Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve Jones here… As a new believer 33 years ago, I came across a story in Luke 7 that has impacted me for three decades. In Luke 7:9, Jesus said, “I tell you I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel”. His reference was to a Roman officer, not His mother or His disciples. A man, whose name we don’t even know, “amazed”Jesus. When was the last time you read in the Gospels that Jesus was “amazed” by anyone? More often than not it is in reference to our “unbelief”, not our belief (Mark 6:6).
As a young art college student reading this passage for the first time, I came to the realization that I had the capacity in me to “amaze” Jesus! Not for arrogant or proudful reasons, but out of a deep sense of gratitude. I could live a life that might, occasionally, amaze my beloved Saviour. This thought has been a driving motivation in my life for three decades. We can “amaze” Jesus by the exercising of our faith in a faithful God. Amazing…eh?
Some of us who have “stepped out” in faith in 2012
Some friends in our Fellowship family have chosen to exercise faith this year in planting churches in Canada and Colombia. Church planting is rewarding work, but it is tough. Passion and persistence are essential qualities of any church planter.
This year our Fellowship annual project “Kick Start 2—On the Road” has sought to come alongside eight church plants in Canada and one in Colombia. Three months ago we sent the first installment of $8000 to each church plant with a promise of more to come. We have currently raised about $100,000 of our $250,000 project goal. Many more of us need to prayerfully consider giving to help support these couples who have “stepped out” in faith to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A Report on the Surrey, BC Church Plant
Some good news from Pastor Brian Stewart of Parkland Fellowship in Surrey, BC. They recently called a church planter for their upcoming plant, a part of Project 2012—Kick Start 2. Here is news from Brian:
“Parkland Fellowship was planted out of Newton Fellowship over 20 years ago. Church planting has always been a part of the DNA at Parkland and the time has come for Parkland to use its resources to thrust a brand new church into their community with great anticipation that God will use this ministry to expand the impact of the Gospel in Surrey, BC. On September 1st, Dustin Laird will join the staff of Parkland as the church planting pastor. Dustin and his wife, Kim, recently felt the call of God on their lives to pursue church planting in the lower mainland after five years of ministry as a youth pastor in Salmon Arm, BC. With their two young girls in tow they packed up and moved to the area as they interviewed for the position at Parkland. Shortly after, the Lord led the people of Parkland to vote unanimously that Dustin be hired as the church planting pastor. This has been a tremendous step forward and while in many ways the work has only just begun. Parkland Fellowship looks forward to celebrating the launch of the church plant between the spring and fall of 2013.”
Please prayerfully consider a generous gift toward our 2012 annual project. We hope to double our project giving in the next two months. That means many of us considering a second gift to our annual project. May the Lord bless you as you participate in this faith-filled, faith-initiated and faithful endeavor.
Our Fellowship 48 National Convention is Coming!
You can register on-line today, give us a call or mail in your registrations. Our theme is, “Vital Signs”. We’ll gather to investigate the health of our inner spiritual lives, and be challenged by the Scazzero’s teaching in a seminar format) and a lineup of excellentworkshops. Ending our convention with a banquet and the ministry of Christian humorist, Phil Calloway.
I also plan to unveil our new “Fellowship International Strategic Direction” plan. Come hear how we can all partner together!
Have a blessed week.