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A Farewell from The Rev. Bonnie Brown

Some have said, “You can never go home again.” But two years ago, Bishop Bill Murdoch spoke a word from the Lord to me, which was to ”Send her home.” October 4, 2016 came around and I was packed. Born and raised in West Texas, I was going home.

Sometimes, you just know when it is time to make a move, whether it is physically, emotionally or spiritually. In my case, it was all three. First, I was no longer happy with snow! Second, all my biological family lives all over Texas. Having lost my husband and two brothers by 2015, I wanted to be close to my last sibling, my sister. It was the right decision, as she, too, went to Heaven only four months after I moved home.

Since my move, I have reconnected with 14 of my high school classmates. What a blast! One of the blessings of Lubbock, Texas is that it’s laid out on a grid and takes no more than 15 minutes to get anywhere in town. I like that. The town is booming with 3 colleges and a university. So for me, happiness is not seeing Lubbock in my rear-view mirror.

I am Associate Vicar of a small Anglican church plant here and have felt a prompting of the Holy Spirit to connect with as many pastors of diverse denominations and call them to gather together for intentional prayer with/for one another. My hope is that we would be the instruments for the Kingdom of God to spread through Lubbock and the surrounding towns.

I have had spiritual opposition but, thankfully, no opposition from people as of yet. The Enemy has tried to interfere in my life, however, and he always wants to thwart God’s purpose. But the Lord is able to do what He desires and bring it to pass. “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and the earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too difficult for You…” This true for all that He has done in my life, in the ADNE, and in all of you.

I am pleased, honored and grateful to have served you and served alongside of you since the beginning of God’s sovereign move of forming the Anglican Church in North America. I love you all, and I do miss you, without the snow! I will miss worshipping with you at Synod and at our clergy retreats. I pray for you, as I ask for your endearing prayers also.

Blessings in all of His ways,

Bonnie+

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