Anyway, things have been going well at Fellowship. I continue to stand amazed at how God blesses us, in spite of our human frailties and failures. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve such a wonderful Savior and such a great congregation. We have been at Fellowship for 2 years now and the people have been very gracious and loving to us. We are working on several aspects of ministry that seem to be effective in reaching our community. I am not satisfied with where we are, but I am thankful for the blessings of the Lord and the willingness of His people to share the gospel.
I am also very thankful for my family. Tanya and I will celebrate our 22nd anniversary tomorrow. I would not be so bold as to say our marriage has been perfect, but I think it has been pretty close. She is my best friend as well as my wife. I am blessed to have someone that supports me the way she does. I know that I could not do what God has called me to do if she wasn't willing to follow me and support me. Time has flown by, but I am thankful for every day that God has given us together.
While I am on that thought, I must praise the Lord for the two wonderful daughters He has blessed us with. They have grown up way to fast, but I am excited to see how God is working in their lives as well. They too have been very supportive of my ministry and I am thankful.
Fellowship has been very loving and appreciative of my family. I think they understand the importance of the pastor's family in the work of the church. I would suggest, if your pastor's wife and family are supportive of his work, you ought to let them know how much you appreciate them. I fear many times they are taken for granted within the church. You need to realize that God didn't call them into the ministry; they are simply following their husband and father. Living in a pastor's home is not always the easiest. They see him everyday, not just on Sundays and Wednesdays. Many times they sense the burdens he carries, even if they don't fully understand them. Let them know that you appreciate their support of your pastor. I know they would appreciate hearing from you. It takes all of us working together, using the gifts we've been given.
Just a few random thoughts,