Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Greetings and Celebrations

This week we have a brief message from missionaries we support in Kenya and then some items of celebration for various members of our FBC community.
We start with an email I received from Yattani & Salome who are national missionaries in Kenya East Africa.

Dear friends and supporters,
Greetings from Kenya. My name is Yattani Gollo, I am a National Field Staff with CBM and working among the Somali communities in North East Kenya. We thank God  for you and appreciate all of your financial support towards our ministry here in Kenya. We thank God for the commitment of First Baptist Cranbook church for supporting us.
We are doing well here, though it is quite dry in NE Kenya for it has not rained for the last two years.
My wife's name is Salome Salo and we are awaiting the gift of our baby(first born) any time this term. We covet your prayers during this time of transition in our lives.
May God richly bless you for your prayers and also generous financial support.
I thessalanians 3:12(NIV): "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as our does for you."
Yours in Christ
Salome and Yattani(Kenya)
It is a wonderful privilege that we have to be able to support this brother and sister in Christ even though we may never meet them face to face this side of eternity. 
Now on to the celebrations portion of our post. 
There are a few people that have come to our attention that have come to some significant milestones in life, and we thought it would be appropriate to mention them here. 
Photo courtesy of Sam Breakey, former regional minister. 
As mentioned in other places, Pastor Kevin recently attended his own graduation ceremony in Vancouver this past weekend. Kevin received his certificate from the Centre for Spiritual Formation marking the half-way point towards completing his Masters of Spiritual Formation through Carey Theological College.

Don Corrigal is currently vacationing his way into retirement. Don has worked in the Public Health sector since 1976, and as of June 30th will be officially retired. Don Spent time in many communities throughout his carrier including, Gibson, Grand Forks, Vanderhoof, Kelowna, and eventually Cranbrook. Don and Wendy are looking forward to traveling and spending lots of time with their new grandchild. Don is also looking forward to taking care of Wendy with lots of gourmet meals and foot massages as she continues in her job. (I might have made some of those details up) Congratulations Don!

Jack Lindquist is celebrating his 40th year in ministry this year. In a field that does not boast many long term stories it is a joy to see Jack still going strong as he continues to be involved in regular appearances in the Jaffery United Church as well as his international work in the outback of Australia. Jack has spent time in 100 Mile House, Squamish, and most importantly for many of us 22 years here in Cranbrook. During the last 4 years Jack has been a minister at large, and we are delighted to have him, and his lovely wife Mary, as part of our family here at FBC.
Even though he has been finished for a few months we would still like to mention the Honourable Jim Abbott. The reason we use "the Honourable" is because Jim was appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. I found that out from Wikipedia. Jim was involved in politics as an MP from 1993 until late 2010 when he announced his retirement. It is no no small thing to venture into the world of public life, and to do so while maintaining a scandal free reputation for so many years is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations Jim!   

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