ABIDE

Posted by donna on May 3, 2018

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Growing up in a missionary family, our children learned the full meaning of the word “goodbye.” We lived in remote areas of central Thailand and twice a year our kids had to fly off to attend boarding schools in Malaysia. They knew that goodbyes were part of the often-unwanted aspects of missionary life.  Fortunately, for the most part, it was a positive experience. Often, it was Lois and I who had the meltdowns as we watched the plane take off. Yet, goodbyes are part of saying hello.

This historic AGC National Conference May 31st -  June 2nd, will be both “goodbye” and “hello.”

Having had the privilege of serving the AGC these past fifteen years, it is time to say our goodbyes, and hello to Presidential Candidate Bill and Michele Allan. The Allan’s have served as missionaries and mission leaders and have also served in one of our AGC churches these past years.  I am delighted to see the way God has led the Allan’s to accept this great challenge and opportunity.

National Conference this June will be our chance to experience abiding as a community, as family coming together to celebrate God’s work. Don’t miss out!  There is still time to sign up!  http://www.agcofcanada.com/events/conference-2018-save-date/  

  • Pray for our Conference Planning Team.
  • Pray for Dr. Rick Reed who will be speaking on the theme of abiding in Christ.
  • Pray for our workshop leaders and for our worship team. 
  • Pray for our host church, Redeemer Bible Church. 
  • Pray for Bill and Michele as they are welcomed.
  • Especially pray for a sense of God’s presence as we celebrate abiding in Him. 

Conference 2018, held in Niagara, will give Lois and I an opportunity to say thank you to each of you for allowing us to serve such a fantastic family of churches throughout Canada.

Abide logo - final - web.jpgThe word abide means to be settled; to be at home. I think of abiding in Jesus as a phenomenal privilege. Jesus who loves us, bought us with His life, calls us to accept Him and then holds us firmly as we actively serve Him, waiting for the consummation of the age. The moment we trust Christ and are filled with His Spirit we know that this present earthly home is not our home. While we abide here, like all of creation, we travail until we can live with God forever in His Kingdom.

Yet, as we abide and wait, we are not alone. Rather, His Spirit is with us and we are with each other.  We abide in community. That has been our experience in the AGC. Serving the Lord is not without its challenges. Yet our experience has proved over and over that we act as a family abiding in the presence of the Lord.

May God bless you all and we look forward to seeing many of you this June.

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Willem Fietje

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