Monday, March 02, 2009
Start Spreading the News. . .
You’re properly wondering why there is a video of Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York…that’s because Tom and I are moving back after being gone for 16 years. We are going back to pastor the Lighthouse Bridge located in Lindenhurst, Long Island. We go with the full blessing of his current employer, John Paul Jackson.
The current pastors (Rick & Kari) are coming here (Dallas) to work with John Paul. Leaving a church family whom you love is never easy. Sometimes following God means making changes in where we live. We understand that fully and when we left Washington it was difficult. Keep Rick, Kari, and the Lighthouse Bridge as they navigate this new change in their lives.
Our trip was wonderful and we couldn’t have felt more welcomed by everyone. What a warm, loving group of people. I feel totally blessed.
When Tom and I knew our time in West Virginia was over, we started looking for what God wanted us to do next. In that time of transition, Tom and I went through an interview process at several churches. We were invited to speak and meet the people. It never failed, each time on the way home Tom would look at me and say, “Na, I could love these people.” Tom has such a big heart and I would laugh because I knew he was being very sincere. After about the second time I’d say, “Tom, I know you can, but could I love these people.” After this trip, I said to Tom, “I could love these people.”
God has bought us full circle. We’ve lived in West Virginia, Washington, Texas and now back to New York. Along the way, we had our ups and downs. We’ve met incredible people who we loved and worked side by side to advance God’s kingdom. Each time it was a new adventure. I’ve often said to Tom, “You jump, I jump Jack.” (Gilmore Girl reference) and I meant it. God keeps giving me opportunity to follow through on my words.
I will tell you more about our trip, the wonderful people and the great food we ate in upcoming posts. So stay tuned.
© Nadine Zawacki 2009