Friday, October 12, 2007

Back in Winnipeg on the Way to Emo

It is Saturday, 12:30 am Wpg time and I have just spent a great hour or so talking with my folks who I haven't seen for a month. God in his gracious providence has orchestrated it that the Calvary Baptist Church family in Emo wants me to come back and speak this Sunday in an official candidating role for the position of lead (and only!) pastor in their great church. God's timing in this is evident because I flew in from Abbotsford B.C. where Lois and the kids can stay with friends, and not from Seattle where they would be staying in a hotel. Another clear sign of God's goodness is that my Dad had lung cancer surgery this past Tuesday and just arrived home today. Coming back now allows me to see him and Mom, and be with him for a bit as he recovers.

So if you happen to read this before Sunday, please pray that God would allow me to speak honestly about what he has done and is doing in my life, and that I would glorify him not only in what I say, but how I say it. And please pray for Lois and the kids, who are on their own for three days after us having been together as a family almost 24/7 for the last 30 days.

And if you happen to read this after Sunday, that is okay too because you can pray for the church as they continue to discern whether the Dueck 6 is the right fit for them as a congregation. And you can pray for safety for us as I fly back to Abbotsford on Monday before we all head off for a week of big city tourism in Seattle, Washington.

May you be encouraged by the verses that God brought to my attention to share with my parents as they go through a time of struggle:

Blessed is the man who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8


Rose said...

I am sorry about your Dad's cancer.

Janelle H said...

It's fun to read of your adventures, and familiar to hear how you see God in everything!
Lois - I was glad to hear that you were not allowed to wash dishes. I hope this time away is more refreshing than you have expected. With love.

David Dueck said...

It was great to have you back "home" for a few days. As you could see, God has been gracious and I am recovering well.


Anonymous said...

It was a pleasure to have Conrad at our home again, and share in a more personal way with the church family on Sunday. You connected, and the congregation loved you. We had a great day, despite Ontario Hydro's power outage. Hi to Lois and kids. PhilW

Andrew said...

Sounds like the weekend was very encouraging. Mel & I remember you and your family in our prayers. I'll be in touch via email.