Yesterday at church was an emotional day for our family and the church that my husband pastored for almost 8 years. It was a day of some sadness and other emotions. It was our last day at the church. As those of you know who have been readers of my blog for a while now....you know that God has changed the direction of our ministry. My husband and our family have only known pastoring. We've known nothing else in the years since my husband was called to preach. But God has redirected us into missions. We are with Highways and Hedges Prison Ministries and are on deputation. We've been doing some deputation since March but really couldn't do much with it due to the responsibilities of pastoring still taking precedence. But yesterday my husband stepped down from that role.
The people at church were sad to see us go but they know we are following the Lord's will. They loved my husband and our family and took wonderful care of us while we were there as any church should take care of their pastor and his family. They have been family to us and always will be. Just as my husband told them yesterday...this is not the end. They have not seen the last of us. As with our own families....we will stay in touch. God knit our hearts together years ago and that will not change.
But now we are on a different journey. We have been in five churches so far...which isn't much when you think about it...but God has truly been blessing us. We are already at over 10% of our support. We have two supporting churches so far with the promise of one more and possibly two more in the near future that are praying and considering taking us on. We are very excited. We have already seen God bless us abundantly and meet needs. I know it won't always be easy and smooth sailing. There will be times that it will get tough...but I know my God and His promise to meet our needs is true. We will be going over to our new home church to join on this Sunday. We have a meeting scheduled this Wednesday night or we would go there then.
I ask that you please pray for Eagles View Baptist Church. They are beginning the process of having preachers in to candidate for the position of pastor. It will not be easy and the people are nervous about the process and the future of the church. But they know and we do too that God is in control and He will work all things out for His glory. Also please pray for us as we begin to get more involved in deputation. We were excited before but now we are even more excited since we are officially missionaries and no longer have the burden of pastoring upon us. My husband loved pastoring but there were burdens that came with it that were often times difficult.....but when you love the Lord and you love the people like he and our family did....you are thankful to be in that position no matter how difficult it gets at times. We sure do appreciate pastors and what they and their families go through having been in their shoes ourselves.