In 1993 as an eleventh grade teenager I said, “yes” to the Lord when he began guiding my steps toward full-time ministry. From that day until now, I’ve prayed that I will always say “yes” when the Lord speaks. I must admit there have been times in my life that I’ve said “no” but it has been in those times that I’ve been the most out of the center of God’s will.
In 2006 Ashley and I clearly heard the Lord calling us to move to Spartanburg to join you in His Kingdom work at Morningside. This church was in need of a leader to come and build a student ministry that led students to Christ and helped them magnify God, mature as believers, and get outside the walls of the church both locally and globally to share the amazing news of Christ. Though there will always be more that needs to be done and more students to introduce to Christ, we feel like we have completed the task that God called us here to do.
Every time I speak to students I tell them that when the Lord calls us to do something – we must obey. For our family – this is one of those times. The Lord is leading us to move to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florence, SC to lead a student ministry that is in need of help. We know that saying “yes” to the Lord is not always easy, but we know that being in the center of His will is always best.
We moved to Spartanburg as a family of three and we’re now a family of five. Morningside is the place where we dedicated our children to the Lord and the place where Anderson gave his life to Christ. You have helped us raise and disciple our children. We are forever grateful for the investment that you’ve made in each of our lives. You are our friends…you are our family. We will miss you all deeply.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We [will] continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.” (Colossians 1:9)
My last day as youth pastor of Morningside will be May 15.
Rev. Nathan Neighbors