Sunday, November 11, 2007

A fresh start

I recently resigned as pastor of Grace Church (soon-to-be-known-as Vineyard Christian Church). This came after taking a six-week sabbatical to discern the Lord's will regarding my future with the church. It was a heart-wrenching process. Much time was spent in prayer, talking with my wife and corresponding by phone, email and in person with pastors, friends and family in the U.S., Switzerland, Ghana and Mali. I want to thank everyone who has given of their time to pray for us, give us counsel, supported us financially, spent hours listening to our story and shown us incredible patience and love. We are deeply indebted to you, and thank God for your support for us.

The Lord had been speaking to us in a number of ways. One Scripture that kept coming back to us before we left on the sabbatical was Genesis 12:1-3. When we were in San Diego during the sabbatical we visited a church called The Rock Church. On the Sunday we were there, Pastor Miles preached on Genesis 12:1-3. It was another confirmation that we needed to pay attention to how this Scripture applied to our lives. We believe the Lord is telling us to go, but we don't know what the final destination is. We're trusting His promise to go with us and to bless us so that we can be a blessing.

Once Amy and I were in agreement that I should resign, we knew the next step was to put our house on the market. God has worked miraculously so far in that area. Without the use of a realtor, the Lord brought us buyers within about ten days of when we put it on the market. We hope to close by the end of this month.

Our plan is to stay with Amy's parents in Dallas, Texas temporarily until we figure out the next (semi?) long-term location. Lord willing, we will have our possessions packed so that we can leave Rochester this Friday. Our stuff will stay in Rochester in storage, while we drive to Dallas. Our tentative travel route is: Rochester->Cleveland->St. Louis->Springfield, MO->Dallas. On Sunday, we'll visit Jubilee Church in St. Louis because we want to know more about Newfrontiers, a family of churches of which Jubilee is a part.

In the meantime, I have sent out job applications all over the country, but have not heard back from any yet. I've applied in various fields, including aerospace engineering, counseling, customer service and teaching. Long term, I want to be in full-time ministry, but I don't want to jump into a ministry situation prematurely. We're praying that God will open and close doors accordingly. Amy will continue to homeschool our two oldest, and prepare for the birth of Baby #4 in January. She's been collecting all her free homeschooling information onto one website.

Recently, I met with a couple who used to go to our previous church. The husband said he believed that God was giving Amy and me a "fresh start." Our desire is that God would indeed give us a fresh start that we could bear much fruit for His kingdom.

2 comments:

theolsons November 13, 2007 at 10:48 AM  

We are excited for your "fresh start" as well and will continue to pray God directs in faith strengthening ways. We love you guys and are excited to be a part of this new journey with you!
the olsons

Brian November 20, 2007 at 11:29 AM  

Thanks for your love, support and prayers, Olsons. We're excited about K's new job, and pray that it's very fruitful and enjoyable.

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