The tragedy God used to shape my life

Grave of Sandy Ann Spencer

photocredit: Keith Gandy - all older photos are from the Spencer family home

Other than the gospel of Jesus Christ, nothing has shaped the direction of my life more than the tragedy experienced by the Spencer family. In April, 2018 I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with this wonderful family. They were kind enough to invite me into their home and speak at length in deepest details - much of which I heard for the first time.

We shared tears, hugs and even prayer on this day. I am so thankful for our time together and share their moving story and how it impacted my life.

The tension in vocational ministry

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While this article is not intending to be a pity party by any stretch, statistics of vocational pastors (in the USA) are sobering at best.

According to the New York Times (August 1, 2010) "Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans.  In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen.  Many would change jobs if they could."

1,500 pastors leave their ministries each month due to burnout, conflict, or moral failure.

Keith Gandy - GermanyKeith Gandy - Germany

Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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