Honduras 2018

Honduras 2018

At Vista we are committed to being a church that lives out what it means to Love God and Love People both in our city and around the world. One of our longest global partnerships has been with several ministries that work on the northern coast of Honduras. Recently, a team of 17 people from Vista spent time working alongside these partners sharing the love and story of Jesus in various ways.

Meet John & Kim Russ | Vista Host Team Volunteers

Meet John & Kim Russ | Vista Host Team Volunteers

We believe strongly that serving others is a part of how we worship. Therefore, we contacted the Vista Connections Team to ask about serving. The Connections Coordinator was excited to have us sign up as and offered to meet with us. What we didn’t expect and what was so new to us was to be asked where we felt led to serve, what we felt our spiritual gifts were, and how we thought they could be used best.

Introducing: Community Pastor Nick Followwell

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Name:  Nick Followwell
Vista Job Title:  Community Pastor
Hometow
n:  Brownwood, TX

We recently sat down with Nick to ask a few questions to help you -- the Vista Family -- to get to know him a little better! We hope you find time to connect with Nick in the near future!

// TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF
I was born and raised in good ole’ Brownwood, TX, as the youngest of three boys. I spent my summers playing baseball, fighting for survival, and having a blast on Lake Brownwood. 

In 2007, I moved to College Station where I met my beautiful and amazing wifeLacie. We later married in 2009. After a couple of years of marriage, we moved to Temple. Our biggest blessing came in the summer of 2014 when our daughter, Ellis, was born.

We were in a pretty fragile place when we started attending Vista, but we found a small group that over the course of three years became our closest friends. They helped walk us through some really hard times, and they became a constant source of encouragement...so much so that I felt called to ministry to help people find the life-giving community that our family found.

In December 2015, we moved to Oklahoma City so I could serve as a small groups pastor at Life.Church. A few months ago, God started to stir our hearts to come back “home”.  We are so excited to be a part of Vista, and we look forward to all God is going to do in and through this church in the years to come!

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// WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING ON NETFLIX? 
The Office…again :)


// YOUR TOP READS
When People Are Big and God Is Small by Edward T Welch, The entire Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, Prayer by Tim Keller.


// FIRST JOB - STRUGGLES AND ALL
Women’s shoe department at Dillard’s. Nasty feet > commission.

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// FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD
In the backyard with friends and family


// FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD AFTER A STRESSFUL WEEK
Crab Cake Benedict from Megg’s


// WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Crab Cake Benedict from Megg’s…kidding!  Seeing people realize how beautiful/necessary it is to follow Jesus alongside other people. Life is better together!
 

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// TOP 3 THINGS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST
- Watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid in Spain
- Extended vacation to ancient cities in Europe and Israel
- Baptizing my daughter


// MOST EMBARRASSING STORY
The time I tried to unscrew a shattered light bulb with electricity still running through it… It’s hard to describe the sound that came out of my mouth. Supposedly Lacie knows and is happy to demonstrate.

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// WHAT MOST EXCITES YOU ABOUT JOINING THE VISTA TEAM?
I’d say reconnecting with all the people who played such a vital role in shaping our walk with Christ. Vista has such a unique and rich community of people that know how to love well! I have to pinch myself to remind me that we are back home! 

Beyond that, I’m grateful that I get to play a part in helping others find the live-giving community that happens when a small group of people meet together consistently.