WORDS FROM THE PASTOR

This has been one of the darkest weeks for our church, with Vivien’s terrible illness. Our impromptu prayer meeting on Sunday was both moving and emotional. We shared mutual pain as a church family, and prayed bold prayers out of deep love.

In our dark times, I encourage you to read the Psalms of lament. I recommend Psalm 13. The Psalm starts with honest, emotional questions towards God. Through this lamenting, the Psalmist finds his conclusion: trusting in the Lord’s unfailing love. Speak your doubt and frustration but don’t sit there; push through to rest in a conclusion of faith.

The day before Vivien’s biopsy two weeks ago, I sent a voice message to Vivien, reading this Psalm to her. She first replied to me with vulnerability about the intimidating procedure.

She then said to me:

“I beg you to pray for the procedure to go well, and more importantly, when it did go well, that I will not be forgetful, that I will not forget the grace, the saving grace of God for the rest of my life.”

Let us have the same Spirit of Vivien and the Psalmist, sharing in both vulnerability and faith. We will see the Lord’s faithfulness. I conclude with  Psalm 13:5-6

“But I trust in your unfailing love;

    my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing the Lord’s praise,

    for he has been good to me.”

Pastor Kevin

MISSION CORNER

  • Jacob & Gladys Jacob (Missions Door, Toronto): The Kumar couple they mentioned before accepted Christ recently. The Jacobs will follow up with visitations. Please pray for their growth and safety during the pandemic. Once the lockdown eased a bit, the English class resumed. They are happy to have received a donation of a new big screen TV and a video player.  One of the students is a woman from Syria. Her husband was killed in the serious conflicts in Syria. She said all the help her family got in Toronto are from Christians. May God grant his children sufficient love for this immigrant group. Though the bread ministry is reduced to once a month, it continues to bless many families. One recently said that his ailing mother really enjoys the bread.
  • Iran: A new survey of Iranians found that 1.5 percent identify as Christians. It comes from a secular research group from the Netherlands and confirms what Christian observers have been saying for years. The church in Iran is growing rapidly, and waves of Iranians are converting to faith in Christ. The number of Christians in Iran is “without doubt in the order of magnitude of several hundreds of thousands and growing beyond a million”, the report says. Christian advocacy groups have been accused of exaggerating for political purposes.