Wow, I cannot believe that it's been a week since I have posted an update on here. The Lord has been good and has been showing his prevenient hand as I write from the cloudy city of Everett, Washington. Here is a review of the past week!
Transition back to work has gone well! I have been in touch with my sending church, the Anglican Church of the Resurrection, and though I may be thousands of miles away contact has been resumed and I am back on the clock!
My meeting in Victoria with the Anglican clergy from around Vancouver Island went very well. After meeting with the Rev. Rod Ellis at Church of our Lord, Victoria, we headed out and had lunch with eleven other clergy from around the area. I was able to present my mission to them and ask for their prayer and financial support, and at the very least some good connections were made.
Having been actively seeking connections for the mission in Canada, I have been pursuing setting up a connection with SAMS Canada in order to allow our Canadian brothers and sisters to easily give financially to the mission.
Last Thursday, I headed back across the border to stay with friends in Everett, a little city thirty minutes north of Seattle, and to seek to link up with churches in what is known as the Diocese of Cascadia, an ACNA diocese in formation centered around the Pacific Northwest. The folks have been great and I've been loving every minute of it.
I spent most of the last part of the work preparing to preach the Gospel and share about my mission at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Oak Harbor. What am amazing congregation, full of life and friendliness and the power of God! Rev. Paul Orritt, the rector, was gracious enough to allow me to give the sermon on Luke 17:11-19, and to host an interview with me between the services. I was humbled and blessed to be with them on the 10th, and I hope our connection can continue.
Yesterday I took the ferry to Kingston to grab coffee with the Rev. Duncan Clark, rector of St. Charles Anglican Church, Poulsbo, and came away very encouraged. On the agenda for the rest of this week, I am planning to get coffee with the Rev. Dr. Harley Crain, the dean of the REC Cathedral in Seattle, and we'll see what other appointments the Lord ordained for my path before I head south to Portland, Oregon on Thursday, where I plan to visit St. Matthew's Anglican Church.
Thank you all for your prayers! The adventure continues ...