New Building, New People, New School – 09/10/2017

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Dear praying friends,

 

 

It was about two years ago when Kendra and I first visited Boston and we knew we wanted to be a part of the CTK network.  When we first visited the church in Jamaica Plain / Roxbury was meeting at the Sam Adams building.  We loved pastor Logan and Melissa’s heart for multi-ethnic ministry and a multi-ethnic congregation.  We wanted to be a part of seeing that vision become a reality in JP/Roxbury in particular and at Boston at large.  Since our first visit we have seen the congregation go through a lot of changes.  Now that we have finally arrived we continue to see the congregation evolve.  The church has outgrown its previous space and today we launched our first official service at our new location – at City on a Hill school.  The new facility is not only very capacious, it also puts us in a very strategic area.  The first thing we noticed as we drove to church was the big church sign off a major street that gives the church a lot more visibility.  It is also located walking distance from the T, the city’s major train/transit system, as well as a major bus stop.  We hope and pray that the church will continue to grow in size and influence in the city of Jamaica Plain & Roxbury.  The other thing that the church location does is give us the potential to become a lot more diverse in every way (social-economically, racially, etc.).  The majority of the church still comes from Jamaica Plain, but we did have a lot of visitors today who seemed to be from the Roxbury area.  We hope that we will continue as a church to reflect the Kingdom of God in all its rich diversity.  Today we were encouraged by the turn out and several visitors who were invited by friends.  I met a PhD student from Southern California, two seekers from Roxbury who are interested in further Bible study, a woman who showed up because of a flyer we mailed out, and a young professional who is new to the city.

 

One of my (Steve’s) responsibilities is to oversee community groups.  We are starting with four community groups this fall and are hoping to find the best way to incorporate visitors and seekers into the rest of the Body.  Some of these groups have already been in existence previously and one of our leaders has moved to a new location, giving us four groups to start.  Kendra and I will be hosting one group in our home and it is my hope to either start a new group for new people or to get more involved in discipling seekers and skeptics.  Right now Kendra and I are asking for discernment on where to spend our time and energy.  We want to pour our time and energy where our greatest passions and gifts meet the church’s greatest needs and opportunities.  Right now it is our heart to see new people get incorporated into the body, seekers and skeptics feel welcome and bring their questions and skepticism.  We ask that you will pray that God use us to bring and welcome more people into the life of the church.

 

On the home front all four of the Yangs are sick.  We had a great time celebrating our 10 year anniversary in Maine while the kiddos had a great time with their Aunt and Grandmother, but we have been sick before, during and after our trip. Please pray for health and rest, esp. since it feels like we’ve had at least someone in our family sick for over a month.

 

Also, drumroll, the Twangs start school TOMORROW! Monday, September 11th is their first day of Kindergarten.  Although Hennigan School was not our first choice in elementary schools, Kendra took the kiddos in on Friday to meet their teacher and see their classroom and everyone is very excited! We are still high on the waiting list at the other school but don’t know what will happen with that, so we are just going with what we have now! Although Henegan did not rank highly in school based on the “official rankings” (who gets to decide that anyhow?), it is located walking distance from our home.  Kendra can walk them to school every morning!  Pray for health and endurance for the kiddos for their first full day of school (9:30-4:10!) especially in light of having just recovered from their colds and also that they would find friends, have fun and learn a lot!  And please pray for their safety as the school is adjacent to a pretty rough part of town.  We also hope that this will be an opportunity for them to share the love of Christ in their own way.  We have informed them that they will encounter children with other worldviews.  We hope and pray that it will not only strengthen their faith and sharpen them as they interact with other worldviews at an early age, but that it will make us more humble and prayerful parents and better witnesses in our community.

 

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)

 

 

His,

 

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Jamaica Plain, MA

September 10th, 2017

www.steveyangboston.com

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The Church is on the Move to Roxbury – 08/20/2017

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Dear praying friends,

 

Greetings from Boston! As the summer draws to a close, thank you for remembering us and Boston in your thoughts and prayers! There is a lot of transition going on here with our church of Christ the King- Jamaica Plain/Roxbury.  We ask that you will continue to pray for us.

 

After meeting at the Samuel Adams Brewery Complex for the last several years, the time has come for us to move.  While we originally contemplated the move to increase much needed space, we were recently noticed a couple months ago that we would no longer be able to meet at our current location.  After searching for months we secured a new location at City on Hill School in Roxbury.  Today was our last service at the Brewery in Jamaica Plain.  While we have loved our time worshipping at the brewery, which a very central, hip, and recognizable location, we are also excited about the possibilities at our new location.

 

Our new spot will be much further into Roxbury than any one in our congregation currently lives and will allow us to potentially better reach people and neighborhoods that we haven’t previously. And this is both scary and exciting! Pray for our church as we move, that God be preparing us to bring the gospel to this new area in which he has placed us.

 

One of the things that I (Steve) have been able to assist with is with the development of organization and structure.  The pastors and staff have put together org charts, job descriptions, and have been able to delineate division of labor and tasks within the body.  Last week we met with some key ministry leaders and we have all been encouraged by the energy, synthesis, and unity of mission.  We are all wanting to become a church best equipped to use all our various gifts to love, welcome, and reach the various communities surrounding our new location.

 

Mailers will be sent out to strategic neighborhoods throughout Roxbury & Jamaica Plain.  While we are hoping that these mailers will be an investment that will pay dividends, and while we hope that they will help the community know we are moving to the new neighborhood, we also realize that the church as a whole needs to work synthetically, strategically, and prayerfully to be a welcoming, loving, and serving church to reach and love its neighbors well.  We will move into our new location next week.  The next couple weeks will functionally serve as a semi-rehearsal in which we hope to be fully ramped up for our “opening service” on September 10th.  This only gives us two weeks to get everything worked out and for the flow of the service and various teams working synthetically.  We are asking the community to join us at our new location Sunday, September 10th.  Please keep us in prayer as we try to piece things together.  Please pray that we will be desperate for God to reach and love the people.  The church as a whole is learning just how desperate and needy we are.  I don’t think that’s a bad place for us to be in.

 

As for our family, Kendra and I are both recovering from some sort of bug.  The children will also be going to school  starting Tuesday September 11th The kids have been placed in an elementary school very close to our home which does not have the greatest ratings. We are, however, number 5 and 6 on the waitlist at a much “better” ranked school also near us. It’s very possible we may get placed in the better ranked school but it may not happen until the 1st or 2nd week of the school year. We know that ultimately God is sovereign over where our kids attend school.  We do, however, desire the best education for our kids and we would love to have them in the better school before the year starts. Only God knows what is best for our kiddos, so we place their education in his hands.  Please pray that we will trust God in this process, esp. during this very unsettled and uncertain moment of our children’s (and therefore our) lives.

 

Lastly, Kendra will be taking the kids to her mom’s and sisters so that Kendra and myself can celebrate our 10th year anniversary a little bit early this year in Maine.  Please pray for safe travels, for a sense of renewal and enjoyable celebration.  Please pray that our time away will strengthen our marriage and give us a new dedicated sense of energy, focus, and purpose for our time here in Boston, MA.  Thank you for your prayers for our marriage, our family, and our church.  As go through various transitions we covet and thank you for your prayers.  We are excited to be here in Boston and often feel carried by your prayers.  Feeling supported and empowered.

 

With thanks,

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Jamaica Plain, MA

August 20th, 2017

http://www.steveyangboston.com

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Sharing the Peace of Christ, the Love of Christ in Boston – 07/26/2017

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Dear Praying Friends,

 

We are asking for your prayers for a couple different congregations in our network.  The church where we are serving in Jamaica Plain & Roxbury has been looking for a facility in which to worship for quite some time.  We received news that we had to leave when the lease ended at the end of August because it was going to be used for a different matter.  It has been very difficult for the church to find a place and the place we wanted turned us down.  It has been back to the drawing board and has been the primary stressor for our pastoral team.  Please join us in prayer.

 

We also received news this week that another church in the network that meets at Dorchester has also been looking for a place in which to worship.  This week the building was condemned by the city of Boston for being unsafe.  The congregation had to switch service times temporarily to 4pm at another facility.  We praise God that they congregation has been given a place to meet until Labor Day.

 

We recently finished Sports Camp (VBS) where we invited the neighborhood to play organized sports.  We had Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville Tennessee who sent a missions team to assist us with what turned out to be a well attended Sports Camp.  It was not only an opportunity to serve the community to provide children in the neighborhood something fun to do in the Summer, but it was an opportunity to share about Jesus.  Each day I had the opportunity to teach kids and their parents about peace.  We looked at how Jesus brings us a peace that is completely unlike the way the world gives and how his peace is filled with wholeness, justice, and forgiveness.  It has been awhile since I taught young kids and it was actually quite enjoyable.  Moreover, families have asked us about where we are planning on moving the church since some of them were interested in attending.  I was reminded this week of the story from one of the elders in the network who came to Christ through one of these camps where some random people came into their neighborhood and taught them about Jesus.  He said it was the only time anyone ever really told him about who Jesus was but it is something he always believed in as a little child.  I know it is very possible that the gospel may be heard for the first time by these children and I pray that God will have sown a seed in these children’s lives and that they could dare believe that it is true.  Please pray that these children will come to believe and that these parents, who appreciated what we did for the kids, will have tasted the service and love of Christ.  We pray that it will continue to lead to good conversations.

 

The first time I preached in the church a couple weeks ago I met a friend named Paul.  It was his first time attending church in years and he said that he was touched by the message of Jesus’ love.  When he found out that I was preaching at another church within the network he drove over 40 minutes to join me there.  Here is a picture of him hanging out with us after lunch.

 

This past Sunday I preached on Ephesians 3:14-19 on “The Beloved.”  The only problem is that leading up to the sermon I didn’t feel like the beloved.  There is perhaps nothing worse than for a preacher having to speak about the love of Christ when I wasn’t feeling it myself.  I reached out to some of you to pray for me.  I’m glad you did.  I believe that the biggest benefactor to the sermon was perhaps myself.  It is a rich passage that finally became rich for me by the time I went up to share of the magnitude of God’s love.  The sermon can be found here:  http://ow.ly/JNoW30dURhz or http://www.gracesouthshore.org/resources/sermons .

 

Thank you for your prayers and support and for partnering with us so that we can share the love of Christ in the city of Boston!  I, Steve, type this on my own computer.

 

”Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21

 

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Jamaica Plain, MA

July 25th, 2017

www.steveyangboston.com

www.facebook.com/thebostonproject

 

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Meet, Listen, Learn – 07/03/2017

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Dear Praying Friends,

 

Happy Independence Day! Hope that you’re having a great fourth away from work and with people you love. We appreciate your continued prayers for us as things are picking up ministry-wise up here in Boston.

 

I’ve spent the last several weeks attending various community groups and getting together with various people.  We’ve had several individuals over and are having various couples over at our place in the next couple weeks.  We got to meet Paul whose first Sunday was when I preached my first sermon.  It was encouraging to hear that he really resonated with the content and heart of the message (http://ow.ly/hAZe30cLpOn).  He is currently looking for a job and my background with preemployment has proven to be somewhat helpful.  Please pray for his search and many others in the body who are going through various transitions.  Please pray that we will be able to relate well given our recent transition to Boston, but that we will have an impact on those who are at various crossroads in life.

 

Our church is putting on a sports camp in the next several weeks. I will teach all three days and we are thankful for the opportunity to teach kids and families about Jesus.  Please pray that many unchurched will be further exposed to our church and its presence in the community. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to use this opportunity to plant seeds in children and perhaps hear about Jesus and his work for the first time.

 

The pictures above and below are of Kitzner, who has been a member of CTK-JP/Roxbury for several years, it was great to have him over for dinner and introduce him to my signature drink, the “Old FashYANGed”. We were able to talk a little bit about our neighborhood and brainstorm about some things we can do to reach people here in JP/Roxbury. As Kendra and I are still new here, it’s important for us to listen and learn about the surrounding communities and the neighborhood’s culture.  We are learning a lot just by hearing people’s stories, discovering how they found the church, why they stayed and about their passions.  Please pray that as we get to know people that we’ll not only learn about the various communities that surround the church, but will develop meaningful relationships with people.  Pray that out of these get togethers we will receive encouraging fellowship and lasting friendships.

 

In a couple weeks I’ll be preaching at various Christ the King campuses (Dorchester on 7/30 and at Grace South Shore on 7/23).  When we decided to come up here to Boston we said we were looking forward to the opportunity to preach at a wide range of locations.  We hoped that this would get us further exposed to various congregations in the network, and become better acquainted with the city of Boston as a whole.  Please pray for many more opportunities that will provide us with a wide range of experience in the city at large.

 

As a family, please continue to pray for the twins’ school placement (we should find out soon) and for the kids who are still settling in but are missing the friendly and familiar! There have been a couple shootings over the last couple weeks in the area. Please pray for our community, for peace and healing. Please pray for our ongoing safety and for the sense of his protection as we continue to raise our children in the city.

 

Thank you for your love, support, and prayers.  They are much needed and help to carry us as we acquaint ourselves with our new home.

 

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Jamaica Plain, MA

July 3rd, 2017

www.steveyangboston.com

www.facebook.com/thebostonproject

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First Sermon Complete – 06/21/2017

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Dear Praying Friends,

 

I was excited to be able to give my first sermon at Christ the King-Jamaica Plain/Roxbury on Sunday. It was great to be able to preach so soon after moving up here and to be able to share with the church some of my story. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

 

You can follow here:

http://ow.ly/hAZe30cLpOn

http://www.ctkjproxbury.org/sermons

 

 

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Jamaica Plain, MA

June 21st, 2017

www.steveyangboston.com

www.facebook.com/thebostonproject

Installation Complete! – 06/12/2017

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Thank you for your prayers.  Just a quick update.  We had the installation service yesterday.  We even received a nice welcome card from one of the children (see picture).  😀  I’ll be preparing a sermon to continue the Ephesian series for this coming Sunday.  I’ll be preaching from Ephesians 2:11-13.  Please keep me in prayer as I allow the Holy Spirit to help me reflect upon all that he has rescued me from by his blood and toi think through its implications for the church today.  Please pray that the Holy Spirit will pierce my own heart and make my own heart gallop and then that he will help me properly diagnose this new congregation and bring the gospel in a fresh and compelling way.
Steve Yang
Jamaica Plain, MA
June 12, 2017

We Made It – 06/09/2017

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Dear Praying Friends,

 

We made it!  Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and giving, your love, phone calls, emails, and texts.  After a long drive and an even longer unpacking we have officially moved in.  While we still have a lot of unpacking to do, it is starting to feel like home.  While we love the area we still don’t have the community that we had in Atlanta, GA and we hope to find that soon.  We have met a lot of people in the area and the kids have met some people too.

 

I (Steve) will be installed at Christ the King Jamaica Plain / Roxbury campus this coming Sunday (June 11th) and will preach my first sermon the following week (June 18th).  I am excited to get back in to the swing of things and have met with the session as well as the local staff this week.  I have been brainstorming with some of my mentors and partners and thinking through some places where I can really get involved.  Logan Keck (pastor at JP/Roxbury) and I got to explore through Roxbury this week and were able to meet some cool people in the neighborhood with people and places Logan has already established some influence.  I hope to help build on his work during the time there.  Roxbury is going through a lot of gentrification and has been recognized as one of the top areas for growth in the city of Boston.  The next few weeks I plan to meet with as many people from the church as possible, hear their stories, learn about why they came, stayed, and discover what excites them about the city and being a part of this church.  I hope to visit various small groups, observe, and develop meaningful relationships.

 

Also I am thankful for how my job has taken care of me and how I am set up to succeed at my work here in Boston.  I really have two offices set up.  The company was kind to find me an office in a busy yet happening and growing area in Seaport, Boston, MA.  It is only of the fastest growing areas and is attracting a lot of young professionals.  Part of my time will be at that office and the other part of my time will be spent at my home office that I have set up.  I am thankful that my company has provided me with not only the flexibility I need to work from either office, but to provide everything I need here to succeed.  I have had the opportunity to go out with some co-workers in my new office already and have been enjoying my time there.

 

In addition to unpacking everything, Kendra and the kids have been exploring our new, awesome neighborhood. They have been checking out local playgrounds, bakeries, and even discovered a park with a climbing rock at the end of the road on which we live. Last weekend we took our kids for their first ride on the T (that’s what they call the subway here) and we headed out for the kids’ first view of the Boston Harbor. This weekend we are excited to check out Castle Island, where the Christ the King churchwide picnic will be! There is so much to explore!

 

Please pray:

  1. Please pray that we will be able to bring our gifts, experiences, stories, and passions to complement what has been going on in the congregation.  My meetings with church leadership has been encouraging and I hope to be able to assess my gifts and the church’s greatest needs collide and begin pouring into those areas.  Please pray that people will come to faith because of our stay and influence at the Jamaica Plain & Roxbury communities.
  2. Please pray for our congregation to find a new place of worship. The church is currently gathering at the Samuel Adams brewery, which is a cool location that is easily recognized by everyone in the community.  However, the congregation has outgrown its space and moreover, we have learned that the congregation will have to move out by fall.  I visited a potential new spot with Logan but we are asking God to provide the right spot so that we can effectively reach both the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury communities.
  3. Please pray for Steve’s work and workplace. We pray that I will develop meaningful relationships in my new office, but also that I can be of positive influence and bring a strong work-ethic in my work place.  Please pray that God will continue to provide strong business to help assist with the insane cost of living in the area, but also do my ministry well.  We are strong believers that our workplace is not merely where I minister, the work itself is my ministry.  We are grateful for the bivocational role and we ask that you will pray that my employment as a nurse recruiter will only continue to make me a more effective pastor.
  4. Please pray for Kendra and the kids during the summer as they explore both new places and new friendships. Pray for the kids missing both familiar places and people in Atlanta. Pray also for the kids’ school placement, which we will find out about in July. Pray for peace and a trust in God’s providence for where they will end up starting kindergarten. Pray for Kendra as she meets people while walking in the neighborhood and playing at the playground.

 

 

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Jamaica Plain, MA

June 11th, 2017

www.steveyangboston.com

www.facebook.com/thebostonproject

 

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Our Final Week in the ATL – 5/20/2017

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Dear Praying Friends,

 

It’s hard to believe that we have less than a week here in Atlanta.  It’s been nearly two years since we visited Boston together and it’s now finally looking to be very imminent.  When we first moved to Atlanta we didn’t know where God will lead us.  We just believed that it was the right decision at the time and we had to take that step not knowing exactly where it would take us.  We had to trust that God was going to lead us in the right path.  We came here to Atlanta with a small single income not knowing where a youth internship would lead us.  Kendra soon landed a job in psychiatric research and about a year and a half later I was ordained in the PCA.  While in Atlanta we were surrounded by friends and a church who loved us in Intown Community Church.  Years later I would be reunited with the pastor through whose preaching I came to know Christ – Bill Powis.  Not only would we be in the same city together as I got much needed mentoring, we had the privilege of working together at the same church.  At Intown God provided meaningful and timely relationships and various mentors and mentees who helped shape me to become the person I am today.  Through various small groups, many conversations over a meal or a cigar, sharing in trials and joys, we felt as though we had a community here who was behind us.  We were fortunate that today we got to share some time with some friends who organized a get-together to say bye.

 

When we came to Atlanta, GA in 2007 we had no idea where the journey would lead us.  When we left the pastorate ministry at Intown in 2012 we had no idea that the journey would bring us full circle where Intown would once again come behind us.  When we left Intown in 2012 we had no idea how much we would also enjoy being a nurse recruiter and working in the health staffing industry.  We feel as though this experience has helped us to not only acquire invaluable business experience, but also it continues to play an important piece for us as we make our move to Boston.

 

We don’t know where this journey to Boston will take us.  We just sense that it’s where we’re supposed to be.  We don’t know what will happen a month from now, two years from now, five years from now.  We are just taking that next step in faith and asking God to lead us and to make things more clear.  A mentor of mine once told me “make a five year plan and write it down on a piece of paper – and then burn it.”  The lesson was clear, we are to plan and act with wisdom, discernment, and responsibility and envision a future and plan a path to get there – knowing that God will likely blow the whole thing up.  His plans are not our plans.  We have learned this first hand.  We could not have envisioned that we would be where we are today when we got married and moved down to Atlanta.  In 2012 when we left Intown we could not have envisioned that this very congregation and body would be behind us to help send us off.  It’s certainly not the script we would’ve written, but the depth of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  This God continues to lead us, as he led the Israelites by a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night.

 

Here are some dates:

  • This will be our last Sunday (May 21st) before we leave for Boston.  We will be at Intown.

 

  • Tuesday, May 22nd, 2017 is now our new closing date to sell our house. Please pray that it goes well.  It is frustrating that it keeps getting pushed back due to lender issues.  We are anxious to get this baby done!

 

  • Saturday, May 27th, 2017 is the day we plan on moving out of Atlanta. While most of our belongings are already in Jamaica Plain, on this day we will take the whole family in one car and plan on selling the other before we leave.  We hope to get a day with Kendra’s mom in Pennsylvania during Memorial Day weekend before we move in to Boston.

 

  • Thursday, June 1st, 2017 is when we start with Christ the King

 

  • Sunday, June 11th, 2017 is Steve’s installation service at Christ the King – Jamaica Plain / Roxbury

 

 

Please pray that as we continue to plan and map out the next upcoming days, weeks, months, and years, that we will continue to sense God’s presence and provision, that we will see his hand and favor even in the rough spots in our Boston journey.  Please pray that God will provide a community for our family in Boston and that our relationships that we leave behind in Atlanta will continue to be enriching and rewarding.

 

 

 

Your friends,

 

 

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Atlanta, GA

May 20th, 2017

 

 

In Between Two Worlds – 5/7/2017

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Dear Praying Friends,

 

Things have been progressing quickly and we feel as though we are in an “excited and in-between two worlds” sorta place.  I (Steve) just flew in yesterday from Boston.  I had been there for approximately 9 days and got a lot done.  After multiple oral committee exams leading up to the Presbytery floor exams, I was voted in by Southern New England Presbytery!  While the road leading up to the floor exam was not easy the day of Presbytery was actually quite encouraging.  I want to thank many of the pastors and elders who helped me in the preparation period leading up to the exam, especially Jimmy Agan and Jim Wert.  We know many others prayed as well.  Needless to say, that while the examination period is never fun I hope that it will help prepare me to be a more clear theologian and more articulate pastor.  In hindsight I guess I can say I am grateful to have gone through it – I but I don’t ever want to go through it again.

 

Kendra was home with the kids while I was out in Boston.  Kendra had movers ship most of our belongings to Boston.  I, of course, was up there on the receiving end and making sure all the furniture got into our new place.  While our new apartment is nearly a third of the size of our previous home at three times the cost, we are already excited about the place.  There is a lot to do in the area and I already met two of three of our neighbors – Sally, Riley, and Mary–who live below us.  We don’t know much about them yet and only got to connect briefly after evading a downpour, but we are looking forward to connecting further.  I also got to invite an Uber driver to church and had the opportunity to share my faith with a nominal Roman Catholic uber driver who knew exactly where our church meets.  Because the church where I will be apprenticing at meets at the Samuel Adams brewery building, it was an easy landmark to share with him where I attend church.

 

We wanted to update you guys about our home.  While we are living in the church parsonage where Kendra and I originally moved into next to Intown Community Church (Atlanta, GA) when we use to be on staff there, our home in Tucker is currently under contract.  After being on the market for less than 24 hours we had many people view the house and an offer was put on the same day.  While we were encouraged by the expediency of the sell, and while both the inspection and appraisals went as we had hoped, our closing date is being pushed back from May 9th to May 22nd.  We are planning on moving out May 27th and driving up to Boston sometime during Memorial Day weekend.  I am scheduled to start my apprenticeship at Christ the King on Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

 

Being in this in-between state, please continue to keep us in prayer.

  • Please pray that our remaining time in Atlanta will be enriching & encouraging and that we will be able to leave this city well. We are so thankful that we are living in the house where we first started our life as a family of two, and attending what we consider to be our home church.  Given the circumstances of how we had to leave the pastorate and the church in 2012, it is amazing how God has brought us back here.  One elder told me several months back, “it’s a cool story God is writing.”  God has brought us so much love, hope, and healing as we have come full circle.  We hope to leave Intown well when we leave for Boston.
  • Please pray that our kids can have good closure as they finish out the school year here. We are grateful for the friends they have made but are also saddened by the relationships that they will have to leave behind (or at least not connect with as frequently).  Please pray that our kids will adjust well to their new home, new surroundings, and new school.  I (Steve) had five different elementary schools as a kid and I don’t wish the hardships of moving on anyone.  While up in Boston I also registered the twins for kindergarten but due to the lottery system there we will not find out until July what school they have been assigned to. Please pray for this process and, while we know and believe that God will have them where he wants, please pray that Karis and Judah will be placed in a school where they will have a good education and be able to foster good and meaningful friendships. We pray that Judah and Karis will sense God’s good pleasure in this move.  They already know why we’re moving to Boston:  “we want to tell people there about Jesus.”  We hope that our family’s call to ministry will only leave an excited and positive association rather than a bitter one.
  • Please pray for us as we venture into such an intentional ministry. Evangelism will be key to a lot of what we are doing in Boston. Pray especially for me (Kendra) as I am strongly introverted. I want to find ways to share my faith that is comfortable, natural and genuine. Please also pray for those times where God asks me to come out of my comfort zone.  Pray also for Steve as he attempts to juggle his nurse recruiting work, ministry, and family time.
  • Please pray that our connections in Boston will only increase. Please pray for our interactions with our new neighbors, for new uber drivers, for new relationships, including where we get our haircuts, where we shop, where we dine, and interact and meet with other families and parents our age.  We hope for a wide variety of connections – both of whom will encourage us and make us feel at home, but also those to whom God has asked us to minister, love, and witness.

 

Still carried by your prayers and his good hand,

 

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Atlanta, GA

May 7th, 2017

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04-17-2017: Transitioning to Boston

IMG_6391Dear Praying Friends,

 

Thank you so much for your continued prayer and encouraging words. Though we feel as though many things are out of our control, we also see how God is providing and sustaining us through all the ups and down of this process.  We feel as though things are still coming together and wanted to praise God for how things are going – in the midst of many moving parts.

 

First of all, we want to praise God that our house in Atlanta, GA in under contract.  We believe that the inspection went well and hope that our house sells as planned.  We are in the due diligence period where the potential buyers have until April 19th to back out.  We hope that we don’t run into any hiccups here and that they follow through and all the finances come through.  Please pray for the closing of our house in Atlanta on May 9th.

 

Secondly, please pray for Steve’s transfer exam. I (Steve), will be coming before the transfer committee to be reexamined on my views of theology, sacraments, and book of church order.  I will be asked to expound on various theological positions.  Please pray for clarity, grace, humility, and for my ability to articulate my views correctly, but to do so in a humble posture that will be heard.  Please pray that those who examine me will show me grace and that we would all be mutually encouraged throughout the process.  Please pray for my studies as I prepare for these various exams coming up at the end of the month.  On the 26th I will have another get together with the committee.  On the 28th and 29th of this month I will come before Presbytery to be reexamined and entered in (God willing) on the floor.  Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide me through the process and bring things to light, provide wisdom and enable me to display humility.

 

Third, please pray for our move.  If all things go well, we are planning to move the bulk of our furniture out of our Atlanta home and into our new Boston apartment on May 2nd.  Please pray for all the packing and logistics.  We are downsizing significantly and also have to maneuver some large furniture to the third floor of a narrow staircase.

 

We also realize that our time in Atlanta is almost up.  Please pray that we will end the Atlanta chapter well and be reminded of his goodness to us and our family.  Please pray for the kids who don’t really have a full grasp of what the move will mean for their friendships.  While we are grateful they have each other, we are saddened that they, like us, will feel a tremendous loss.  Please pray for our transition there.  Leaving Atlanta, GA is certainly bitter-sweet.  We are anxious to leave for Boston but hate that we are soon to leave our Atlanta community and friends.  Many of you in Atlanta will certainly be missed.  Please pray that it will be a sweet end of the chapter for all of us and that we will transition well.

 

 

 

Stevo & Kendra Yang

Atlanta, GA

April 17th, 2017