I know that it has been a while since I made my last entry ... but I can assure you that it has been for good reason. Let me also reassure you that this blog will not end ... we will continue to receive and answer your questions as well as pass along any noteworthy buzz from the world that we find worth reading and discussing. With that said, humor me with you attention for a few more minutes!
Some of you may have received this as a message ... so for the rest to make this official ... and to remove any question ...
As you may know, I have been out of work for some time. Jobs here just did not open up like they should have so I began to expand my horizons to find work. Initially there was a lot of interest in me all over the US: CO, IL, OH, NC, FL, NY, CT, ND, TX, and NH all exchanged communication with me concerning possible employment. The NY, CT, NH, and CO regions looked like they were coming though ... the one specifically in CT looked as if it was certain ... but they all either fell through or ended silent.
You know that my life is about what it is ... and that is important to me ... not to abandon my family ... but only my will. God is real and His love for us is worth all of our efforts to share with others. His love is real, but so are His judgments ... of which I want no one who I directly impact ever to see after the end of this life!
In short, we have been sought out and asked to pastor a church and lead a Bible school running a missionary complex in Guyana ... South America ... just north of Brazil and east of Venezuala. I have accepted.
The details of how I was found are amazing ... but I know I am to walk this road ... where it leads I do not know. All of our needs will be met, to include travel to and from the states.
We are leaving New Orleans in two weeks and heading back to where it all started for us ... Kinder, LA. Our church there will be supporting us while we remain in country. We will be flying into Trinidad in the middle of September for two weeks where I will be speaking at a conference in Grenada, then going through the process of meeting the leaders of some of the churches in our assembly ... then turning all focus on my work... meeting everyone and surveying the details of the needs there in Guyana.
We will be returning to America to draw up final plans to include shipping our gear out there along with getting the gear we need to be successful. Then, in the end of October we will be leaving for our permanent work there.
Will you see us again? I can promise you that you will ... if you run the race I have chosen to run ... because we will all arrive at the same destination!
I know this is not what we thought would be happening ... but this is what we are to do ... I know it.
It's all very overwhelming for us ... especially that we would be chosen for this considering that I am far from perfect ... but this is our path. Again, where it leads I do not know ... but I do know that it will involve leaving New Orleans and spending an uncertain time in Guyana.
I love you guys ... I want with all of my heart for you to run the race I have shown you ... I wanted so badly to find it worth running and running well. I will not get to see that. I hope some of you revisit what I have tried to teach you and surrender the life you are trying so hard to lead ... to God. I came here as a missionary ... I accepted the task of working several jobs to be able to put myself within your reach. I hope with all of my heart that you remember and think hard about the things I taught those of you who served or grew under our leadership. God is more real than this world you see with your eyes ... that is dying every day ... that is changing every day ... with all of the 'laws' we claim to know. God never changes. Guys, He will judge this world ... it will come. Be on the right side of that judgment.
I can assure you that my life is proof that a life lived for Him is an adventure no one will ever believe ... and so our adventure continues... and our road together ends (for now.)
Am I being mushy ... more than I am comfortable with ...but it is the truth.
For those of you who live in the NOLA region, I will continue to be leading the Wednesday night Bible studies for the next two weeks. We will be holding a farewell service the last Sunday night at the church ... you all know where it is ... 6pm next Sunday night (26 August). It would do my heart well to see you there. You have to know you were always more to me than just my students, associates, or people who filled seats in my ministry.
To everyone else, I ask that you pray for us as we prepare for this new journey. God is good and He is faithful. There are many obstacles that must be overcome in the next few weeks ... but God does not fear obstacles .. He laughs at them ... He shows His goodness and strength in them for those who are willing to walk through them. I can assure you that we are walking ...
I hope to see all of you soon.