According to Plan
In February, we welcomed the Pannell family (Josh, Sabrina, and Lily), who moved from the United States to Addis Ababa according to plan. We got to know the Pannells during our time in Louisville as they were part of our community group at Sovereign Grace Church. In fact, Josh was the only reason I passed Greek in Seminary - he was my tutor! They are a massive addition to the team for a number of reasons. But if you asked Josh what he is most excited about, he'd probably answer, "The pastors college! We're starting a pastors college this September!" In the kindness of the Lord, Trinity Fellowship has been gifted with an unusual number of Godly young men who aspire to full-time ministry. And Josh will be spearheading a pastors college under the umbrella of Trinity Fellowship so that our little church might be found faithful in training the next generation of local church leadership. That was Paul's commission to pastors in 2 Timothy 2:2 "what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also."
However, shortly after their arrival, Sabrina, who is pregnant with their second child, developed symptoms of possible complications. As a result, they have flown to Turkey to finish her pregnancy and little Augustine is due any day now. That part of the story was not according to our plan! But, thankfully our lives are entrusted to the One in which all things go according to His plan. Nevertheless, they look forward to returning at the end of the month. And, we are diligently praying, trusting, scheming, fundraising, planning, coordinating, and striving to start a pastors college this autumn.