Photos courtesy of Ryan Prouty

Monday, July 27, 2009

Changes: a letter from Paul

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I write this letter to each of you after much labored prayer, thought and insight from a few of you. First and foremost, I want to thank you and encourage you in your walk with Christ, confirm in you that He is in control and knows everything that is happening and that is going to happen.

Today I present to you a stirring change for our family, not from ministry, but to further focus what we do. I am resigning from my position at Agape Flights to begin full time work in our local church as a family type pastor (my title is yet to be determined). I have seen many wonderful things occur at Agape: my trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the ministries that Agape supports; the addition of the King Air to Agape’s service; the claimed lives of non-believers being brought to Christ in our hangar, especially one who gave her life to the Lord two weeks before her death; the dedication and willingness to get an engine replaced on the King Air on the tarmac in the Bahamas. With all of this on my heart, God has made it clear to me that my time at Agape Flights is complete. He has confirmed that I need to be making disciples, counseling, and teaching them in the things of God. This is necessary for us to spread the gospel to the nations. If we are not making disciples and bringing them to freedom in Christ, other nations will need to send missionaries to us, and in fact, they already are.

I will be transitioning out of my current position at Agape Flights within the next eight weeks. Then, I will be partnering with The Bridge Church in Venice, Florida. We have been intimately involved with this church since we arrived. This fall, I will go through the Caring for the Heart internship program in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is the ministry that we have referenced in our Free to Love marriage conferences. I may also be trained as a financial counselor to serve the people of the church and the community in which we live. There will be no charges for this or any other counseling that I may do. This ministry position will allow me to do what God has placed on my heart: to be closely involved in the lives of people, believers and non-believers alike, to bring them to a relationship with Christ and walking with them along the way.

What does this mean for you? Today, I ask that you continue to pray for us. This is a transition as much for you as it is for us. We will answer the questions that you have as thoroughly as we can. We are doing fine, we are in agreement as a family, and in reality, we are closer than we have ever been. We ask that you stop your giving to our support at Agape Flights, and if God leads you, begin sending it to the following address or call the church office at 941-484-3339 to set up automatic payment:

The Bridge Church

528B East Venice Ave

Venice, FL 34285

Please place “Prachar Family” in the memo. This will ensure that we are not a burden to the church. The Bridge Church is a small body of believers who cannot afford to add me as staff unless you are able to continue partnering with us. It is my vision as it is the vision of the church leadership, that as the church grows, it will be able to take on a larger responsibility, and over time the church will take on my salary completely. We will re-evaluate where the church stands financially in one year and make adjustments as necessary. Please know this: I will continue to counsel and disciple even if I do not receive a salary. This is what God has called me to do.

Please join us in this transition. You all are on our hearts; we cannot thank you enough for bringing us to this point, and bringing us to the throne of grace in intercessory prayer. With your assistance we will be able to serve as agents for the Holy Spirit to bring individuals and families to freedom in Christ. Thank you and we love you all.

In Christ,

Paul and Travis Prachar

**Be looking for a letter coming in the mail that will include our current contact information after our recent move. We just wanted to be as timely as possible with this information once the decision was made to move on.


Cindy and company said...

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths".

We are with you!

Love, The Hogans

Emily said...

Wow! We'll be praying for a smooth transition!

sara said...

What a leap of faith. Thank you for being an example of what it looks like to die to ourselves.