We want to update you on some changes that will be taking place in our household within this next year.
So often, we read verses like:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
…But what does it look like to live this out and to trust in Him, even when it wars with our understanding? These are questions we’ve been asking the Lord frequently over these past months.
For a while now, we’ve felt the Lord stirring a passion in us for the arts and the art community. We want to minister to creatives and see great art birthed in His Presence, not just borrowed from the world around us. We not only desire to see all of the different expressions of creativity incorporated in our times of worship, but we want to see the arts become a bridge to those outside of church walls. To minister to and encourage artists in a Kingdom way! (When we say “the arts” we mean everything from music, songwriting, dance, photography, literature, film, painting…and whatever else the Lord calls us into.)
As we’ve slowly been receiving this vision from the Lord and brought our many questions to Him about what all this looks like, over the past couple of months, He has been speaking very loudly to us. To equip others in such a way, we believe He is calling us down to Dallas, Texas to Upperroom School of Ministry and to Zion Dance Project to get equipped and step out in this mission.
We have battled, wondering if this was right for our family, because we really love Hope and this has been our home. But when the Lord says go…you go. The Lord told Abram (Abraham) “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). Jesus said “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19) and we truly believe this is one of those moments for our family. Just to be obedient and follow where Holy Spirit is leading us.
Our hearts are heavy with sadness for leaving, but also heavy with joy and excitement for walking into what the Lord has next. We plan to continue leading at Hope through this coming school year and then to transition to Dallas in May 2022.
We would love your prayers and support. We will NEED your prayers and support, in these days to come! We are leaving behind our fishing boats, our jobs, our families, our friends, to be fishers of men. It’s the most exciting, terrifying thing we have ever done!
Sometime in the Fall, after we have our baby, we’ll be having a vision night where we’d love to share with you all, and the surrounding community, how the Lord brought us to this place, the vision He has given us, and how you can partner with us on this journey.
We’ve always appreciated the way we approach “process” here at Hope and think it’s beautiful to have some time to walk through this transition together. We’re so thankful for the leadership of Pastor Nick and Pastor Steve and how they’ve modelled this so well for us, with grace and intentionality over the years. We’ve learned a lot about walking alongside one another during these times of change and we want to be as helpful and supportive as we can during this transition.
We take comfort in knowing that as we venture out in faith, we don’t just go from “one place to another” or from “one community to another community”, but in the Kingdom, we carry this community and these relationships with us wherever the Lord leads us.
We love you guys a lot and are very thankful for you all!
-Aaron, Jessi, Sammy, Nehemiah, and The Littlest Martin (coming soon!)