He was from a large family from Indiana, raise by two solid Christian parents. He would grow up in the faith. Whenever the church doors were open, his family was there. He would continue his walk with the Lord into college and his twenties. He would serve in various churches, even in areas outside his comfort zone. However, like most of us, when it came to waiting on someone special, he would find heartache after heartache. There was simply no one out there for him. Also the fact that he was majority shy, wasn't helping. So he decided to move to Florida in hopes of finding better work and a mate. The only problem was, he wanted God to bless his efforts versus asking God if this is where he wanted him to go. Tom would learn some hard lessons. Lessons of not following God, of dating and marrying the wrong woman, of allowing his wife to lead him (away from consistently going to church) and being out of fellowship with our savior.
Eventually Tom would divorce. He would find himself in NC, surrendering to God, ashamed that he not only had not listened to God's direction, but he failed in other areas too. God was listening. God had always been listening, waiting for Tom to turn. Waiting for Tom to remember. Tom would find himself in a good church, serving and being obedient. There was just one thing missing, community with others singles. He knew, if I find a group of friends, of those who understand his past, then perhaps he could help them with their future. He would find our ministry, he would find a place to serve, a place to make a difference.
Q: As you continue to pray about your time with us in September for the Ignite Retreat. Pray also for your place in your church, in your community. What is God asking you to start, to belong to, to help grow, to ignite.
Eph 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.