It's Monday morning, Sept 11, and as our nation remembers the tragic events of 16 years ago, I sit down to write my first official blog for So Much More.
Yesterday was a special day. I finally shared with my church family what's been brewing for the past couple months in my heart. I am stepping aside as the Lead Pastor of River Pointe Church, Missouri City to launch a new position with Makarios International. I will be the Director of Partnerships and Development for this amazing ministry.
I was first exposed to the work of Makarios in the summer of 2015. I was actually looking for a family-oriented mission trip to take the people from my campus on. I had heard about Makarios from a friend and students from my kids' school were going there that May. So I tagged along for a few days and learned more about their work in the Dominican Republic. Incredible! The transformative power of the Gospel was palpable. The impact that Christian education and family ministry could have on poverty-stricken communities was evident. We just had to go back.
So the next two summers (2016 and 2017), I led teams to the DR for week-long mission trips. So proud that we took 23 people each year and served alongside the fantastic people there. But something else happened. God began stirring something in my heart.
Here was a Christian ministry, a school nonetheless, in a Spanish-speaking country (with some Creole mixed in) that was doing powerful work to empower students and families. It combined just about everything I've ever done in my adult life (11 years of educational leadership experience with 9 years of church ministry work) into one great opportunity. An opportunity to invest in something down there that was changing lives each and every day.
So here we are. Leaping into the unknown. For the first time in my life, I am going to begin asking people to support my ministry and the work of Makarios with financial gifts. Not just once, but every month. On-going, generous, faithful support. I've heard of this craziness before, but we've never stepped in it like this. But there's a strange excitement about it all. Because in the process of figuring this all out, I get to share the story of Makarios and God's faithfulness to my own family. He's going to get all the credit. I'm going to trust that He moves in the hearts of people before I even ask. And I'm going to see that God will engage others in His work so that our family will be taken care of and the impact of Makarios grows exponentially.
Buckle up Scott. Here you go.
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto Me.