2020 brought good and bad changes to many families. For ours, we truly saw much of 2019 redeemed. We didn’t get a letter out in 2019 while in the midst of having an October baby and moving. 2019 was a year of transition for our family and 2020 has been a year of redemption.
In the spring of 2019, Drexel accepted a pastoral internship at our former church. We spent the year growing in ministry and focusing on Seminary studies. Drexel worked multiple part-time jobs. In total, we moved 3 times last year. We rented our house as an AirBNB and had our 7th baby. Whew!
We saw God bringing us back home in early 2020. Since we moved to Texas, we had a heart for the city where our house is, our neighborhood and the many relationships God has given to us. We moved back into our main home and continued praying about what the Lord might do in and through us.
In early spring we found out we were expecting Baby King #8! We are always excited for the gift of life and privilege it is to raise children. At the same time, we had a young lady move in with us. She was able to mother her newborn and continue down the path of recovery. It was a joy to build a relationship with her family while much of the world was at a stand still.
In the midst of stillness and prayer, our heart for ministry in the local community became more clear. We were approached to launch a home church and took a step of faith by saying “Yes God!” We have been nothing but blessed by the families God has given us to do life with. The relationships are authentic and it’s a privilege to serve God in this growing community.
We spent spring and summer of 2020 enjoying the kids and time around our land. We gardened, homeschooled and added to our animals. We now have 16 chickens, 2 dogs, 2 goats and 2 horses that stay on the back pasture. The kids love being homeschooled and have time for projects and exploration. Even when it’s hard, Johnna is thankful to teach all of them. The babies are usually under foot, but the kids see that patience is a part of life and learning.
Drexel is over half-way done with Seminary. He is a wonderful provider and works hard to juggle a full-time job, full-time school and church planting. in early November, Drexel seamlessly transitioned from one full-time job to another. There is a great story of how the job found him, but he is now exercising one of his many gifts of leadership and coaching at Magnolia. God continues to bless Drexel’s efforts and it trickles down to our entire family!
We welcomed Baby Myla on November 23. She is a doll baby. The kids are excited for another sibling. They love one another deeply and make our life incredibly sweet. Thanksgiving and Christmas were relatively quiet in terms of extended family not being with us, but our house is never quiet! The sights and sounds of the King Home consist of many tears, laughter, poopy diapers, dirty hands and the ever present lull of the laundry machine.
Although 2020 has felt hard in some ways, we see God’s mighty hand of redemption in our family’s life. We continually learn to take it one day at a time as tomorrow is not promised. We have experienced and believe that God is working all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). We are incredibly grateful for the Ultimate Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who restores our brokenness and brings us into a right relationship with God. His mercies are new every morning and we pray you come to know Him more and more this new year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!