The Next Phase…

Last night, we had a tearful yet joyful time of fellowship with our church family in Denver as we said “Goodbye!” after six wonderful years of service and shepherding.

Now, the real fun begins.  I’ve said before that God has taught me to once again walk by faith and not by sight.  Well, the faith part is more real than ever before as I am now officially unemployed.  I’ve never had more uncertainty about the future than I have right now and never had more confidence in the provision of God than this moment.

So, phase two…

We are busy packing up our home and putting it in storage here in Denver.  We plan to leave on Thursday and make our way across country to Canada, to visit with my parents for a few days.  My son Jonathan will be traveling with them for a few weeks while they visit churches in the Midwest and South.  The rest of us will be traveling down to the Indianapolis area, visiting with family and friends.  Later, this month, we are planning a “quick” trip up to New England to visit more family.  So, kind of a vacation/road trip.  It will be an adventure, that’s for sure.  Perhaps we’ll see some of you along the way!

The church search is ongoing.  The Lord has graciously allowed me to have multiple discussions with two different churches.  We are continuing to interact with them, one at a time, and waiting on the Lord’s direction.  We had a great visit recently to a church in the Midwest and may be visiting with them again in the near future, as the Lord allows.  It’s in His hands, and we are content.

The kids are kind of nervous and kind of exciting as they watch furniture being disassembled and put into a moving truck.  They are beginning to see the reality of this new phase, which we have discussed as a family since the middle of February.

I appreciate your prayers for us.  Pray for God’s clear direction to a place of ministry.  Pray for safety on the roads as we log many miles and hours.  Pray for God’s provision as we trust Him for our finances, a new place to call home, new schools to attend, and for wisdom in the myriads of decisions to make.

I will plan to post on the blog as I’m able in the next month.  Once we are settled somewhere, I look forward to continued interaction with you on topics that are important to followers of Jesus Christ.  Until then…

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bob on May 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Pay us a visit in your travels if you can!

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  2. Posted by Joe Roof on May 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Hey Brian,
    If you travels to New England bring you through Albany, we may have a place for you and your family to stay and we would love to meet all of you.

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  3. You know we are praying, and we can’t wait to visit with you all again!!!!

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  4. Posted by Bruce C. on May 26, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    We’ve been praying for you guys Brian. We’re looking forward to seeing what God has in store for your family.

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  5. Brian,

    Was in similar situations not too long ago. I will pray for you. Don’t despise the time the Lord may give you out of vocational ministry- there are lessons to be learned there as well.

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  6. Thanks everyone for your encouragement and advice. It’s all good! I hope I can work it out to see a few of you during the month. I’ll be in touch!

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  7. Praying for you.

    2 Thess 3:4, “we have confidence in the Lord concerning you”

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  8. Posted by Dan Basham on May 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Brian —
    Hey man — praying for you as you seek God’s will.
    If you are in the southeast — Atlanta, GA. give us a call. Would love to see you.

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  9. Posted by Matt Morrell on May 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Brian,

    I have just experienced a transition as well. The “next phase” is a blessing for we learn to walk by faith! Would love to see you in the midwest!!

    Reply

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