So, we heard back from the Baptist convention guys. We are flying to Hammond for an interview the weekend of April 7. So, on to the next step! They have narrowed it down to us and some other guy, so it's not a "done-deal". It's so funny, after being in Canada for so long, to interview for a ministry "job" and know that someone else wants it too. I know that may not sound funny to you, but we have NEVER done things this way. This will be our first venture into adult-job finding. Wait, that sounded a bit like prostitution, I didn't mean it that way. I meant, we just have never really interviewed for a job before. And, in Canada, if there is no pastor at a church that church might be without for years because there aren't really many ministers. So, our outlook on ministry has changed enough to make it weird to be in "the running" for a job that others want. I don't know if that makes sense.
Now, John just read what I wrote and said "that makes it sound bad for us leaving Canada, saying that there are no ministers", and he is right. But we have wrestled with this. We have wrestled with "did God call us to Canada forever or for 'a time'", and we still don't really know. One thing we know is that we are open to the call of God WHEREVER it may be, and we have grown out of our high-horse that said "we won't ever go back to the Bible belt". We have had several job offerings in the states and in Canada, and the only one we have prayed through and felt the leading of God to pursue was the one in Louisiana. We have to trust God, He knows what he's doing. If he wants us to stay in this great country-we will. We just would have to have a Word from Him to do it, we will not stay here on "principle" if we feel led somewhere else. Even if it is "home" and there are people who think we are "selling out" leaving Canada. We get alot of "it will be nice for you guys to be close to home, now that Sadie's here" comments, and that's true, but that is not in any way why we are pursuing this ministry. The fact that the ministry in in Louisiana, only a few hours from home, is just icing on the cake.
So, here's my request from my blogging community -pray for us. The meeting is Friday afternoon, April 7, over lunch. We want to make sure we are "us". We don't want to try to "make them like us", we want to be real. My Dad said (joking I think) "make sure you are a good Pastor's wife" and I said, and I quote, "Crap, Dad, if they don't like me then I don't want to go there." So, he said "well, be a nice me". Does Dad think I am not a nice person? (I don't think you think that, Dad). I will be a NICE, REAL me. Just in a skirt instead of sweat pants. I'm not stupid enough to be that "real".
You can also pray for the "moving details". I am a little bit, um, flustered. Maybe ALOT flustered over the fact that we cannot make real arrangements until just weeks before we actually move. I am a planner, a "plan in advance"-er. So, this throws a kink in my anal-retentiveness.