Alright everyone! I'm finally taking the time to sit down and update you all on my transition from Oregon to Texas.
I tend to be a pretty crazy and impulsive person, but even I will admit that this is by far the craziest thing that I have ever done. Leaving my family and friends was one of the most gut-wrenching experiences for me, and I questioned the validity of this decision up until the morning that I left Oregon.
Truth be told, God gave me plenty of notice. I knew the moment that I landed here in 2009, that I would eventually return. I just didn't know how or when. Moving here was something that I have looked forward to since December, and I knew it would change my life, but man...I didn't expect this much goodness in one place. I honestly don't even know where to begin.
I have been here 6 weeks now, and was blessed to have Kristy here with me for my first month here. Together we experienced kindness, love, and acceptance amongst the youth here that we very rarely experienced in Oregon. We made a solid of group of friends who have already changed my life in the short 6 weeks that I have known them. I believe that God has ordained these friendships. I feel more than blessed.
I attend a church congregation of 1400 and counting. The Holy Ghost moves every service, and multiple people are baptized every service. It has been upwards of 100 people baptized in this year alone. I have involved myself in as many youth oriented programs as I can at this point, and have joined the youth praise singing group. I also had the unique opportunity to help cook breakfast for the discipleship program for new members (called Foundations) with my roommate, Monica, up until last week when the class ended. So, I'm pretty much at church related events at least 3-4 times a week. It is truly amazing to be a part of a church in revival and I can't wait to see what God has in store. I already feel changed and I know that God is just getting started.
I believe that I have finally left the valley and have reached my mountaintop. It's a strange and enlightening experience. I love my roommate, I love my friends, I love my God, I have a job. For the first time in a very long time I am happy. Truly and unequivocally joyful.
OF course I miss my family very dearly and I miss my friends in Oregon. For those of you who supported me in this, I just want to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude. Without your prayers I wouldn't be where I am. I was dying, and you breathed life back into me. For this, and so much more, I thank you.
I will try to be better about updating you all about my life here in TX. I can't guarantee anything, but I will definitely be making a more concerted effort.