Hello, we are entering into a new season as a family and we wanted to send out an update to our friends and family.
As many of you know, our family spent six years in New Orleans after Katrina devastated the gulf south. During our time there, we helped a church plant, worked with mission organizations, and partnered with a house church network. We developed a love for the city, a passion for diversity in the church, and a desire to advance God’s Kingdom in missional formats. However fruitful, it proved to be difficult to balance bi-vocational ministry initiatives and sustain our growing family. In 2012, we moved back to the Phoenix area to accept the Young Adults Pastor position at Faith Bible Church and, since then, Erik has become the Pastor over all adult ministries. It was helpful in stabilizing our family which is now six people strong! During our time here, Erik went back to school at Fuller Seminary. It’s been a long but rewarding journey and he will be completing his Masters of Divinity this Spring.
As we end our time with Faith Bible Church, we have been praying about our next season of ministry over the last year and asking God to lead us to a place where our passions and gifts are best utilized. God has used the last few years to affirm Erik’s gifts of preaching and leading in a local church context. Though we are not sure where we are heading, we trust that Jesus is preparing us for this new endeavor.
At this point, we are anticipating remaining in Arizona and prayerfully considering the options that God opens up. We ask for your prayers as we move forward into the next chapter of life and ministry!
– Thien family