While it has been a while since posting about our multisite journey, that is not to say that there hasn't been much happening during that time! This past year had led me into new territory with my faith, my prayer life and my character development as I waited - often very impatiently - for God to answer my prayers.
Basically, I was frustrated that God wasn't operating on my timeline to move us to Neepawa, MB to begin the church there. There will be future posts that cover this period of time but the short of it is that we are now living in Neepawa!
Since October of last year, I had been commuting 2-3 times a week to Neepawa (2 hr return trip from our home in Portage la Prairie), doing my best to be part of the community there. We had managed to start a housechurch that met weekly on Monday nights. I also was able to become the chaplain for the Junior "A" hockey team in town, the Neepawa Natives, and had a lot of interaction with other professionals in the town: realtors, business owners, and the like and join the thriving Filipino community by being a part of the Neepawa Filipino Basketball League (they've been gracious to us to have a Canadian team join them!)
But all that time commuting could never replace the benefit of actually LIVING in the town.
We've become 'one of them.' We're more than talk (for a long time it was always a conversation about how we will one day move to town). And now I get to be around the people that God is calling me to.
While the past 3 weeks have been a blur as we've arrived: unpacking, done some renovations and juggled the new reality of living in a new community.
This new phase still leaves us with a LOT of questions, but I couldn't be more excited about what God has brought us to!
I am a pastor in rural Manitoba that is passionate about the church, leadership, coffee and bicycles.