What a Season!
Hello from Idaho! What a season it has been. I am excited to get this email out to you all. This update is coming to you as an attempt to keep you better informed on what has been happening in both ministry and life in hopes of better equipping you as our support team in prayer. These monthly emails will not replace our usual, quarterly, ministry updates but will hopefully fill in the cracks in between.
As many of you know, I have been in the midst of a staffing transition between an internship with YD Adventures Idaho and coming on staff in a full time capacity as the Operations Manager still in Idaho. For the past three months I have been working exclusively on raising support for this new positions and I am pleased to let you know that we are at 100%! Praise God. By no power of my own did we get here but only by and through the Lord's provision. The fund raising process this time around was really difficult. I often found myself trying to reduce fund raising to numbers, percentages, and worry; missing the freedom of sharing God's call and inviting individuals to partner with us in ministry, trusting God to provide the finances. The line between good stewardship and works is easily blurred and quickly switches the load of the process from God's hands to my shoulders. I was and am blessed to have many around me reminding me to seek Him first and do all that I do to please Him alone.
In other news, YD just finished up our winter ski van and greatly enjoyed the time and conversations we were able to share with about 20 students this year. We are greatly looking forward to continuing those relationships both through our summer programs and also our boys and girls small groups this spring. More to come on both of those in our next newsletter.
Katie and I are doing well and adjusting to life together with our new puppy (who chews nearly everything!) Katie is currently substitute teaching and looking for a new job in the social work field while greatly enjoying active involvement with our church in a variety of areas. We have been learning a lot this winter about what it looks like to care well for each other in the midst of difficult circumstances and trusting that God's plan is perfect and timely (even if not by our timeline.)