As you know, our family has been in the middle of a transition for a while now. We continue to wait on what God has for us in vocational ministry, but we are making a few changes in the process.
Joel is still working the secular job he's had since last year. While it's not what he wants to be doing long-term, we are very, very thankful that he has had continuous work.
Our family will be moving closer to our church in a month or so. We have found a house to rent and are making preparations to move. This will eliminate a lot of driving (especially on Sunday) and allow us to be more involved with our church family. Since we won't be locked into a long-term lease, we will be ready to pack up and move again when a ministry fit is found. We have to be out of our house by August 2, but we plan to move well in advance of that date.
Many have asked how the search is going - to be honest....it's difficult. We drove to one ministry (here in MI) in March and spent several hours with a search committee. Joel has had several phone conversations and even a conference call with a pulpit committee recently. None of these options have resulted in a new ministry for us. We continue to look, send resumes, follow leads and pray for guidance. It's frustrating, at times, but we know that we are not in control of this timeline.