As many of you know, the Gatten family has been through some crazy stuff in the past year. From the loss of Oliver’s mom to the birth of our first son, and the new life we will be blessed with this November…we have seen God’s faithfulness, grace, and eternal peace more than ever before. Daily we are being challenged and encouraged by what God is doing in our lives. And we’re learning more and more about what it looks like to trust Him in EVERY situation/circumstance.
When both of us were called to work at Snowbird (Steph in 2002 and Oliver in 2007), we had confidence in what the Lord was calling us to. We both didn’t know if this would be something we would do for the rest of our lives, or for a season, but we knew that at that time the Lord was calling us to be here. Even through financial instability, trials, and uncomfortable situations, we’ve not questioned the Lord’s calling on us to be at Snowbird. It has been such an awesome opportunity for us to be here and grow in our relationships with the Lord, surrounded by such an awesome community. And now to raise our children in this community, we are truly blessed.
As this season at Snowbird comes to an end, it’s such a bittersweet time for us. We rejoice at what the Lord has done in and through us during our time here. And yet we’re so sad about leaving such an incredible ministry. The Lord has conformed each of us individually, and us as a married couple, more into His image. We wouldn’t have had it any other way.
This week was such a difficult time for me as the past 11 summers continued to run through my mind and the reality of this being the end was so fresh and overwhelming. Even though we’ll still be in Andrews for the next few years, I know that our lives and place in this ministry will never be the same. I thank the Lord for what He’s done and I question where He is taking us. But I pray, trust, and rejoice in whatever and wherever that is. I’m challenged, encouraged, and motivated to keep pursuing Christ…as I know that He is the only way I will make it through this “transition”.