We took them up on it and went out the weekend of January 10th, a week before their public launch on January 17th.
God really surprised us. We came back home with a sense that God could be in this - and it sure didn't help that these people, and what God was doing in this church was so awesome.
So we began to pray. Over the next few weeks, our hearts began to go out to the people of Katy, TX, but more than that we started to sense God getting our attention in our walks with Him. He was calling us out of our comfort zone, reminding us of our primary call in Christ to surrender our lives to Him.
It's almost as if it was less about Texas and more about the simple question of whether or not we would really follow Jesus anywhere. I started to ask myself if I was really as "open to anything" as I said I was.
Our natural desire was to stay in North Carolina; to raise our kids where we can take them to beautiful mountains in the fall and sandy white beaches in the spring. To continue having all the people and things we love right at out fingertips. For me North Carolina has been my home for the last 14 years. 30 years for Katie.
THE WEEKEND OF FEB 8TH
A month later we took one more trip and viewed it as our final confirmation trip. We were sensing pretty strongly that this was God, but we wanted to go one more time. This time to lead worship with the team and experience the whole setting up and tearing down in a new way (they meet in a junior high school and roll everything in on carts early Sunday mornings).
It was great to be back and see ourselves being a part of the church plant this time around, looking at it through more serious lenses. We were excited, and of course a little scared.
Leaving home and going to a place you don't know isn't easy....
Unless you're following Jesus.
So, yep.... we're packing up everything and going to the Lone Star State.