Today my husband announced to our church we will be moving back to Florida. We are really going to miss our church family here in West Tennessee, but we see God's hand sending us back down to Deland. We are sad to leave people who has loved our family, and whom we love very much. We are super excited to follow God back to Deland where my husband will probably be planting a church. He is currently in the process of going through interviews and evaluations with a church in Florida. It is a LONG process. If he does well then we will know without a doubt we are supposed to church plant. When God started burdening our hearts for church planting in the past we both agreed that we wanted to be sent from a church to plant a church and be a part of a certain network that my husband really likes. God has seemed to open up the doors for this. The MR. will be working a secular position alongside of church planting. When you start out in church planting you do not make income like you do taking pastor positions in churches. You are more like a missionary. So at this time we are not sure exactly how the Lord is going to provide for our family. And this is very scary for me. I am a planner. I like organized plans. We had to take a spiritual gifts test for one of the evaluations and one of my lowest gifts was FAITH- Sadly, I am not surprised. I love math and when things don't add up I WORRY! I find myself having to read Matthew 6 quite often! ;)
The Mr. ministered in the Deland in the past & a person who knew the leadership very well where he was serving told us-this will be your hardest staff position--And well after being on staff at 3 different churches now, this person was 100% correct!~With that being said~ Some people are going to love this news of us moving back to Deland and a few individuals not so much! We are okay with that! It is the price you pay when you live sold out for God and stand on His Word no matter the cost! Jesus said “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also." John 15:18-20
The positives of moving back to Deland, and planting a church is we love the people and the community. We know the spiritual needs there. The Harvest is plentiful!!! The town is growing by leaps and bounds according to the man my husband has been in contact with about church planting. We have some people who may be a part of our core team already which is one of the biggest obstacles in church planting. It is a family town and we are very excited to raise our family there. We have some sweet friends we met along our fAiTh journey & we are thrilled to reconnect with them. We know Deland is where we want to spend the rest of our life at. We are excited to live a transparent- Christ centered life there and build godly friendships, while making disciples and advancing the Kingdom! :) Lastly, Did I mention that Florida has many Haitian churches that we will be able to connect with in order to help our adopted child remain connected to his or her culture! We are very excited for our church family here in west Tennessee to come visit us in the Sunshine state! They said they would love to do mission work when we are able to plant! :) God's plan is perfect!