JOEY & PAGE’S STORY
Change after change after change. But through it all, we learned and re-learned there was One who remained unchanging.
We arrived in Washington, DC when there was no Restoration Church – it was only a prayerful hope. There was only one other family we knew in the city, and we were adjusting to life as a family of 3 (our daughter was only 4 months old when we moved here). Change after change after change. But through it all, we learned and re-learned there was One who remained unchanging.
The first 6-8 months were probably some of the hardest in our lives. But our gracious God knew exactly what He was doing. Now we look back on that time with thanksgiving (though we never want to repeat them!). God used those early months to strengthen us in ways we could never have imagined. All of the comforts of life were stripped away in a real, tangible way leaving us only to rely upon God.
During that time the refrain of our lives was: “My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever…But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works” (Ps. 73:26, 28). Yes, amidst all the changes taking place, the one, true, unchanging God was (and is) our refuge.
For the last several years, God has surrounded us with people who have become some of our greatest, truest friends. People from all walks of life and from countries all around the world gathered together at Restoration Church like one big family to worship Jesus. Our entire family, including our children, has reaped the benefits of living with a big, diverse family.
We’ve also had the opportunity to develop and deepen friendships with many people who do not know Jesus. And being part of Restoration Church has given us a way to show these people firsthand what it means to live in a community of people who genuinely care for one another, and desire to worship God with every part of their lives.
Sometimes when the words of the gospel fall on deaf ears, the testimony of people living out the gospel with one another shines brightly and causes those same deaf ears to begin considering the truth claims of Christ Jesus. It’s been a joy to be part of a community that desires to see others come to know Jesus Christ that their joy might be full!
Overall, God has used Restoration Church to challenge us to make our lives count for something far greater than ourselves. He has used this church to encourage us when we are weak, to challenge us when we are comfortable, and to rejoice with us when we joyful. Day by day, Restoration Church is teaching us what it means to be fully satisfied in Jesus Christ and delight in his supremacy to the glory of God.