It seems time is flying by toward our departure. From EMI. From the US. My replacement as DYCS has been named (Welcome to EMI, Captains Terry and Jennifer Smith!) and in everyone’s hearts and minds, the transition has begun. And I’m okay with that. I don’t want to stand in the way of progress, and I want to help make the transition to the new leadership in the youth department go as smoothly as possible.
Everyone knew from the beginning that my tenure here was a temporary one. Or at least it should have been known. In reality, I suppose there was a chance that I would have stayed around, and I would have loved that. But since last October, we’ve known that God had something completely mind-blowing in mind for us — Papua New Guinea.
So while we worked and learned and loved the people here, we knew all along, though we could tell very few, that we were not long for this place. And in our hearts and minds, we’ve been preparing ourselves for the exciting and scary adventures that await us on the other side of the world.
I’m amazed … in wonder and awe … at God’s timing and His perfect plan for my life. He knows what’s around the next corner. He knows what’s going to happen next month, next year. He already knows the people I’ll meet and the people I’ll serve with, minister in mission with, learn to love.
He knows the heartache that will be ours as we depart Detroit and this amazing EMI division, and the friendships we’ve had the honor and pleasure of making here. We’ll miss a lot of things about this place, and I’m sure we’ll miss a lot of things about living in America. But I’m sure we’ll find great adventure and joy in what awaits us on the other side of the world.
Keep us in your prayers, as we’ll be in prayer for you as we remember you.
God is good!