Lots of Emotions

August 30, 2011

For the last few weeks we’ve set our hearts on saying “yes” to God’s call.  We know He turned our hearts toward the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and we know He has directed us to this new ministry assignment.  I’ve not given much time thinking  about what it means to say goodbye to the Calvary Family.

But, this week has been filled with emotions.  I attended my last Calvary staff meeting today. KK and I had lunch with the staff today and we shared some special memories together.

Now, it seems like everywhere I turn, I’m telling someone goodbye.  (just came from Chick-Fil-A and cried talking to 4 different people).

But, I keep reminding myself.  When talking to believers, it’s never “goodbye” …. it’s always a “see you later!”  (but there’s still lots of emotions!) 

SO, once again I set aside the emotions and delight in Acts 20:24


Time to Get Ready!

August 26, 2011

We have officially listed our home and it went on the market yesterday.  (click here) Our realtor is also a neighbor.  I told her that a bunch of our friends would be praying for her and praying for the house to sell! 

I also told her this — what I know about the ways of God….I expect our prayers to be answered in one of two ways:

1. The house will sell quickly for God to show His power to move people into action.

OR

2.  It will take a while to sell because God has lessons (like  patience, etc. ) to teach the people involved.

ANTICIPATING

God is pouring out His grace on us during this time.  The Calvary family has been very affirming and understanding.  We are thankful for our years here and anticipating the great things God has prepared around the corner—for us, and for the Calvary Family!


Another week of transition

August 22, 2011

We are grateful for all of the encouragement from family and friends.  This week will be filled with packing, planning and meetings.   The pace is reasonable and so far things are falling into place.

So many have asked about prayer requests and the list is pretty simple:

1.  Pray for Calvary Leadership as transition plans are made (including the Pastor Search Committee).

2.  Pray for wisdom as we decide what to pack and how to get house ready to sell.

3.  Pray for the house to sell so that we can focus on our new ministry assignment.

4.  Pray for wisdom in decisions related to temporary housing in North Atlanta.

5.  Pray for KK as we serves her parents (Dr appts, in-home health care, etc.).


This Week…

August 18, 2011

It’s been a week since I announced our new ministry assignment. God has blessed us with a great church family and friends–your response has been kind and encouraging. 

There are so many things that we need to do to get ready for the move…but this week has been spent focusing on relationships and trying to get things ready for Calvary to move ahead. 

One the highlights of the week has been hearing from college students who took the “48 Challenge” (4 solid friends and 8 Christ-honoring decisions in the first 48 hours).  My heart leaps when our students report their Christ-honoring trajectory from the college campus! 

What about you?  Have you invited friends to help you walk with God?  Are you making decisions that reflect the Lordship of Christ?  Are you expecting God to work in your daily circumstances?

“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen!”   (Eph 2:20-21)


Letter to Calvary Family

August 12, 2011

August 11, 2011

 Dear Calvary Family:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I am accepting a position at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and will soon be leaving Calvary.  By mid-September, I will begin a new assignment in Atlanta as the Executive Director of Love Loud, the ministry evangelism arm of the North American Mission Board.

The Process  Calvary is a special place and it has been a great honor to serve God with you. You have loved and encouraged us and will always have a special place in our hearts.  This has been a very difficult decision for us, but we have seen God’s hand opening a door for ministry.

 Most of you are aware of the decline in KK’s parents’ health. Her mom, who has Alzheimer’s, fell and broke her hip right before Thanksgiving. KK has needed to spend most of her time in Atlanta since then. Many things we have envisioned for our role in Calvary’s ministry are not possible with her needing to be in Atlanta. We have continuously cried out to God for wisdom and direction.

 Dr. Kevin Ezell, President of the NAMB, has repeatedly asked me to join his team. While praying over how to meet KK’s parents’ needs, I realized God is leading us to a place where KK can care for her parents and I can continue to influence the people of God to be on mission. The headquarters of the NAMB is in Atlanta, only minutes from KK’s parents’ home.  Dr. Ezell challenged me with an assignment matching my heart…

The Assignment  The best way to explain the scope of my new assignment is to think about “Love:Winston-Salem” and our refugee ministry to the Karenni people group.  I have been asked to help Southern Baptists learn how to multiply ministries like these to reach their cities in the South and find ways to reach our neglected neighbors in the North and West.  We will challenge Southern Baptists to align Mercy Ministries with Missional Living throughout North America.

 Timing and Next Steps Before sending this letter I met with the staff and deacons, and am grateful for their encouragement and prayers as we begin a major transition.  Our deacons have started a process to find God’s man to be the next pastor of Calvary.  Please pray for them and expect a progress report at our multi-campus celebration on August 31, at 6:30 pm in our central campus worship center. 

 We will have plenty of time to say our good-byes.  I look forward to sharing these next few weeks with you before Calvary commissions me to be your missionary to North America.