We've had lots of reaction to our series "Faith Under Fire", based on the life of Daniel from the Old Testament. Here, Bill Maier reflects on his own furnace and den stories, growing up in a Mennonite familiy that faced great opposition.
I grew up with furnace and den stories; they were part of our family's history.
Our Anabaptist/Mennonite heritage has so many fiery furnace stories, but of course the ones that impacted me the most were the ones that included my parents, two older siblings, and extended family.
They found themselves in a kind of protracted "furnace"....an 18 year sojourn through China. It was furnace-like in the fact that China of the 1930s and 1940s was turbulent and chaotic, definitely a very dangerous place to be especially for a non-oriental caucasian Europeans traveling as a group. There was always some immediate danger from Communist Russian military, Chinese warlords, bandits, civil wars, American bombings, and to the end the Maoists and a full blown revolution.
Welcome to MAY! I have attached our May Newsletter with some great insights in helping our children be great at problem solving. What a life skill!
Please check dates for Message topics in May and please remember our Congregational Meeting on Sunday the 27th. We encourage you to take the time this month to meet our Children's Ministry Director Candidate, PAM GRIMM. I am truly excited!
May God bless you all this May with His ideas for new Growth in your lives!
Interm Children’s Ministry Director
As many of the KGF family knows, a team of 11 UBCO students and I are heading to Bolivia May 4th to participate in various volunteer projects for a month. We will be stationed near La Paz for most of our month and plan to come alongside local community development initiatives as volunteers. At the moment, and subject to Latin American time, our itinerary is very flexible, but our first volunteer project will be helping out at the San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge (http://www.sanmigueldelbala.com/).
As an International Relations major, I am very excited to travel to the Global South for the first time and be impacted by the people, culture, and life there. The opportunity to then come back home and share my experiences, nurtures my passion for global community and awareness.
I am very thankful to everyone at KGF who has generously supported me by donating bottles, buying pies, and various other contributions and donations. I am very grateful and without your support this trip would not have been possible. Prayers for the maintenance of health and safety would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much KGF family! I look forward to sharing my experiences with you when I return.
(We encourage you to drop Kay a note of encouragement by commenting below)
Do you have the gift of encouragement? Do you love coming alongside people during a time of need? Have we got a place for you at KGF!
Connections is a new ministry of KGF which seeks to visit people who are needing encouragement, comfort, or a sense of belonging for a variety of reasons such as: shut in, birth, death, illness, surgery. We are building up a team of people who have hearts to serve and reach out in this way.
The ministry goal is to show Christ’s love for people by taking the time to visit, listen, encourage and pray for them. Watch the video explanation here:
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