From the experiences, good and bad, over the last 22 months my head is buzzing. I am not sure if it was the rest I just received from our recent trip to Nashville, or the seemingly sudden changes that are always taking place, but I feel like I can't nail down a thought. I just have too many of them to focus on one. Please bear with me as I try to convey my heart. If you are uninterested in entering the deep (and sometimes ridiculous) recesses of my mind, please stop here. No hard feelings. :)
Well, its over. Sometimes I can hardly believe its over. Our 2 year experience at Charis Bible College came to a close the 3rd week of May. As one of our professors said the first few weeks of school, "Bible college is the perfect place to inspire and frustrate." And he was right. Our feelings swung from one extreme to the other many times depending on our circumstances, disagreement of theology, courses being taught, the list goes on and on. But one thing is certain: we wouldn't trade this experience for anything. We know this was God's Will for our lives. And there is no feeling that compares to that.
So, for the future? You maybe wondering. Well, so are we. :) We had every intention of moving back to Nashville. In fact, we were beginning to make plans. I cancelled the garbage pick up, Josh had informed his company, I had even begun to THINK about organizing the garage (although this never actually happened). But then a nagging thought. A slight lack of peace. A remembrance from the Holy Spirit of a conversation Josh and I had many months ago. We knew that the next season after school was not to strike out on our own, but to come under someone. To be mentored by someone that has been in ministry alot longer than we have. And because of some relationships in Nashville which were moving in different directions, we knew it wasn't there.
So where now? Several months ago, God orchestrated a connection with Dan & Penny Funkhouser. They pastor Heartbeat Ministries International, a church started several years ago by the couple. Dan also teaches several courses in 2nd and 3rd year at CBC. They are awesome, and the things they have seen God do through them are amazing. We knew in our hearts, and it was confirmed by a POWERFUL Word: this is what God had for the next season.
What this EXACTLY means, or how long this season will be, we just don't know. I can make plans, but whats the use? God's plans are always better (and usually more uncomfortable) than mine. We didn't exactly know what we were getting into when we moved here, but God is forever faithful, forever loving and guiding us. We still have church planting in our hearts. Europe. But I trust in His timing.
Ministry can look like a million different things. We are waiting and watching as God reveals to us what our ministry will look like. But this season is still training, preparation for what is to come.