CORPUS CHRISTI — “The road ahead seems scary and exciting. At the same time, we never know what God has in store for us, but we trust that He wants the best for us at all times.” With these words, Christian, Brittany, Liam, Leelah, and Callie Torres took leave of the Weber Road congregation here. After a Farewell Fellowship, the former youth minister and his family departed recently, bound for the church in Hannibal, Mo., and Christian’s new mission , this time, in the pulpit as minister.
Said Minister Mark Hammitt, “I have appreciated many things about Christian as a fellow minister: bouncing ideas off of him, planning events, talking about how to better encourage the church, considering the youth program, visiting hospitals, discussing the evangelistic program, talking about things that happen on a daily basis, and much more. I’m confident that he will do a great job preaching the Word of God every week.”
The elders announced recently that while they seek a new youth program coordinator, member Stephen Charlebois and his wife, Erin, will serve the young people. The church lists 53 families who make homes for the 83 children and teens.
In leaving, Torres said, “We would like you to know that we love you all with a love that is hard to express and pray you will always remember that.”
In his last bulletin article, Torres writes:
So, what are a few things we have learned here at Weber Road in five and a half years?
- We learned the meaning of working hard in God’s kingdom.
- We learned that you do not have to be related by blood to call someone family.
- We learned that kids teach us the best lessons on how to be strong Christians.
- We learned the lasting impact the church can have on many Christians around the area.
- We learned to love in a deeper way and the importance of relationships that help each other to get to heaven.
The farewell closed with the blessing from Numbers 6:24-26: “Until we meet again, may these words provide comfort and encouragement: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”