How did the Klein Family get here? It's a God thing! Plus, we've been reminded that you have to be willing to practice what you preach.
On January 9, 2011, I was preaching and challenging our congregation to take a step of faith and risk for God; doing something bold for God that took complete trust. I said, “Yeah, but you’re sitting there saying, ‘You’re a pastor, you’re supposed to say things like that. But I’ve to put food on my table and a roof over my head. How am I supposed to take a risk for God?’”
So I said, “You know, I live in safety and security too. I know that I am going have food on my table and a roof over my head. I know that people are going to show up on a Sunday morning. But what if God called me to plant a church somewhere with no guarantees? No people, no money, no building, nothing? I just want to get to the point in my life where I say, ‘God, I will do whatever you ask, and I pray you do too.’”
On January 10, 2011, I received an email, followed by a phone call, asking if we would pray about moving to Florida to plant a church. I went home dumbfounded, and explained the conversation to my wife, Nicole. At one point, I said, “God, are you serious!?” But as we talked and prayed, Nicole asked me, “Are you serious? Do you mean the things that you say?” And so began our journey of discovery, discernment, and prayer.
Six months later, here we are in Central Florida, living into the very realities I had preached. We've left behind what was safe and secure, a place that we loved, and a church filled with great people to step into God's call. It is certainly scary, yet we are excited about this journey of faith and what it will teach us about trusting in God completely.