Hey, if Ted Dekker can do it (use a number for a title) so can I. But I am so rebellious I just used the number.
8 IS SIGNIFICANT TO ME
I shared with the folks this past Sunday that it was a significant day for me. In November of 2005, Jo and I began our ministry with the church. Doesn’t seem like 8 years. As with any church pastorate, there have been good times, and there have been bad times. We have seen attendance highs and lows. We have seen successes and failures. We have seen several come to Christ (but not nearly enough). We have made a major move from a rented, dirty gym to our own facility, which we renovated this past summer (pictures on church website). BUT…we have also seen a mass exit of high school students going off to college in a span of 2 years; and some people leaving for various reasons (death, moving, disgruntled, wrong fit, etc). All in all it has been a fun (yes that is the word) ministry. Memorable. Decisive. Fulfilling. Heart-breaking. Adventurous. And more. I love these people and look forward to more years, Lord willing.
Through it all has been my wife, Jo. She has had to work full-time almost through this whole ministry, largely due to insurance. She has had to learn new things; hear new things (words she had never heard before); and even do new things. She has been a trooper and has sacrificed a lot to help keep us afloat.
I would be remiss though if I didn’t mention Diana. I call her my secretary. I reckon the proper term is “office manager.” She started about one week before I did and initially worked for two of us. Since Spring of ’09 she has worked primarily for me. When we were hit with an uppercut in January of ’11, she shouldered more responsibility. Her husband, Jim, has been her biggest supporter, as have her two sons. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty many times. With the possibility that we may be taking on another staff person soon, her responsibilities will kick up even more. Thanks Di!
I am especially thankful for my two girls, Tami and Janna. No father could be more proud of his two girls than I am, AND I’M NOT PREJUDICED! . I could brag on them for a long time, but know you have time constraints. They are God’s greatest earthly blessings to me and I wouldn’t trade them for anything (not even boys). I know she will shoot me, but I particularly want to highlight Tami. She has had some health issues, but has “righted her ship” and has done it by lifestyle changes. I would love for you to read this post she wrote. I almost had a cow when I found out she had another blog with excellently written posts. Please check it out.
What are you celebrating that we can rejoice with you?