Monday, June 18, 2012

we're moving

photo: Thomas Beck

Lindsey and I moved to Salt Lake City almost exactly one year ago to love people and hopefully show Jesus to some of them.

From the beginning things were not exactly how we had planned.  Our church had pulled its support over philosophical and theological differences, Lindsey was just entering the second trimester of her pregnancy, and neither of us had jobs.

But that is the nature of steps of faith.  If they go according to plan, then they are really just steps.

We both got jobs, enrolled Lindsey in Utah's fantastic medicaid program, and we made some really great friendships.

In our time here, we have had conversations that I never even dreamed were possible in the United States.  For some of our friends, we are the only (non-Mormon) Christians they have ever met, which allowed us to have very real and honest conversations about our faith.

Were it only for the friendships and serving people, we would certainly stay.

But in March, my dad had heart surgery.  Two days afterwards, he asked me to move back to Omaha.  He wanted my help.  

My dad has never asked for anything from me.

Most importantly, this move will allow me to be near my dad at a unique time in his life.  His last child moves out of the house on Friday.  He has never had the opportunity to live near one of his grandchildren.  And he is just coming off of life-saving heart surgery.

Additionally, it will provide us with some much needed financial stability.  After Charlotte was born, Lindsey stopped working, and my two jobs and a struggling small business don't leave any margin for luxuries like doctors' visits.

We started this journey wanting to obey God's calling on our lives.  While it would have been glamorous and adventurous to start a successful church in a state that is only 1.5% Christian, it is humble and right to honor my father and his request.

We look forward to what God has in store for this next chapter of our lives.


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