from Amanda Walz, Minister of Families
In November of 2010, my husband and I found ourselves in, what seemed at the time, a very lonely and windy place – Oklahoma. We quickly found ourselves in need of a community and sought out a church. Chapel Hill was the first church we visited, and it was also the last church we visited. From the first moment, we were welcomed. We felt like we had found a community, and maybe more than that, an Oklahoma family.
Shortly after we began attending, we found out that we were expecting Liam, and you all supported and celebrated us so well during that season. In what could have been a very scary season without our families, we never once felt alone. We are still in awe of your generosity and love.
In fact, in every season of our lives since 2010, you have loved us so well. You have loved us through grief, sickness, countless deployments, and seasons of struggle you could not have even known about. You have given us a place to land here and have given our son a place to grow and be loved by so many. He is so incredibly blessed to have so many of you who have served as extended family.
Professionally, you trusted me with your most precious members. First your youth, and then your children. The gravity of that responsibility has never escaped me, and I hope that I have honored that trust through my work here. I am humbled to have served your families for the last 6 years.
It is because of each of these things, that this letter is possibly that hardest I have ever written. As you all know, my husband is a Captain in the United States Air Force. We have been stationed at Tinker for the past 6 years, which is a lifetime in the military. We have been incredibly lucky to have that stability and to have been a part of this community for so long. We truly love this church, the people, and Oklahoma City.
However, what the Air Force needs right now, is for our family to relocate to Mountain Home AFB in Mountain Home, Idaho. Our move will take place near the end of summer, around the first of August. Until that time, I will continue to work diligently to make sure that our families are cared for in the best possible way, and to prepare this ministry for whatever comes next!
I will be eternally grateful for our time here at Chapel Hill, for your love and support of a young family you didn’t even know, and for the experiences you have given to us. Chapel Hill will forever be a part of us and we will continue to pray for each of you and the church as a whole, and I cannot wait to see what God will do through you in this next season!