I’ve had plans to write on this day, the 28th of May, for two weeks, as this is my first day off in a month. My husband reminded me this morning that today I don’t have any commitments which was so relieving to hear. So here i sit in my favorite spot with my favorite bowl full of cereal and my tea cup full listening to the song birds chirp their morning tune outside my window.
It’s the simple things in life that make days like today best. As I enjoyed the opportunity to leisurely make my bed this morning, I realized how truly busy I have been. When John and I first moved here, I remember a talk we had on the river while he fished. I told him I was panicking as I applied to jobs and grad. school as quickly as I could. He asked why I thought I had to hurry to do that, and that’s when I realized for the first time in my life, if I didn’t want to, I didn’t have to always be working towards something. I could get a normal job, and just relax and settle into married life. Eventually God provided a job for me that I loved and I began to work, but work became an escape for me from John’s work. Being married and being in ministry as a couple both first times, is not something John and I would be quick to recommend to young newly married ministry couples. It was a crash course for us, and we are grateful, but at times we so wish that we could have spent this first year focusing on getting to know each other. God taught us so much about loving people,about what it means to give, and we are continuously thankful for the way God used all difficult circumstances of a “first year” to draw us closer to each other and to our Father God.
A couple months ago, as we realized we were coming to the close of our first year together, God laid on both our hearts that something was was going to change. A mentor of ours challenged us to seek God’s will consistently for where we serve as a couple-even when we feel we are in the right place- to keep our dependency on the Lord. As we began to pray, and talk together, the Lord revealed to us in many ways, that we were no longer the right fit as a Pastoral couple for Kiel Alliance Church and asked us to step out in faith, and move on. Part of us is glad and excited for what he has in store and the other part is scared, and in deep grief because after almost a year, we have developed some friendships with students and families that we hate to leave.
Even the best writers can’t explain God in a few paragraphs, or even an entire book, and my attempt here is really not to try to explain God or his will for us because we don’t claim to know. My hope in sharing this is that in knowing at little bit about our journey right now, you will hold us up in prayer. That you would pray protection over us and protection over the church we are leaving. Pray for the right person to come and to be a blessing to this church and that this church would be a blessing to him and his family. Please pray blessing with us over this town, over our coworkers, and pray that the seeds that have been planted here in Kiel, Wi, would continued to be watered and would grow strong pointing always to God’s faithfulness. Finally, please pray that our eyes and our hearts would be open so that when the time is right we will be able to see and to know where God is leading us to serve.
As always, we thank you for your support,
John and Autumn Anderson
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1