One month to go!

We officially have one-way plane tickets for Friday, September 1 leaving from Columbia, SC going to Nairobi, Kenya! We are super excited about what the Lord has prepared for us in our work with CARE for AIDS and are grateful for how He has directed our story. The nerves have definitely become real now that we know exactly when we are getting on the plane!

Casey has photographed her last wedding and is working diligently to get all of the last photos edited and sent to her brides! I (Aaron) finish my Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on Wednesday, August 9.

I realized for the first time on Tuesday that Casey and I really are walking into brand new seasons of life. This seems obvious at first. We are moving to Kenya; clearly a lot of things are changing! Casey has been photographing weddings for 4 ½ years now and running her own photography business since October 2014. I began my seminary degree and started tutoring in mathematics in August 2014. In January 2015, I began to take more responsibility in leading the college ministry at The Church at Cherrydale (TCC). All of the ministry, school, and jobs we have known since getting engaged in March 2015 and married in September 2015 will conclude over the next couple of weeks.

This firmly reminds me that our identity and our hope in this life does not rest in what we do, what degrees we have, or what ministry we lead. An extremely wise mentor told me a few years ago that we are easily replaceable in most everything we do. The college ministry will go on at TCC and men and women will be raised up as disciples of Christ who make other disciples. People will struggle on math tests and find a different tutor. Numerous weddings will happen across South Carolina and there will be plenty of photographers to capture the sentimental and memorable moments.

Where we are not replaceable is as “Aaron, the son of God,” “Aaron, the husband of Casey,” and down the road, “Aaron, father of [fill in the blank].” Similar things are true for Casey and are true for you, as well. We first and foremost are sons and daughters of God. Each person, whether he or she is in a relationship with Christ or not, bears the image of God (Genesis 1:26–28).

We listened to a sermon by David Platt many months ago when he spoke at a chapel service at my seminary. Adjusting his words slightly to fit our current situation of moving to Kenya, he said, “The reason we go to Kenya is because God is worthy to be worshipped there.” God is worthy to be worshipped throughout the whole world and one day every tribe and nation will stand before Christ, the lamb of God, confessing Him as Lord (Philippians 2:10; Revelation 7:9).

In the coming weeks, I want to write more on “Why we are going.” Ultimately, it is because the greatness of our Triune God and the good news of Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection are to be made known throughout the world.

We are coming into quite a new season of life, but the great news is the consistent refrain of Psalm 136: “For his steadfast love endures forever.”

We are grateful to have friends like you supporting us along the way!

-Aaron

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