|The Hotel on Block 46, in Whitefish, MT|
(photo credit: Flathead Beacon)
Well, a few months ago, I hinted that "Something New" was coming. Now that my current employer has been notified, and my new venture has an inked contract, I can tell you, too:
I will be leaving my current employer as of January 15th, 2016, in order to pursue a new career in Finish Carpentry with my dear friend and pastor, Charlie Frederico of Berean Bible Church of Kalispell. Over the last 2½ years, having been in very close contact with Charlie and his lovely family, I have learned that he is truly a man after God's own heart, a skilled "tent-maker" in the ministry, who pours all he has into every relationship, every task that the Lord sets before him. I look forward to furthering our friendship and brotherhood in Christ as we labor together with our hands. This will also represent a major shift in another area...
For the last 4+ years, I have been working in vocational fields that are somewhat outside of my personal interest. In 2016, I will begin to get my hands on WOOD on a regular basis... and get paid to do so! :-) (See my portfolio here)
Those of you who know me well can imagine how elated I am at the thought of this. Charlie and I -- and a few others -- will be installing all the doors, windows, cabinets and trim for the 89-room Hotel, pictured above. We should be done in the Summer, then moving on to the next project. My hope is that this line of work will afford me (God willing) the flexibility to begin building our house in the Spring. I will admit that I am a little nervous about doing carpentry for a living -- I really want to do it well! But as we are fond of saying: "It ain't rocket surgery!" :-)
I praise God for every opportunity He brings... and for every trial He allows.