Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Heading back to Emo!

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!"
Ephesians 3:20-21
This verse pretty much sums up how amazed Lois and I are at what God has done this past couple of days. God, in his grace and providence, has in a really short time worked it out that we are to go back to Emo, Ontario this coming Sunday to connect with Pastoral Search Committee of Calvary Baptist Church! We come back from camping on Friday, enjoy a birthday party/housewarming party with Lois' family, then leave our kids with their Omi and Opi and drive to Emo late Saturday night. The plan is to attend church, visit with people at their monthly potluck lunch, and then meet with the Committee on Sunday afternoon so they can get to know us and we can get to know them.
Clearly, this is a God-ordained and orchestrated turn of events. When Lois initially suggested that we head off on a family sabbatical trip, I felt that I wouldn't be able to truly relax on such a trip without knowing where we would be landing afterwards. God eventually brought me to the point of just giving the whole job situation over to him, and so the plan was to go on the trip, sending off resumes via email as we travelled along. Yet our great God, who has all things in his control, has decided to bless us with an opportunity to connect with a great church even before we head on the road!
God's timing in all this has truly been astounding:
  • As I mentioned before, I received a call suggesting we go check out Emo the day after my last day of work at Gospel Mennonite Church.
  • Lois had planned for us to go to the area already months ago, so we went there on the Aug 19th, had a great time, and connected with the Pastor and a few of the church leaders.
  • We had an incredibly busy weekend of us moving, having meals with friends and family, and helping Lois' sister Linda move into her new place.
  • This past Sunday morning I felt that I needed to get my resume sent off to the church, so I prepared a cover letter and a list of "10 reasons why we believe God is leading us to Emo!" and sent it off to the church email.
  • Later that day Lois' sister Elaine phoned and said some guy from Emo had been phoning her number for the last few days trying to get a hold of me. Turns out that the Committee Chair had gotten her number from the Pastor (we were staying at Elaine's place when I talked to him back in the beginning of August and he must have copied it down) even though I had given him my cell phone number. Why is that important? Because had this gentleman actually gotten a hold of me on Friday (when we were moving and doing meals with people), or on Saturday (when we were moving Linda), it would have put me over the edge in terms of being stressed out with too many things to do. But when I finally did manage to talk with Philip on Sunday night late, and he asked me to send him some information, it was all prepared and ready to go.
  • Meeting with a church now is MUCH simpler than trying to fly back from some place out west, leaving Lois and the children on their own while I try to introduce myself to people.

When Lois and I had committed to going on this sabbitacal trip we imagined that a "best case" scenario would have us meeting with a church right after we got back. But our great God is fully capable of working out an even better scenario, which is seeing us possibly postpone the start of our trip a bit as we step out in faith and apply to serve at Calvary Baptist in Emo.

Pretty amazing, isn't it? Personally I am very excited about this opportunity, and I would ask that you continue to pray for us that Gods' will be done. Pray that we will prepare what we need to before we arrive, that we can humbly and accurately share our story, that the Committee in Emo would have insight from the Holy Spirit as to what questions they should ask us, that we would discover what we need to about he church to help us in our decision making process, and that God's name would continue to be lifted high in the whole process.

Our hope is in God, and we know (and have just experienced it once again!), that he will faithfully lead us.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.


Arvid & Ruth said...

Conrad & Lois,

How exciting to hear about the developments from just a few days ago! We continue to hold you in our prayers as you make another trip to Emo. God goes before you.

Arvid & Ruth

Rose said...

Never a dull moment for the Dueck6... Looking forward to what God has in store for you with you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Conrad and family,
Greetings from Germany.
Heard from your parents you are looking for an exchange for your daughter.
Please contact us. We could talk (and or email)about this.
Sarahya is in a good school and I know the principal is open for this kind of thing.

You can get my email etc. from your parents.

Hope you had a restful Christmas full of HIS joy for you and your family.

Dave Rempel, in the midst of the Bavarian Alps in Bad Reichenhall