Seven years ago we met Kim Goodrich. She was helping with kids at the church we were at and got wind that we were starting North Creek just a block from where she lived. She had expressed interest in being a part and we were pretty excited to add someone to our small band of brave people embarking on a crazy journey.
At first glance all those years ago, we weren’t even sure what to make of Kim. She’s a relentless go-getter and as feisty as a trapped cat. However, we quickly realized that she’s smart as can be, kind to her core, has an unwavering determination, and will never let the world get her down. In other words, she was made to start a church.
Through a series of events that we would never have expected or foreseen, God made it clear that our first Children’s Pastor was this very unexpected surprise sitting in our midst. So, with a bit of trepidation, we brought a Pepsi (her favorite drink) to the office and asked if she could come for a visit. We slid the Pepsi across the desk and asked her to take the job with a paycheck of $100 a month. She said yes.
Over the last seven years she has literally bled, sweated, and cried for the mission of this church. She’s taught the Bible, baptized kids, and loved them through elementary school turmoil. On top of it all, she took on the task of being our bookkeeper for the first six years of our existence.
We vowed that we would someday pay her full time.
Five years ago we all went on a devastating journey with her as her husband was suddenly diagnosed with MS. Kim, mother of two elementary kids, was faced with the impossible task of a daunting medical situation, needing a full time job to support her family, and helping her children understand this new reality. And to make matters worse, we were in no position to hire anyone full time. So, we watched as she navigated her life outside of the walls of North Creek. We cried with her on her first day of work.
But a promise is a promise…sometimes with a slightly different timeline than we could ever script.
With Wayne’s resignation last month we were faced with the fact that we needed someone to keep our finances afloat….and we had just the peg for that round hole! So, it is with great joy that we are officially announcing that Kim has been hired full time as both our Children’s Pastor at Hazel Dell and our Financial/Administrative person for all three campuses and the Learning Center. Yes, it’s a big job, but trust me, Kim will fill it well!
Kim – Thanks for sticking through this dream with us. We are humbled by your heart and inspired by your perseverance. We are grateful that you have loved our kids for seven years and look forward to many, many more. Let’s change the world!
Deaf Church! 🙂 Nothing else new to announce this week!