Finding Community in Florida

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The Source Church (TSC), mere miles from Miami, is spreading the Word to the community of Pembrook Pines, Fla.

With help from Home Missions, the church and pastor Chris Cassis are connecting through a multitude of community activities including the city Easter egg hunt and autism walk.

Although the walk was on a Sunday, TSC gathered to worship by participating in the walk. The church has increased in size from five to 80 members.

Cassis left his church in Holland, Mich., and moved to Florida with his wife and others to head the church plant. Two years later, he said he is inspired by the difference they’re making.


“People are drawing closer to God than they’ve ever been before. Now they’re actually serving and are a part of a church instead of just attending.”

A powerful but sobering example was Jonathan Audain, a new member and a new Christian.

Audain accepted Christ last Easter and began practicing his faith with a passion. But four weeks later, he died in a motorcycle accident.

Still, some good did come out of that tragedy.

Cassis contacted Audain’s family and was encouraged when, instead of being filled with anger, his mother became filled with hope.

“Through my son’s death,” she said, “we’ve been drawn closer to God and to church.”

She now hosts weekly Bible studies that have brought 20 new members to TSC.

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