Monday, October 24, 2005

We recently made the difficult decision to leave our church home. We came to our precious church after a rough, emotional time last spring. It has been a tremendous time of healing for each of us. Todd, though he deeply desires to get back into youth ministry, was able to sit back and rest. I was able to participate in the worship while putting aside the leadership roles I've had in the past. Hannah, who struggled with tummy aches, does not have the stress related symtoms anymore and Caleb has been... well... still Caleb :) . As soon as we made the desicion to visit Echo, we were surrounded by people who embraced us and a pastor (and outstanding friend) who has given us an unbelievable amount of support, love and prayer while knowing we planned to eventually move on. I love receiving hugs and encouragement from so many wonderful friends. I even enjoy listening to dear Sheldan, a mentally handicap man, calling every one the wrong name or asking Todd if he can help him in the sound booth every week. These people have captured my heart and I can not pretend that our leaving will be an easy one. There is so much I'd like to say to all of them, but I can't find the words to use. How can you thank someone for helping you heal? How do you express in words how much you wish that you were called to stay and help them continue to build? I never imagined that I would feel so connected in such a short time. Still, God has called us to move on in this blind journey we are on. I don't begin to understand what He has in mind. We have never been drifters- quite the opposite actually. We liked to get connected and stay put. Somehow God has caused us to step outside our comfort zone and follow Him into the fog. I am so thankful for Echo Christian Fellowship. They will always be a sweet oasis in our wandering desert.

And so comes the next question, "Where do we go from here?"

We honestly don't know. We didn't intend to find Echo, so somehow I imagine the next place will be the same. Just by following his lead.

4 Comments:

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Sonflowergurl said...

Thanks for sharing that, we're currently looking for an oasis in this desert, and praying to find our "stay put" place as well. We had a similar "oasis" experience a few years ago, and it was wonderful. We still hold those people near and dear to our hearts!

Does this mean there's something great in the works?

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Jen Williams said...

So you aren't coming to Echo anymore?

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Kim said...

our last sunday in Nov.6th

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger mistic_mommy said...

kim, thanks for sharing that. we are currently in and oasis place right now, and don't know how long it will last. God hs just been telling us to rest in Him right now and He is going to take care of what comes next. I'm pray for you guys. God has big plans for you and it will always be an andventure.

-lisa

 

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