Our friends Adam and Carrie Arnold both posted status updates on their facebook accounts tonight and here is what they had to say;
“I can’t believe the end of yet another chapter in life has closed and another is beginning. My heart is breaking but I know God asks us to give Him the blessing he already gave us in order to give us something better.” – Adam
“remembers the first morning I woke in Arizona, March 1st, 2003. The mountains left me speechless. I find such peace in the sunrise over the Arizona mountains.…” Carrie
(Adam, Carrie Elizabeth, Daniel, and Bella)
Adam and Carrie moved to Arizona in the Spring seven years ago and tomorrow they are moving back to their home state of Missouri where we first met them.
I cannot frame into words the devotion these friends have put into our lives and ministry but I will attempt it with much emotion tonight.
For a couple to move across the country to an unknown community is amazing and a bit strange I thought…..Why would anyone move from the known to the unknown and start without any friends except a pastor and his family?
Adam and Carrie awkwardly and slowly made the journey and set up their lives here in Prescott and faithfully attended our church and began to build from scratch a new start.
That new start was difficult and rocky at times. …many times Brenda and I prayed for their future.
But Adam and Carrie continued to do their best at finding jobs and raising their family.
About two years ago, I noticed a steadiness in their relationship and I felt that they had reached the threshold of a consistent family life together.
Adam and Carrie have become apart of the fabric of our church family and dear friends to Brenda and I .
We will miss the strength and laughter they bring to our lives and we will miss especially watching them grown together in Gods grace.
Adam – Thank you for your unending hours you have given to the “techy” part of the ministry as well as the hours standing in the sound booth. I will miss watching your calm cool ability to handle things when stuff goes wrong.
Carrie – Thank you for being a friend to Brenda and giving us both your devotion to our ministry . You are an incredible Childrens minister, Nursery coordinator, worship leader organizer and an all around amazing woman of zeal and vision.
Both of you are fantastic parents and an example of a Christian marriage .
Thank you for giving Brenda and I the opportunity to be your pastor’s these many years both in Lake Saint Louis as well as Prescott Arizona.
You mean the world to us and we will miss you more than you will know.
May God bless your future as you discover the path He has for you and your amazing family.
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
Adam and Carrie – you are living letters to all who know you.
Steve and Brenda Lummer