“Abraham went out not knowing where he was going. He did that in obedience to God. That’s faith.” (Taking liberties with Hebrews 11:8)
Here’s what happened.
The little family had moved to that community so the husband could serve on staff of a church, leading their high school and college ministry. The young wife established her counseling ministry in that town and it was doing very well. The youth were responding to his leadership, and lives were being changed. Their numbers were up, the best in quite a few years.
Suddenly, one night the leadership abruptly informed the husband that “we made a mistake in bringing you here. You’re a great guy, really godly and sincere and all that, but you are not a good fit for our church.”
Pardon me while I deal with my anger.
All this means–I’m as serious as it’s possible to be–when they say ‘you’re not a good fit for our church’ is someone in a power position doesn’t like you. Period.
It always means that.
God help His church.
The next day the pastor confirmed that, yes, as unfortunate as it seems, you are being terminated. Effectively immediately.
The couple took it like champions.
They have been respectful to the church leadership and compassionate to their friends, in particular the young people who were being ministered to and now cannot understand the leaders of their church doing such truly stupid things.
So, the little family is making plans to move “back home,” to be near their families.
In a message to friends, the wife asked a favor. “Don’t tell our older son that we’re moving. He doesn’t know yet. He has so many friends and would be devastated to know he might never see them again.”
She said, “We’re telling him we’re going on a Great Adventure With Jesus. And he’s excited about that.”
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