Thursday, January 12, 2012

Farewell Speech & Thankyous...

Last Sunday was our last Sunday at Morley Salvation Army, so we had to say goodbye to many of those who have supported us over the past few years...below is my speech that I delivered (without crying!) to come later.

So the time has come that this is all real and actually happening. In a weeks time we leave Perth and arrive in Melbourne to start the next chapter of our lives. The chapter that God has planned especially for us as husband and wife to be in Ministry together for Him. 

Daniel and I for our wedding bands have three rings as joint as one, and this is a testament that in our marriage God is amongst it. And so as we head into ministry together our rings are a constant reminder that God has called us to this together and he will also guide us and give us strength to face the days ahead.

We have been greatly blessed to be apart of a fantastic small group here at Morley for the last 3 years and this has been a massive support for us in getting where we are today. 3 couples getting together for a meal and then growing together as we explored many different ways of looking at Gods word and growing together as we challenged, supported, struggled and rejoiced! To this we thank Steve & Marenda, Matt & Emma for the great times we have had together. 

We thank Phil for his guidance as a Youth Pastor in our years here as we've grown as leaders and explored Ministry in different ways. To you all here at Morley Corps we Thankyou for your support in our preparation in getting to College. Our fundraiser was a huge success thanks to the support we had on the evening. Because of your overwhelming support we were able to raise the funds we needed plus more which will go to assisting us in paying our course fees, living expenses at the college and also childcare fees for Emery. We Thankyou for your continued prayer support as we know in the times where we have struggled with wether this is what we should be doing or not, there have been people praying for us and always God has confirmed to us that this is it. 

Thankyou to the junior soldiers for your fundraising for us and for acknowledging Emery and assigning her a Prayer Pal. She is a huge part of our lives and having been an officer kid I know that at times she will struggle, but knowing there are people praying for her especially, I hope and pray that she will come to love Jesus and will have the heart of a servant as she experiences ministry in different forms over her life. 

And to our families, we know that it's going to be hard letting us go, but we also know that you support us 100% and will continue to wherever our Ministry takes us. Because of your love and guidance in our lives as you have brought us up, we have grown to love Jesus and follow his ways. We know you will also be praying for us and Emery and that we will be constantly uplifted in prayer. 
A verse I am taking with me to college is Phillipians 4:13 and I love reading it from the message version which reads: whatever I have, where ever I am I can make it thru anything in the one who makes me who I am!This verse reassures me that God will get me through all circumstances I face in college and then as we do ministry wherever He has placed us. 

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