Hello, friends! I hope this finds you all well! We have made a change that we couldn't wait to tell you all about: Uriah and I have, after much thought and prayer, chosen to take on a youth pastor position at our church in Sterling.
Our desire to work with the youth in our church came quickly after our arrival back in the States, so we began working with the middle school sometime at the end of last year. Our campus pastor had taken on the youth pastor role because nobody else had stepped up and he has done a great job. But God continued to press on Uriah's heart, especially, that he should fill this gap. His time working with the RATS was invaluable, and Uriah is grateful for the knowledge and wisdom that he gained. He happily began his work at the church last week. I have also taken on some responsibility at the church, to organize community outreach opportunities.
Uriah is working part-time without salary at the moment. There are a couple of generous people in our congregation who have said that they would support a youth pastor financially and we are so grateful for that, but it is not enough to live on in and of itself. Uriah and I are able to pick up some hours at Gambino's and a couple of other odd jobs, and we are trusting God to provide the remaining $1,000 we need each month. Honestly, I was really, really enjoying the financial stability from paychecks he earned before, but God is pushing us back toward the edge, where we must rely on him as our provider. It is less certain where or when (or if), but it is always a beautiful thing that causes us to rely more on him!
Please be praying for us as we transition into these new roles and new schedules. And pray that we will be good examples and effective ministers of the Gospel for the kids that God has put in front of us. And also, please be praying if you might be part of an answer to our financial need. As always, keep in touch. We would love to hear from you..how you are doing, questions or concerns or ways we can pray for you.
-Uriah and Kaycee