Thursday, September 13, 2007

Times of Transition

Last night, Katie and I went out for dinner at one of our favorite pizza places in Portland: Vincente's. Vincente's is about a block away from Hinson Church--my former community--and Wednesday nights are youth group nights. We chose to sit outdoors because the night was warm, and we only get a few warm nights here in Portland. Throughout dinner, we had middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college kids all walking by us, stopping to give us hugs and telling us how much we are missed at Hinson. We also ended up walking right through a middle school game post-dinner, causing quite a distraction in the process. I guess pouring cups of water all over each other just can't compete with seeing Joel and Katie!

I love ministry. I love serving people and pointing them to Jesus, especially the emerging generation. So it was both beautiful and difficult to receive hugs and "we miss yous" from the people at Hinson. It is hard to walk away from people that you love because God seems to be calling you to somewhere else. It is hard to take steps of faith that can be painful for others.

Something I am learning is that we aren't necessarily walking away from people as much as we are walking towards someone new. And all the while, God is walking with us through this process. My relationship with the young people at Hinson isn't over, because we are all part of this one Body that Jesus lovingly calls His Bride. (And there's always text messaging!)

We love you, Hinson youth! Keep following Jesus!

By the way, if you're ever in the Portland area, definitely check out Vincente's. Service is usually slow, but the pizza is definitely worth the wait!

1 comment:

  1. Joel
    I'll miss you and Katie so much. I'm glad that you are doing what God is telling you. I hope everything works out in Arizona.