Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wee College Grad

One of the most exhilerating programs of our church is Wee College. 60 children from 4-6 years old are being discipled to be young men & women rooted in the truth of Scripture.

What a delight to see these bright-eyed children quote over a hundred verses from the Bible at their graduation a couple of weeks ago.

I'm so proud of my daughter Kristy who serves as College President and the team of leaders who work beside her. And of course it was Susan's & my grandchildren Victoria (6) and Jordan (5) who were the stars (in our eyes anyway)!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

April 10, 2009 - Durham, Ontario

Last week Susan & I had the privilege of being invited to Durham (a couple of hours north of Toronto) to celebrate the 8oth Anniversary of their Foursquare Church, pastored by Louie & Gladys Foster.

Louie & Gladys have faithfully served God in their hometown for the past 23 years. What a delight to see my past students from Life Bible College again!

Hundreds of guests from other Foursquare Churches filled the hall where we met. It was a wonderful multi-cultural celebration and the turkey dinner made by the ladies of Durham was worth the trip! Here's a picture of the group of pastors who came to bless the Church.
On the way back to Toronto, Susan and I stopped at Mt. Forest, where our church founder in 1918, Aimee Semple McPherson, held one of her first miracle meetings. The town crier, who was also the town drunk, "Monkey Abe" was saved instantly from alcohol addiction and the service began a revival in that town. This is the street corner where young Aimee stood still on a chair for 20 minutes to gather a crowd. When a large number had formed around her, she jumped off the chair and ran to the mission where she was preaching. "Follow me!" she yelled, and they did. When all were inside she commanded the only 2 church members to bolt the door until she was finished preaching!

I was tempted to grab a chair and try it last week, but went to Tim Horton's for a donut and coffee instead.