I thought it had been a couple of weeks since last I posted anything here, but much to my surprise I find that it’s been a month already. My last post was a sermon from my previous sermon series on James, and since that time we’ve moved on, back in time, to Deuteronomy. This coming Sunday, I’ll be preaching the fifth sermon in this series, on Deuteronomy 4:1-31. But here’s the link to the audio from yesterday morning’s sermon, on Deuteronomy 3:18-20. Scripture reading, to give some context, is Deuteronomy 3:12-29.
It’s been a busy few weeks for us as a family. We’ve been in the process of receiving permanent custody of our two older foster children, and we’ve experienced once again that the wheels of government ministries do indeed turn slowly. After a number of bumps in the road, everything was made official today. And we give thanks to the Lord that after five years, we have been given a very great blessing, and our five and six year-olds now have some permanency and stability in their lives.
The physical facts haven’t changed – the boys have been a part of our family for the vast majority of their lives. But knowing that they will not be removed from our home has been emotionally liberating, for us, and for them. One thing we’ve learned throughout this whole experience has been to rely on the Lord, and to trust in Him, even when He doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we want, according to our schedule. He is truly good, and we give thanks to Him for this tremendous blessing!
As for mission-related news, the time has come for another annual review, a combined meeting with the Smithers Home Mission Board and the Smithers church council. At this meeting I hope to present my sixth(!) annual report on the mission work in Prince George, which will include the happy news that the mission congregation will have fifty members as of December 8th of this year. In an upcoming post I’ll be writing more about the mission work and life in the Prince George Mission Congregation!