An exciting new ministry opportunity has been presented to us this week and boy, has it provoked a lot of thought and discussion in this house! Last week we decided to strongly pursue a tribal church-planting ministry because that is what continues to tug at Miguel's heart...this week, leadership has asked us to consider working in a new support ministry. This new ministry would put us in the center of creating a sending organization for Mexican missionaries (or other Latins). This ministry is undoubtedly something that highly attracts our attention because we also have a heart for building and strengthening the relationship between ex-pat missionaries and their Latin colleagues. Miguel would be working with promotion and representation (among other things) and I would work part-time out of the home office (me? with an office?! I think I'm still in shock!) in a secretarial/coordinator type role. I think I even found a good childcare solution already! :)
But...our question is, is this a crossroads or a bridge? If we decide to take this ministry road, does it mean we are turning our backs on the tribal ministry role? (We aren't getting any younger, you know!) Or would working in this ministry for a couple of years be the bridge that carries us into a tribal church-planting role further on down the road? Is this God's provision of a dynamic ministry for us at this time or merely one of those ministry opportunities that come along and would be good to do, but are to be declined? Like one of my sisters said, perhaps this is a glimpse of God working on our behalf behind the scenes while we were still in such doubt and discouragement regarding our future...aarrgghh! Why does this have to be so hard?!
I think that our conclusion is that for now, we will join this new venture (perhaps re-evaluating at the end of the school year) and continue to ask God to lead and guide...all the while continuing to pursue unity and cry out to God together. I pray for clarity of thought for Miguel, he's the one with the burden of these decisions, anyway. All these questions still swirl in our minds, however, as we continue on the adventure of life.