Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The End of an Era

Of course I have been sort of busy since my little man came into this world. But today, instead of breaking my sabbatical for him, I m breaking it in honor of my Love.

Today marks the day of big change in our lives. It truly is the end of an era. As of today, July 1st 2009, Brian and Jamie Moore are taking the reigns as the new Youth Ministers of The Connection Church. And while Nic and I couldn't be more excited about this transition, it also closes a huge chapter in our lives. (more his than mine)

At the ripe old age of 18, my husband ventured into the world of full time ministry. He spent the next 13 & 1/2 years pouring his life into the students of Goldthwaite, TX before moving onto Lockhart and finally ending up here, in Kyle. There is no way to adequately tell of how incredible my husband is and how great his desire is to "storm the gates of hell" for lost souls. I remember standing in complete amazement when I learned how long he had been at Goldthwaite. In a day and age when Youth Ministers last a mere 18 months, he had planted his life in this mall town and he gave everything he had to the students there. His life was their life, and the end result, many found their way to Christ. He called Goldthwaite home for nearly 10 years. His relational style of ministering has kept many of those students in our lives to this day, many we are blessed to be able to call our closest friends. His time there shaped him into the man he is today. I know that he learned how to be a husband and father because of the relationships he had and still has with men and families from Goldthwaite. And when we moved to Lockhart, it was the see students find a real, authentic relationship with their Savior. And nothing changed when we moved here.

As pastoral roles at the church are changing, Nic is fullfilling more of the administrative role of his Family Pastor duties. But I know his heart and desire have not changed.

Babe, thank you for loving and serving God so faithfully. Thank you for wanting to see the lives of students changed. I know that heaven looks much different because of your faithfullness...even when it wasn't easy, even when the money wasn't there, even when you had better offers, even when your way was too "out of the box"...thank you for perservering. Thank you for the example you have set for our son. Our life is truly blessed and I will follow you wherever God may take us. And although our life and your ministry look a little different, I know that God is not through with you. I love you.


Jennifer Williams July 1, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

Great post. You're both a blessing to all of us at TCC. Know that we are thankful you're here with us. And know, too, that you are loved and prayed for...all three of you.

Tammy Tatom July 2, 2009 at 4:46 AM  

What a beautiful post! The TCC Family is truly blessed to have have you guys :)

Darla Peters July 2, 2009 at 5:26 AM  

What a beautiful tribute, Johanna. The love you show glows off of the screen. I am so happy to see the support you have for Nic and the ministry that God has called in both of your lives. We miss you both, but are so thankful that God shared you with us for the time that he did. Blessing to you both as you continue to allow the Holy Spirit to move in big and powerful ways!

C.B. July 5, 2009 at 9:45 PM  

Congratulations and best wishes. My heart goes out to you and your Husband. You two are amazing and we care for y'all so very, very much. We are so happy that you two are members of our Church Family, our small group and a part of our Lil' Guys life. You two touch each person you come in contact with in such a positive way...... we are blessed to know the two of you and are so glad God brought you to Kyle.

Cadillac MaMa July 7, 2009 at 12:04 AM  

Way to stand by your man! I thank God for your commitment to Nic's calling even if it doesn't make much sense at times. Because a wife can ether break or make her husband by lack of support or involvement. I know that God has great things for you guys in this new position.

I am blessed to have you as a friend and a fellow mentor in the ministry. Miss you and love you much!

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