The Baptist grapevine is humming with rumors that I am moving to El Paso to be the new pastor of the First Baptist Church. Let me put these rumors to rest–IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUTH!
This past Sunday (May 16th) I was called by the people of FBC El Paso to serve the LORD together with them. As you might imagine this decision came after much prayer and soul-searching on my part, and on the part of my family. Our call to El Paso was confirmed in my spirit early on Tuesday morning April 6th just days before our first visit to the city. During my quiet time, I read these words of Moses to Joshua:
“Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”Deut 31:7-8 (NIV)
As I read these words God burned them on my heart. It was then and there I knew without doubt the Lord Jesus had called us to “be strong and courageous” by following Him into the future. As I reflected on Joshua’s calling to go, it struck me as odd that the LORD never used the word “lead” when He spoke of his assignment. Rather Moses said, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you.” The heart of leadership is really about following. Following the LORD wherever He leads.
Today I am walking through the days of sorrow. I am saying goodbye to friends and fellow laborers who served with me so faithful in Canyon. Canyon has become home to me and my children. I will leave here richer for having served among these great people of the Panhandle.
I covet your prayers as Robyn, Madison, and myself plant our lives in El Paso. We believe without doubt God wants to do something very special in the “Borderplex” as one of the members taught me to say. It’s our prayer that the news out of El Paso/Juarez in the coming days will bring glory and honor to God!