Saturday, February 23, 2013

Keeping Austin Weird

We have some big news and it's that we're moving to Austin, Texas!  Rob is going to be the student pastor at First Baptist Church of Oak Hill.  This wasn't our plan at all but it's so cool to see how God works things out when we give it completely to Him.

We have spent the last year going through a Church Planting Residency that Rob helped our Leadership Pastor develop.  Our church is planting two local churches that we were planning to be a part of.  When it came down to it, we didn't feel like they were a great fit for us and we didn't have a peace from God about it.  So... we went back to square one and started really seeking the Lord and what he would have for us.  We prayed specifically that God would make our next steps very clear and that we wouldn't move without knowing that.

Rob wasn't really open to student ministry at first.  He gifting and passions are with discipleship ministry.  After we began praying God really opened our eyes to student ministry and confirmed it in Rob's life through other Godly men that he really respects.  We have "couch dates" on Tuesday nights where we catch up about big things in our life... parenting issues, small group, finances, etc. and we used our Tuesday nights to talk and pray about what God would have next for us.  So one particular Tuesday night we talked and both felt like student ministry is where God was leading and we again prayed that God would make His path clear for us.  Three days later on Friday morning, Rob met our Leadership Pastor Jeff Doyle at a coffee shop where they meet every Friday.  He told Jeff that he felt God leading us towards student ministry and Jeff told him that he knew of a position Rob might be interested in.

Our church Northwake is a mission minded church, more than any we've ever been a part of before.  Northwake has over 30 "far flung friends" or missionary units across the globe.  Every Sunday we pray for a different far flung family.  So for the past 5 years that we've been at this church we've been praying often for Rob and Kristie Satterfield and their children, Shiloh and Judah.  They were missionaries to Turkey for 10 years and unbeknownst to us moved to Austin, Texas a year and a half ago for Rob to pastor FBC Oak Hill.  It was basically a church revitalization.  When the Satterfields got there there was about 40-50 people attending and now there's around 120!  Rob Satterfield had contacted Jeff the day before asking him if he could recommend anyone for student ministry.  The church had grown and he needed help!

So from the beginning of this adventure we have seen God's hand and heard his answer to our prayer to make things clear for us.  We are so thankful for that!  That was last October.  Rob sent his resume', we skyped with Rob and Kristie and in January Rob, myself and Cora flew to Austin to meet the congregation.  Jane stayed back with our friends Scott and Laura, who also happen to be the coaches at our gym.  We were a little nervous about leaving Jane, not because we didn't trust Scott and Laura, we just weren't sure if Jane would be sad or not.  One day about a week before we left I was really struggling with what to do.  When I put Jane to bed she asked to pray and she prayed for Scott and Laura and thanked God she was going to stay with them.  She also prayed for Mommy, Daddy and Cora to have fun on their trip on the airplane and to see the church.  We didn't even know she knew that much about what we were doing.  It was SUCH a sweet confirmation from the Lord that she was going to be just fine.  And she was!  She had SO much fun and we are so thankful to Scott and Laura for taking care of her.

This is proof my children are so different.  Jane would never have been this close to strangers playing.

Airport Nap

Rob, Cora and I had such a great time in Texas too getting to know Rob, Kristie and the people at FBC Oak Hill.  They are such sweet people who really love their youth and see the importance of ministering to them.  They were really some of the most welcoming people too giving up cars, homes, time, and money and watching Cora for us (once overnight!) so that Rob and I would feel comfortable and have a good time.

 This is the only picture I took in TX.  It's in Rob Satterfield's parents front yard.  We counted 16 deer!

 So, this past week the church voted and offered Rob the position and we have accepted!  We are hoping to leave the first week of April but need to sell or rent out our house before then.  We are praying about that too and would love for you to join us if you think about it.  We are planning to rent in TX so it's not the end of the world if we don't sell but would rather not have a house in NC to think about if we didn't have to.  We are however trusting God for that too.  His ways as we've seen aren't always the same as ours but they're always best.


mama said...

This mama is blown away for having yet another child surrendering to being a pastor! Who would have ever known that pastors and missionaries would be the livelihood of our families. It's almost more than I can comprehend, but is just another way of how our God continues to bless our family. Exciting news and great plans for stepping out in faith! God is good! We're so proud!!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

So glad you shared the whole story here... I really enjoyed reading it and evening learning new things that I hadn't heard or remembered. So sweet that Jane girl is so aware and prayed for you. I love her and can. not. believe. she is SO big. We're looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the Lourceys and to taking a road trip to come see you in Austin! Hooray for new adventures!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new adventure! The first week of April is our Dad's party too isn't it? :) Hope that isn't too much for you. Austin, TX is such a cool artsy area I know you will love it. Just so you know, I'm a blog stalker and check in on you and your sisters every few weeks :) See you soon hopefully! Melody Kegerreis

Anonymous said...

So excited for new adventures and the path your lives have taken. This is one proud mama and G.
Love to all