February 6, 2012

The Early Church

Geoff has been employed by the Early Church of Christ for about 4 years.  For 2 years Geoff worked part time for the church and we commuted from Abilene while he completed his M. Div. at ACU.  We then moved to Early and Geoff has been working full time for the church. One of the fun things about Early, TX is that it is located right between each of our parents, 1 1/2 hrs. to Geoff's folks in Abilene, and 2 hrs. the other way to mine in Belton. Geoff grew up in this community (13 years old through high school) and his dad was the minister at this church several years before we ended up here.  It was a homecoming of sorts and it has been a blessing for me to be able to learn more about Geoff by listening to old stories and seeing him through the eyes of those who've known him for so many years.  We have been so taken care of and overwhelmingly loved by the community here.

However, after these great years of being a part of this congregation and community it is time to move on.  Geoff and I have been fighting a nagging desire to move overseas to pursue Jesus in a different culture since we were first married. We spent a lot of time in prayer over the past several months and have decided that this is the time to finally pursue this dream. Two Sundays ago Geoff announced to the congregation that we would be moving this coming April.  Every day we feel a greater amount of peace and excitement with our future plans. We have grown very close to so many in the congregation and community and it was hard to announce that we would be moving.  Even though we feel very led by God in this decision, and at peace that we are doing what we need to do, it is sad to begin saying goodbye.  Thank you to all of you who have loved us and have made our time in this community a blessing.  We look forward to enjoying to the fullest each day of our remaining time here!

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