Dear Friend, June 26th, 2021
For the summer of 2021, Kingdom Rice is unfolding perhaps the most faith-filled, profound initiative of them all. From July through September, I’ll be embarking on my first ever sabbatical!
Why a sabbatical and why now?
For over seven years, I’ve been focused on a very outward mission, ministering to leaders, laity, and non-Christians to propagate our vision of healing and joining together through a more holistic, collective biblical paradigm. A sabbatical would shift this outward mission to an inward one so that I can focus on the interior work of soul care and process seasons of trauma like the 2019 one when I was abruptly cut off from my family for two months. Investing in this inward mission will help bring further healing for my soul and sharpen KR’s effectiveness.
Altogether, my internal goals include the following: rest, refresh, rhythms, reimagine, and relationships. This kind of interior work can’t be done in a one week staycation. I’ll need a couple weeks just to detox from ministry and shift into neutral. Then it’ll take another few weeks to focus in on these goals. To help me accomplish them, I’ve retained a spiritual director, an EMDR therapist, a music teacher (to continue training in voice and keys), and people to pray and hold me accountable. Someone’s even curating fiction for me to read! During my last month of sabbatical, I’m aiming to integrate new rhythms into both my life and into Kingdom Rice. I’m happy to report that our rhythms have already drastically changed…because of Ruby, our newly adopted family dog!