One of our KGF family members, Mary Lou Beveridge, wrote some reflections on our Great Bridge Maker series, and the final Sunday where people were invited to cross the bridge God has made for them. We asked permission to share this with you!
Another great memory making Sunday, one many of us will remember for years to come. As I sat there and watched the faces of members coming off the bridge and down the steps, I saw the faces of those who had faced lots of problems, those who were facing ongoing concerns, and those who questioned "what is this all about, do I really feel different, do I understand what I have just experienced?"
I saw a friend being wheeled across, others coming off with tears in their eyes as they remembered what their year has been like. So many people I knew were dealing with pain, loss, sorrow. And tears did flow.
As for myself, as I crossed the bridge it was like a flashback of my life and the times I needed help and it was there, and I said THANK YOU. Then I looked at the end of the bridge and I could almost see the end of the journey, and the road getting narrower and narrower, and that I know GOD will be there with open arms.
Freedom's Door is one of KGF's six key misisons partners. As a men's addiction recovery home, God is moving in amazing ways. Here's their end of year update.
Freedom’s Door is thrilled to experience God’s favor in this ministry over the past year. Some of the highlights have been that due to the desperate need in our community to provide services to men struggling with the effects of Addiction we were able to open our 5th house in May which added 10 additional beds for a total of 50 beds. We are happy to say that our occupancy this year was 96%, which means that so far we had a total of 16,109 bed nights where someone in recovery from addiction had a place to stay because of the love of Jesus Christ.
Every man who comes to Freedom’s Door has the opportunity of hearing the gospel and as a result this year we saw 27 baptisms as lives were changed and new hope was experienced. At this time half of our residents have chosen to stay on past the completion of their 90 program to participate in our Aftercare Program. In our Aftercare Program they are able to begin living their new lives and begin work or go to school while staying in a clean & sober supportive Christian living environment.
At Freedom’s Door we provided over 54,000 meals this year. We enjoyed our volunteers as they participated in working with our Kitchen Manager Garrett (a former resident who completed the 90 day program in 2012) along with various residents in preparing these meals. We are so blessed to have a number of individuals and organizations who donate food at different times and Garrett is always ready to incorporate our donations along with our garden harvest into our daily meals to keep the costs down.
One of the greatest joys as a pastor is to see the incredible responsiveness and generosity of our church family. This year, you have helped support Gardom Lake Bible Camp, the Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center, Freedom’s Door, Compassion Canada, Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, and Errol Martens “Pain of the Heart” ministry. Thank you for being such cheerful givers!
As a church family, our financial year concludes December 31st, meaning there are three more Sundays for you to give a donation that will be included as part of your 2013 charitable giving tax receipt.
We are also inviting you to consider a special additional gift for EPIC City Church, to help advance the great work of this new church. We will be receiving that December 22nd and 29th (no offering Christmas Eve @ the Community Theatre)
Thanks for your continued faithful partnership!
Pastor Mike Penninga
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
On Friday, December 6, 2013, our friend and KGF family member Helma Wedmann went to be with her Lord Jesus at the age of 85. Her daughters Christel Kolke (Heinz) and Ursula Wedmann, who have faithfully supported and cared for their mom in increasing ways, were by her side.
Helma was born on May 26, 1928 in Topcza, Ukraine. She immigrated to Winnipeg in 1951 and married Senon Wedmann in 1952. Helma and Senon retired to Kelowna in 1981. Senon passed away in 1996.
A celebration of Helma’s life and home-going will be held on Friday, December 13 at 11:00 am at KGF. A luncheon will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Helma’s honour to Samaritan’s Purse www.samaritanspurse.ca or the ALS Society of Canada www.als.ca. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.