So. I've been busy. Much is changing.
I received a phone call on Tuesday last week from the senior pastor at my church offering me a very part-time role in our children's ministry department as part of a team of three people working with the K-Gr 5 age group. I can't even begin to tell you how shocked and pleased I was/am! I graduated from Canadian Bible College in 2003, not quite sure how I planned on using my degree... Should I go on to do more education? A masters degree? Should I be a pastor? Should I work towards a teaching degree? What should I do? Before graduation I had worked in Hinton at a church as in intern in the student ministries department. I had always really enjoyed working with teens, but while I was there I heard from several individuals on more than one occasion that I should consider working with kids, as they seemed drawn to me. I was resolute in my calling to work with teens, so I dismissed the idea. Then, I fell in love and married a youth pastor. Pre-children (our children I mean), I really enjoyed working alongside Jeremy, supporting him in his ministry area, and building relationships with girls in his youth group. But, I also started to take on leadership roles in kids ministry. And, I was pretty good at it. I really enjoy the creativity requirements, and the joy that comes from seeing a child's innocent interactions with God. Their approach and understanding of God and Jesus is refreshing and challenging at the same time.
That being said, I have felt a call to working in children's ministry increasingly over the past seven years. Even in periods where volunteering in that area has been difficult (ie. when I was having babies!), I felt God opening my heart and pouring ideas into my head, and giving me opportunities for relationships with other families and leaders in this ministry area.
I am so excited to see how God has honored the desire that He placed in my heart, the calling that His voice has spoken to me. I am thrilled to be working as part of a team, as I see that being key to maintaining a balance between work and family. And I finally get to put to good use my degree. I have certainly used it over the years as a volunteer and mother, and support to my husband's ministry space, but I am SO excited to have my "first real" job... a job that directly correlates to the four years I spent at CBC, and the money $$$ that I spent there on my education.