Dear New Hope Church Friends:
My dear Christa and I could not be more excited about joining with you in these days ahead! We have been determined to finish well with our beloved Bethel Church family, but that has not in any way muted our enthusiasm for what lies ahead. As we step through these weeks of transition away from the Fargo-Moorhead community toward Minneapolis, we covet your prayers and thank you for your encouragement.
Would you pray for these three things? First, pray we can sell our home as quickly as possible so as to responsibly relocate in the Minneapolis area. I’m sure you can imagine this is a huge matter of concern. Pray God gives us favor with the best buyer here, and that we can find the right home for us there.
Secondly, pray for spiritual protection. This is a detail not to be easily dismissed. Satan hates what God is doing with us, the Bethel Church community, and the New Hope Church family. Pray against the enemy’s schemes, and that a great hedge of protection would surround all of us during these days. We do not wrestle with flesh and blood. Thankfully, we have a victorious Jesus who is our shield and defender!
Thirdly, pray for wisdom and favor to overwhelm me as we step into the responsibilities with the New Hope family. I need wisdom to discern how to be the best possible steward of this calling. And I relish favor from our new church family, that our hearts would be knit together and that we could step forward with grace and peace and purpose. These are things for which I am very hungry.
While I will be easing into things effective August 1, I will begin preaching, Lord willing, on August 16, with a special time of prayer and commissioning on September 20. These are special days for us, and I trust for you, too. Yet they are just the beginning of a new journey for us all as we seek to be a Christ-centered community for all people, moving toward Jesus and taking others with us. We cannot wait to be with you!