:13-16) In the extension of grace and forgiveness, Jordan is called to be holy. In familiar Village words, its ok to not be ok. But, i's not ok to stay that way. ‘Consequences for Sin Grace and love sometimes take the form of discipline and consequence. Hebrews 12:5-11 reminds us that God's intent for discipline, as a good and loving Father, is the restoration and holiness of His children. The road of discipline is diffcult, but, when walked faithfully, there Is a good end tot. In light of this, the following are the tangible implications to Jordan's sin. + Removal from Ministry — Both SIM and The Village Church find Jordan disqualified from ‘ministry leadership indefinitely. This includes all formal ministry roles for a season at The Village {a8 well as SIM's decision to terminate Jordan from employment. + Removal of Financial Support ~ As a result of Jordan's termination, SIM has automatically shifted all financial support to Karen. As all supporters originally signed up to support both Jordan & Karen as a couple, each of us will have to decide how proceed with our giving. The Village Church will make our decision on whether ornot to reestablish suppart pending an ‘ongoing conversation we're attempting to have with Karen, + Reconciliation in Relationships — As soon as he is able, Jordan desires the chance to seek your forgiveness for notliving up to the trust each of you placed in him. Ifyou 90 desire, we encourage you to prayerfully and graciously reach out directly to him. + Church Discipline and Ongoing Care — While Jordan's sin is egregious (as all sin is), he has confessed, repented, and willingly submitted to the direction of his pastors. This means Jordan is rot in formal church discipline (Mt 18:15). Instead, moving forward, Jordan will remain in a ‘season of intentional pastoral care, where his role will be to remain faithful to actions in keeping is ss og comfmallPAi=2kheabidA ven =plsear cia Sth= 14 7S4G05990024Sr= 1457348053000004 20 912015 ‘Gmall- Important Upton Jordan Raat with repentance (Acts 26:20), pursuing holiness and purity, and continuing to lee from sin, ‘The church is a place where forgiveness is found in the cross of Christ and readily given to one another. We have already been so grateful to many of you who have personally ministered to the Roots and encourage you to continue in prayer and ministry to them. While we are deeply saddened by all thathas transpired in this situation, we move forward remaining hopeful that as Jordan continues to walk in repentance, the power of the gospel will bring full healing and restoration. Ifyou have any question, we encourage you to contact Richard Brindley at or 972-537-1337. Again, thank you for prayer and love for Jordan & Karen Root In Christ, Steve Hardin, Campus Pastor ‘The Village Church Dallas Elders The Village Church Dallas Campus, with permission from Jordan Root This email was sent to Why cid! get this? unsubscribe from this ist update subscription preferences The Village Chureh - 3677 Walnut Hil Lane, Dallas, TX, United States - Dallas, TX 75229- USA nips mal google comm aliuOAs= 28k Hato &viow=plstarchinhox B= 14c7SHe05390 9124s

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