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24 08, 2016

Missions Update: Hand to Hand Ministries, Thailand

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Global Mission|0 Comments

Pre-school program is flourishing and many students have now graduated and are ready to move into Grade 1 at the surrounding local Thai schools. Already, many more young students have enrolled into these open spots and are being educated in a positive environment. The new merit system is becoming very popular! The students are rewarded with coupons for polite manners, trying hard etc. They can save up these coupons and purchase used toys, shoes and

26 01, 2016

Helper and the Helped

By |January 26th, 2016|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Recently on a Monday night, one of regular friends at Next Door, Renee,[1] invited someone to join us for dinner. Renee, who has experienced profound pain in her life, had met this other woman the day before, when she found her distraught outside the local McDonald’s. Renee approached this stranger, told her she looked like she needed a hug, and then hugged her and listed to her painful story. She then followed up with her

4 01, 2016

A Call to Prayer Reflection

By |January 4th, 2016|Categories: General reflection|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

As we gathered together last night at ForestView for our opening night of Week of Prayer, we were presented with much to pray about. Looking at the double-sided handout was a reminder that as a church, we are a fairly large body with lots of hands and feet, eyes and ears!   These various body parts represent a lot of people serving in various capacities; some making big decisions that only come once every decade

5 11, 2015

Trust and Being Trusted

By |November 5th, 2015|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

To Trust and be trusted. These are good things. Recently, I was feeling encouraged and thankful for the level of trust that we have established with our guests at Next Door. In particular, the subject of trust came to me as I was thinking about Chris*, the coming winter and Chris’ home – a tent in the woods on the outskirts of Aldershot. As I was thinking about him I wondered, how would I know

15 09, 2015

Pray, Walk, Resist and Intercede – The Work of Us Priests (Including You!)

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

New habits are difficult to form. Things can start out well but it’s tough to keep it up. Thus, when I publicly committed myself to weekly prayer walking in the Next Door neighbourhood I knew that I was in for a battle. I am two weeks into my new commitment and things are going well, but come September my schedule will fill up and, come winter and shorter days, motivation will wane to make it

8 09, 2015

You Make Me Brave

By |September 8th, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

If you’ve been at ForestView lately, you’ve likely been hearing a new song we’ve been introducing on worship team called You Make Me Brave. As I was reflecting on my own life and the journey I’m on, I thought it a fitting title for my musings. You see, the end of this summer marks two years since I’ve moved to Hamilton and started coming to ForestView. Two years since I left my comfort zone, the

2 09, 2015

Moses and Me

By |September 2nd, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Of all the people in the Bible, Moses is the person I most relate to. Now before you judge me, let me explain why. Although he is probably best known for leading the Hebrews out of Egypt, and receiving the Ten Commandments, the thing that stood out to me most about Moses’ story was his doubt. He doubted that God had chosen the right person for the task; he doubted that he would be able

5 08, 2015

Waiting for Raspberries

By |August 5th, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It has been a good year for raspberries. The patch in my backyard is bursting with deep pink, and every day I find more scrumptious mouthfuls to be harvested. Over the past two weeks I have spent hours in my patch, trying to keep up with the abundance. And as I pick, I have been trying to pray. I am searching for God in my raspberry patch. My search has been fervent, because recently I’ve

21 07, 2015

God’s Great Rescue

By |July 21st, 2015|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The kids had been waiting all week for this story. Anticipating it. Asking about it. Making predictions and whispering theories – What could be God’s Great Rescue Plan? I had told them stories. Stories of God. Stories of creation. Stories of people. Stories of goodness. Stories of brokenness. Stories of fear. Stories of love. And they were waiting. Waiting for the story of redemption – God’s Great Rescue Plan. Thursday, I would tell them. I

16 06, 2015

A Deep Breath

By |June 16th, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Anxiety was never something I thought I had. It wasn’t a word I was familiar with and I didn’t really know what it entailed. But recently I’ve become more aware of the impact it has on so many people. As I have continued to gain knowledge about this emotion I now see that these symptoms have followed me for a while. When I was younger I would get anxious talking in front of my class,