With Much Gratitude

During these past few months, God’s provision for our family has been beyond our imagination. It’s been great getting to know each of you as we’ve jumped right into life and ministry in Columbus. We’ve been so blessed by the warmth of your welcome and the way you’ve loved on us through our transition. Whether through painting and preparing our home, through helping us unload from our move, or through the many delicious meals you’ve made us, your joyful service has been a real encouragement to us!

I’d also like to praise God for how He has graciously provided a home for our family here in Columbus. When we first started thinking about life in Columbus, we quickly learned that the housing market is very “hot” and that most homes sell in 24 hrs or less and have multiple offers. After several weeks of looking at different homes, we just couldn’t seem to find one that was in the right location, had the right set-up for our family, and all landed within our budget. It was as though God was setting the stage to show us the seeming impossibility of the task, so He alone would get the glory! In June, a few days after accepting the call to serve at Maranatha, Pastor David shared with us that his next door neighbor was going to sell his home, but hadn’t yet listed it on the market. Pastor David sent us some pictures, and the home not only met, but exceeded everything we had hoped for. And one of the biggest highlights was that the house backs right up to the Church property. We were able to put in an offer before the house went on the market, and the seller accepted it right away! God provided a quick 25 day close on the home so that we were able to have possession 5 days before Naomi was born. And thanks to the hard work of the grounds crew, we now have a beautiful gate in our backyard that makes our family’s commute to Church smooth sailing.

We echo the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

-Pastor Ben

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