Well, considering it has been many months since I have put anything on here, I suppose an update is in order. If anybody is still checking this after all that time, leave a comment and I will try to post more frequently. Also, I am setting up another blog for ministry updates and will probably switch mostly to that one--more about that later.
Where to start? By my last post I suppose it's obvious that there were some different options for us and decisions we had to make. It took awhile, but once we started moving and asked God to show us if it was the right path, things started coming together pretty quickly! For one, we were looking at various missions organizations to join and when to do so. Usually the process literally takes months or years, filling out all the paper work and then raising support and being placed in a ministry. Or at least we thought so. One Sunday after a particularly convicting sermon on decisions, we decided that the option we felt was best to more forward on and where God could really use us was to join the Center for Indian Ministries, CIM, under Oak Hills Fellowship. We had been praying about going in this direction for quite some time and were confident in moving forward, so we asked God that if this was the right next step that He would make that clear and open the doors. Well, after filling out the paperwork we found ourselves fully accepted within a few weeks!
Okay, now on the the slow and steady process of raising support and getting set in various ministries. Actually, within months we were moved out to Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation on the newly reopened campus of the Mokahum Ministry Center. Mokahum is a school to train and disciple Native American believers with biblical and minsitry training and life skills. It is for any age post-high school and offers one year and three year programs. This isn't actually a new idea; it was once open under C&MA (Christian & Missionary Alliance) 30 years ago and had been sitting vacant. Until the property was offered to CIM under the stipulation that it be used once agin for Native ministry.
This wasn't something we had planned to be directly a part of, but someone to live on site and be in charge of facilities was really needed before it opened and we asked to consider filling that role. After a lot of prayer and thinking, we decided to take that offer. The ministry of Mokahum is something we support wholeheartedly, and although it isn't quite what we had in mind initially, it is an honor and a blessing to be a part of.
So now we live here and Corey is the Facilities Director. Right now we have one guy student, and Corey spends time with him and works with him on carpentry etc. skills. As more students come on board, we will have more of a role as Resident Staff.
We have also gotten involved with a little chapel here in Cass Lake, also called Mokahum, and teach the children's ministry half-time. Working with children is still our heart and delight and it is great to be a part of it. We have also really enjoyed the change to a little chapel with a small congregation, no building or fancy equipment, nothing besides voices more music on Sunday mornings--just a gathering of people who truly love Jesus and each other.
The CIM team: what a wonderful and godly group to be a part of!
And of course, our other big news: we are expecting!! Yes, along with all those changes I am pregnant with our first child. And just a little bit excited about it! :) What a blessing! We just found out that we are having a baby boy and are excited to welcome him sometime around March 4.