It is my goal to use this space to address you, Del Norte Baptist Church, on the happenings within the life of the church. It will be used to explain upcoming events, encourage participation, give personal family updates, as well as to post devotional insights. I hope you are finding the new Connection Points helpful and if you are not receiving those twice a week please let us know.
Today I want to catch you up with our transition to New Mexico. It continues to prove to be a challenging time with COVID, but God continues to provide and show his hand in this process. We are still in the RV in Mountainair and I am making the long commute to the office. We close on our Bartlesville home this Friday, August 28. We are so thankful for our many friends in Bartlesville that have helped with those details. We are also under contract on a home here and look forward to moving into it by the end of September. Finding a home proved to be a challenge. With only 20%-25% of the normal number of homes on the market we struggled finding the right home for our family. Homes are selling quickly, and the prices are rising. With four energetic kids and trying to meet the need for room to homeschool our options became very few. In the middle of our discouragement God brought us to a great home. We believe God provided us the perfect place for our family. It is a lovely home sitting on 1 3/4 acres on top of a beautiful mountain with a gorgeous view. It has everything we could have asked for. The only compromise is that it is a little farther out than we had hoped yet still just a 30-minute drive to the church.
Continue to pray for us as we navigate this transition. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel but suspect there could be bumps hiding in the shadows. The kids are ready for their rooms (and toys) back. They are excited about the new home. We received the psychological testing back on David over the last couple of weeks and as we already suspected he has been diagnosed with autism. Pray for us we learn the best ways to help him. Your support and understanding means a lot to us.
If you need anything from me, please let me know. It is a strange time to be in ministry. It is even a stranger time to minister in a new church. It is difficult to get to know you the way we would like. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. I would love to hear from you. May God bless each of you as we find our way through COVID together.