When I find myself overwhelmed I often start singing this little diddy..."now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside, and I would like to a minute so sit right there and I will tell how I became the princess of a church plant..." Errr, so that last part does not flow as nicely as Will Smith's did, but you get the point.
I hate change, any type of change, I despise it. So why on earth did I answer the call to plant a church?! Trust me, this journey is not for the faint of heart, again, why on earth am I doing this?!
Obedience, that's why we are doing this. God has placed a huge calling on our lives, and we are answering that call, no matter what. No. Matter. What.
I don't have all the answers, I don't know what the future looks like, and for someone who gets all anxious and eye twitchy about not knowing the plan, I actually feel mostly at peace. I rest in the assurance that God has it all planned, which sometimes I roll my eyes when people tell me that, but I have come to the point of believing it now. Or I am so delirious in denial, it's the only thing I am believing in nowadays! We have A LOT to do in the next 2 weeks, A LOT. We have been fielding questions for a while now, and I thought I should just put it out there for anyone that wants to know. So here are a few questions we have been getting from friends, and I hope to provide you with a few answers. Let me throw this disclaimer out there...anything and everything I say could change by this afternoon, or next week. So here is what I know this morning, right at this moment...
Q. Did you sell your house?
A. Yes, we did, in one day! Right now the process is going smoothly.
Q. When do you close on your house?
A. July 10, and the buyers receive immediate occupancy.
Q. Are you moving to OH on July 10?
A. No, we are here in Milwaukee until the end of August. But we are moving ALL of our belongings to OH the first week of July.
Q. So if you have to move out of your house, and you are staying until the end of August, where are you living?
A. We have some very generous friends that are allowing us to crash in their basement for July and August.
Q. Are you planting your church when you move to OH?
A. Not right away, we will mostly be fundraising and meeting with people this fall. Come January, we will officially be in planting mode...gathering people, starting a launch team, etc. That will happen during winter/spring/summer. Along with outreach events, and community involvement. Plus a whole lot of other goodness that I am not sure of the details yet.
Q. So if you aren't planning your church right away, where will you live?
A. My in-laws are also very generous, and we will be living with them in Findlay until we buy a house, which hopefully will be this fall some time.
Q. Where will you buy a house?
A. In the city we are planting our church, Toledo, OH. We are still narrowing down exact location, and what all that looks like in terms of our family life and where the church will call home.
Q. What about Molly and school?
A. After lots of thought, prayer, and worrying, we have decided to homeschool until we make the official move to Toledo. I love public school, let me put that out there, I love teachers! But we didn't feel it was very fair to Molly to move her around so much and have her attend 2 totally different schools in a couple short months. So we are looking at maybe 2-4 months of homeschool...pray for me!
Q. Do you have a name for your church?
A. Yes, but we aren't sharing quite yet.
Q. Where will your church meet?
A. We aren't sure yet, I am guessing we will be portable, which means we will rent a facility, and set-up/tear-down every week.
Q. How can we pray for you?
A. Thanks for asking...right now we would appreciate prayers for a smooth closing on our home, prayers for making the move with all of our stuff, prayers for security for the girls in the time of major transition and living with other people, and prayers for God's direction. We have truly seen God's hand guide all of our steps so far in the journey, and we are so excited to share this process and adventure with you all.
And thank you all for your prayers while we were at our assessment last week. We passed with flying colors, so that was another huge affirmation from God that we are truly being obedient to his calling.