After months of prayer, planning, and preparation, Mark and I are heading out to Minneapolis, Minnesota to begin a new phase in our lives. We will be leaving Bend, Oregon after having the privilege of helping with Central Oregon Baptist Church plant. It has been amazing to see what God has done here to build His church. It is such a beautiful thing to see His Word at work in lives.
As Mark's wife, I've known that two of his desires have been to help disciple people in a church setting and also to be able to train and teach pastors to go out and do the same with their own flocks. Many months ago, I could see God working on Mark's heart concerning this second desire and the direction of our future. Mark's brother, Jason who is a youth pastor presently in MN, has had the burden to teach on the mission field for a very long time, and through much prayer, Mark and I feel that God would have us labor with Jason when that time comes. There will be a few years of preparation needed to begin such a work, and Mark would like to help as much as possible with the many details that go into this planning.
Late November, we decided to put our house on the market and were trying to determine the exact timing of our move to MN. We never anticipated how quickly our house would sell. Our house was only on the market for about 50 days. Praise be to God for his timing and guidance during the last few months. My last day of work was this last Friday, and Mark will be finished this Friday working for the school district here in Bend. We will head out early on Saturday morning Feb. 27th for Minneapolis.
There are a lot of unknowns for the future concerning timing and other issues, but we do know that up to this point God has been clearly leading us this direction. It will be exciting to see how God will unfold the future. Please pray for us as we start this new journey that we will continue to be faithful to the Lord and usable for His service and for His glory.