The details

Hey Friends and Family,
Yesterday I realized that in December it will be year since I graduated, in other words I graduated 8 months ago and other than mission trip updates I haven't really talked about what is going on in my life at all.

I'm sure most of you know by now that I have accepted a job teaching/coaching at Liberty Middle School. When I first heard about the job option I pretty much just dismissed it for several reasons that I "thought" were justified. However the Lord did not seem to justify them as much as I did and I truly believe that this is the path that God has led me on for at least this next year.

There are so many things I could say about this new mission field that I'm entering, but i'll keep it short and simple. I've already realized this will probably be the hardest thing I've ever done. Harder than college, harder than missions, just harder, but what I see through the roadblocks, what i see over the mountain, it's worth the hard. If there is one thing I've learned in life it's that I don't need to be afraid of hard, because on the other side of hard is always something great.

I'm back in Liberty Tx. After 4 years of Liberty merely being a vacation place, it's now home again and in thought after being places like Johannesburg South Africa, Amsterdam, Rwanda... etc. You'd think Liberty would be boring and outdated, but there is simply no better place to be than in the center of God's will. I'm surrounded by mentors who love me, teach me, and trust me to do ministry. I'm happier than I've ever been, I'm more hungry for the things of God than ever, and I'm more passionate than ever. The joy of the Lord is our strength, and the more you get to know Jesus, the more His joy and passion and zeal will over take you.

I think I've realized that nothing is impossible at all. There are no limits when it comes to the Kingdom of God. Dream big, extend vision, and trust that God's vision for our life will never be matched, so DREAM HIGHER, VISION DEEPER, and just go. I spent the last year doing what I want to do with the rest of my life. Go overseas, come back, go overseas, come back, go overseas... and I believe I'll get to spend the rest of my life doing this because at the young age of 22 I have found where my passion lies.
I love spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I believe the Lord will give me a husband with the same heart to minister to those in America without ever forgetting the big world out there that still needs the gospel.

So I am excited about life, I'm excited about the future, and I'm just so blessed and so thankful for where I am. Everyday is truly a mission field and when it gets hard I"m surrounded by people who pick me up.

For those that I have lost contact with, gosh I'm sorry. Most of you know how much I need to work on my contact skills. I try to make those few phone calls a week and sometimes it doesn't happen, but I am definitely trying to redefine that as a priority in my life, so that as I move into the future I don't forget those who have helped me to get here.

I love you all!!
Be Blessed,
J. Tate