Yesterday marked the 2 year anniversary of our arrival in Utah. In some ways, it’s hard to believe that we’ve been here that long. In other ways, 2 years seems like not enough time to see so much change. We came here with our plans laid out before us and a clear idea of what we were getting into. 2 years later, we can look back and say that we were clueless!
We’ve lived in 4 different homes in 3 different counties since our move to Utah. The 4th (and FINAL – we pray) move took place just 2 weeks ago. We were blessed to be able to buy a home in Eagle Mountain, UT. God organized the details so clearly that we knew beyond a doubt that this was the place for us. Being able to start planting roots is a huge gift that we are not taking lightly. We look at this house and see home groups meeting here, Bible studies in the living room and neighborhood outreach from our kitchen. We pray that God will use this house for His glory.
We moved to Utah as a family of 4, became a family of 5 and have now gone back down to 4 again. We were so fortunate to have Ally live with us for 8 months and become another daughter to us. We love her dearly and she will forever be a part of our family. We moved her to Idaho 4 weeks ago so that she can pursue some new opportunities. She is doing so well! She’s found a job working at one of our favorite restaurants out here, Wingers, and she starts her Sophomore year of college in just 3 weeks. She’ll be back in town for just 1 day this week and we will have the chance to see her face and love on her. Looking forward to that!
We headed out here with ministry in our hearts but no job providing food for our stomachs. Tomorrow marks the 1 year anniversary of Barry being employed by SSA Marine. Again, God orchestrated that opportunity in such a way that we were left in awe of his timing and provision. Barry has done really well in his position and has actually become the trainer for any new hires into his department.
The ministry we headed across the country to work with ended up not being where God wanted us. That lesson has been perhaps that hardest one to learn over these past 2 years – Keep your plans written in pencil because God may have something else in mind. It can be so tempting to just grab the reigns in an effort to get the show on the road only to be humbled when you realize you have no idea where you are going.
That being said, we are thankful that God has directed us to this next phase of our journey. We are finalizing some of the paperwork and details through the North American Mission Board and we are anxious to be able to share with y’all just what God is doing here in Utah and in our family. What I can say is that Utah County is the most religious part of the country and yet the population is less than 1% Evangelical Christian. That should blow you mind! It blows ours for sure. Please be praying for us as we being a ministry to try to reach this desperately lost and lied to area for Jesus Christ.
One thing that has never changed in the past two years is our confidence that God has called us here and that He has never left us. In the darkest of days, we know our God is able. We praise Him for ALL that has happened in the past 730 days and trust him with the next.