Love Lifted Me

For me, January will be a month of thanksgiving and celebration. I have officially been at Trinity ONE YEAR!   It has been an adventurous year: a year of personal and spiritual growth, of making new friends and becoming more intimate with our sweet Savior, Jesus.  It has been a year of establishing a foundation for the greater things that are yet to be done in San Antonio and Trinity.  So I kneel before God daily asking His Holy Spirit to open up the gates, let it rain, and pour out among our church, our families, our students and that we never lose hope in the ONE that breathes life in us! Psalm 40:1 states, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry…He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”  There isn’t a day that passes that I don’t thank God for hearing my prayer as I waited patiently for years for him to place me in a church where I could serve Him and students!  It was a divine appointment when the Lord called me to Trinity on January 5, 2014!

I wouldn’t be honest with you or myself, if I said that this year was easy because it hasn’t been.  Personally, it has been probably one of the hardest. It was difficult to move away from home and leave my family and friends.  There were days that I would be in tears from missing home: days of loneliness and sadness. There were also days of disappointment and struggle.  Life is not perfect.  But, dear family, if it wasn’t for these difficult days, I wouldn’t be able to recognize the whisper of God in my heart, “Days of joy are coming! I am with you.”  Days of joy did come!  Those are the days I want to speak of, because in those moments I knew that God’s presence and calling on my life were stronger than my emotions, fears, loneliness, and sadness. I continued to declare that over my life, day after day!

Let me tell you about those days of joy… Days when I received words of affirmation from our students or when I could clearly see the hand of God moving in a mighty way in our Student Ministry, joyous days at camp or retreats, joyous days with Claire Glover, our Associate Student Minister. She has a heart of gold. She not only helped with my transition but also has always had a sweet and generous spirit towards me. There were days where God would place someone like Pat Coventry to wipe away my tears and carry me to Jesus in prayer, days of laughter with Dave and Ginna followed by “We love you.” Days of comfort when Denise and Brad Bruchmiller opened up their home and would just listen to my struggles and extend a hug and words of encouragement. And days with our compassionate and gracious Pastor who just gives me a smile and a nod when I say something “bluntly” or as he puts it “transparently.” You all know that smile I’m talking about! I’m grateful for supportive co-workers that love me, laugh at my jokes, and are a phone call away. Church, there are too many to name. You all have been that family away from home. San Antonio is home. It has been a year of memories that are engraved in my heart forever. In these moments, love lifted me!

Over the past year, I rejoice because we have had four baptisms, we doubled the attendance of Summer Youth Camp, developed a praise band led by students, a growth in fellowship and community among our students, an increase from 4 to 15 in our Sunday School Leadership Team, developed a Student Leadership Team of 16 students who meet every month to discuss how to become better leaders and followers of Jesus, an increase in participation on Wednesday night small groups, the creation of a new Sunday Night Worship Service, and the remodel of our youth space.  

I ask that you join me in praying for this next year, for the students and families that are coming, for those that still need to hear the name of Jesus, for stronger friendships, for young adult role models for our boys, for our students that God is calling out as leaders, for our pastor, and for God’s name to be glorified in every thing that we say or do!

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”  Acts 20:24