[Editor's Note: This past Sunday was Andrew's final Sunday at Kossuth. As he moves away, we asked him to share a little bit about his time here.]
"Kossuth is the best church". That's something former Purdue comrade and Kossuth member Nathan Kassebaum and I said fairly often during our season of churching together. That's something I'll remember as I move on and look for another place to call home.
After graduating from Purdue with a degree in Food Science, I hung around for another year, working a temporary job for Purdue as a computer geek. During that time, I was hoping and praying that God would bring me a real job so I could save up to go to Westminster Theological Seminary in a few years. The funny thing is that every once in a while, God's plans aren't mine. After a hundred or so job applications, I'm still waiting. So, while I'm still hoping and praying that God will get me a job, I'm also looking back on God's faithfulness over the past year or five.
Among other ways, God has shown His faithfulness through the people at Kossuth. There are too many names to mention, but God has used lots of you to encourage me to be a disciple who makes disciples, to keep staring God in the face when he leaves me empty, to love those that I don't naturally like, to fight sin hard with God's strength, to let my walk with God be a community project, and to push others to do all of that and so much more. I also need to thank many of you for your hospitality. I really appreciate time and effort you've put into providing meals, beds, rides, and hours hanging out.
You've pleased God by welcoming and helping those you don't know, digging into the Scripture with each other, making s'mores with people who've never seen cornfields before, praying for one another, giving generously, and praising God for Jesus' work. Seeing Kossuth act like a bunch of God-loving Christians over the past several years even through change and stress has set a great example for me.
So through the future change and stress, keep learning to submit to the Scriptures in everything, to teach others to see God as He truly is, and to set your eyes on the goal. Don't stop being the "best" church. Thanks for all of your help and prayers.
Grace & Peace,