Itâ€™s been eight months since I was laid off from my job as worship leader at Vineyard Community Church of Marietta GA. After 18 years in the same assignment, my position was removed due to the financial burden at the church. Susan and I received a very kind sending party. We are thankful that the worship ministry of VCC continues to prosper in health as many new leaders are stepping up into action!
We are still a bit shell-shocked and slowly processing the sudden and simultaneous loss of vocation and church community. There are many layers of loss and grief that hit unexpectedly, yet God has been faithful to give us what we need. We are so thankful for the outpouring of support from so many of you, with prayer, work opportunities, and financial blessing!
In this wilderness season, we sense the grace of God as opportunities for worship training and recording continue to emerge. From serving one church to now serving many, the new work has been exciting and life-giving for both me and Susan. Financially, it is tight - we are relying on the daily manna of heaven!
Since our last update, I have completed my Masters in Worship Studies and Susan has begun her schooling for spiritual direction. Ezekiel recently turned 5, started homeschool and has been a trooper as we have visited many, many churches.
I have received several offers for permanent worship leader work from around the country. We sense the Lord telling us to continue to wait as He provides in this season. We ask that you would continue to pray for us.
PLEASE PRAY FOR US
- A place of belonging in a local church when we are home.
- Consistent part-time work for Mike in the area of worship/music/recording which has flexibility for continued travel and training.
- More opportunities to teach and train worship leaders and teams in new regions and denominations.
- Direction for the next â€œbigâ€ assignment.
Mike, Susan and Zeke Oâ€™Brien
Mike 404.819.7621 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan 770.917.0206 email@example.com