My heart overflows with praise today. Yes, a lot of us are exhausted, but God is at work among us and our hearts are full of the sacrifice of our praise. Or at least the sacrifice of a full day of work yesterday. Recount with me all the answers to prayer among us (and there are more, believe me).
We now have a Director of Children’s Ministry in place — Colleen is putting in many, many hours crafting a course for our ministry to children. With VBS around the corner, her plate is full.
We now have a Director of Student Ministry. Yippee! This morning we officially welcome Andrew Staffieri to Peninsula. He’s had one Wednesday night under his belt and is going to make a huge impact on our students and us. I am impressed with his humility, passion, and vision for youth. Our students are in good hands.
You may have missed it, but we now have a Special Events Coordinator working in the office. Brooke has a welcome banner ready to be flown on the patio (we must be fair) but with holidays and schedules — it continues to gather dust. But she isn’t gathering dust. We (she) is planning a movie night and baptism celebration in July. And, of course, we have our annual picnic. Her creativity is motivating.
And then there’s the new Bible study beginning Thursday for college students. Did you know we have close to 20 college students home for the summer? Wow. What a huge opportunity to invest in lives. So, the Sheckmans will organize the first study (they already have volunteers to help — and maybe even take it over). Exciting!
If all went well on Saturday, we are ready to begin our renovation project in the Education Building. Creating updated classroom space for our children is a huge task — and we are ready to make a huge mess over there. Your faithfulness to the Daring Faith commitments is allowing us to move forward and the plan is for a September grand opening and tour of the facility.
This morning we have a team in Guatemala serving at the Village of Hope (orphanage). We have students on their way in a month to lead the middle school program for the students of farm workers in Thermal. We have maybe 30 heading to the Uganda medical clinic in August. And, that clinic will mark our tenth in Bombo.
Let’s be careful to acknowledge the hand of God at work among us right now. Some of these things will force us to change, but may that change bring growth. Growth in many ways. Here’s your praise list for this week: Colleen, Andrew, Brooke, College, Dust, Guatemala, Thermal, Bombo. Oh, and it’s not a bad prayer list either.
Paul put what I’m trying to say this way, “I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine.” Amen to that.