Unexpected Life Changes

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We sometimes get the opportunity to plan for major life changes, but there are times when they catch us by surprise. This week, John Bailey and Mark Renfroe talk about how we can walk with faith when we can barely see the road ahead.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Sometimes we can see life changes coming, but other times they take us by surprise.

  • John Bailey shares how his family navigated the unexpected change of being called to the mission field while they were still moving into the new house they had just built.

  • Depending on our role, age, and personality we may handle unexpected transitions differently.

  • As you go through the process of change, you may not see or feel God’s hand at work, but you can trust in his faithfulness to fulfill his promises.

  • When facing challenges in life, you can be encouraged as you look back at God’s past faithfulness.

  • It can be helpful if we decide beforehand to face unforeseen changes with faith in God’s goodness and his desire to deliver you.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Exodus 14:1–15:19

About John Bailey

Pastor John Bailey serves as the Chief Operating Officer at World Challenge. John came to know Christ in jail after some difficult struggles as a young man, and God has done a powerful work of transformation since! Spending 13 years in Next Gen ministry, he excelled in discipleship and helping young leaders discover giftings to serve God. John was called next to serve as a missionary and pastor in Western Europe. John and his family then returned to plant the Springs Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Today, the church is a thriving body of believers excelling in outreach and missions. John has now brought his giftings and vision to World Challenge, accelerating the spread of the gospel in America and around the World.

About Mark Renfroe

Mark married his college sweetheart, Amy, with whom he has four adult children—one girl and three boys. The Renfroes have been involved in field missions work for 30 years. They served in the Arab community of San Francisco for four years before becoming foreign missionaries in 1995. Mark was asked to serve as the Area Director for Assemblies of God World Missions in 2007. As part of his role, he led missionaries and interfaced with national church leaders in the 18 countries of the Arab World. In 2017, Mark created Reaching Africa’s Muslims, an initiative to mobilize, equip, and deploy indigenous African missionaries to reach Muslims on the continent. Mark has graduate degrees in Intercultural Studies and Executive Leadership. He currently serves as the Chief Missions Officer for World Challenge in Colorado Springs.

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