I'd like to ask you all for prayers concerning moving, both for myself and for others.
I feel like I'm mostly stagnate where I am now for a few different reasons, and though I love my parish a great deal, it's really the only thing that keeps me tethered to where I am. I have friends (my closest friends) who live about six hours away that are planning on a big moving mix-up and want me to join them and be roommates. They are planning on converting to Orthodoxy themselves, and have a number of inquirers down there as well. The catch is, there isn't a local parish. They're currently driving about two hours one-way to make Liturgy on Sundays.
Fortunately, the parish they're going to is very missions-minded, and would like to help establish a mission in their town. However, they need an anchor first. Along with moving closer to my friends, they also want me to help acclimate them to an Orthodox lifestyle and help answer questions from other interested people that they're still finding answers to. Once a core group of faithful exist where my friends are, this parish would like to start taking formal steps to establish a mission, which I would find very exciting to be a part of. This is also scary to me, as it would be essentially starting over again, and it would be a "leaving the nest moment" as I've only been baptized Orthodox about a year (and an attendee for not yet three years) and still attend my home parish. Please pray for me.
At the same time, I've found out that my uncle, who is a Protestant pastor, is moving to the same state I'm considering. He will be pastoring a First-Day Adventist Church there. He and I have talked about Orthodoxy in the past, and he says he really likes it, but has a lot of the standard Protestant hang-ups. I feel like he could get past these, but there has been no Orthodox parish near him since we began talking. There will be three nearby parishes where he is moving, and so I plan on encouraging him (and hope he does) get to know the local Orthodox priests and attend the occasional service. I hope to also get to visit him on occasion to attend the local parishes with him, but he will be about four hours away (so it won't be too often). Please pray for the conversion of my uncle. His name is Michael.