Sunday, April 15, 2012


Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:21, 22 NIV)

It's finally official! We can share our big news: Todd has been appointed to two churches in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference beginning July 1.

The first church is Tiskilwa Community Church in Tiskilwa, Illinois. It's 5 miles from Princeton, Illinois, the town in which the girls will go to school.

We will live in the parsonage in Tiskilwa. It is a beautiful old house built in the early 1900s. The entire area is charming and historic. There is an Amtrak stop in Princeton. I can't wait for visitors!

The second church Todd will serve is Sheffield United Methodist in Sheffield, Illinois, just under 20 miles away from Tiskilwa. It is also a charming town with kind people and an exceptional restaurant called ZBest Cafe. We ate there with Todd's parents on Saturday. It was awesome!

Our family met with members of the two rural congregations on Saturday. It was easy to see that our arrival in town was an answered prayer for all of us. Tiskilwa and Sheffield were praying for a young family to come and lead their churches. We have been praying all along for God to place is where He needs us, when He needs us.

Remember that Amtrak stop I mentioned earlier? It might really come in handy for Todd, since he'll be commuting to Garrett for the next year to finish up seminary. It is our hope that I'll be able to take a year off teaching to stay at home with the girls and help them transition to new schools, towns, and churches. Not to mention an entirely different pace of life.

Our lives are about to change dramatically. For my Michigan peeps, the only comparison I can give is that this move will be like going from the Detroit suburbs to "up north". But we're ready. God has made a way for us. And we will faithfully and enthusiastically follow.

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