The DiLeonardi family has some big, bitter-sweet news to share- Matt got a promotion that is relocating us to Seattle in mid-April.
I know. Its really fast, and I’m still in shock. I can’t even begin to process what losing my family, friends, church family, Agape ministries and all I have invested in here means. You guys 😭😭😭 I wanted to take the time and tell more people in person, but I wasn’t able to because of the turn around time, and I also wanted this post to give you each a minute to process this news because it is a fast one.
We will be talking and praying about how Agape Moms, Agape Women, And Agape Family will continue and thrive in my absence. God is going to raise up more people to fill the gaps in leadership and he is going to grow people, and multiply more disciples because of me leaving.
More disciples. That’s the word that God immediately spoke to my heart. More disciples in Tampa through you all, and more disciples in Seattle through my family. That’s what this move and life in Jesus is all about, pouring out our lives wherever He leads us, to make more disciples. It’s submitting our lives. It’s living to serve and not be served. It’s leaving our comfort zones and trusting Him, being desperate for Him to show up. It’s loving recklessly in the face of the death of a season and in the rebirth of a new season. It’s practicing the resurrection. It’s grieving and resting in God and allowing new creation to sprout up through Christ in a new city. It’s taking the Gospel from my Jerusalem, beyond Judea, and to what feels like the ends of the earth, 3,000 miles away. It’s about how God is calling my Agape Tribe to step up and serve more in and through our ministry. It’s making space for more disciples to be made.
Although I feel like I cannot imagine uprooting my heart and life here in Tampa in just a couple weeks, God has given me a tremendous peace about it. For those of you who don’t know this, my husband has been looking for a new job for years, and with little luck in our area. God has redirected at many turns. Last January 2017, he was promoted within his company but was told he’d have to wait at least 3 years to pursue advancing again and it would take many attempts. 14 months later and he gets the promotion on the first try! He is so happy and proud, and he needed this. Many of you remember that he got two great job offers here in Tampa back in December 2017, and the unthinkable happened, one company changed their mind about making a year end hire and Matt turned down the other one because of some red flags. We were still devastated and discouraged because of how the retail schedule weighs on our family. Matt applied, interviewed and got this offer within 7 days, it all happened so fast, but it’s the perfect fit.
While I’m heartbroken to leave, I have hope after the many valleys and dark times God’s brought me through- God will never leave or forsake me, and He has always surprised me with how well he has taken care of me. In fact, Agape Moms and all the Agape ministries were birthed after one of the hardest times of my life. Beauty from ashes. I know moving to Seattle means a new place to invest my life for God’s Kingdom. It may very likely mean a new Agape Moms in Seattle, or however He leads, we’ll see. I am confident in God’s leading! We are also excited about the outdoors, mountains, volcanoes, ocean, 4 seasons and big city opportunities. #silverlinings
Logistics: Verizon is taking over our move “military style” and will generously pay for it all- to pack up our home, airfare, store our belongings until we find permanent housing and rent out there for a few months too. We are still waiting on exact date details from the relocation team. Will tell you as soon as I know.
We want to see you before we leave. My friend Caroline, is organizing a last hurrah, 💃🏼girls night out 💃🏼 ⭐️⭐️Friday, April 6th⭐️⭐️ in the evening, so mark your calendar please and stay tuned for a FB event! If you’re a woman and you know me, you’re invited, and I’d love to have you! 😍 We will also have a final farewell at park square the night before we fly out. Your family will be able to stop by for as long or short as you’re able to. Pastor Ryan will also be doing a Chapel Family send off on our last Sunday, which is still TBD as well. As soon as we know details, we will post FB events for the two gatherings, hopefully soon.
I love you all so much. Words can’t express how grateful I am for the almost 7 years we’ve spent in Florida and for getting to do life alongside you. Thankfully, my parents live here, who we will miss terribly as well, and so we anticipate visiting Florida often enough to still say hi and stop by Agape Moms, The Chapel, and see you when we are in town, so this isn’t goodbye, it’s just see you later. And I am always a text, phone call, Voxer message, FaceTime, and Instagram post away. We will stay in touch, and I will never stop praying for and offering up whatever support I can from afar.
Join me in praying for our family and the Agape ministries as we transition. So many details, but we know God is overseeing them all, and that He is going to raise up more of you to serve, and continue to do amazing things for God’s glory here in Tampa. LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!