But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. – 2 Corinthians 2:14
For some reason, in the last three days at work, I kept running into our CIO (Chief Information Officer – for those of you who are not familiar with this IT acronym – or “Career Is Over” if he doesn’t do his job well!).
This is rather rare since he’s a busy man – always in meetings and other engagements. Of all places, I ran into him this morning at the small men’s washroom near our work area. “Now you’re just stalking me!” he quipped. I of course laughed and shrugged it off as a way for him to lighten what could have been an awkward moment.
In my own attempt to follow through with the conversation, I asked him, “How’s it going, Ron?” He said with a bit of a sigh and reservation, “Oh, every day is an adventure. Let’s see what the day has in store.”
I’m not sure what today looks like for you or how the last couple of days have been. Are you stressed? Worn out? Depleted? About to give up? Or perhaps you are happy and rejoicing over certain developments in your life? Whatever your situation may be, do not let circumstances dictate how you will respond to each day that comes. Let the truth of the Word and Christ in you bring you to a wholesome response that brings persistent joy in your heart and praise to God in all situations. So that when you say, “Every day is an adventure,” it won’t come with a feeling of uncertainty about life but being certain of the abiding presence of the Life-Giver!
I hope that we can say, “Every day is an adventure!” with rejoicing and not reservation.
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GCF Peel and Pan Am / Para Pan Am Connection
You may be wondering how GCF Peel participated and got connected with the recently concluded Pan Am and Para Pan Am games. Well, we didn’t really – not from the sports and athletics part of it, but we did. We did so by getting involved with our partners in the Lord’s work through evangelism. Here’s the short story…
Toronto’s global community became heightened all the more during the Pan Am games when athletes and tourists from all over the world flocked to our city. And where and when the nations gather, it is a perfect opportunity for us to proclaim the gospel. So, the opportunity presented itself when our evangelist friends from Sports Fan Outreach International (SFOI) – led by Bill Adams – flew to Toronto at the start of the games. Their mission: preach the gospel on the streets of the city. Six faithful men and women arrived here excited and beaming with the chance to plant the seed of Scripture in hearts where they may land. They are: Bill Adams (lead from Georgia), Dorothy Boyett (from Texas), Warren and Darlene Marquardt (from Minnesota), Skip Purdy (from North Carolina), and Larry Sullivan (from Alabama).
I got connected with their ministry by way of my sister’s brother-in-law when he found out that his friend, Bill Adams, was going to Toronto to do open-air preaching. I connected with Bill via email and we met in person on July 18th, along with the other evangelists, at Tyndale University where they stayed during their time here in Toronto. We spent time in prayer and headed out to the downtown area that very morning. First key lesson is how to get around our subway system. It didn’t take long for them to get used to it after a brief orientation. Our first stop that morning was Union Station where people land and congregate as they take the GO train coming from different parts of the Greater Toronto Area. We then headed out to Nathan Phillips Square where security kicked us out at one point. Reactions from people were varied – some simply gave us piercing looks all the way to very expressive disdain for what they thought we represent – hatred and prejudice. We ran into a few who were encouraging or were also handing out gospel tracts that day. Our last stop was at Yonge-Dundas Square near the Eaton’s Centre. We wanted to go where the people were to get maximum exposure.
After a long day, I took them to our place in Mississauga for a brief respite. Then we had dinner with my family at a nearby buffet restaurant. They absolutely loved it there, and they still talk to me about that night up to today! We truly feasted in spirit and in bodily fellowship that day. Friendships for life were made and partnership in the Lord’s work. Bill texted me yesterday and said, “Would you be interested and able to go to London to evangelize during the Rugby World Cup – September 18 – October 3?” Anyone interested? I sense Bill will keep issuing many invitations like this from hereon in. He already told me about the NBA All-Stars taking place here in Toronto from February 12-14, 2016. I ask again, “Anyone interested?” I think I just got some reaction there…
If you are interested in finding about this ministry, please check out their website at www.sfoi.org. Or you can also contact me.
FYI, here’s the data they sent me about the entire 8-days of open-air preaching during the Pan Am Games:
“For eight days straight at least 5 hours per day the Gospel saturated our respective location. There were 160+ individual conversations, thousands of tracts distributed and tens of thousands of souls who heard the Gospel.”