Remember the Alamo! Being a history buff, there are side benefits of me heading to San Antonio to work and save up money, but I am ecstatic that a door has opened to be able to take steps forward. I've spent several months having doors shut and things not work out, so this is very encouraging to have this open up at the very beginning of 2014.
This opportunity has come together quite suddenly, and I'm very grateful for my friend Taddy Schmitt for pulling it together. I'll be working with him at the church at which he is worship pastor, as well as hopefully finding other part time work. My goal is to save as much as I can while I can so I'm primed and ready to go for the next opportunity if God sends one. If he has me stay in San Antonio long term and this is the pretext of how he gets me there, then He knows best in that!
I have a huge heart to continue in missions, but in the last year I have taken a lot of steps of faith and learned a lot, but haven't managed to land in a place of God's peace. I believe that this new city will provide that, and God will lead me from there as to what is next. For now, I am looking forward to being in one place for a bit.
Pertaining to still trying to pursue being in missions, I have applied for an internship with the Urban Farming Guys in Kansas City. This was before the opportunity in San Antonio arose, so I will see how God works out the loose ends. I have not yet heard back from them, so if they accept me I will live and work in San Antonio until their internship starts. They run them throughout the year, so there is no easy way of telling when it might come through. They are a group that does much of what I love, and I hope that I am able to work on them and learn more about aquaponics, urban gardening, sustainable technology, and building up communities from inside themselves. You can check them out at theurbanfarmingguys.com. In short, it began as a group of families who were sent out from their home church to live in one of the troubled neighborhoods in Kansas City and be Jesus to the people there by becoming part of their community. I think it's great what they do, and I hope I get to work with them.
That is about all I know for now, but a step forward is happening, so praise God!
I appreciate your continued prayers as I build relationships in San Antonio and actively prepare for whatever doors God opens next.
Just a quick note of thanks to everybody. If you are anything like me and have been following me for the past year, last year feels like a whirlwind. There have been LOTS of changes in plans. This was confusing, frustrating, and downright depressing at times. But I know that Romans 8:28 (And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ESV) is true, and I know he is working these puzzle pieces together into something that brings him glory, so I am excited to be stepping out again and am expectant that a "permanent" situation is just around the bend. Thanks so much for standing with me in the time since I left Denver in 2012!
Another prayer point in all of this change: I have never had a home church backing me in my missions work in all of the 9 years I have been doing it. I was sent out and given a gift from my parents' church when I went to my DTS in 2004, but since then have not been able to find a church body to take me in as one of their missionaries. There is something powerful about the prayer and support that comes from a church body, and I am praying that through this season of my life, God builds the relationships he needs to to allow me to have the foundation to stay and thrive in ministry. Please pray that God forms bonds in this new community I am going to, and that he leads me to plant seeds of vision at the right times.