We had the staff families over for dinner tonight, and we hung out together. Most were able to make it, and it was a busy time with all of the kids present. With just the staff that came, there were 15 kids - that's right, 15! Just imagine, when the entire pastoral and administrative staff get together, there are 23 kids! Wow! It reminds me of a statistic I read recently that said one of the common characteristics of healthy churches is that the many of the staff have young children, or children on the way. Now that doesn't seem to compute because those with young children are more limited (or should be more limited) in what they can give to the church and still fulfill their role as a parent. An interesting tidbit in my mind.
I feel incredibly blessed that the Lord has given us such great people to serve with. I can say that each couple truly loves the Lord, feels called by Him to serve His people, and lives out their faith in even the smallest of things. To me, this is where it really matters. Lots of people can be faithful in the big things that everyone can see and judge (when there is public approval or reward), but it is the truly faithful that live with integrity in even the smallest of things. Each staff person and staff family is a blessing to me, personally, and to all of us at New Life.
An update about a situation we were made aware of yesterday (mentioned in the last entry): A person called us to give us more information, and this person is a Christian and had been praying about this very situation, even though she didn't know what the Lord had in store. Anyway, God has shown that He is present in every aspect of this situation, and I can trust that He will continue to be in control. I am so thankful for that.