As we enter into the new year, I'm grateful and astounded at how God has moved in my life and the life of our little family. At this time last year, I was just beginning to talk with the team working towards a North Oshawa church plant, and I had no idea that I would actually say "yes" to this unique calling. And now, six months later, here we are, living and working in Canada, falling in love with this new little city of ours, meeting people and making friends, and watching God pave the way for a new community of faith in Oshawa.
Normally, in my prayer updates, I give three specific ways in which you can pray for God's work in North Oshawa. Today, I just want to step back and give thanks.
I give thanks for how God has been at work in North Oshawa these last six months. I've seen Him answer prayers in very specific ways. I've seen Him bring important people into my life as both friends and potential teammates. I've seen Him give my family and me a beautiful place for us to live, with space to invite and include others into our lives. I've seen Him provide financially for my family and for my ministry. And I've seen Him guide me, Jeremy, and Norah through the large and sometimes-difficult processes of making important decisions, moving across the continent and over the boarder, and making space for profound changes in our lives and hearts through it all.
God is faithful, and I have every confidence and trust that His faithfulness will continue. And, as I look ahead into this new year, I'm excited about continuing to build into relationships, to start putting some real structure and vision to the ministry we're beginning here, and seeing where God brings us in these next phases of life. And I'm grateful for each of you who have been praying with us along the way - I hope you can give thanks along with me today!
And as it says in Ephesians 3:20-21, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen!"