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Good Morning - May 12th

by David Miles on May 12, 2020

Hello MVC Family,


The summer before my final quarter of college two really significant things happened. First, Monika and I got married. Yes, we got married before we graduated from college and are closing in on 15 years of marriage this summer! The second thing that happened was Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast. As I am sure you remember, this was a devastating storm that changed many lives. It was a storm that changed my life.


At the time of Katrina, I was working in children's ministry at the church I attended, was recently married, and my final quarter of college was approaching. However, I was so captivated by the devastation and the lives being impacted that I knew I needed to go and be a part of the relief efforts. So I found a church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I could volunteer, booked a flight and headed to the Pelican State for a week of relief work.


During my time there I was overwhelmed by the stories I heard from survivors. Everything from riding out the storm in a dumpster to driving through local neighborhoods and seeing trees "decorated" with personal belongings. I was also profoundly impacted by the number of volunteers that travelled from all parts of the globe to love and serve those in need. When I left Louisiana I was convinced that full time ministry was what God was calling me to. 


After returning home, I continued my part time ministry work and began volunteering at New Life Church in Renton every other week for a couple days at a time. After only a couple months I was hired on full time and became Children's Pastor and eventually started a young adult ministry. After serving at New Life I came to MVC (this was nearly 10 years ago) and have enjoyed the ministry God has called me to in our community of faith.


Why do I bring all of this up? Well, I bring it up because we currently find ourselves in trying times and I am convinced that in trying times like Hurricane Katrina, and our current situation with Covid-19, God works in unexpected ways to bring about transformation. 


My hope for you is that you would be open to how God might be directing your path even in the midst of the challenges we face. As it says in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." The straight path God has for you might lead to and unexpected destination, but it will be a beautiful and divinely appointed journey!