A year ago this week (on July 20, 2010) Amy and I moved into our apartment in Henryville. We left our family and our jobs in Mississippi and settled in Indiana. We could hardly have imagined then the great blessing and gift of grace that God had given us in placing us in Henryville. This last year has been an extraordinary witness of God’s provision and it has come largely through the love and friendships we have found in the town, the community, and the church that has adopted us.
As we look back on this last year our minds spin with the changes that these twelve short months have brought. We have joined a team of ministry at a great local church. We have been blessed by being allowed to serve and participate in worship and discipleship with an amazing group of believers. I have completed a year of graduate school. Amy has left her comfort zone of the classroom and begun working two different jobs. Amy’s grandfather died in November and my grandmother died in April. We survived our first Indiana winter! We have experienced the full range of emotions from worry and grief to confidence, comfort, and celebration. This year has been remarkable and will be one that will stay sweet (even with the pangs of sadness) for the rest of our lives.
We want to express to you our church family how much we appreciate your love, support, encouragement, patience, and friendships. Each of you have blessed our lives by entering our lives during this last year. Words cannot fully express the affection and love that have connected our hearts to yours, to FBC Henryville, and to this wonderful place that we have been privileged to call home. As we think and remember God’s work in bringing us here we are forced like Paul to exclaim: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil. 1:3-5).
Like Paul we are joyously thankful for such amazing gospel partners, and like Paul that leads us to a firm confidence as we face the future together (Phil. 1:6). We are excited to live here. We are excited to serve here. We are excited to look into the future with you here. And so as Amy and I have just marked a year in Henryville we begin to move into a second year. If there is grace in Christ (and there is), and if his providence and purposes are greater than we can ever imagine (and they are), then this next year will be a very good year indeed.
Thanking God for you all with love,
Cade and Amy