Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Let Me Introduce You

I would like to introduce you to the new pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Smith Center, KS. Sunday afternoon, the church voted to call JA to be their new pastor. We are excited about our new ministry. J.A. is absolutely thrilled to be the pastor.

The girls were excitedly running around their new home this weekend exploring every nook and cranney. We are hopeful that we will be able to move into the parsonage in a couple of weeks and JA will begin pastoring full-time.

We are also excited that we will be ministering in a church only a few hours from my parents, so we will be able to visit them more frequently than we did when living at NBBC.

I want to praise the Lord for His goodness towards us. For the past two years we have been praying and searching for a ministry. Over the past two years I have learned many things about trusting God and taking steps of faith. When JA and I graduated this past May, we had no idea what we were doing next. Than we were told we had to move out in two weeks. At that point we decided to drive up to Canada to work with Jason and Amy Cochran for the summer. The Lord blessed that decision by providing us with a new van, and providing everything we needed for the summer. At the end of the summer we had no idea what to do next (other than have Andy join our family). Since we had no where to go, we drove down to Kansas and moved in with my parents. Then, two weeks before Andy was born we were told he was going to have a birth defect - his cleft lip - and they were unsure of how it would affect his ability to breathe and eat after he was born. Praise the Lord he was born with only a minor cleft in his lip which will be repaired next week if he gets over his cold. In both of these situations, we had to take a step of faith and trust the Lord to clear the path before us.

Ps 37:23-24
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

Thank you Lord for the lessons you have taught me during this time of waiting upon you.

Ps 34:1-4
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.


Anonymous said...

We are praising the Lord for His guidance in your Family. Wow that is great news. May God continue to Guide you in the transition. Do you still have stuff in WI? Mom was asking me if you were in WI over the Holidays. If you do come this way call me and you all can bulk here or Whatever you need Meal, sitter, you name it and you got it.
Thank you for serving our Lord!!

Carrie said...

Praise the Lord!! And congratulations to JA on his new ministry! I am so happy for you guys; it is so exciting to see how God has worked and led you. I'd love to hear more about your new ministry--how big is the church? Rural or city? I'm sure it will be nice to have your own home once again, although I'm sure it's also been fun to be with your parents for the last few months.

We will be keeping Andy in prayer regarding his surgery, too!! Hopefully he will be fully healthy by next week. Keep us posted!

Heather said...

I have never left a comment on your blog before, but am always reading it. I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad that the Lord answered your prayers and that He has provided a church for your family to minister at!!!

Shannon said...

Praise the Lord! Thanks for your testimony of faith in Him. It's encouraging to us as we are in the waiting/seeking stage also right now. :) What a comfort to know we can trust an all-knowing God whose timing is perfect.

Kelli said...

Praise the Lord for providing the perfect ministry for you and JA in His Perfect timing. Thank you for your example through these past months. We are praising God!

CariGerdt said...

That is so exciting! I have been checking in on you all every now and then...what an answer to prayer! Your kids are getting so big! and your new little one is a dumpling!!

Phil said...

Praise the Lord! I have been praying for you guys, and Ps. 37 really is true! You all have been such an encouragement to me by your faithfulness.