On Sunday January the 19th, Hope Wesleyan Church came together and braced for the news they all expected but hoped wouldn’t happen. After a steady decline in attendance and income the church has decided, regrettably, to discontinue services. Our last service will be January the 26th.
“When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” ― Alexander Graham Bell
The discontinuation has caused me to question just about everything aside from my commitment to follow Christ. After attending multiple leadership seminars and conferences the one thing they all talked about was “if I the leader will get better, everything else will get better”, “everything rises and falls on leadership”, and “without vision the people will perish”. That is a lot of weight on one person, and I’m not sure I’m handling it well yet. Your prayers and support are much appreciated.
The people who attended Hope up to the end were great people and I will miss them deeply. Your sacrifice and service are what I will remember. After serving and loving and learning with you it will be obviously hard to see it all end this week. I enjoyed working with you and pray that you would listen to the Father’s calling as you search for a new church family.
There are clearly lessons to be learned and I look forward to continuing on this adventure.
At the very same time that Hope Church was meeting, another meeting was also happening. The people at West Head Wesleyan were meeting to offer me a part-time job at their church and voted unanimously as a church to approve my job there! I’ll be working primarily with youth and young adults. I am beyond excited about this!
I can’t begin to explain how blessed, humbled and thankful this entire experience has made me. I am blessed to be a part of the Wesleyan Tribe that cares so much for me and my family and has shown grace and love in the middle of such a trying time. I am humbled by the generous offer from another church to continue in ministry and pursue the calling the God has for me. I am thankful for the opportunity to work this past year and a half with people who have loved and sacrificed their time, treasure and talent to do Kingdom work in Shelburne. Through nothing short of God doing the amazing we were a blessing many times to people in town and show them the love of Christ. I am thankful for this new ministry opportunity that will allow me to work with a great pastor, to learn, and love, and serve more.
With all great adventures there comes a certain amount of uncertainty. As we work out details and follow God’s leading, would you please join with us in asking for God’s direction for us? We greatly appreciate your prayers and support. Thank you.
***Update: You can read more from Deborah’s blog at AsTimeFlies.ca.
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