It is a struggle to put into words what you mean to me and my family. When we came here in 2009, we were excited to see God moving in your midst, but when I would talk (both publicly and privately) about my confidence in what God was doing, I was many times met with doubtful stares. I think even your members who longed to see God bring health to you, were not so sure it was really possible. I confess that there have been some difficult days, but God has been so faithful to continually turn us in His direction and lead us onward.
Today, it is a true joy to lead you to weekly worship our great God together and to do life among a people struggling to be who God says we are. I look around and see that God has truly re-created us...and it is a beautiful thing! We are far from perfect, but I cannot imagine being a part of any other church.
You are my family's faith-family. You are co-disciplers of our boys. And you are a safe place for Suzanne and me to grow and serve. I am grateful to God that He planted us here, and I believe God is going to do immeasurably more in us during the coming days. I pray that He blows our minds and expectations out of the water for His glory!
Thank you for being God's chosen instrument to continue His work...in me, in my family, in Desoto County, and in the world.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
I am loving Christ with you, and because of you.