are ever so grateful to all of you for the prayers, support, love and
encouragement that you have showered us with this last year and a half.
It is hard to believe Joe has been enrolled full-time in seminary for
over a year! (and even harder to believe he still has two more years,
but I know it will pass so quickly and I will wonder where in the world
the time went) Hebrew is on the agenda for summer...along with a few
other classes, I'm hopeful that this language comes as easy as Greek
The next "official" step in the journey will
occur tomorrow. Joe will go before the regional governing body for our
denomination to give a brief testimony and explanation of his sense of
calling to full-time ministry. He has already met at length with the
candidates committee. During tomorrow's meeting, he will be presented
and voted on as a candidate for pastoral ministry (forgive me if that
wording is not exact) and to begin his pastoral internship coming under
the care/mentoring of the other pastors and elders in our region. It is
one of the things that we appreciate about our denomination, this
"coming under care" of the elders.
Pray for him tonight, he is
finishing a paper due tomorrow (which is why I'm sending this
email!)...and plans to devote some time to prayer and "briefing" up his
words to say tomorrow. Pray those words come from the Holy
Spirit...pray for him tomorrow that peace and calm reigns in his heart
as he stands before the group.
is humbling, overwhelming, and amazing what God has done for us in the
midst of this season, how He has grown our hearts and is molding our
spirits...how He has provided abundantly...and it only makes us even
more excited to see what is next!
Thank you ever so much for your prayers, we love each and every one of you abundantly!