I sit down to write with great excitement and expectation building in my heart. After living in Athens for 24 years and serving on the staff team at Ohio University and the greater Southeastern Ohio area for the past six years, God has called me to move to Cleveland to be part of what He is doing in Northeastern Ohio!
It has been a long, prayerful journey. About a year and a half ago, I felt the Lord leading me to pray about going to another campus. The closest thing I can relate it to is to God’s call to Abraham to leave his family, home and everything he knew to follow God. He had no idea where he was going but he responded by faith and went. For much of this past year and a half I wasn’t sure where the Lord was telling me to go and the possibilities seemed endless. But I kept seeking the Lord and praying, confident that He would lead me to where He wanted me to be.
At the beginning of this year I felt the Lord bring Cleveland to mind time and time again. Through friends on the staff team there I kept hearing about the great need they felt. There are 160,000 college students in the Cleveland and greater Northeastern Ohio area and our Cru presence there is small but growing. Currently we are on seven of the 18 campuses in our scope and are trusting God for more. I’m excited to join this small but mighty staff team and help give shape to this new and growing movement. I’m so excited to trust God for students in Northeastern Ohio to experience the gospel, grow in their faith and be sent out to make disciples of all nations.
Of course it is hard to leave a place that I have called home for most of my life, move farther away from most of my family and leave a staff team and students I dearly love. But I’m so excited to take this next step of faith with the Lord. I have been studying and meditating on Psalm 25 often in this past year. Repeatedly God has used verse 10 to bring my heart and mind rest. It says:
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness
For those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
I can just picture myself walking down a path with God’s steadfast love on my right and His faithfulness on my left. How could I not take this next step of faith with confidence and joy? I often say that life is such an adventure when you follow the One who created it and this exciting transition reminds me of just that.
Would you pray with me as this transition quickly approaches? It’s hard to believe that in less then a month I’ll be settling into a new house in a new city. Pray that details would fall into place, that the time I have left in Athens would be full of joy and celebration with the people I love and, most of all, that I would draw close to the Lord, resting in His perfect plan and perfect love.
He is able to do what He has promised.