When spring arrives, people say, “Spring has sprung,” and now that the page on the proverbial calendar has been turned to September, I guess we can say that “Fall has fallen” – because that’s what it’s felt like for the past couple of days.
It’s been a hot and dry summer in Prince George, but we’ve enjoyed a few good downpours recently, which has been very nice, and I was awakened by the sound of the furnace kicking in yesterday morning. And so we look forward to the beginning of a more active season, although the summer has been pretty active already!
We spent some time down south, as I attended the Canadian Reformed Mission Association meeting in Langley. It was good to meet up with some of the other missionaries and people who are involved in the various mission projects, both in Canada and abroad, and the guest speaker was Mark Bube, who is the general secretary of the Orthodox Presybterian Church’s Committee on Foreign Missions.
While we were in the Fraser Valley, we also enjoyed our first family camping experience. I guess you could call it a “trial run,” since we had the tent set up in my parents’ back yard in Abbotsford. So it wasn’t exactly roughing it in the wild, but it did show that we could survive under canvas for a couple of nights!
So what’s happening here in P.G.? With the start of a new school year, we’re welcoming some new university students, as well as returning students, taking up their studies again at the University of Northern B.C., and the College of New Caledonia. In the meantime, some of our homegrown youth have left us for the school year, to Edmonton and Tennessee, of all places, where they’ll presumably be doing lots of learning of their own.
Catechism classes will be starting again, Bible studies getting going, and I’ll also be speaking at Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church in Edmonton at the invitation of their evangelism committee, about the Two Ways to Live Program, which they’ll be starting up.
As far as the mission congregation in P.G., we bid farewell to one family, who left us for warmer pastures (if I can mix my metaphors), and we welcomed another. And we also enjoyed having another young family spend the weekend with us as they did some exploratory work of their own, considering making P.G. their home.
I’ve finished off the series of sermons on the Psalms, and since I haven’t posted the audio links to most of the sermons, I’ll be posting them here in the very near future. Like this afternoon maybe…