Oh, what a year it has been! A little over a year ago, Brooke and I began sensing God’s leading to explore what it might look like to move to Oklahoma and be a part of a church we knew little about. This past year has been adventurous, fruitful, faith-stretching, and joy-producing.
When we considered leaving a great church we had been a part of for 6 years (and one that provided us financial stability), we even considered ourselves a little crazy. Nevertheless, through much prayer and counsel, we moved forward and embarked on this journey we are on now. Looking back, it is evident that the Lord’s favor was with us and He provided everything we needed at each step of the way.
Recently, the leadership at Providence Road approached us and asked us to officially join the team and commit to being in Norman indefinitely. We don’t know how long the Lord will have us here, but we do know that He has us here now. Without hesitation, we gladly agreed to stay. Moving forward, I will be the Director of Operations and Ministries for Providence Road Church.
Earlier this year, our growing church was given an opportunity to pursue a new meeting space in the heart of downtown Norman. It is a strategic location that will allow us new opportunities to reach the city that we didn’t previously have. However, this also means taking on added expenses that we didn’t previously have. While Brooke and I are thrilled about this new opportunity for the church, we also know that this means we will be committing to raise our support to stay here until the church grows and adjusts to these new expenses.
For the past year, we have lived off of financial support from people all over the country who love and care for us. We know that we could not be serving the people of Providence Road and the city of Norman apart from such generosity. If you have yet to support our ministry but have kept up with our monthly updates and our ministry here, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us so that we can continue serving here. Below is a breakdown of our needs moving forward.
Needs Monthly goal: $4,400
Length of Commitment: 18 months (July '17 through December '18)
The leadership at Providence Road has asked us to raise support through December of 2018 – 18 additional months – and then we will re-evaluate the church’s financial position. They have made it clear to us that the goal is to take on our support in full as soon as it is possible. In the meantime, we hope to be in touch with you soon about our time here in Norman thus far. If you are interested in supporting our ministry, visit our giving page. You're also welcome to email me or call anytime (580-302-0615).
Looking back on these pictures from the past year, we can't help but be reminded of God's faithfulness to us. We packed up our Uhaul with our toddler in diapers. Now our toddler is out of diapers and his crib, and we have a beautiful baby girl. Lord willing, we will have many more stories of God's faithfulness to us a year from now. We've walked through moments of doubt and fear, but the overwhelming theme of our hearts now is gratitude. God has been faithful through it all and we are certain that he will continue to be so.
Thank you so much for your continued support of us. We love you guys and are so thankful that God has put each of you in our lives.