Monday, January 26, 2009

A New Church!

Yesterday, our family had the opportunity to attend the Launch Service of the newest member of The Sanctuary Network --- this is a church that will be specifically ministering to mandarin-speaking Chinese people in the Greater Toronto Area.

The experience was definitely an eye-opener for us, especially for our children who do not speak or understand the mandarin language at all. For them to see church in a different context was definitely a good thing! I think we will continue to bring them to launch services like this one in the future. It lets them see church with a wider point of view, with greater perspective. As for me, I was quite impressed to realize how much mandarin I still understand! I definitely didn't know I still had that language in me. :-)

The coolest thing from yesterday is the realization that it was the first time, since our Launch Service, where hubby and I delegated our responsibilites at our home church to other people. Delegating to others freed us up to help this new church. It gave us a sense that God is preparing us to do more... perhaps preparing us for the ministry of helping The Sanctuary Network's newest babies get up and running, in one way or another!

This morning, I bumped into this article at The High Calling. Let me quote a couple paragraphs from the article:

"It's important to be open to the way God wants to use us. Often we aren't. We think we need to be someone else, somewhere else, for God to use us. We think we need a certain talent, a certain skill, a certain work for God to use us. We think it's about the gifts in us and not the God in us. We forget that His indwelling is the only reason He can use us.

God has a plan and it's His, not ours. We may be very receptive to God using us in the ways we imagine, but are we open to the way God wants to use us? He has a unique and distinctive vision for each of us. And it involves using us today, exactly as we are, where we are, doing what we do. For if we can't serve God in this way, in this work, in this brokenness, when will we?"

Powerful words, aren't they?

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
---Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

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