Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WHEW!!! (An Update)

Hello everyone,

Suzanne and I apologize for the lapse in any new info for the past two weeks, it has been a whirlwind of good activity for us. Our heads are spinning.

This is a brief update about what is happening with us as the Lord continues to amaze us and pour out His grace in our lives. 

Through Matthew (executive director for 20schemes), we were recently put in touch with a Baptist church in the Highlands of Scotland. It turns out that this church has been looking for a pastor and, after checking into me, they have settled on pursuing me. Wow! All of this within a two-week period of time. 

That's the very, very short version of what has been going on behind the scenes as we have made a quick visit to Georgia and come back to Indiana to begin packing for our relocation to Georgia - whew! Why the move to Georgia? To be a part of Faith Bible Church in Peachtree City, live with my parents, and continue our work with 20schemes while also continuing to prayerfully discern God's will about pastoring in Scotland. 

The church in Scotland has purchased plane tickets for the entire family to come for two weeks beginning August 20 and returning September 3. During our time in Scotland I will preach and teach a number of times, meet with families and leadership from the church, explore the ministry climate in and around the village, connect with a couple of American pastors serving churches in Scotland, and attempt some family sightseeing. 

We want to try to patiently wait on saying very much about this opportunity at this time (it's hard not to get our hopes up because we are so excited). But we realize that we are still very much in the investigative phase of things, and that it might not work out for us to be a part of this opportunity. We know far less about them than they know about us. But what we do know leaves us hopeful and prayerful that it will come to fruition. We are very eager to meet them and serve them while we are there. 

Please pray for us as we prepare to move to Georgia (moving day approximately Aug. 8 or 9) and as we prepare ourselves for our two weeks in Scotland. Please pray for the church there as it prepares for us and seeks the Lord's will in their relationship with us. 

None of this is overwhelming or moving too fast for us. We have been praying and preparing for this kind of thing for many years. The suddenness of it isn't as sudden as it appears, and we are very encouraged by all that the Lord is doing in our lives. While we are busy, we are so thankful for the Lord's kindness and for this new adventure in our walk with Him. 

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. As we know more we will pass it on to you. 

We love you all --
grace and peace in Him. 

Jeff and Suzanne and kids


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