The past couple weeks of life have been full of highs and lows. One of the highs this past weekend was finally meeting several other people our age. We also agreed to co-teach/lead a new singles ministry for 25-35 year olds in our church. Mark's excited about the chance to teach again and we are both excited about the opportunity to serve together in our new church.
But last night we also had a low point of our time here. One of the active youth in the church committed suicide. And while Mark and I didn't know him we had seen him and definitely recognized his picture when my mom showed it to us. The church family is reeling from this tragedy and seeking to serve both the young man's family and other youth/youth workers. I'd ask for specific prayer for my dad as he leads the staff and as they all lead the church to grieve well and still give God glory. It's been amazing to recently see God at work in the hearts of many in the congregation. We pray that this will serve to further God's work and not hinder it.
Tonight there is a counseling time for parents and youth, and others will be meeting to pray. Wednesday night there will be more times of counseling for the youth, Thursday evening is the visitation and the funeral service is on Friday morning.
Thanks for your prayers....