A large part of listening for God’s call on our lives is trying to pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses he has given us, and being open to what He wants to do through us. This is something that Kate and I pray for regularly in our family’s life, that we would use the strengths God’s given us for His purposes.

We have been blessed beyond measure by the people of St. Luke and their continual listening to God’s will. We have been pushed and have grown in so many areas of our lives. We know and trust that God has used our family for His purposes, in ways we could never even imagine. Now, it’s time to pass the torch.

I have accepted a position with Concordia Technology Solutions, a part of Concordia Publishing House, in St. Louis. It is a Content Specialist position, which means I will be using the video and technical skills that God has given me and St. Luke has helped me develop, to serve our Church at large. Kate and I have prayed and wrestled with this opportunity for several weeks, and we both feel at peace that this is where God is hoping to use our family next for His Kingdom purposes. Our plan is for me to be around through Easter, and working on passing tasks off to others throughout the next few weeks.

While new opportunities are exciting, they also come with much mourning. We are so excited for what is to come, both for our family, and St. Luke, but it’s hard to even imagine having to leave all of the amazing relationships we have with so many of the people in our St. Luke family. The wonderful thing about my time at St. Luke, is that I got the opportunity to be involved in so many different areas. From youth ministry, to music, to adult education, to parent’s night out, to film and tech. With staff, parents, and students. Multisite and site specific. I have been so blessed to be able to serve side by side with so many people in this congregation and community. 

I believe God is using my family still at St. Luke. This is an opportunity for change and growth. I don’t know for sure what God has in store, but I know who He will use to make it happen. We have several incredible youth ministry volunteers who have been taking on more and more, and who are able to serve in ways I could never imagine. We have students who are bold, wise, and strong, and I have been blessed to see them grow and mature in their faith and leadership. I know that God will continue to call the St. Luke youth ministry into deeper relationships with each other and with Him.

Change is incredibly hard. Kate and I are feeling that so much right now. But we know and trust that our Heavenly Father uses these changes and struggles to shape us and make us stronger for service in His kingdom. We will continue to love and pray for the students at St. Luke no matter where God takes us, and we hope that you’ll continue to do the same for us. Thank you for all of the fun times, the struggles, the growth, and for joining us on this amazing faith journey.

Andrew Osborne