Dear Friends in Christ,
Warm greetings from Mississauga. Some months have passed since our last update, and much has happened since then.
Moving on. After serving for 2 years as International Director of Emmanuel International, I (Doug) felt it was time to step away at the end of September. Over those 2 years, my top priority was helping the International Board soberly evaluate the organization, and initiate changes designed to reinvigorate EI’s ministry among the world’s needy churches & people. By September, the Lord impressed upon my heart that I had led the process as far as I could, and it was time to move on and seek my next “assignment.”
In the meantime, the EI Board requested me to continue facilitating international administrative tasks in a part-time role during their transition period. For those of you who have faithfully supported my ministry… if you can continue for the next few months, this will allow me to complete my remaining tasks. In doing so, you play a key role in EI’s fruitful ministry around the world. Thank you very much. I will keep you updated.
What’s next? The reason I invested 2 years with Emmanuel was because their Mission Statement “Helping Churches Serve the Poor” is dear to my heart. Ideally, I would love to continue in some role which brings churches together in service to the world’s neediest people. I have been prayerfully exploring opportunities with various organizations and churches. The Lord knows, and in His good time He will let me know too! Your prayers – and words of wisdom – are most welcome. I am 56 years young, and have been blessed with a wealth of interesting experience. Now, I simply want to make the most of my remaining years, and hopefully can still be “useful to the Master” (2 Tim. 2:21). I have always been challenged by Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:8 – “Freely you have received; freely give.” I recognize that I have been richly blessed by God, and I sincerely want to be a channel of His blessing to others.
- Beulah continues to serve faithfully as evening Head Nurse at Cawthra Gardens. She is deeply involved with her staff and the many seniors they serve, and considers this to be as much a ministry as a job.
- Bev & Mike live not too far away in Toronto, and we see them often. Bev takes some nursing courses and works in several places. Mike works in the family electrical business and studies part-time at York University.
- Dave works full-time in a warehouse, and continues to develop his interests in film production – a budding Steven Spielberg, we hope.
We have enjoyed getting more involved in our church MCBC (a thriving congregation with members from all over the world) – that’s when Doug is not speaking elsewhere on Sunday mornings. We always welcome opportunities to share the Word of God.
From our family to yours, sincere wishes for a happy Christmas Season, full of the Lord’s blessing.
Sincerely in Christ,
Doug & Beulah