A Note to Our Church

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Here is a copy of the note that we sent out to our church, to keep them informed of our travels at home and abroad.

Dear IAC Family,

Greetings from the pilgrim road!

Sarah and I are just making the last few known stops on our journey, visiting family, friends, and seminaries across the country, before we take off for India on September 22 on one way tickets.

After that, things are in God’s hands. Not to say that they aren’t God’s hands already, but beyond that horizon of flying abroad, things are so unknown we can’t even begin to plan them, however tempting it is to do so. We will have to wait and see, and listen to how God calls us.
When we tell people that we are going to India, the first thing they usually ask us is, “What are you going to do there?” This question always trips us up a little. We don’t know what we are going to do. We tried to pry open many different “do” doors in many different corners of the world, but none of them opened for us. The quiet, persistent call of God on our lives was “Go” and “Be.” And as much as we in our culture want to hammer that into a question of “doing,” thus far our vocation has obstinately refused to be molded in that direction.

The call of “going” and “being” presents its own opportunities and challenges. It is an opportunity—certainly—just think of all the Biblical imperatives, and the promises associated with them! From God’s words to Abraham “Go…and I will make of you a great nation,” to Jesus in the Great Commission saying “Go…and I will be with you always,” obedient going is the beginning of great and beautiful works of the Lord. Being, from “be still and know that I am God” to being the self-conscious “salt of the earth” demands that we are rooted in reality of our salvation, and our identity as children of God. It calls us to experience, practice, and articulate this truth in and through our lives.

But, just as certainly, this call is a tremendous challenge. We won’t always know what is coming next, where we are going to sleep, what we are going to eat, or what will happen if we get sick. We will be forced to shelve our luxury of being able to control our environment and our situation, and trust God, fully and completely, in what is just about the most unsure and scariest possible environment we could engineer.

We invite you to journey with us in prayer as we enter this next season of our life. Our prayers are with you, also, as our family, our friends, and our church. And, since this is the digital age, you can also remain invisibly connected to us through our website, which is up at http://nathanielandsarah.wikidot.com. Until then, we look forward to the day when we can once again rejoice together visibly in our risen Lord and Savior, in one place and with one voice.

Nathaniel and Sarah Kidd

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