On February 8, 2009, our friends Carlos and Lily Llambes, missionaries in Santo Domingo, shared with our Sunday School class that the surprises from God are always good. Four days later, God surprised me!
Many of you, our friends, have been wondering whats happening with the Bergens. We have been somewhat out of touch for two months. Over the next few weeks, I hope to share the latest developments and happenings in our life and ministry through this blog.
We have had some surprising changes in life as of late. Yet, we are confident none of this has caught God by surprise. This surprise did not come gently to us, but we have found Christ to be enough in life. And, we see the potential for exciting changes on the horizon.
Over the past two months, we have been sustained by the grace of God, and have been encouraged by many of you, with your kindness to us and your prayers. God has truly lavished His goodness on our family through so many who have prayed with us and stood with us to bear some of our burdens.
For now, here is what we can share. (We realize some of you are not aware of these recent changes.) On February 12th, after 20 months serving a church here in SW Florida, I was relieved of my duties as the pastor of evangelism. This was the result of the economic recession which has greatly affected Lee County, much more so than most of the country. (Lee County, FL has been #1 or #2 in the country in home foreclosures over the past year.) Nevertheless, we know God intended for us to serve Him in this church during this short time. We have witnessed the work of God and have grown close to many who are living lives that have been forever changed by the Gospel.
In mid-February I was asked to prayerfully consider joining a church whose heart to reach their community has led them in the process of beginning a brand new church. If in the near future God confirms this as His will, we will hope to have many of you partnering with us in prayer to see another Gospel-centered church started. This appears to us to be the providence of God at work.
We plan to use this site to give more updates in the future. In the coming weeks, we plan on sharing more as things progress. Thanks for your continued prayer and support.