Sunday, March 29, 2009

Making a Move...

Today was one of the hardest days that I've had in a long time. Today we told our church family that we are moving to Indiana this summer. I'm very excited about what the Lord has in store, but it is also very hard to think about leaving so many close friends. God has been so good to us while we have lived here.

How do you tell people that you love that you are leaving? I couldn't find an easy way to do it. We have spent over 13 years with our church family laughing, and singing, and ministering together. And lots of eating too! And every now and then there was some crying and lots of praying. When you go through so many events with your church family, it brings you close.

And yet, when God is calling, we must follow. In my heart I know that staying when God said to move, would only bring difficulty. And I also know that this move isn't just about our family serving in a new place, but also someone new serving here. I know that God has great things in store for Calvary and for our new work, if we all will be faithful in seeking Him.

For now, my wife and I covet your prayers. We have a lot to do in a very short time. In the weeks ahead, I hope to share what we are looking forward to in Indiana, and how we have come to this place in our lives.

But tonight, I just want to say thank you to my Church Family for their incredible support, and love and for the Lord who has allowed us to labor together.

Acts 20:32 And now a I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

7 comments:

Jeff Myers said...

Travis,
You all are in my prayers. I know that these moves are bitter-sweet. I hope your family has a smooth transition and God continues to use you and stretch you!
Jeff

Travis Penn said...

I know you understand Jeff. I have thought about your ministry even as I went through this process.

Thank you for your prayers.

Elizabeth said...

I'm both sad and happy for you. Leaving is hard, but it's so exciting to be embarking on a new "adventure" with God - Although it is a bit shocking! I suppose though that God's timing is rarely in line with our own, and for good reason, we'd never do what He wants us to if it were completely up to us.

You're all in my prayers.
Liz Kohn

Travis Penn said...

Thanks for your prayers. We will still only be about 3 hrs from Decatur, so we won't be that far away.

I'm still up for getting together for more Praise and Worship workshops too. Again, it's not that far.

You have been and will continue to be in our prayers.

molittr said...

The Lord bless you and keep you.

It has been an honor and a joy becoming a part of your church family.

I am excited for you! We are keeping you and the family in our prayers.

Handel is running through my head as I type, "...and give you peace."

God bless.

Travis Penn said...

Thank you so much Mike. You have been a huge blessing in my life. I can't wait to hear how God uses you and your family.

Scott said...

Travis,

Words cannot express how much I have enjoyed knowing you and your family over the past twelve years. You have been an encouragement and a blessing to me. I thank God for you! Although I am sad to see you leave, I am excited for you as well and look forward to hearing how God continues to use you and your family.

Scott