I thought many of you might wish to have an update on our transition from Manhattan, Kansas to Rapid City, South Dakota:
We put our house on the market on March 13th...showed it on March 14th...received an offer on March 15th...sold it on March 15th. You have to believe that God had His mighty hand in this detail of life. We will be closing on the sale of our home on May 30th.
REAL LIFE CHURCH (Manhattan)
I will be done "pastoring" Real Life Church on April 30th...they have given me the month of May to concentrate on packing and moving to our new assignment. This was an incredibly generous gift from our church...they are wonderful people who passionately love God.
We have decided that Katy will "stay at home" for the next 1-2 years as she concentrates on helping our family transition into a new home. With our baby girl entering the world around June 20th, we both believe this to be the direction we ought to go. Katy will serve as the "Office Assistant" for our new church which will require 15 hours of her week...must better than 50 hours a week of teaching :)
It has been recommended to us that we put Hayden in Kindergarten this coming Fall...he'll turn 5 on August 26...we feel like this is early. He's academically capable, but we are concerned how his behavior would be affected. So, we're praying and researching. We'll know more once we get more information from the school in Rapid City...any comments on this one?
FOUNTAIN SPRINGS COMMUNITY CHURCH (Rapid City)
I am leaving for a quick trip to Rapid City on April 9th...I'll spend a few days trying to find a house for us. We've done a lot of preliminary searching while visiting RC and also on the internet. I think I'm prepared to buy a home without Katy "actually seeing it". Pray about this for us.
I've had some conversations and passed back-and-forth some e-mails with some folks as I look for a "teammate" at Fountain Springs Community Church. The church has a newly established Student Ministry and I'm looking to bring someone on who can firmly establish a thriving Student Ministry who minsters to Generation Y while also helping in other areas. This is a new experience for me (hiring staff) and it's extremely fun hearing the dreams and goals of other people as they seek God's will.
I am leaving, again, for a tour of Israel on April 28th...I'll spend 10 days in Israel and it is dominating my mind right now with extreme excitement!
Our new worship gathering is only two months old and it is going really, really well! We are starting a new series for the month of April which will deal with self-image, lust, and marriage...it's called Dirty Little Secrets. We'll discuss what Scripture talks about in regards to self-hatred, porn, sex, and marriage affairs. We will have folks giving real testimony each week in relation to the topic at hand. We will hear how God has restored those who have abused their bodies...those who have conquered sexual addictions...those who have sought and accepted forgiveness for an abortion. I believe some big stuff is gonna happen. Please pray for us during this time.
Our little baby girl (yet to be born) is very healthy. She is making herself known more and more each day as she kicks and pushes. We are truly blessed by our Creator.
We'll keep you filled in on how life evolves for us. It's an exciting for the Kinnan family!