In the beginning
the heart of God, the
beginning of Wisdom,
was designing Salvation by
the Perfect Lamb, the
The Perfect Lamb, the
Word of Life
was in complete harmony
God the Father, the Alpha
and Omega, and
the desire of the
Word the purpose of Creation
was the worship of
The Great I Am spoke the
Word and creation
with the Love of
God the Cornerstone,
in the presence of
the Morning Star, in the
beginning. John 1:1
Written by Judy von Hollen
We love how our kids are learning about the love and sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. Here's a picture drawn in one of our King's Kids classes Sunday as they heard the story of Abraham & Isaac, and God's provision of a sacrifice to take our place. Powerful! If you want to be part of the amazing team that pours into our kids, contact Pastor Jamie, email@example.com
I was very blessed to have the privilege of joining the KGF team at the 2014 Global Leadership Summit this year. I was thrilled when they called to say there was a opportunity for me to participate and Freedom's Door was willing to give me the two days away in order to take the whole conference in.
I was so uplifted and encouraged to be able to take time away from the demands of the ministry at Freedom's Door and spend time with my church family in being refreshed, encouraged, filled, re-energized and focused through the speakers and the messages. These times are incredible and sometimes we don't know how much we need them until we are there.
But I was also nourished just as much by being with the leadership at KGF. I can't begin to express the warmth and love and support that I experience being with our church leadership. Knowing that I am part of a bigger body and having that support is an incredible feeling. I am full and overflowing and will benefit from the Leadership Summit this year for months to follow.
Thank you KGF for loving me and pouring into the ministry at Freedom's Door by offering me this opportunity.
Blessings - Wanda Agar
What a fantastic first day at the Global Leadership Summit! Joining with thousands of other church and Christian leaders around the world to hear from God as it relates to leadership. An incredible opportunity to be poured into as a team. Wonderful to share this experience with our friends at Gardom Lake Bible Camp & Retreat Centre. May we lead well in those areas God has invited us into!
We love the work God is doing in this city through the many amazing churches, and today we took a few minutes to drop in on our friends at Trinity. It was an awesome time of relationship building, laughing, sharing, and praying. Plus cinnamon buns! We pray for God's continued favor on this great church, and for an increase in Kingdom impact. We love serving the same King! www.trinitybaptist.net www.kgfchurch.com
Our KGF Facebook page is approaching 1,000 likes, which is truly amazing. We celebrate not the number but the impact, as this social media environment helps us advance our mission of "Knowing Jesus & Making Him Known." This last week alone we reached over 11,000 people through Facebook, engaging with 1,700 of them through 8,200 post clicks. If you are encouraged and lifted up through this ministry tool, we encourage you to share KGF's Facebook page with family & friends. Thanks for being part of this growing movement to lift Jesus high! https://www.facebook.com/kgfchurch
As a church family, we support a sharp young developing Christian leader in Ecuador, as part of Compassion Canada's Leadership Development Program. His name is Joel, and we wanted to share his latest letter with you. Thank you for your generosity which helps invest in God's kingdom workers all over the world!
Dear Friends at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship
I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, trusting that you are well along with your family members. It is a joy to write to you again so that I can share with you what has happened in my life during these past months.
Previously I told you that the pastor of my congregation had asked me to become part of the renewal of the youth ministry. With God’s help and arduous work by all of us, we have been able to revive this ministry. Now there are many youth and through various activities we are managing to raise funds and fulfill our goal which is to win souls for Him.
In the month of March there were vacations in the Student Center. I was a trip to the beach of Villamil where all the staff was involved. Since my mother works in the Student Center she took all of my siblings and me. We had a good time. We swam in the ocean, ate typical food such as fried fish with fried bananas and other seafood. It was really delicious. In the afternoon we returned home. It was a very special experience.
Thanks Jessica Smith for this beautiful artwork that speaks to a core value we hold @ KGF! You can find it in the HUB, along with hundreds of people connecting Sundays and throughout the week. If you're interested in sharing your artwork with the KGF church family, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The following short story on the Samaritan Woman at the Well in John 4 was written by one of our family member's, Rene Maxwell.
The sun was high. It was the wrong time of day for this. It was too far to go by oneself, and yet she went. She went because she must. She went because she was thirsty.
And she went alone.
The woman always went alone. She told herself she didn’t mind. She enjoyed the solitude, having her thoughts to herself. It was far better than being surrounded by the mindless chatter of the other women; listening to that often shrill, caustic banter that substituted for real conversation; listening to it, but never being a part of it; never sharing in it. It was better than being surrounded by people… and still being alone.
It was better to go to the well at noon. This way she could convince herself it was her own choice. She could afford to look down on those who looked down on her. Anyway, who needed those self-righteous hypocrites?
As I prepared for my OCC Distribution trip to Costa Rica, I anticipated two weeks to be filled with work projects, opportunities to tell people about Jesus and show love to those I met. While all of those were true, what I wasn’t expecting where the small, little moments that left lasting impressions upon my heart.
The day had come to distribute the shoeboxes and each age group assembled within their designated line. Every child was filled with great anticipation as they careful received and held tightly onto, the box that was given to them. Then came the moment, we counted down from 10 (in Spanish!) and they opened their boxes together. It wasn’t as I expected; they did not rip open their boxes, shouting and yelling about everything inside. Instead, it was a quiet celebration filled with wonder and amazement as they explored every treasure within their box. For most of them, this was the first gift they had ever received. And yet, many were sharing the cherished items in their box. Tears overflowed from my eyes, as compassion and joy overwhelmed my heart. It’s this simple.
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) is the reason why 100 million shoeboxes have been distributed worldwide. Children are being loved and cared for through the practical items within their box, while learning about Jesus through the teaching and booklets provided afterwards. OCC shoeboxes are a lot more than pencils and candy; they are doors that open to the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Pick up your box & pack it for a kid around the world, returning to KGF by Sunday November 16th!
A follow up to our earlier story about one of our family members, Delora Lalande, collecting warm clothes for Syrian refugees in Iraq.
"We've sorted through everything and have 19 black garbage bags full!! 374 items of bedding, coats (adults and kids) scarves, mitts, socks (many new items), boots, baby clothes and someone even included a note in Arabic with their knitted baby toques! What an incredible outpouring of love! Thanks to all!" Delora.
What a blessing! Original video interview with Pastor Mike here. http://kgfchurch.com/video/faith-takes-action-interview-with-delora-lalonde