By this stage, God had blessed me in South Africa, in teaching, in business and with an amazing girlfriend. My brother had been living in Aspen for a year, and I went to see what it was all about. All I knew about Aspen, was from the movie Dumb & Dumber, but God once again had great plans for us. With no intention of beginning a ministry, I went to Aspen to have some fun with my brother. While I was there, God opened the door for me to acquire a work visa, and I had my first job in Aspen. I was installing wireless internet which was a far cry from my degree in software engineering, but I was happy to be doing something!
Life was good, but God was speaking to me. My thought was simply this: start a ministry for the younger generation in Aspen. I wanted to be a mighty entrepreneur, but I didn't want to be a pastor. I knew what I had heard though, and by this stage I had learned to listen when God spoke. In Aspen, the company that had provided my income had gone bankrupt and God began a journey to mature me. God will never take you where your character can't keep you. I began to serve at a church in Aspen that only had seven members. I thought it would be a good place to start because I would be serving in a church that needed me most. It was here that I would learn valuable and painful lessons. Whether it was vacuuming, setting up the stage, taking the offering, or improving their technology, it was an honor to be part of impacting lives.
Eventually, my brother, a deacon and myself put a Sunday evening service together. We packed chairs, cleaned, led worship and preached. We were a “one-stop-shop” and we were excited to see what God could do. The service started to grow after a few months, and eventually we had 35 people. We were so excited to see growth and impact, but what we didn't realize was that the pastor grew jealous that those people would not come to the service he taught in the mornings. He went on to tell us that God had told him we were trying to take over the church. We were speechless at his accusation. We left the meeting not knowing what to do with ourselves. We had been kicked out of the church! My whole reason for staying in Aspen was to minister, to preach, and now I have been kicked out of the church. What came next was the lowest spiritual crash of my life.