Many blessings to you. Thank you for reading this. Thank you for your love and your support. Even if you don’t read the rest of this, I just want you to know that I appreciate you.
First, a quick update… Life is great… just so full. I still can’t believe how amazing the culture is in my new role at Midtown Community Church. I really love these people!
I see God’s hand moving in so many ways. My spirit feels hopeful and expectant.
In terms of the ministry in Costa Rica, I had hoped to go in April. Unfortunately, the funds were not there, but the Lord has provided other ways. I have received some funds (I’m extremely grateful!), and the Lord has also given me some work on the side (landscaping / mowing / pressure washing – I’m learning). The work has been a blessing because 1) I get time with my father-in-law (who I love, respect, and enjoy), 2) it’s a financial blessing, and 3) I get some exercise.
I am looking forward to returning to Costa Rica to serve pastors and local churches in mid-July. Good news… my dear friend, Ben (who is my ministry partner in the Bible Institute) and I are continuing to move forward. Even when I am not able to make it back, he is continuing the work that we have both begun. The picture below is an example of him investing in healthy, Christ-honoring marriages (he’s already lead one marriage workshop and walked with many couples… he’s on the far right of the pic).
I am very grateful for his heart, his mind, and his work ethic. Personally, it’s an honor to partner with him.
Other great news… I am extremely excited to have been invited to serve in Honduras in August. I felt my spirit come alive as I received the invitation to serve there. One of my biggest passions is to encourage pastors and missionaries. That is what I hope to do in Honduras, Lord-willing. Your prayers are appreciated for this!
Lastly, I wanted to issue a challenge. I had the pleasure of getting to see a friend from many years ago. This is a dear friend of mine, A.B. Scott. He was the one that gave me my first time ministry job!
I was 23 years old at the time. I had volunteered in a youth ministry, and I had completed a year long internship. Meaning, he took a huge risk on me! He believed in me. Never once did he micro-manage me. I was given much freedom. I will always be grateful for him. Actually, he still encourages me. I say that to challenge you – who do you believe in? Let them know that you believe in them! Take a risk on someone. It’s incredibly empowering to know someone believes in you!
Love and blessings to you.