God's Calling me to Collin!

I'm writing this to let you know that I'm transitioning to to the Collin College campuses in Plano for this next school year! I'm super excited. It seems to me that this is an obvious move of the Spirit. He's been confirming for me and those around me that this is what He wants. He keeps opening all the necessary doors and making a way for me to go. I'm honored and eager to be able to respond, "send me"! Here's what I see God doing:

1. The Collin campuses are in real need of a female senior staff person. Their current female staff person, Dani, is about to have a baby! Because of that, she won't be able to devote as much time to students as she has in the past. I think that God is asking me to step into this gap. My job won't actually change much, in that I'll still be doing what I've been doing (meeting with students and pointing them towards Jesus). I'll just be working with Collin students instead. I'm excited to be used by God.

2. Pedro is currently working at the Collin campuses, and has been commuting to Plano from Denton since July. It'll be a lot easier on him for us to be in the same place! 

3. The Denton campuses are in a very good place. Our ministry is healthy, and stacked with campus staff people. If ever there was a time to leave Denton, it's now. They'll still have Shayla, Darby, and Reagann to lead the women's side of the ministry with the Lord's help. All three of these women are devoted to God's call for their lives, and love these students well. I'm leaving with well wishes and blessing. 

4. As if that isn't all affirmation enough, we needed God to move big time to get us out of our lease. 'Coincidentally', our good friends and ministry partners Mia and Manny happened to need a new place to rent out starting the same time as we'd need to leave. They're taking our lease over for us. Also, the amount that we got from our tax return is the exact amount we needed to move. It's just one big God deal. 

In Paul's farewell to the church leaders in Ephesus, he said this: "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace." 

I'm obviously not Paul; and it's unlikely that prison awaits me in Plano. Still, I take great solace in Paul's words. I don't know what's awaiting me in Plano, and it doesn't really matter. Whatever fears I could have of the unknowns, I simply don't. God's word rings true in my ears. I'm going to go and testify to the good news of God's grace, an intimate knowledge I've gained from experiencing it over and over. I may not be the best, wisest, or most experienced minister, but I know God's grace. If there's anything I'm proud of, it's that. 

Please pray a prayer of thanks to God, for opening the doors we needed him to, for providing the finances we needed to move, for thinking strategically to work all things out for everyones' good, and for placing all of his people right where he wants them to be. Thank him for getting the Denton campuses into a healthy place, for being the real minister to all of our campuses, and for choosing to use people like me to do his work in the world. Thank him for it all. 

He is as kind as he is big. I'm happy he's in control. 

Your soon to be Collin cougar, 
Kristen Paz 

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns! I'd love to hear from you. You can check out the Collin campuses here: https://www.collin.edu/

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