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Called Together, Called to Serve
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The chapel doors opened and God gifted me a glimpse of heaven.

She was beautiful and wonderful and I cried pretty much the whole time. We sang hymns that will forever have deeper meaning to me. We gave each other rings, we made vows to each other.

A celebration followed in a terrific setting with amazing weather. The food, the dancing, the people, the atmosphere - I'll never forget it.

We mailed in the paperwork immediately to get our official marriage certificate – which we needed to mail in our Visa application. We traveled around some to see family, honeymooned, saw the total solar eclipse. Now, we have the official word – we are authorized to work overseas! We will fly down on August 31!

Boatswain Bay has been without a pastor for 10 months and the youth have been without a Youth Pastor since I left. A Presbyterian church truly is governed by “presbyters” - elders - and the elders of this church have loved it, been members literally their whole lives, and care very well for the people of it. They have been caring for the building, caring for the people, preaching, organizing all of the teaching, and worshiping God with great skill and love. Sarah and I are not going to save the church, we are not going to bring God where He hasn't already been at work. We are going to assist. We are going to identify what God is currently doing and we are going to nurture that work.

We have a six month visa. I am serving as the interim pastor. During this time we will also consider if Sarah and I are a good fit for a long term position with the church. Sarah left her job as a campus minister and the two of us are free to dream big dreams and discover what God's long term plans are for both of us. We are hoping that this time in Cayman will be very beneficial to all involved.

As I had explained to you before, Cayman has a remarkably high cost of living. The church will take care of us, having our housing provided for and even paying us a monthly stipend. Still, I am learning more and more about how to be married and what it looks like to plan for a future and provide for my new family. My hope is to raise an additional $500-$1,000 per month. If you would, please pray and consider if you would once again join my support team. Please, e-mail me, ask me questions, let's allow this partnership to deepen our relationship!

The church in Cayman is part of the South Florida Presbytery and you can mail checks to them, payable to the “South Florida Presbytery” with a memo note indicating that is is for Knox/Cayman. It will all be tax-deductible and will be paid to us with no overhead at all. Any contributions would be a blessing!

Checks can be mailed to:

Office of the Stated Clerk
South Florida Presbytery
14401 Old Cutler Road
Palmetto Bay, FL, 33158

I am certainly a little nervous about being the solo pastor of a church. I will be preaching regularly, leading studies throughout the week while also leading the youth ministry. It was a major boon to my spirits to have the church and the elders ask me to return. They clearly felt that I was a blessing to them before and are eager to meet Sarah. My temptation will be to consider myself small and be passive and merely responsive rather than being a leader. I have much to learn, but I need to keep being told that I also have much to give. Please pray for me as I begin this ministry.

Pray:

  • For all who are considering joining our support team.

  • For our final preparations and packing.

  • For the start of my ministry there – that I would be a servant leader.

  • For the start of my marriage. Help us transition well and to finally set up a normal life, staying in one place with a semi-regular schedule and how we will do life together when we are not traveling all about.

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