God is calling the London family to a new chapter in ministry.
We will be continuing our CYAK ministry in Anchorage as we move during Christmas break.
The move is very bittersweet.
I’ve been hesitating to send out this letter to all of our friends and family because in a way, I felt like the move wasn’t real until I sent this out. I didn’t want it to be real that we are leaving all of our loved ones in Unalakleet.
It is only through a great amount of prayers and a great amount of tears that we are moving. Unalakleet has been our home for the past 6 years and it has always been with great joy that when others ask us where we are from, we could answer, “I’m from Unalakleet!” We will deeply miss Unalakleet and are eternally grateful for those that have welcomed us in as family. We have been blessed by seeing great fruit come from the ministry that we have had the privilege to be a part of. However, we know that we are leaving the Youth ministry in wonderful hands, as Charis, a gifted Native woman has taken over Adam’s old position in the church. We are holding to the promise of Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
As we are trusting in God in the struggle of leaving, we are also excited about how God will use the London family in Anchorage. Two of Shirleen’s siblings and their families live in Anchorage, and our children are thrilled to be able to spend regular time with cousins. Adam is excited about working in the CYAK office with several other team members, whereas he previously worked in an office alone every day in Unalakleet. We are also eager to help out with CYAK’s young adult ministry, Aarigaa, that we helped start 10 years ago.
Another transition for Adam is that his job has shifted slightly. He recently became the Associate Director with responsibilities for Operation and Bible Camp Administration. Adam will continue to do his current job of overseeing operations, but will now also be overseeing Bible Camp after the Covenant Bible Camp and CYAK merger. You can read more about this merger at: http://www.cyak.org/cyak_cbc_merger.html.
While it will be hard to leave, we are excited to see what God does next. And as Adam now works with Bible Camp, we look forward to being able to go back to Unalakleet regularly. We take comfort knowing that this isn’t a permanent “Good-bye,” but rather a “See you later!”
We appreciate your prayers and support during this transition.
Adam, Shirleen, Tommy, Talia, Toby, and Thad