Sunday, March 25

ROOTS.

7 years. 3 States. (MN,VA,PA). 4 houses.
That's been our story since we got engaged.
After we got married, we moved to Va Beach where we spent a lovely 4 years. Made many great friends there, but we always knew that God had something else for us in the future. 
Following Andrew's graduation, we moved to Pittsburgh to help with a church plant. Thus began our transplantation to Pennsylvania. We really loved living in Pittsburgh. We met a lot of great people, found so many fun things to do, established the Pgh Momtourage and loved that it was not only a very affordable city, but a great place to raise a family. This past summer, after moving across town for Andrew's job, Andrew began looking to pursue a place of vocational ministry.  As we sought God's leading for our lives, He led us to a church that was only about 2 miles from our house, Three Rivers Grace Church. In a very short time we felt our hearts very knit to so many amazing people and found great encouragement & refreshment as we began to form friendships. Unbeknownst to us, this church has actually been looking to fill an assistent pastor for over a year. They had several possibilities, none of whom ended up working out. {hmm, a little Providence?} But as Andrew & the pastor got to know each other and he began to learn the direction we were heading - ah-ha! Talks, interviews, conversations began happening........and this past Sunday the church officially voted to approve Andrew as a part-time Associate Minister! We could not be more thrilled & excited at how God so clearly was directing, long before we could have even guessed what He had in store.
I recently saw this quote...............
The providence of God is like Hebrew words--it can be read only backwards.
~John Flavel
So we are excited about this new path. There is one challenge: The church only can afford to pay someone part--time, so for now Andrew will continue to work full-time at his current job and just work a few hours each week for the church. His first immediate task will be to oversee the worship services (the job description they sent could easily fill a full-time job!). As time progresses, he may look to find another job which would allow him to give more hours to the church. And of course the hope of us and the church is, that the church would continue to grow and thus allow him to come on full-time.
So I think that's as concise as I can be.....so much more that could be shared.
We are so thankful for this church family, how kind and welcoming they have been!
We praise God for His kind providence in our lives and I am now officially planting my first garden. How's that for roots? :)

3 comments:

cranny + b said...

we are THRILLED for you all and are praising the Lord with you!

jeileenbaylor said...

Congratulations! I loved hearing all of the details of God's provision. He truly is so good! We'll be praying for you as you try to give of your husband as he is pulled in multiple directions.

kellyH said...

thanks Sarah - especially for your & Stephen's encouragement along the way! And yes, Julie, I definitely appreciate that!