Tuesday May 1st, 2007 Jimmy and Amber Akers were ministering at the young adult ministry of their church and something crazy happened. It was a fairly small group gathered that night, maybe 20 or less. They had just got done with leading the group in worship when Jimmy began to share the message for that night. This is what happened from Jimmy's perspective.
At some point, during the message, I zoned out for a moment and felt overwhelmed. When I looked out, I didn't see the small group gathered that night, but I saw a room full of people in a building I didn't recognize. To try and sum it up... I felt like, for the 1st time in my life, I could see us leading a church. Many people have told us that they saw us leading as pastors of a church one day, but this was the 1st time I actually felt like God was calling us to this great work. After a few minutes I refocused and finished my message. At the end of the night I asked my wife Amber what she thought of the night. Her response was a little overwhelming! She shared a similar thought with me, that she felt during the gathering that night before I even got a chance to tell her what I saw and felt. The next night we talked more and felt like God was starting to open our hearts to the idea of one day planting and pastoring a church. At that time it was just a dream, but we knew that it was something that would be a process, so that night I wrote all of that stuff down in my journal.
Fast forward to Summer of 2011... we are serving at an incredible church in Florida, and God is doing so much in our midst! Since stepping into ministry together, in March of 2005, we have been blessed with incredible friendships and have seen countless lives changed!
God started working on my heart one night while I was praying. He challenged me with this thought... He did not just bring us to Florida (1000 miles from our home town) for the things that we could do for Him. More importantly, He brought us here because of the things He desired to do in us! As we started to seek Him, the vision for planting Daybreak Church started to re-surface... but this time it didn't go away. Almost daily in some way, shape or form God started to speak to us about this idea. He started to give us more and more vision and the Holy Spirit really started to challenge us to prepare our hearts for this next step of faith that we were taking!
January 2012, during a time of fasting and praying, God reminded us of the experience we had in May of 2007. After finding the journal I recorded the above referenced experience in, God confirmed that our season in Florida was coming to a close. We prayed about this and shared our hearts with our Pastor. Embracing this call is the culmination of many prayers, time in the word and steps of faith. God has used many people to speak into our lives, bless and encourage us throughout this process of seeking Gods will.
August 2012 Amber and I moved north to begin finding a home in York, PA. We launched Daybreak Church September 2013.
Thanks for taking the time to read about the beginning of the Daybreak Church story.
The best is yet to come.