Saying goodbye is a hard thing to do. We mailed the letter below out to our former church family, Fellowship Community Church, in February of 2012 letting them know that God was calling us into a new chapter of our story. Our resignation took effect on March 1, 2012.
Dear Church Family,
It has been over ten years but I remember it like it was yesterday. And I could take you to exactly where I was when I finally let go of my own plans for my life. It was like a flood swept through me and carried all of my old dreams away like they were never there. The people around me were singing, ‘When I survey the wondrous cross, On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride….’ I moved my lips but no words would come out because of the huge lump in my throat. I had been fighting God so long on this and it was so relieving to finally give in. ‘Yes God. I will do ANYTHING you ask.’ I felt like laughing and crying at the same time. Love, joy, and peace were having a party inside of me as I bowed my knee and acknowledged that Jesus would be my King from then on.
It has been quite a ride since then. God led me from a mega-church in Norfolk to serve at a start-up church in Chesapeake. Four years later it was off to Raleigh for school. While there, He provided a godly wife who was surrendered to God’s call. Then God called us here to Salem and has given us a wonderful season at Fellowship. Now, four years and three kids later He is calling again! As we have been serving in Southeast Roanoke on Saturday mornings, God has broken our hearts for the people there and we have discerned God’s call to resign our position at FCC and move into the neighborhood there as missionaries. Trust me, this sounds just as crazy to us as it does to you because Fellowship has always taken great care of us but we have peace knowing that God is leading and will supply our needs.
We have found an old house to move into that needs a lot of fixing up but we think it is perfect for what we are trying to do. One of our favorite verses right now is John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” We want to move into the neighborhood there just like Jesus did for us.
Our last day on staff at Fellowship will be February 29. That feels so weird to say because we have loved our time here and you have been so good to us. Thank you SO much for the way you have loved us and allowed us to serve you. We hope that we have served well. Even though we will not be attending FCC we feel like we will be able to transplant a piece of Fellowship’s DNA to this rougher neighborhood. Please keep us in your prayers as we move on to the next season of life with our King.
The last part of that hymn from above goes like this……Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all. Our prayer for you is that your heart and life would be gripped by Jesus too.
With much love,
Jon, Kristi, Levi, Maggie, and Norah Laughinghouse