The Next Chapter

Many of you know I recently finished my traveling career in evangelism with the Galkin Evangelistic Team.  Many have asked the question, “What’s next?”.  That was a question I also was asking myself for the last several years as I knew my time with the team was coming to an end.

Various opportunities arose and I prayed and sought God’s direction for my life.  Last fall I was planning on heading to Salt Lake City to help with the Gospel Grace church plant.  Over Christmas, suddenly a new opportunity was dropped in my lap.  I learned of a ministry in Roswell, GA called Lebanon Baptist Church.  The Pettit Team was at Lebanon for 3 weeks in December, and Josh and Caroline Roland (whom I traveled with on GEM) also were headed to Lebanon to be an assistant pastor.  I knew as I began praying about this opportunity that the Lord was beginning to lead me in this direction.  After visiting Lebanon in February, I knew the Lord would have me be a part of the church.  Thankfully, I already knew Pastor Brian Peterson and his family and some other friends, Scott and Tori Ashmore, who also recently moved to the area.

July 5, I will be moving down to Roswell to begin the next chapter of my life.  I am very excited yet terrified at the same time.  Many times I have asked God, “Are You sure this is the right decision?”, but I see my fears are really a lack of faith in God.  There are still so many unknowns in this move like housing and a job.

One story that has really encouraged me is the message Moses preached to the children of Israel when they were about to claim the Promised Land.  He told them not to forget God.  He told them not to forget how God delivered them out of Egypt by a mighty hand through miraculous ways.  He told them not to forget how God provided their daily needs such as food and water.  He told them not to forget how their clothes and shoes never wore out in their wanderings.  He told them to remember the promises God made to their ancestors.  This is exactly where I’m at.  I cannot forget God.  I cannot forget how He has always provided for all my needs.  I have never been without a place to sleep.  I have never been without food or money.  God will fulfill all His promises to me.  He will be with me every second of every day.  If God gave me the greatest gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus, should He not also freely give me all things?  This is truly a James 1 “trying of my faith” trial.  I’m very thankful God is pushing me towards a deeper faith in Him.

One of the greatest joys of traveling was meeting so many brothers and sisters in Christ.  I have been blessed by the friendships God has given me all across this country.  I appreciate your prayers for me as I begin this new chapter.  Please pray God would provide piano students.  I would love to eventually have the studio be my main source of income.  In the meantime, I am looking for a job in the community.  Also, pray for housing.  Thankfully, I do have friends I can stay with until the end of August.  Please pray that God would provide my daily needs.  Pray for wisdom in decision making and evangelistic opportunities everywhere I go.  Finally, please pray for Lebanon Baptist Church and the light of the Gospel to go forth in Roswell.

Also, I would love to keep providing music resources for the church.  I have many plans and ideas running around in my head that I hope to provide in the months and years to follow.  I love worshiping the Lord through music, and I’m very grateful for the opportunities to use my gifts for Him.  Thank you for your support!



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