Published February 2, 2024

God’s Plan: Part 2

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Jeremy Koering
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Last entry, I shared how the worst week of my career turned into the most joyous week of my life. Today, I want to step back and tell the story of how I got here. 

In 2005, I was fourteen years old. I was learning how to code HTML and PHP and starting to learn Photoshop. I started a website called MusicFaith and it exploded. At its peak, it became one of the biggest independent Christian music blogs online and was syndicated across multiple Christian publications.

That same year, I went on my first mission trip across the Pacific Ocean to Sri Lank. My church was teaming up with local churches to help with tsunami relief.

Little did I know, God’s plan was fully in the works. 

My website led me into the Christian music industry. I was interviewing the biggest artists from Relient K to Newsboys to Skillet, going to every major Christian tour and festival in my area, and reviewing all the albums. 

I was a kid. I had no idea what I was doing. 

By the time I was 16 years old, I was selling advertising to major record labels, promoting concerts by chart-topping artists, and I started my own band. 

While all of this was going on, I got a message on MySpace from a band called The New Divide. They asked us to open for a concert in Camas, Washington. We were ecstatic. 

That’s when I met Andy and Doug Ziesemer, along with their brother Aaron.

My band would tour around the west coast with The New Divide for a couple of years, then my band broke up as we went to college and got jobs.

I moved to Nashville to pursue a job in the Christian music business. I worked as graphics and web designer for Grammy-award winning artists, designing album art, tour posters, stage sets, and a lot more.

It was a lot of fun, but the company closed, and I was a bit homesick, so I moved back to the Northwest.

The year I moved back, I opened a design agency. I built websites, created brands, and did marketing on social media. Business was going well, but I wanted to do something missions-related.

I bought a domain and created a brand that was going to be a missions organization. I wanted to share Jesus through soccer and tell stories. One day, Andy was talking to me about how The New Divide wanted to start a new ministry. I told him I had the perfect name for them. 

About the same time, I had met a girl at a church event that I planned on skipping and we started dating. We got married and moved to Las Vegas.

During COVID, my business struggled. I had to pivot to a new business model and things were thriving. Then the story from part one happened. 

In hindsight, God’s plan is so obvious to me. 

Perhaps it’s the birdseye view, but when I see God working in my life, I rarely understand it.

In December 2023, I got a phone call from Andy. It was gut wrenching news. I didn’t understand what God was doing. 

It was the Friday before Christmas, I was packing my bags to head home for the holidays. A bible verse was on my mind–Matthew 28:19-20.

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”

Go and make disciples of all nations.

I texted Andy – “Nations Outreach.”

After a few days, we both agreed that Nations Outreach was the right name for the organization we wanted to build.

I don’t know what this organization will accomplish. I don’t know where we will go. I don’t know what stories we will tell.

But I know we are committed to caring for people, telling their stories, and that God will use it for his plan.

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