On Thursday, May 1st, I begin my new job at Grace to You. I left GTY in December 2005 upon finishing my studies at TMS and being appointed to a small country church in Garden Valley in February of 2006. 8 years later, I find myself back at GTY and in fact back to my old office (FYI – I did pick out the desk and speakers long ago and they are still there).
Thank you all for praying for the Torres family. When I decided to leave GVC, I had no idea of what the Lord would open up for me. All I knew was that I desired to be a part of the Summer Academy with Grace Advance for the 8 weeks in June and July. The plan is still to attend the Summer Academy, but I will extend my stay in SoCal to provide more stability for the ministry.
As a part of the Gracia a Vosotros team 8 years ago, I was an Editor, cutting sermons down for time and radio edit as a part-time employee, but now I return to that same team to produce the radio broadcasts full time.
Angie and I are settling into our new home, being reminded of what apartment living is all about. Life right now is about finding stuff and Lord-willing emptying out boxes. In the late afternoons you will find the Torres family at the pool, which the kids enjoy. When before I struggled to find a Spanish-speaking person in our neck-of-the-woods, I now find myself surrounded by an entire Spanish community, ice-cream man and all (sorry, inside joke). Perhaps the Lord will bring some to Himself through our Gospel witness. It is about time this preacher man becomes better skilled at witnessing to the lost.
I am extremely grateful to the Lord for my family and His kindness to me to provide for them through my season and time at GTY. God is so good. I come back with a smile on my face as I see my Grace family. I truly have missed them and have always longed to see them. I also come back knowing that my heart is transitioning to this new chapter of life that God has ordained for us. In the coming weeks, I plan to write about my transition “from the pulpit to the pew.” As I told our church body at GVC, we as believers are to always sit in the posture of a student in the school of Christ. The Lord teaches us and we listen, we obey, and we walk in the newness of life. May the Lord be pleased with my efforts to bring glory and honor to His Name.
With much love,