The seeds for NCS Foxboro were first scattered in 2005 when one of our founding members attended the National Retreat at the Mohonk Mountain House. Impacted by the power of the speakers and the depth of the friendships he witnessed, the initial thoughts of a local chapter were born.
Flash forward to 2015 when for the first time, three local brothers made the trip to DC for the National Retreat. Coming home, we all shared in a conviction to form a local chapter to allow others to join in the blessing of friendships that we had experienced. We all shared a vision that one day we’d hold our meeting at Gillette Stadium and we haven’t given up yet! For today, we meet in a local café and at the Franklin Country Club and the blessing of friendships in Christ have certainly come true. The following are three brief expressions of gratitude for our local chapter:
“The moment I realized NCS is a gift: Earlier this year the towns of Franklin and the greater Foxboro area united in prayer as we searched for a missing young man, Michael Doherty. It was during this tragic time of loss that I realized how God speaks to us and guides us as we gather together to support one another in his name.
The men of NCS Foxboro sat in a room listening to Chip Skowron share a compelling and motivational talk about God’s love, forgiveness and encouraging all to be open and receive Christ. No sooner than Chip had concluded, a member received a text from a fellow brother and canine officer helping in the ongoing search for Michael. As the text message was read, 30 men stood holding hands and prayed for Michael, his family and our brother who lead the search. I looked around the room and my anxiety melted away as a wave of peace and the Holy Spirit settled upon me. This moment is what NCS is all about.
Life is hard and comes with many challenges. The men of NCS lean on each other and share God’s love and support in hopes we can spread his word, help others and become better men, husbands and fathers.”
“In a hectic often stressful world, it’s comforting to have brothers to help support me and remind me to stay grounded by focusing on the Lord. We are not guaranteed a tomorrow. NCS has been a wonderful example of how God provides. In difficult times I have these brothers to lean on and help me re-focus on what’s truly important. They are a beacon of light for me and help hold me accountable. In my quest to be the best father, husband, friend and person they are by my side.”
“The annual NCS gathering in Washington has been life changing for me personally because it has exposed me to other guys outside of my normal circle of relationships that have had significant impact on my life. Two of many guys that I have met are Dave Swanson and Jonah Mills. Dave prayed for me that first night during prayer time as I struggled with the transition of leaving my pastoral position and heading back into sales. I met Jonah Mills randomly at the dinner table (West Point Cadet) and 9 months later he trusted me to take him and 6 other guys to our mountain top cabin for a retreat. Both of these men have stayed in touch and it is a joy to pray with them via phone. Bottom line- none of this would have ever happened, if not for NCS FOXBORO.”
One of the greatest gifts of NCS is the opportunity to hear and share in the personal stories shared by other men. Stories that remind us we are not alone and that our God is capable of redemption and restoration from all circumstances. That He can use our difficult circumstances or bad decisions and turn them into something beautiful. NCS is about brothers supporting each other in good times and in the bad. In closing, here are three encouragements from NCS Foxboro:
- Volunteer your time to help with your chapter meetings and speakers, those who do know that it changes everything.
- Visit other chapters; check the national website before you travel for locations and meeting dates/times. One of the NCS blessings is our national brotherhood and you see if clearly when you visit.
- Share your story as often as possible (or, perhaps for the first time) one on one or with a group.
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.