May 29 - Latest News
Prayer: Over the last month we have had four shootings and one severe beating (two fatal) right in the middle of the community where our church is- prayer for God's hand of redemption, exposing evil, and transforming our community is top on our list these days. Prayer for our summer plans as we have a summer of several fund raising trips planned (some with the family, some just Brad). Pray for continued growth and maturing as our church grows to 90 people consistently.
Praise: As we tie up year end financial items we have been extremely blessed to see that our internal giving has rose by 20%- meaning that internally we are now at a point where the church is giving almost 40% of our total income needed- it's a sign of spiritual maturity and ownership! PRAISE that of the 80 or so core people attending 21 of them are people who have come to faith in Christ over the last three years! Praise for a young Buddhist man who has been a part of PAXnorth for a year, last week- in front of his wife and baby daughter, in the middle of marriage counseling- bowed on his living room floor to ask Christ to come into his life!
Thanks for your care, support and encouragement! Brad, Shelby and the Stupendous Seven (Solomon, Delaney, Seth, Addison, Carmen, Elijah and Calum)
May 1 - Latest News
SO here is a quick snap shot of: Immediate family prayers; a couple of links for prayers and info; and a quick project follow up.
IMMEDIATE FAMILY PRAYERS: We have been hit with nasty flu and cold bugs in the family this last couple of weeks. Elijah (3yrs old) has been hit the hardest with the rotovirus. A nasty flu like virus that causes some violent vomitting and diaherea for about a week. Shelby had him at the IWK yesterday just to check and see if his hydration levels were o.k. and to get some general care advice. They figure it'll be several more days until the virus flushes itself out of his system but that he is not in danger just very miserably uncomfortable. Delaney (13yr old) had an x ray as well on her lungs to see if her nasty infuenza has moved into a potential pnemonia but the answer was no but keep a close eye over the next couple of weeks. The rest of the kids have all been fighting cold and flu symptoms to various degrees over the last week. Shelby and I have been healthy but feeling the strain of being worn out and ready for house no longer to be a hospital ward. - thanks for prayers on this.
A couple of links: The first one I am sure your church has probably seen on t.v. happened right around the corner. PAX has been at the vigils and I have had several conversations with business owners and people on the streets- keep praying that we as the Church can learn to journey with the community so we can have credibility when we need to walk with our neighbour when brokenness and sin wrecks us.
The second link below is a blog interview that gives basic info of past and present church and personal growth. You might want to pray for these needs.