The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:4-10
The last few months have been a whirlwind for my family and I. First, we sold our home and either sold or gave away about 90% of our possessions to follow the calling that God had placed on Miranda and my heart back in 2017. In 2017, we were teaching Sunday School and both working full time jobs and were generally comfortable. That all changed in July when I was handed a pink slip that told me that my services were no longer needed and clean out my desk by the end of the day. I remember calling my wife and telling her that I had been let go. At first she chuckled and told me to be serious. When I told her I was she was as dumbfounded as I was.
“I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
We both had sensed that change was on the horizon but the abruptness of it caught us both off guard and I spent the next few months in prayer trying to find my way through the fog that was now my life. Around November, Miranda and I were both watching a couple of our favorite YouTube channels that involved families that were living full time in rv’s. I remember vividly I looked at Miranda, after watching an openly Christian family’s latest adventure, and said “These are all well and good but what are they doing with the platform God has given them, if we had something like this I would be doing something with it.” That is when Miranda looked back at me and said, “Then why don’t we?”
“You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”
Why don’t we? What a crazy thought. Usually I would come back with the job I had or that I was still in school or, or… I am sure that everyone reading these words have stood at the fork in the road and thought, why not but how many of us actually take the chance and step into the unsure. Well, this is what we did. On Labor Day 2019, I hitched up to our 5th wheel and pulled out of North Pole, AK with our ultimate destination being the Lake of the Ozarks, MO. That first day and everyday since I have been praying and asking God that this is not a mistake, that His hand would sustain us.
“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you”
So here we go building the new foundations of a life of service. So I know if I was reading this I would be asking what is the calling that brought Miranda and I into this new life. Well it is simple, teach Christian fundamentals to everyone. Miranda and I have taught Bible-based fundamentals to the Sunday School at South Fairbanks Assembly of God for the last two years and before that we taught young adults the same. Over the past two years we have seen that a lot of Christians do not understand the very basic tenants of Christianity so we are going to teach them and along the way get some answers to some of the toughest questions that are being debated in the modern Church.