You all have become like family to me over the past four years. You have loved, supported, encouraged and instructed me. You have been there for me. You brought me into a beautiful and supportive community. I have grown tremendously in the Lord because of your guidance and teaching. Thank you for your faithfulness and openness to God. Thank you for bringing me into this fellowship. Thank you for supporting the ministries to youth and children and for the investment you have made in the lives of our youngest ones. Thank you for believing in me to shepherd them. It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.
Dear Youth and Children,
You all are treasures to me. You are letters from Christ written on human hearts. Always stick with Jesus. He is worth it. He is worthy of absolute obedience. He knows you and loves you and wants you to know and love Him. Stick with God always, always, always. He loves you no matter what.
I can’t wait to hear one day about how y’all are telling people about Jesus for their first time and representing Him in your schools and jobs and raising families that reflect God’s love for us, His bride and His family. You are the light of the world, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. Go forth and set the world on fire!
I love you all,
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. -Jim Elliot