Dear House Family,
As most of you know, Jamey and I didn’t plan to plant a church. It wasn’t what we had been dreaming of or hoping for someday. It was something that just happened kind of naturally and, well, accidentally. And it probably isn’t a grand confession for you to hear that sometimes, in the years since The House has started, we have wondered just exactly what it is we got ourselves into and what options there might be to escape.
However–However–no matter how tempting the dreams of Hawaiian life may be, they are always fleeting. The truth is that even sparkling sand beaches can’t compare with life here. There are two reasons for this. One, The House family is so amazing. Seriously, you people are awesome! I am consistently blown away by your pure hearts that are filled with love for the Lord and one another. I am encouraged to step out of my comfort zone and stretch my faith capacity by the testimonies of your faithful and fearless exploits for the Kingdom’s sake. And, I am humbled by the support, encouragement, friendship and love you have extended to our family. Someday if I am in Hawaii, I want y’all to be there with me! (Okay, that may be going too far. A nice vacation alone with my hubby may be more in order. No offense.) ;)
The second reason that Hawaiian life does not compare with life in MN (even when I am having to dress warmly in June) is because the Lord is up to something here. The air in this place is pregnant with anticipation. Things are stirring. It’s about to get good. (And we thought it was good already!) I believe that we are going to see amazing numbers of people saved, new levels of freedom and breakthrough and all around an increase of love for the Lord. Love that has grown cold will become hot. Can’t you feel it in the air?
The trick of it, is that the things that are coming are going to require us to continue to walk and grow in family. It is going to require all of us doing our part and joining together. I had a really beautiful picture the other morning. I saw Jamey and I putting all of our resources toward a house. We knew that it was the right house, but we didn’t have enough for it. We weren’t sure what to do. Then, House people began showing up. First there was a group that all contributed $1000. Then, others came and gave what they could. Some gave more, some gave less. All gave, though. And soon, there was enough. Later, during worship on Saturday Night, I saw the house again and this time it was filled with the people of The House. We were all worshiping and the house was filled with glory. It had this beautiful glow about it and I saw things that I hadn’t seen before: the foundation and walls had precious jewels, gold and stones in them. It was as though what people had given had been transformed after they had given it and made into something even more precious and valuable. Such a beautiful picture.
What does it mean? I think it was simply the Lord showing how everyone has something valuable to contribute to what the Lord is building in this day and hour. No matter if it seems like a lot or a little to you, it is so valuable and precious. The House family needs you! This hour in history needs you. As we all come together, the result will be something precious beyond words.
This is such an exciting time at The House. Big changes can be difficult, even when they are good. Thank you all for the way you have come together during this time. Thank you for all you have done. Mostly, thank you for being you. Jamey and I are so honored to walk among you. And, just think, the best is yet to come…
Pastor Nicole VanGelder