One year ago today, I flew from Birmingham, AL to Cape Girardeau, MO. I remember our new pastor, Mark Anderson, picking me up from the airport and taking me to dinner at Olive Garden. I remember him sharing about what God was doing in his life. The vision that God was giving to Lynwood. I’d heard most of it before, but I could tell how personal it was. I was so excited to hear God speaking to him and challenging him and his wife. We are so honored and blessed to serve with Mark and Karen.
I can say that this has been challenging year personally. If you follow this blog at all, you know what I’m talking about. But I can also say that this has been one of the best years. We serve a great body of believers. They have loved us so much. They have taken care of us. They have responded to our leadership and challenged us to be better at what we do. We love leading worship with them and serving our great Savior together. We look forward to many more years.
My family stayed in Alabama that week to oversee the packing and loading. It was tough. But my first choir rehearsal was definitely the highlight of the week. It was so exciting.
One year has passed, but our excitement is just as alive as ever.
We love you Lynwood!
Yeah, I’m writing this Monday morning. Yesterday was the hardest day so far. I think everyone is feeling the absence of Sonya with increasing intensity.
I am really struggling not leading worship right now. How can I not sing to my God? That’s what He created me to do. I am trusting Him with my voice. He’s knows what’s up.
Kate and Ellie woke up from their naps in bad moods. I mean bad moods. Then I was glad I wasn’t leading worship because we didn’t make it before the service started! They were so tired and hungry on the way home and we were out of diapers. So thankful that Taco Bell is on the way to Schnuck’s.
It’s 5 days until Saturday. I miss my best friend and my mate.
But there were some bright moments in the day. Kate after the morning service:
Brotey enjoying chocolate milk at our friends house:
Lunch with friends, complete with magic tricks and balloon animals. And, of course, a call from Sonya.
I was so good to hear her voice. They started the camp yesterday and their most intense week of ministry. 175 kids, 24/7 until the day they leave, which is this coming Friday!!! Pray for Holly Johnson, a friend of ours not the trip. She is sick with a stomach virus or a parasite. Sonya is taking care of her as well as a really good doctor. She has medicine and is getting better. But, like I said, this is a really intense week. Pray for healing, pray for strength, pray for stamina, and above all, pray for God to move.
Can’t wait to hear about all that God does.