- As I mentioned before, I received a call suggesting we go check out Emo the day after my last day of work at Gospel Mennonite Church.
- Lois had planned for us to go to the area already months ago, so we went there on the Aug 19th, had a great time, and connected with the Pastor and a few of the church leaders.
- We had an incredibly busy weekend of us moving, having meals with friends and family, and helping Lois' sister Linda move into her new place.
- This past Sunday morning I felt that I needed to get my resume sent off to the church, so I prepared a cover letter and a list of "10 reasons why we believe God is leading us to Emo!" and sent it off to the church email.
- Later that day Lois' sister Elaine phoned and said some guy from Emo had been phoning her number for the last few days trying to get a hold of me. Turns out that the Committee Chair had gotten her number from the Pastor (we were staying at Elaine's place when I talked to him back in the beginning of August and he must have copied it down) even though I had given him my cell phone number. Why is that important? Because had this gentleman actually gotten a hold of me on Friday (when we were moving and doing meals with people), or on Saturday (when we were moving Linda), it would have put me over the edge in terms of being stressed out with too many things to do. But when I finally did manage to talk with Philip on Sunday night late, and he asked me to send him some information, it was all prepared and ready to go.
- Meeting with a church now is MUCH simpler than trying to fly back from some place out west, leaving Lois and the children on their own while I try to introduce myself to people.
When Lois and I had committed to going on this sabbitacal trip we imagined that a "best case" scenario would have us meeting with a church right after we got back. But our great God is fully capable of working out an even better scenario, which is seeing us possibly postpone the start of our trip a bit as we step out in faith and apply to serve at Calvary Baptist in Emo.
Pretty amazing, isn't it? Personally I am very excited about this opportunity, and I would ask that you continue to pray for us that Gods' will be done. Pray that we will prepare what we need to before we arrive, that we can humbly and accurately share our story, that the Committee in Emo would have insight from the Holy Spirit as to what questions they should ask us, that we would discover what we need to about he church to help us in our decision making process, and that God's name would continue to be lifted high in the whole process.
Our hope is in God, and we know (and have just experienced it once again!), that he will faithfully lead us.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.