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Sunday morning after church, one of the elders asked me if I would be open to a recommendation to another church looking for a minister. His father-in-law is an elder at Memorial Christian Church just off I-10 and Federal Road here in Houston, and their minister recently retired and moved away. They are looking for someone to replace him, and were also looking for someone to fill the pulpit ocassionally during their search.

I told him I would be open to looking into it.

When I checked my email Sunday evening, I had already received an email from the elder at Memorial Christian Church!

We have sent each other a couple of emails since then. I sent him the transcript from the 28 Questions that Bay Area had asked me to complete as part of their application process a couple of years ago. And he has sent me information about their church, as well.

They are a small (about 30), older (mostly senior adults) in an older part of Houston, their building surrounded by mostly Hispanic neighborhoods. They do have a Spanish church that meets there as well, and is much larger than the English speaking group.

I just want to ask each of you to be in prayer about this, in whatever way you choose. Also, ask me questions and make comments. I want to hear what each of you have to say. Even though this may not go anywhere, I would like to be in dialogue with my family about it.

Yesterday was my last day at Things Remembered, although I may work for them as an engraver during Second Season (May – June).  But I could no longer manage one of their stores with a clear conscience.  Their payroll is one of the smallest in my twenty years of retail management, and most of the time, each employee works alone in the store.  Though my manager worked valiantly to get more hours for the store, it simply fell on deaf ears.  I could no longer accomplish all that was required.

 Next week, I begin a new adventure!

 I will work with Wayne and Candi, helping them establish and grow their delivery business, concentrating on the pool permit side of things.  Hopefully, we will also find a regular delivery route before the pool business slows down around August.  This is a step of faith for us, as we are leaving the world of salary dependence, and moving into the realm of commission-only support.  I really believe it will work, but it will certainly take a lot of work!

One of our biggest concerns is health insurance.  Alma certainly needs it with her condition, and I’m experiencing basic age-related health issues, as well.  In order to provide for that, I’m starting work with Starbucks this next week, also.  Although we will pay COBRA for the next three months, after that we can be covered by Starbucks insurance, as long as I continue working at least 20 hours a week.

We’re taking the leap, and some calculated risk, to pursue some business ideas that I feel match my SHAPE. 

But, I’m scared.  I’m certainly not used to taking these kinds of risks, and the future is a big unknown.   I’m placing my trust in the Father to supply our needs.  I’m not going to be stupid or lazy, but I have asked that he bless our efforts and plans to supply our needs.  To give us guidance as we make decisions about where to invest our time and money. I truly believe that God is the source of our dreams and plans.  Now, we need his guidance to put them into practice with diligence and wisdom.  

My plan is to work part-time at Starbucks, although I haven’t yet heard from Blanca. If that doesn’t work out, I feel sure I could work part-time somewhere.  But companies that supplement medical insurance for part-time employees are few.  And that’s what I need; the only reason to really have an hourly job. 

The remainder of my time will be spent pursuing business for Wayne’s delivery service.

August 2017
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