Greetings everyone! As I write this mornings MMM, I find myself in Abbotsford, B.C. As part of my part time job with Resonate Global Missions (for those of you who don’t know, that’s the missional arm of the denomination that we belong to), I had some meetings, worked the booth at Missionsfest in Vancouver and preached yesterday at a big church in Abbotsford. It was a great experience. At Missionsfest, we were among hundreds of other organizations and presenters all of whom are passionate about seeing the good news of the gospel shared around the world. In particular, I was sharing a 1-year internship that Resonate has opened up in Egypt. It’s a fantastic cross-cultural, cross religious (as Egypt is primarily Islamic), incarnational mission experience in which a potential missionary gets to work with a local church that knows what it means to suffer for the gospel and to share their faith in difficult circumstances. On top of that, it’s IN one of the few countries that is the actual site of the Biblical story. So, you get to visit the Pyramids, climb Mt. Sinai, and visit the ancient capital of Egypt. Wow. Makes me wish I was an up and coming pastor again. If you’ve ever thought about going on a short or long term missional adventure around the world, talk to me and I'll let you know what’s available.There are some incredible experiences.
Last night, I got invited to a Bible study by my friend Pete and it was filled with a lot of dear friends of Sharon and myself from our days here in Abbotsford (I pastored a church called New Life before God called us to Edmonton to plant The River). It was a little disconcerting to see how old many of them were getting. Many of them shared some of their current physical challenges. However, it was so encouraging to see how their passion for Jesus had not waned over the years. In fact, so many of them talked about how blessed they felt in relation to the missional and serving work they were currently doing both in Abbotsford and overseas. It was inspiring. They also asked me to share (which I did) and then they laid hands on me and prayed for me. What a blessing!
I'm back on Wednesday morning and am looking forward to kicking off "Killing It" (our new message series) this Sunday morning. See you then!