See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
(Isaiah 43:19 NIV)
I grew up in Texas. For many very good reasons God has called me to Kansas, grandchildren being reason number one! When I retired as an Army chaplain over five years ago, I thought I knew my path and what God wanted me to do. Well, as many of you can attest, sometimes God uses our thoughts and plans to shape us to eventually get us where He wants us to be. That is what happened to me.
When I first arrived in Kansas, I was teaching school and planning to plant a church with myself as the lead teaching pastor. Well, in less than a year, I was not teaching school, but I was part of a church plant – but as a volunteer pastor on staff. During the next four years I relearned much about civilian ministry and how to support my young “senior” pastor (and I eventually became a paid staff member!).
When the opportunity came for me to be a part of a ministry to engage churches and pastors across the state of Kansas, I felt uniquely qualified. During this past year I have really embraced Kansas in a much deeper way, learning the history and how to engage governing authorities.
In fact, as part of my time with God each day I am reading a daily devotion with a story from the history of Kansas. This Day in Kansas History by Dr. Paul E. Barkey uniquely weaves together Scripture with Kansas history. If you have an interest, click on the picture of the book to learn more (it will take you to Amazon.com):
For several months I have been sharing about the fact that the Church Ambassador Network of Kansas is coming. We have been working hard to lay the foundation. Starting next month, we will be sending out emails to share about this “New Thing.” I would love to hear your thoughts as we move forward with implementing our mission:
Inspiring the Church to Engage Government
for the Advance of God’s Kingdom
Pastor David Beauchamp
Director of Church Ambassador Network of Kansas
Cell: (913) 981-3253
An initiative of Family Policy Foundation of Kansas