I've been meaning to share some encouraging news:
I met with pastor Mike last week. We got on the discussion of missions and small home groups. My church just hired a part-time pastor (Larry) who will be in charge of these two areas. Mike is excited that I'm into missions and have 5 trips under my "belt" - so he is going to pass my name on to Larry. Larry has lots of mission experience and a big heart for Latin American countries - me too!! It will be an interesting year ahead I'm sure. I must remain patient while God's plan unfolds. In the meantime, I will also get involved in a small home group when they start up again mid to late Sept.
We then discussed my "obsession" with T. and the probable reasons for this. All of sudden Mike says, "you know Julie....I know a really nice Christian man (Richard) from Brockville where I used to pastor...." (Brockville is about 3 hours from Ottawa). Yikes, I said, you match make on the side!? We laughed. He said, let's not look at it that way. He said Richard has an awesome testimony that I would likely be very encouraged to hear - freedom in Christ.
He told me Richard and I share some of the same background struggles but Richard has really broken free in Christ. So, if nothing else this will be a good Christian friend who will encourage me with his story.
I thought, how amazing that this pastor would even care about me to the point of introducing me to a friend of his - that maybe, just maybe we'd click. Pastor Mike is the complete opposite of the clergy I've been "under" for the last few years - he cares - they didn't.....Lord have mercy on them - truly.