Northview Peeps Unite!

I love using the word peeps.  It's so old school :) So, as you all know, God took me to the West Lafayette campus of Northview Church.  Robbie Stewart has been the Campus Pastor there for the last four years.  God has taken him towards his passion of working with homeless youth in although we are happy to see Robbie in God's will......we are without a campus pastor.  Oh yeah, and a side note....there is a girl in Boston too :)  Robbie would kill me if he knew I posted that! Lucky for me, I don't think he is much of a blog reader.

Just found this picture in the staff directory.  Doesn't he look Rico suave.  Oh Robbie, we sure will miss you.  On to the reason for the post........For the church, I am asking that you unite with us in prayer.  This campus is thriving.  Lafayette, as a whole, has very traditional churches.  Northview has a special niche in this area as one of the ONLY come as you are, contemporary church environments.  The area is also prime for a new, fresh, fun environment for the teens to come and show that loving Jesus really is cool!  Because we are blessed to be an extension of Northview Church, we have all the resources and knowledge on how to do this and bring this type of worship to Lafayette.  Both Steve and I felt strongly when we moved to the West Lafayette campus, that God has big growth in store.  So unite with us and pray for the RIGHT pastor to come in contact with Mark Crull and Steve Poe at the Northview Carmel campus.  Pray that the nudging that this person might feel gets stronger and stronger.

Secondly, the reason this post is on this blog, is in regards to how this transition effects this ministry.  As I mentioned before, It was an initial meeting between my husband, myself, and Robbie that got this whole thing started.  Our desire was for this to be a ministry of Northview Church, not just some idea Steve and I followed on our own.  We have no desire for income from this, we want to support Northview and the ministries we partner with.  That being said, we must have the support of the West Lafayette lead staff and pastor as we move forward.  That's a big deal with Robbie moving out of the picture as he was our third leg :)  I know God knew all about this as he was writing this plan, yet it is a little scary.  So pray that the new pastor shares our vision for uniting this ministry with the West Lafayette campus.

As a personal note, I felt at home for the first time yesterday during our church service!  That is a big deal.  I was so attached with the Carmel family, it has been a very hard transition to put it lightly.  But of course, there was something that I wasn't doing yet either and that was opening my heart and allowing these people and this new church to be my new family.  I did that about a month ago and yesterday, I felt at peace, at home.  I am so blessed to be able to still serve with so many that I love still at the Carmel Campus.  The best of both worlds really.  Imagine that, God actually knew what HE was doing! (Big Smile)


Oh boy. That is a word that I have come to greatly dislike. Transition. If you are a member of Northview Church you just watched a sermon on "The Land Between". If not, I would highly suggest you go to their web page and download the feed It spoke about life amidst the difficult transitions......death, divorce, moves, loss of a job, loss of relationship......the land between slavery and Egypt....The Promised land. What do we do with this time? What do we do with these hardships?

When you look at the Israelites and hear them grumbling and complaining about their trip OUT of slavery INTO God's perfect land for them...what do you think? Idiots? Well...I have been one of those idiots for a few months, stewing on what WAS provided for me amidst my slavery and just how different life had become now.

Let me say up front, that my husband is WONDERFUL........My Knight has finally arrived.  However, the transition out of my "home church" and my supporting friend and family structure has thrown me for a loop to say the least.


When God called me to be a part of The Roswarski's life in Lafayette, I heard him loud and clear. I followed in obedience and I haven't looked back. I don't regret my decision...ever. But what I wasn't prepared for was the aching I would feel in my heart with the loss of the everyday interaction with my Life Group.  The group pictured above is the definition of a Life Group. This is the epitome of what Northview strives for when we promote "Life Groups". Groups of people who gather around each other and live life together. We have experienced divorce, the loss of a job, loss of a grandparent, the loss of a newly born child, addiction, and marriage struggle...all TOGETHER. When I say that I love these people, that word is an understatement. The men in this picture have been very special in my life as well....they rallied around me like big brothers. The loss of the group and change in my church surroundings has been very real to me and sadly I was focused there for a couple months....but out of my self pity arises a God honoring perspective.

Few people have the privilege of experiencing the relationships that I have, and now I have the opportunity to model this type of life giving relationship and "life group" to those around me here at my new church campus in West Lafayette. I still have the gift of relationship with these people, it is just different. I have also been forced to look at my ability to handle my circumstances by running JUST to God. I know there is benefit in that, it's biblical. God gives us relationship and support systems to help us through struggle and to speak to us many times, but we always must hold him at the forefront of our refuge.

So, I say all this to get us thinking about perspective. I have been sad about the end of a chapter with one Life Group and I have been homesick for my "home church"....but in that waller of emotion....I could miss the following

I have NEW life here. I have little women and men that desperately need to be taught how to be followers of Christ amidst their pain. God has allowed all SIX of my children to attend a private Christian School where they will be raised in the presence of God DAILY!!!! He has put a vision on my heart for a ministry that uses my favorite passion. He has brought a new Life Group into my life, open and ready for relationship. He has given me the privilege to be a part of a growing campus here in West Lafayette.

My children are joyful. Our family is learning how to navigate this messy life while honoring God. I am learning how to remain calm in the mess. I have experienced some loss.....but for what? GAIN in the kingdom of God. Isn't that what God created our lives to be about? Jesus gave us the ultimate example of self-sacrifice. I will keep my old friends and I will make new ones. I will remember my old church home and I will relish in the fact that I still get to be a part of the Northview community that I so love here at the West Lafayette Campus. I will not yearn for my time in slavery because many aspects were comfortable, but I will know that God has a PERFECT plan and his words are true!

Pray for my continued ability to trust God and move forward, to embrace new relationships and venture into the world of running with a ministry idea as well as running a household of eight.

In Christ,

Mrs. Roswarski
(and yes, we are related to the mayor) LOL


In the Beginning

In the beginning there was God.  A simple desire changed the course of everything.  God wanted relationship.  So he breathed life into dust and created the human being.  From this one desire for relationship, an immense sea of relationships were formed.  One single thought, brought into existence and magnified by God's power.

That is our hope for this one simple thought God has set in our minds.

A meeting was scheduled with our West Lafayette Campus Pastor at Northview Church, Robbie Stewart.  My new husband and I discussed our passions and how that could be used to benefit God's kingdom.  My passion lies with micro-enterprise and global outreach, and my talents with sewing.  My husband owns his own company and knows how to start a business.  Robbie's passion is to employ the unemployed.  With these three minds set to honor the kingdom....he set the following idea into motion.

What if we use my sewing talent to help employ the women in Ghana?

The women in Ghana make gorgeous fabric called batik.  We could use this fabric and combine it with the current trends to make crib and twin bedding sets.  With each set purchased we could provide a mattress for a child in South Africa through a partnership with Horizon International (hopefully) :)  Steve of course starting speaking about the business logistics and Robbie spoke on how we could support our local homeless population.  We could have a core team of women that assisted me in design and production and we could train those in Lafayette Transitional Housing with core job skills.  Possibly even use this sewing ministry as a way to minister to struggling young women.

And then there was a verse......  Matthew 14:15-21, the feeding of five thousand men from five loaves of bread and TwoLittleFishFrom this small supply, God provided for Thousands!  That is our desire for this ministry and the ability for each family that purchases a piece of bedding to know that they have not just decorated their son or daughters room, but that they have provided for the KINGDOM!
So the phone calls began.....After countless hours of searching, God lead me to call one more company that utilized overseas textiles and try again at getting them to wholesale fabric.  I had already received a no when I called the first time as they sell items, not fabric.  This company just happened to be in Ghana where God had lead me with the GO Teams at Northview Carmel in March of 2010.  I got lucky enough to run my idea past one of the women that was the co-founder of the company this second phone call (there is no luck or coincidences....just God-incidences :) She agreed to have her local Ghanian women hand stamp and dye 250 yards of fabric for me to be picked up by our GO Team that was headed to Ghana in two weeks!!!!  Praise God, when he wants it to work, it simply falls in your lap.

Wayland Thompson, (who is a member at Northview Carmel and is on my Top Ten list for Outstanding Father and man after God's own heart :) lead the trip in March 2011 and collected all the fabric for me and assisted the team in bringing this fabric back to us.  Based on the following pictures, you can see why I am so excited.

In the months to follow, a sewing room was built by my wonderful hubby.....

God brought me in contact with a SUPER cool girl that knows the logistics of moving your home "projects" into the manufacturing stage.  She is UBER talented....check out her website  THANK YOU JESS!  Super excited to have you as a new friend.

and the most recent development in the industrial sewing machine passed into my possession!

 But that one deserves a Blog Post all of it's own.  Next to come!!! My hope is that you will follow this blog and pray for our ministry.  We are in the beginning stages and my wonderful, entrepreneur husband wants to be sure we have all of our ducks in a row prior to advertising our goodies for sale :)  He is smart.

Cover us in Prayer!

In Christ,