So, it’s officially been over a year since the Lord started this whole church planting process in me, and as I look back on all that has happened in the last year, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with thankfulness. I’m thankful most of all to the Lord for how he has thrust me so far out of my comfort zone into the great unknown world of living on faith. It has been truly amazing to see how he has provided for me and my family every step of the process. But as I consider the past year, I can’t help but be overcome with thankfulness for all those people that the Lord has used to show me that he really does own the cattle on a thousand hills and in fact is capable of supplying all my needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
To all those who have been faithful to give of yourselves so that The Vineyard could be at the point that it is today, I want to say to you, “Thank you.” I’ll attempt to avoid the cheesiness possible in this moment by resolving not to cue a Ray Boltz song in the background, but I really do want you to know just how thankful I am for your willingness to give. So many of you have given us gifts to help support this work we are in, and for that we are eternally grateful. I know that I have been the world’s worst person at showing my gratitude in the past. I seldom send thank you cards (I am ashamed to even write those truthful words), and when I do actually get around to sending them, they are usually VERY VERY LATE. I could chalk it up to busyness with church work, busyness with working another full-time contracting job to support my family, or busyness with just trying to be a family man to my wife and two beautiful children, but the truth of the matter is that I certainly could have spent a little less time watching TV or reading or anything in order to take time to say thank you to the ones who have been so faithful to me. So, let me say first, “I’m sorry for being so late with this,” and then follow it immediately with the ‘thank you’ that you deserve.
Thank you for giving and praying to support the work of the Lord in The Vineyard. You are truly a hero of faith storing up many treasures in heaven through the works you are supporting. You guys are the best, and I love you dearly.