Hi Pastor John and ALNC family,
Well, it’s been six months since we said goodbye and headed east over the mountains to Quincy, WA. Where’s Quincy? Get a map of Washington State and put your finger dead center. There we are. And talk about a culture shock, no traffic, less people, strangers saying hello and more sunshine. All of this was very foreign to us. But, knowing that God has our back and is guiding us forward, we are having a good time out here in the high desert.
Ya’ll have been heavy on our hearts the past few weeks so I believed it, in our Lord’s perfect timing, to be a good opportunity to drop you a line of encouragement. Even though we miss each and every one of you, it is always heart warming to see you all on Facebook and see the things God is doing in your lives and at the church. And what makes the missing subside? Is knowing we will all be together one beautiful day, playing in the streets of gold. Just the other day Ben and I were discussing recently how fun it would be jumping from golden rooftop to golden rooftop, with gold Nerf guns, shooting gold bullets that can’t hurt you, at each other. Oh, the wonderful mind of a young man. What a glorious time that will be!
Back to the encouragement.
God is doing amazing things over here in Quincy. Though the congregation is small, the heart of this church is big. And like you, a family. Doing events around the community, helping each other out, studying the Word together and fellowshipping with one another. Sounds familiar doesn’t it!?
Cathie and the kids are great. We are settling into a new house which is keeping us busy. Caitlyn is attending college and starting to drive. Really! Benjamin is loving the warmer temperatures, you should see his tan. Our cat, Simba, is loving the heat as well, even with all that fur. Cathie and I are attending adult groups as well as Bible studies at the church. and, as many of you know I took over as a manager of a data center out here. 259 people that I take care, that I have targeted for Jesus! LOL. God is amazing people. What an opportunity to reap a harvest for His glory. I am thankful to Him daily that I have such a great chance to be a light where there is so much darkness. God, give me Your wisdom and strength.
Times are changing folks. The enemy is pressing hard to get, not only the world but fellow Christians, to believe this great deception that if we approve our sinful actions that God will approve. Remember the Garden in Genesis 3. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and not only did God cast them out of the Garden, but He cursed them as well. God can’t be around sin. God is good. This past year our nations culture has made a dramatic shift of acceptance, and not for the good. At least in the short term. You see, each one of us serves a God, who I like to describe, is “to big!” God has everything in control, and we must stay faithful to Him, as He remains faithful to us. Remember Romans 8:28 – God causes all things to work for the good. For Your Glory Lord!
And lastly, we want to thank you. The time we were privileged to be a part of your family is forever branded on our minds and our hearts. We appreciate each one of you who was there to mentor us, to disciple us, to learn from us, to cry with us, to laugh with us, to play with us , to study with us, to worship with us, to pray with us, to fellowship with us and to be a family with us. Thank you so much. Don’t you ever think that you are not impacting others, if you are at church, you are impacting others, this I know from experience. Keep loving each other, we all need it now more than ever. And if you could spare a few minutes, drop a quick prayer for us.
As we love and miss you, giving each of you hugs,
Michael, Cathie, Caitlyn and Ben
P.S. We have an extra room if anyone ever wants to stop in and say hello.