We are excited to welcome Dave & Heather Schmitt to serve with Global City Mission Initiative. They are arriving this Summer and beginning work over this upcoming year. Heather has written some reflections below on their transition.
For the past three years my husband and I have been preparing to go into full-time ministry. It’s been 3 years of pulling up anchors, tying up loose ends, downsizing our belongings, packing, moving, changing schools for our boys, saying goodbye to family and life-long friends, and making new life-long friends. Phase one is done and now we pick back up at the beginning and start the cycle over.
People who don’t know us probably think we’re crazy. To leave a stable environment, including a nice house, steady income, family so close we could wave to them from our yard, friends that have been with us through thick and thin, giving up ¾ of our possessions, in order to do what? Go back to school so we can have an unstable income and no real home to speak of that is far away from everyone we hold dear? An outsider is likely to ask, “Why on earth are you doing this?”
This is the question we are continually asking ourselves. As our family prepares for yet another transition there are a few important things God has been repeatedly reminding and encouraging us with that help answer the question.
The adventures in life are FUN! We have seen and explored so many new places since we uprooted our lives. We have gotten to explore so many different parts of God’s creation that we would have never seen otherwise. There is so much beauty, history, and culture that we have yet to discover. We are excited to continue our adventures in New York City!
Meeting new people is exciting and eye-opening. Living in the South for the past couple years has been a complete culture change from our previous experiences, and where we are living now there are many internationals studied in the university setting. We have really enjoyed making friends from different parts of the U.S. and around the world. This experience has broadened our perspectives and deepened our desire to continue meeting people from around the world. NYC will be such a great place for this!
Of course the most important and simplest answer to the question is—GOD. For the past three years our motivation, our strength, our comfort has come from God. Isn’t that how it should be in all stages of life? Whether we are in full-time ministry or not aren’t we all called to live our lives for our Creator? It may look different for each of us but the general calling is the same. Join us in delighting in Him and sharing Him in whatever situation you find yourself, and please pray for us and the other interns as we transition to New York.
By: H.S., moving to NYC