Five Years Old


I’m five years old! At least, my ministry in Monroe, Louisiana is five years old. I began working with the congregation here at the beginning of February in 2008. In most ways 2008 was one of the worst years of our lives. One of the bright spots of that year was getting to know the Forsythe family of believers.

Today when I was getting my haircut I told my barber, Ernie, that I was in Monroe for five years now. He said he would have guessed three, not five. I’ve been letting him cut my hair (what’s left of it) since I moved here. In some ways it doesn’t feel like five to me either.

Last week we spent a few days in Pascagoula. Seeing old friends, I have to admit there was some nostalgic feelings. We spent 16 years there and still maintain some good friends, and lots of memories. I wouldn’t think of comparing the two works, as they are very different. I can say, though, that our five years here have been a blessing to both of us, and now even to my mother.

So, thanks Forsythe Church of Christ … you’re full of amazingly talented people who invited us into your hearts from day one. In many ways I feel that I’m just now getting a feel for this congregation’s personality and it really sparks some great hopes for the future.

Thank you for the great love that you have poured out into our lives. Working alongside Jason and Christina Barnard is a blessing. Their spiritual success with the young people is evident in our church. Barbara Gregg just finished her first year with us as church secretary. Her administrative gifts have made my work easier and her ability to multi-task amazes me sometimes! Each of the elders are men of strength and character, faith and determination.

One never knows what the future holds, but if another five years passes and we are still with the Forsythe church, there will be no disappointment on our part. This church family took us in at the worst moment of our lives, offered us love and encouragement through the storm, and continue to bring us joy and friendship even today.

I can identify with the writing of the Apostle Paul when he wrote…

 I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 1:3-6

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