The past month has been absolutely crazy! In late April and early May, I spent two weeks in Georgia taking some seminary classes. Following that study adventure, we only had two weeks to pack before heading east to our new home of Waverly, New York. I feared that those two weeks would not be enough time to pack up everything, say goodbye to all our friends in Ohio, not to mention finish up all my pastoral duties at Hope Church. However, it was amazing to see how things came together. Yes, packing is a lot of work. Yes, it is emotionally draining saying goodbye to those you have come to know and love through the years. And yes, there are a lot of extra things that need to be done any time you change your address. But God has been faithful through it all.
I am sure that most of you have heard that I recently accepted the senior pastor position at Waverly Christian and Missionary Alliance Church (you can access the website at www.waverlycma.org). To say the least we are very excited about this new ministry endeavor. The people of WCMA Church have been amazing, helping us in so many ways. Last Saturday, a team of 4 men from the church made the trip out to Ohio to pack up most of our belongings in order to transport them to New York. By the time we arrived in Waverly, late Monday afternoon, a team from the church had unpacked everything from the moving truck and gave us a much-needed head start in settling down in our new digs. Each night this week, a family from the church has provided us with a meal for Supper, and we have been overwhelmed by the support of our new church family.
Every step of the moving process has been a step of faith. God has forced us to trust Him and then showed us His great sufficiency. With Stephane being 31 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child, the timing of this move was obviously not our choice, but Stephane has faired amazingly well throughout the entire process. God has given her strength and stamina, even during those late night packing adventures. Though life has been stressful at times over the past month, we praise God for giving us this new opportunity to serve Him and the people of Waverly Alliance.
So yes, we have moved to the Empire state of New York. You can call me a “Yankee” if you like, but as my good friend Randy Monk reminded me – I’ll always be a Canuck! He’s right.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)