We LOVE Awaken Church.
I know we’ve mentioned Awaken in earlier posts, so if you’re just tuning in I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version…
We first heard about Awaken through our friend and my co-worker, Tiffany, who told us about her sister and brother-in-law (Jenn and Kevin Miller) planting a church in Clarksville, TN. And because it’s a small world, Kevin and I ended up working at the record label in Nashville together for about a year. They were looking for someone to lead one week while Jenn (who was Awaken’s full-time worship leader) was out of town. They asked, I said yes, and three weeks later they asked me to come up and lead once a month.
Without knowing it, Awaken was an answer to prayer. After struggling for over a year to get involved in any capacity at our home church in Nashville, I had been praying for the chance to continue to invest in my gifts and work out more of what I felt God was impressing on my heart. Awaken was supportive, encouraging and served Kelly and I well during our 14 months leading up to our Liverpool move.
Early on in the process we told the Miller’s about the potential for our move, and they were excited and supportive of us. They helped us begin to process what it looks like to pick up, move to a new location and be in full-time ministry.
To date, Awaken is our largest financial supporter of our time in Liverpool.
And the relationships that we’ve had with the staff and church community there continue on since we left Tennessee. Because of that, we knew that coming back to the States, we needed to make a trip back to see our Awaken family.
We left Saturday morning and drove straight to Clarksville, spent the evening at the Miller’s house and got to have dinner with the pastoral staff and their families. One thing that has been helpful for us in our new role is finding other people in full-time ministry that understand the challenges, difficulties and joy of this kind of life. And the team at Awaken get that.
Sunday morning was an encouragement to us – to see how the people at Awaken have continued to learn, love and serve God, eachother and their community in a great way since we’ve been away. I got to lead worship, and we told stories about what God has been teaching us, what we’ve been doing in Liverpool, and some specific prayer requests. And they prayed for us again with the congregation.
Being back with people that know, love and support us has been so refreshing. Awaken, you are a blessing – and we are grateful for you!
Aaron + Kelly
PS: check out the sweet shot of the ‘friend’ Kevin and Jenn left under the covers of our bed in their guest room… yikes 🙂