It is hard to imagine that 9 months have passed since we packed up and headed north! Our family continues to rejoice in God’s calling to help reach the nations here in Canada. He continues to teach us so much about Himself, this journey, each other, and this new country.
Thanks to each of you who prayed for our Muslim neighbors during the month of Ramadan! We were able to grow in our understanding of what our neighbors experience during this time as we were praying and fasting, too. On one Saturday night, we “broke” fast with our neighbors at 9:30pm. During this experience we were able to demonstrate our love towards their family and even their culture. They were also very kind to our family as they explained about their culture and beliefs. God gave us a great opportunity during this dinner to share with some of their family members about the differences in our beliefs and how we can find peace in Jesus Christ. This was one of the best opportunities that we have had to clearly explain who Jesus is to us and how He works in our lives! Who would have guessed that this would happen in a Muslim’s home as they observed Ramadan at 11:00PM? Our God is so faithful!
This city continues to amaze us with its great diversity and challenges. All of us have spent more time going downtown into Toronto over the past couple of months. Kevin has been working on the spiritual mapping project, which allows him to study and learn about the GTA. This has been a huge blessing that God has used in helping gain vision and excitement as to what is ahead. Jeanna has enjoyed spending time with church planter’s wives in different parts of the GTA as they invest in and encourage each other. In addition, God has been using her to have weekly meetings in the park with two incredible Muslim ladies and their children. Kelsey has boarded the train for the downtown core by herself, joining the college and high school kids here on summer mission. Now that summer has arrived and kids are everywhere, the Kite kids have been interacting with more children in our neighborhood, the people-filled parks and community, intentionally sharing Him as they play, talk, and live life together. This has been a true joy to watch as they answer questions from other children about their faith and why they have this constant joy. God is growing us all tremendously as we step out sharing our faith and in learning about so many different religions.
After about 6 months of living here, we realized we were finally settling in and we didn’t have to depend on the GPS as often. There is so much to learn about living life in a new city, let alone a new country! There have also been many surprises with summer here: the buzz of people is everywhere all of the time, there are non-stop community festivals all over the GTA and there is a ton of beautiful nature surrounding us and that brings much adventure! It has been a joy and a challenge to learn how to navigate this city – we’ve gone from walking with God in the woods to traveling the streets with Him in the cities. No doubt that He is indeed alive and well in both places!
This week we will be leaving to attend the Send Conference in Nashville, Tennessee that will be hosted by the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board. We are very excited about this great conference! You can read more about it at www.sendconference.com.
After the conference we will drive to Florida to spend some time with family and friends. Wow, we have missed SO many people!
On August 23rd, we will have a luncheon at FBC Ocala, which will allow us to spend time together with our friends and partners. We can’t wait to share more about what God is doing here in Canada and share our deepest gratitude to our ministry partners. If it weren’t for you, this mission would not be possible! This luncheon is also open to others who want to learn more and possibly join in this Canadian Journey God has put before us all. If you know of friends or family who would want to join in on this mission, please extend an invitation or share our blog address with them. Please click on the registration button to RSVP for this event. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the church office, at 352-629-5683, to register with the FBC Ocala receptionist.
We are so thankful for each of you. Your partnership brings a great sense of peace, encouragement and strength into our lives. Please continue to pray that His Kingdom advances through this journey that we are on together!