Dennis Klemash

Find Dennis Klemash’s display at the Allegheny County Jail, Visitor Entrance, 950 Second Avenue.

“This is a pretty big moment where I’ve been asked to put down everything I’m holding right now and trust beyond a place that I can’t yet see.”

I’ve been asked to consider a new assignment for my ministry. It’s created all kinds of stress, optimism, and a see-saw of emotions. I am currently serving Pittsburgh both as a chaplain in the jail and a member of a contemplative community of religious brothers. It’s been a wonderful life.

Then I got a phone call from the brothers that help us to figure out where we’re needed most. The invitation was to consider a long-term commitment in Saudi Arabia as a minister. That commitment would mean leaving Pittsburgh where I’m thriving, leaving the jail which I’m enjoying so much, and going to a place where the job is unclear, but the need is strong. I’ve been asked to put down everything I’m holding right now and trust beyond a place that I can’t yet see.

I have to divest myself of, “What’s in it for me,” and trust that the Lord has a plan. This change has invited me into the deepest prayer than I’ve had for years. How do I hear God’s voice? How do I have the courage to respond? Either the courage to say “No” …or the courage to say “Yes?”

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