Thanks to each of you for your friendship and partnership. We live in interesting times where through the internet, certain levels of connection can take place and information can be conveyed like never before. Perhaps, not in the most deepest level, but a certain level of ‘community’ is still possible. I write this post to ask for prayer from the folks at Quest Church, my network of personal friends, fellow co-laborers in Seattle, and the larger community I’ve had the privilege of meeting in the past years. Prayer is both a beautiful and mysterious gift. It is a good thing. I’ve also learned that it is both a personal and communal thing. While I have no prayer cards, no prayer letter reminders, and no official prayer chain, I simply ask that as my family and I come to mind or heart, please lift up a prayer for us.
The past year has been one of the most exciting and simultaneously, the most emotionally exhausting year of ‘ministry.’ As most pastors may know, the line between ministry and personal life is simply, very nebulous. It is what it is. There’s ways to create boundaries but there are times those boundaries simply get thrown out the window. Without going into much detail, it’s been gutwrenchingly painful to see people (that we love) go through intensely difficult seasons of their lives. It has impacted the church pastors. It has impacted my family. It has certainly impacted me. Please pray for wisdom, protection, and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit. Please pray for Minhee, my family, and our health.
I also ask for prayer because the next 6 months will mark another significant season at Quest. Within the next six months, we’ll likely conduct many meetings and forums surrounding Interbay Church joining Quest, transition to the summer schedule, likely ‘officially’ merge the churches and experience all the excitement and bumps that come with that – culturally, logistically, and legally, go through a mini renovation project in July/August to get the current Interbay sanctuary to a place where we maximize its space and where we can continue to engage the larger city of Seattle, mentor some friends who are planting a church, and finally, get my basketball game to a level where other Questers don’t laugh me off the court. During each ‘major transition’ at Quest, there have always been hurt feelings, misunderstandings, departures, and painful judgments. Yummy.
The busy schedule begins this week. I’m off to Poulsbo, Port Angeles, Anacortes, and Bellingham for a few nights to teach a class on ‘What is Culture?” as part of the Perspectives program. My family and I are looking forward to some good rest for several weeks in August. I’ve learned in my 16 years of ministry and 10 years of marriage, that life – marriage, ministry, family, amongst many things — all have ebbs and flows. There’s a time to rest; a time to play; and a time to push. This is the season for ‘push.’
Thanks for thinking of us…