And then if they would have said that I would get a call the day after I resigned which would lead to us to community I had never heard of where there is a great, healthy church in search of a pastor, and that I would be able to candidate almost completely before we leave on our trip, and then find out via an email on my laptop while sitting in my hotel in Seattle (see below)less than 3 months after my job was done that the church had been completely united in calling me as their pastor, I would have said, "Now that is a miracle that I know only God could do."
Well, God has done the miracle, and shown his goodness and grace, and for most of you reading this, you have been praying along with us for God's leading to take place, and it has. The big question really is "Why is my (dare I say our) faith so small?" What has transpired in the lives of the Dueck 6 this past year demonstrates what all of us know to be true, yet often find so hard to believe - that when we submit ourselves to God, and step out in faith, he will be faithful.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is a verse I memorized years ago, but it now means so much more:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and he will direct your paths.
The people of Calvary Baptist Church in Emo are excited about us arriving, and we are very excited that we know where will be going to serve God as a family when we finish our trip. We plan to be back in Winnipeg at the end of January, and spend some time with family and friends before moving out to Emo in the 2nd week of February. We hope to get settled into the parsonage and get the kids into school before I officially start work on February 18.
If you don't know what a parsonage is, it is a house owned by the church and given to the pastor to live in. The house is right in Emo, a block from the church, and it will be a great home for us as we settle into small town life and get to know people in town. We are still praying that God will in the near future provide for us some land and a house outside of town, which will allow for a garden, a place for the animals (including Lois' chickens!), and some forests for me and the boys to use to explore and hopefully build something out of.
So, while it was fun to say "We're homeless and jobless and loving it!" I am very thankful to now say "God has provided a new home for us where our family can grow to be all that he wants us to be, and provided a ministry position where I can use my gifts together with Lois to glorify God as we seek to equip his people for the extending of his kingdom."
Our God has done "exceedingly more than all we could ask or imagine." He is truly the main character of this story, and we are amazed as we look back and see his hand in everything, right down to our initial feelings of restlessness back in the spring of 2006. God is faithful, and he is to be trusted. We rejoice at his goodness, and praise him together with you for his kindess towards us his children.