The Next Turn: Heading Home

The Next Turn: Heading Home

The Next Turn: Heading Home

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I don’t think we could have asked for a better journey these last four years.

Almost to the day, four years ago our season as a family here in Texas began as we were welcomed openly and warmly as the newest members of the Woodlands Church staff team. The people of Woodlands Church accepted us and rallied around our family as we transitioned from our home in Tennessee.

As a family, we have had incredible life-experiences, made new lifelong friends, grown tremendously, and been a part of exceptional work here and abroad for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. I have had the honor and privilege to serve as a member of the incredible staff at Woodlands Church, under the leadership of Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook. As a leader, I have had the great fortune of leading an exceptional team of fellow leaders in WCMissions, WC Care, and WC Trading Co. We have truly been blessed by the countless people who God has brought across our path that have enriched our lives in immeasurable ways.

The course we have walked these last four years has been full of twists and turns, challenges followed by moments of shear joy, highest of highs and significant lows, experiences both expected and some that simply caught us completely by surprise. At every turn, we have witnessed God’s faithfulness and have done our best to step forward whenever He called us forward and simply said to us, “Take courage. Trust me. Let’s step together.”

Over and again, we have simply said “yes” to the Lord. A beloved friend of mine helped me in this season to understand the significance of that one word: yes.

We are forever thankful for this journey that has brought us from California to Tennessee, from Tennessee to Texas, and now this journey takes us on yet again. The Magnino family is heading home to Nashville, Tennessee.

It is said home is a place your feet may leave but your heart will always be. Our feet have walked upon many a path these past four years, but we have now found ourselves with a call and a God appointed opportunity that leads us home. I am excited to officially announce that I am assuming a new leadership position as the Executive Director of Hope Smiles based in Nashville, Tennessee.

This journey home, though sweet and exciting, is still bittersweet in the truest sense as we say goodbye to so many great friends and colleagues here in Texas. As my beautiful wife so perfectly wrote in her own post a few days ago, “I wish you all could see and hear the prayers and tears and arguments and conversations. I wish you could read my journal and see how God has spoken. I wish you could hear all of the ways that God opened doors for this to happen.”

We are forever thankful for Woodlands Church, Pastor Kerry and Chris, our church family, the wonderful staff team, and for every person we have met and have had the privilege to come to know as “friend” in these four years. I am forever grateful for this season, and can only hope that my time here at WC is marked with excellence, passion for His Kingdom, and success in making the name of Jesus known as great. Time and again I have seen His hand lead us through. We have experienced miracles. We have seen the favor of God upon our work and have seen His Kingdom advanced in significant and strategic ways that I would have never imagined four short years ago. I can honestly look back and say, “WOW!! I got to be a part of that!”

To those who I have had the honor and privilege to serve with, I leave you with this challenge that I have continued to give myself often:

Go mark the world and change the destiny of others.

Carry the torch. You have the mantle, now GO! In all that is to come, in all that currently is and all that will be, be resolute about making the name of Jesus known as great. You are His ambassador to this world, representing the full power, glory, and representation of our King and His Kingdom.

I love you all.

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Christ follower . husband . father . strategic leader . ENTP . photographer . humanitarian . creative . writer . collaborator . lover of people . dreamer of the day . seeker of social justice . coffee snob

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Christ follower . husband . father . strategic leader . ENTP . humanitarian . collaborator . creative . writer . photographer . lover of people . dreamer of the day . seeker of justice . coffee snob

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