Uncharted Territory: Preparing the Way
It's pretty unbelievable how far we've come in just 5 months. With a few setbacks, obstacles, and challenges to overcome we've still had a tremendous start at launching a new podcast and remodeling our studio office (which is still in progress and ever-evolving). We've traveled to DC and been on-location at a conference and have turned our hand toward trying out some pretty exciting opportunities in collaboration with other organizations. God has truly been faithful, and blessed us in spite of our lack of experience in this area.
If I can be perfectly honest, I knew nothing about podcasts when we decided to do it. I didn't know how to get the feed up, or ensure that it got to all of our distributors. I spent hours and days reading books and articles, watching YouTube videos and sending messages to people to glean from their experiences. I was scared--scared that we would dream this dream and not be able to do it, but I did not stop. I researched equipment, and fumbled through wires, and mixers until something worked. Rev. Kimberlee are in communication with one another almost constantly day and night. Between sharing new ideas, and articles that might be helpful we have been relentless in our pursuit of this ministry assignment.
It is so rewarding to be able to post a new episode, or to see a "like," review, or receive a text affirming our adventures in uncharted territory. I'm still surprised that there are people who have been inspired by the humble beginnings we've had, and as a result, have journeyed out into the deep unknown terrain of podcasts themselves. It's humbling to know that our blind obedience to this call to creative ministry has made us fisher[wo]men.
It is no secret, however, that this kind of endeavor--though fun and exciting, is not for the faint of heart. To do it well, it takes time--LOTS of time, thought, planning, editing, coordinating, collaborating, money, and research. Above this, it takes a lot of prayer.
In many ways, I am finding myself giving a second look to John the Baptist. His ministry of preparation in the wilderness is somehow speaking to me more now than it ever has. The Table Live has been a way-maker for at least a handful of people (so far) who have either already started their podcast or have begun to really believe it can be done. It's tough to trek through paths that have not been thoroughly made. Still, there's very little that is as rewarding as knowing that somehow, something we're doing is making someone else believe in the impossible.
This has already been life-changing for me on so many levels. I cannot believe what God has done in such a short time; and still I know that this is only the beginning of the journey.