Staying On Track (11/03/14)
I am writing this blog as VIA train 66 roles east on the tracks toward Montreal. Technology never ceases to amaze me as one can be rolling along a train track, writing a blog and sending it by the wi-fi provided on the train.
Today brings to an end the ten days of extensive travel that I wrote about in my last blog. Minus a four hour delay in Doha, Qatar on Friday, this trip that included Vancouver, Nairobi and London ON, has stayed on track from beginning to end.
What a thrill to meet with twenty-five Chinese church leaders in Vancouver. Their warm acceptance of Bill Pipke and I, and their attentive interest in the subjects of integrity, vision and Bridging China and Africa (BCA) were so appreciated.
Then, I had the privilege of spending three days with about forty church leaders from across Africa in Nairobi. A work that started with PAOC missionaries over one hundred years ago, now extends across the entire continent from the south to the north, and the east to the west. Today, Africa has produced some of the finest church leaders you will find anywhere in the world. I am humbled to work alongside of them, count them as friends, and benefit from their godly influence.
This weekend, MJ and I ministered in the church of some very dear friends in London, ON. Blessed is the man who has a friend who accepts you for who you are and believes in what you do. Garry, you are one fine friend.
And now, we are about three hours from arriving back in Montreal. I finish this trip, refreshed in spite of crossing three time zones, renewed with a sense of the task that God has graciously entrusted to us, and reminded to stay on track with His plans and purposes for our lives.
We happen to be riding in the last car on train 66. At one point I looked behind me and discovered that I could see the track from the door window. What a sight to see the tracks narrow in the distance. I am reminded just how far God has brought MJ and me on our journey together. I am also reminded that the real joy in ministry is not looking back, but staying focused on the wide track that God is laying in front of us.
Until next time…