This is probably the hardest blog we have had to write, as this will likely be our last post as house parents at the American Indian Christian Mission (AICM). When we were hired, we were unaware of the doctrinal foundation in which the Mission was established. It was later that we learned the Board was from the Church of Christ background and through time, learned about the doctrinal differences between them and us. We, along with a good portion of the staff, don’t align with one singular doctrine; considering ourselves as solely disciples of Jesus. The differences between our beliefs were never at the forefront last year because we didn’t have any staff at the Mission that came from the Church of Christ background.
That all changed this year when our Director, Principal, and Bible Teacher joined our staff; pushing their Church of Christ agenda. Many staff members have tried to establish a middle ground doctrine that all could agree on, however people who come from the Church of Christ feel that they are completely in the right and all other beliefs are completely wrong. As a result, we have had to face a lot of conflict this year with the Church of Christ people. It is extremely hard to be persecuted by people claiming to be your Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
The Church of Christ leadership of the Mission feels that our beliefs are too far apart and are unwilling to compromise. Therefore, Laura and I have been informed that our employment with the Mission will end the last day of school (May 23) and we have to vacate the property by the end of June. Naturally, this doesn't give us much time to find employment and housing. However, we are totally trusting God that He will provide both in His perfect timing!
Spending the past two years at the Mission has opened our eyes to the tremendous need the Native people have. We have also grown to love living in the White Mountains. God is calling us to stay in this area and to continue to minister to the Native people. Laura and I both have a heart for foster care and definitely feel God leading us in that direction. The puzzle pieces of what this new ministry direction looks like are coming together, but we don’t yet have a full vision of God’s plan. In addition to foster care, we have fallen in love with all of our girls and want to continue to teach them God’s Truth. Once we have secured a home, we are praying about taking in a few of our girls who could live with us and attend public school so that God can continue to grow them into His disciples.
We are excited about starting the next chapter of our lives. Over and over, we see God’s over abundant provision when we are within His will! We trusted God to provide the funds for all of our girls to go to summer camp. The fund raising efforts brought in an extra $2000 over the funds needed for camp!!! This extra provision will cover transportation costs, food, and camping supplies needed for both our girls and the older girls going to summer camp! It is clear that God wants these girls to go to camp and we are excited about their week learning about Him in Colorado! Please be praying for our girls during this time (mid-June), that they could become closer to Him!!
We are so thankful for those who read this blog and pray alongside us. We will continue to use this blog to document the next chapter of our lives. Although we are trusting God to provide, this transition from one ministry to another is not easy. We could really use your prayers and words of encouragement during this time. One challenge we are facing is difficulty locating financing for a home as a result of our short sale two years ago. Many of you have resources and abilities that could help us in this next chapter. We would love to hear your ideas for creative financing options! We know God will provide! We are already seeing some provision through our good friends and fellow house parents (who are also being evicted). They have agreed to allow us to fall under their non-profit so that we may receive donations and longer term financial support.
Our theme verse for this transition time is as follows: “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” 2 Corinthians 4:17
In His grip,
Trampas and Laura