For an overseas missionary, one serving internationally in a long-term assignment, the time comes to step out of the field and return home for a season of rest – a time for spiritual and personal refreshment, and time to develop and expand the financial partnerships that undergird their ministries. A furlough, if you will.
We live domestically, but the time has come for a similar season for us.
13 years ago, we went through a difficult season of discernment and obedience, leaving behind my I.T. career and joining Cru. Then, the difficult season of initial fundraising and re-orientation into life in ministry (which was VERY different from life in the business world!)
I led a touring band on the road for 4 years. Then, another difficult season as I stepped into leading all of our performing artists, working to envision the future of our ministry.
Then, yet another difficult season as we completely reorganized how our team of performing artists fits into Cru, shedding the name ‘Keynote’ and re-capturing the heart of our work – the vision of seeing Christ exalted on every stage.
God has been faithful and we have seen great things happen – and while our team is much smaller than in the past, I believe we’re doing more and better work than we’d been doing in the previous several years.
And now? Now, I can step away from it for a brief season and take a sabbatical, and begin to get ready for the next season of our ministry.
With the Sabbath, the Lord ordained the idea of rest. Cru’s policy allows a 30-day sabbatical every handful of years, and I am finally taking it! After that, I will spend a few months working to expand our team of ministry partners, so that we have the spiritual, emotional, and financial capacity to return to our ‘field’, rested and resupplied.
At present, I am digging into the Bible, and some other good books on calling, leadership and creativity. As always, I am excited about what God has called us to – the work of using music for outreach and worship, and training others to leverage their talents to help build God’s Kingdom.
I’m immensely grateful for a season of rest, to step back and get recharged on so many levels. And if you’re reading this, it’s probably because you support our ministry in one way or another. Please know we’re grateful for you – for your prayers and financial sacrifices. We’re praying God gives you the rest and recharging you need as well!
While I’m on sabbatical, Rachel graduates from high school and will prepare to head to IU in the fall; Sarah will get her driver’s license, and we will finish Krizia’s year with us and send her back home to Spain! Even on sabbatical, life doesn’t get out of the way. Please join us in thanking God for all those things, and also to balance them with everything else!
The Furious Longing of God – Brennan Manning
Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain – Matt Bays
The Calling Journey: Mapping the Stages of a Leader’s Life Call – Tony Stoltzfus
Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry – Ruth Haley Barton
Creativity, Inc. – Ed Catmull
The Bible (various versions) – God, et. al