Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
It is our desire and goal in life to able to serve our Lord to the best of our ability. We want to have the freedom, in regards to finances and skills, to go wherever the Lord will use us, maybe even to a mission field.
After realistically looking at our current situation, we came to the conclusion that we might be able to fulfill our goals in L.A., but it would take a very long time at the rate that we are going. A couple weeks back, we brainstormed about how to best accomplish our goals and prepare ourselves for a rapidly approaching future.
We looked at Sam getting a second job or Nicki getting a full time or part time job. We considered when we want to have kids and how that would affect our lives. We looked at our cost of living to see if we could reduce any of it. We looked at our opportunities for ministry in Los Angeles. We weighed up the pros and cons of living in L.A. and going to Grace with living in a cheaper part of the country. We weighed the friendships and relationships that we have in L.A. with the possibility of new ones in another area.
After searching and pursuing numerous options in the L.A. area, we decided to open up our search to other areas outside of L.A. and California. The Lord opened doors and closed some doors. Last Thursday (the 23rd), Sam was offered a job in Modesto, CA. The job is a managing position for a landscaping company that does commercial maintenance and installation. It is a very similar job to what he is already doing, except that he will be working for someone else rather than himself.
One of the benefits of working for a licensed contractor is that after three years Sam can get his own contractor’s license, which is what he has been pursuing for the last few years. The other way to get the contractor’s license, which is the way that Sam has been pursuing, is for him to finish his bachelor’s degree. Cal State Stanislaus has the same program that Sam was pursing here in L.A. This will also be a benefit for us as Sam will only have a 20 mile commute rather than the 120 mile commute that he made last semester.
Another benefit of moving to Modesto is the cheaper cost of living. Renting alone is about half of what it is in L.A. This will free us up to pay off debt, save for the future, and have the flexibility to be generous with the resources the Lord gives us.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
In light of this, we will be leaving L.A., Oneighty Ministry, Grace Community Church, and many, many dear friends. November 9th will be our last Sunday at Grace, though we will be back a few more times before the end of November. We are moving to Modesto, CA where Sam has a job waiting, and where we will begin serving Hickman Community Church.
We are planning to be here for Thanksgiving, and for the high-school prayer event on the 22nd of November. We are also going to be moving all our belongings on the 22nd of November and would appreciate all the help we can get loading the truck that night.
It saddens us to think of all the relationships that we are leaving behind in L.A. God has blessed us with many close friends, but at the same time we are excited for the future and what opportunities await us. The best thing about separations and good-byes between Christians is that we know they are not forever. We are going to get a place in Modesto that has an extra bedroom or two so that we can have people stay with us. If you are ever in the area, or headed for Yosemite National Park, let us know. We would love to catch up with you.
There are a few things that we would appreciate prayer for…
- That God would provide a buyer or someone to take over Sam’s business
- That we would find the right place to live
- That the transition would be smooth
- That our hearts would be knit together with those at Hickman Community Church and
- That we would be a blessing to those people as we seek to love and serve them as Christ does.
More to follow....