February 28th marks one year in Liverpool. In many ways it feels like a lifetime, and in many ways it feels like we just walked off the plane for the very first time. Its funny how looking through old pictures, and listening to the music we had on regularly when we arrived takes us back to all of those thoughts, feelings, and emotions. My stomach still turns in disbelief that we packed up our lives and moved to a place we had never been. Who does that?! I’ll tell you who, crazy people.
But that’s just the thing, the world looks at quitting your job, raising support, moving to a country you’ve never been, and being away from everything and everyone you know to serve in a church and says ‘are you crazy?” But God looks at the same scenario and asks the question ‘do you trust Me?’ Someone I follow on Twitter recently tweeted: “God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, Hosea to marry Gomer, Job to endure though innocent. We should not expect “normal” requests from God.” Normal in God’s economy and normal by the world’s standard are often worlds apart. And that is faith.
We’ve learned that faith walks. So often in our lives faith just looks walking in the same direction over a long period of time. Practicing obedience in the little things of life. Practicing an awareness of His Spirit’s stirring and prompting. And the more you practice listening and responding in obedience in the midst of the walk, it becomes easier to listen and respond in obedience when faith says ‘jump.’ It doesn’t mean it’s always easy, it doesn’t mean it is painless – obedience can sometimes feel like death before it feels like life – but it’s always for your good. Ultimately, faith says ‘yes,’ because we know, trust, and believe (sometimes only in part) that God is who He says He is, and does what He says He’ll do. And there have been many times in this process where we have found ourselves echoing the cries of the father in Mark 9:24 – ‘I believe! Help my unbelief!’
I will tell you this is the hardest thing that we have ever done (we’re not parents quite yet ;)) but it has also been an opportunity for us to press further into becoming the people that we know God has made us to be. The opportunities for me (Aaron) to spend time reading and writing, and working through both in theory and practice what being a worship leader looks like as you seek to lead a team of people, and also care for the people of the congregation, the chance to continue to solidify a theology of worship, and grow as a creative. For Kelly, the chance to invest in the lives of hurting and broken people both in the community and through her job at City Hearts, as God continues to unfold opportunities for her passion to ‘just be’ alongside hurting people. Those are the moments where you see and know that God has answered your cry of ‘…help my unbelief!’
There are relationships, conversations, and experiences that we’ve had in our year in Liverpool that we know have only happened as a result of walking, jumping, and saying ‘yes.’ God breathed moments.
Through your relationship, words of encouragement, prayers, and financial support, you are a part of our faith journey – you are a part of the reason that we’ve had the courage to walk, jump and say ‘yes.’ Can we be a part of yours? God may not call you to sell everything and move (although He may!) but He has called you to trust Him and walk in faith. It’s won’t be easy, as Charles Spurgeon says ‘bid farewell to a quiet life if you resolve to be true to Jesus,’ but it will always be worth it. Because He is always, and can be nothing other than good.
So wherever you may find yourself – in work, in life, on your spiritual journey choose to walk, and when you feel the push to jump, say yes. And when you walk, jump and say yes, tell your story. Because we all need to be reminded that God is good all the time, that life is scary and hard, but His promises are true – He will never leave you or forsake you.
We put together a detailed video for our support team of pictures, video, and interviews from us about some of the experiences and stories where we’ve walked, jumped and said ‘yes,’ this past year that have not been included on our website; If you’d like to get those updates, you can sign up here.
We’re grateful that you’ve chosen to support us, and given us the continued courage to walk, jump and say ‘yes.’ Thank you. If you’d like to support us financially as we move into this new year, and expand our family to three – you can do that here.