We have sat looking at a blank screen for far too long trying to come up with words to describe what Journey has meant to us and how God has used this experience to transform our lives. How could we ever describe it?
Restoration. Community. Healing. Freedom. Growth. And so much more…
Now that we are 5 and 6 years past our Journey Internship, we think the clearest way we can describe it is a launching pad. Journey was our launching pad into a life of surrender and service and joy and grace.
It was through this internship that God taught us to walk. He taught us how to seek Truth and wrestle with it and live it out. He taught us how to be real, how to confess, how to live in very genuine community. We learned about our wiring and how God has creatively and uniquely designed us to build his kingdom on the earth. We learned we are loved, chosen, redeemed, and that God has called us to pour our lives out in the very same way He did.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)
So since Journey 2010 and 2011, we’ve been trying to do just that—pour our lives out as Jesus did. We got married in 2014 and moved to New Hampshire to serve the church in New England. Tommy was a Campus Pastor leading local and global initiatives and Amy was a Children’s Pastor serving birth-5th grade. In January of 2016 we joined the staff at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, IL. Tommy is the Global Outreach Pastor facilitating relationships between the local church and global partners in India, Haiti, Kenya, and North Africa. Amy is the Pastor of 2nd/3rd Grade.
Journey has been our launching pad. It has launched us to places both physically and spiritually we could have never anticipated. We are forever grateful.
Amy and Tommy Nika
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