Important Message From Pastor Antoine
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 3:56 PM

Important Message From Pastor Antoine

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 3:56 PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 3:56 PM

Hello. Lakeshore Students families.

I have some important news to share with you all. Before stating what it is, I would ask that you do not share this outside of Lakeshore. You are more than welcome to tell your students what you are comfortable with sharing.

I feel that as the Student Pastor, charged to lead your students towards Christ, I must keep you informed of certain things taking place in my life currently.

My wife has asked for a divorce.

I take responsibility for what I did before and during our marriage which contributed to where this marriage is today. With that being said, after speaking with Pastor Vince and Pastor Frank along with the staff, elders and trustees, it has been determined that this is not grounds for biblical divorce, therefore, I continue to pray that God will soften her heart and allow her to consider working on our marriage.

This is one of the hardest times in my life. I never thought that our marriage would come to this, and each step I take with her towards divorce is one of hesitation and hoping that maybe she will reconsider. 

Inside, I am broken and in pain. I am hurting. I have shed my share of tears. I am worried how I can live apart from my wife and kids after having had so many years together. I go through all the times that I had a chance to be a better husband yet failed to do so. I long for a chance to reconcile with my wife and see her free from the pain that she feels, which has led her to make this decision. I have never felt such pain before…and I do not wish this on anyone.

But even with all of this…God has given me a peace…a peace that Paul says surpasses all understanding. A peace that tells me that regardless of the outcome, God is in control and will forever be in control. That regardless of what may happen, he will work everything out for the good of those that love him and are called according to his purpose so that we, as believers can be conformed to the image of his son - so that in all of this…regardless of the outcome…myself…and Trina included…can look more like Christ in the end. 

I have learned that we must be honest with those around us and to not be afraid to ask for help, regardless of how embarrassing it may seem. God has given us a community of believers for a reason because we were never meant to carry our burdens alone, yet too many times we do…you think that you are acting tough…but you are not…

I want to ensure you all that this will not affect anything that happens in Lakeshore Students. I believe that God has placed an amazing team of leaders around me that have already stepped up more than I could have ever expected in order to love your students and continue to point them towards the only one that can change lives, Jesus Christ.

My team and I will continue to, in this time, focus on making Lakeshore Students a safe place that your students can come to in order to grow in their relationship with one another and with Christ.

I thank you all for your support and thank God for each and everyone of you and your families. I am truly blessed to call Lakeshore Community Church home.

If you all have any questions, I will do the best that I can to answer them to the best of my ability as long as they are appropriate.

Thank you again. God bless.