It began roughly 8 years ago. Jessica and I knew we wanted to serve in ministry for the rest of our lives, so it made sense for me to pursue a Seminary degree. As Jessica served on staff at Summit Christian Church, I volunteered in a variety of ministries and began to work part-time with the young adults in 2009. Just before Adelina was born and my graduation from Seminary, I transitioned into Jessica’s role and became the LIFE! Groups Pastor in 2010. I served in this capacity until August 2011 when we began the process of becoming missionary aviators. After a year in Michigan where I studied to become a certified aircraft mechanic, we moved back to Reno and tried out with MAF. We have finished all of MAF’s required training in the U.S. and hope to be moving to Indonesia very soon!
I am blessed to announce that Summit Christian Church has decided to ordain me before we begin our first term with MAF. It is an honor that the leaders and elders at Summit see God working in and through us. I will be ordained this weekend on Saturday, August 16 during the 5:00 pm service. There will be a reception after the service upstairs in the Loft. I also have the privilege of preaching during all of the weekend services! I hope to see you there.
We are now playing the waiting game before we can leave for Indonesia. Our visas have not yet arrived, which can only mean one thing…God wants us in the U.S. for a little bit longer! We don’t have any idea when they will arrive. It could be tomorrow or it could take a few months. However, we know time spent here will mean fruitful ministry for the Vanas. We just want to serve God wherever He has placed us at the time.
In addition to praying for our visas, please pray with us for the healing of Jessica’s back and hip. She has some intense pain and the doctors we have visited aren’t sure what is causing the pain. We have tried a number of treatments but nothing has given lasting relief. Please pray with us for healing and that the doctors would be given wisdom in how to treat her. It would be helpful if we could get this taken care of before we head off to Indonesia for 3 and 1/2 years!
We remain excited about the call and the adventure that awaits! We have just a few more things to pack up and organize. Thank you for praying with us and for us and staying interested in where we are headed. We would love to see each of you this weekend at Summit and may God bless you all as you serve the King!