To inform everyone:
WE ARE MOVING TO SUMMERSIDE PEI!!
We have kept somewhat quiet (although I, Beckie, would tell if people asked) over the last couple of months. We had been interviewed by Summerside Baptist Church from September until late November. For those that aren’t in ministry, as far as church interviews go that is fast! lol We accepted the call for Chris to be their Pastor of Ministry Development (associate Pastor) two weeks ago Tuesday. And recently (Tuesday) went up for the day to look at potential homes. So…I guess this is as official as it can get!
It’s funny how God works things out! Not that all of our trials are finished, but we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. God has paved the way from the beginning to the end (of the beginning) of this process.
To name a few things:
- The moment we came in the door from being rejected at the border (see previous Oklahoma posts) Chris went to the laptop to disappear from the world. An email came in from Summerside. This was just the beginning.
- Our first visit was delightful! A getaway without the kids and a great introduction to the church.
- Our second visit the kids came with us. Natalee and Oliver loved the people! It was like they had been with this church all along! For days Natalee was asking, “When are we going to Sunnyside again?” (Sunnyside is the name of the daycare in Toy Story 3, one of Natalee’s favourite movies. Hence, the title of this blog post).
After about a month of hearing nothing we got a phone call. We thought it was all over. The Church had voted, the night before, and it was unanimous. They had extended an official call to Chris (and our family) to join in their ministry in Summerside.
When we were finally deciding if this is where God was leading Chris and I were very hesitant. Mostly the reservation was due to fear. It all came down to me saying, “What more can God do for us to realize we are supposed to go?” And now we are going…
We are so thankful for the consistent spiritual support to intercede for us during the hard times. Even if we couldn’t “hear God” we knew he was there! A passage that has been on my heart lately is Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Thanks to all that have been continuously praying! This has kept us from growing weary.