Our Yorkson campus at NLCC has seen God at work in amazing ways in a pandemic.
We have seen people make first-time faith commitments to Jesus.
We have had the privilege of serving the greater Yorkson community in creative ways.
And we have seen people be challenged and grow as a community. I hope you are encouraged and inspired by what these two Yorksonites have to share.
We could never have imagined that our first home assignment from the missions field, would be like this one. After almost 2 years away in Malawi we could not wait to enter back through the doors of our Yorkson church. We couldn’t wait to share meals with home groups that had prayed for us, to enter into the Church building and reconnect with all those we left behind.
None of that happened.
But, despite the challenges of a pandemic, we enjoyed deep encouragement, support and re-fueling from our Yorkson community during our strange home assignment in Canada. They brought us meals and supplies when we arrived in Canada with only 4 days notice. We were invited to share with small groups over zoom, were able to join an outdoor small group for a time, and many families took time to meet with us whenever possible with restrictions. We were invited to lead worship at the few on-site gatherings. We had a weekly Sunday home church where we watched the sermon together and communed together. Our kids even got to participate in the church VBS which blessed them immensely. We were prayed for and given multiple opportunities to speak to our amazing congregation through online means. Then, despite having no real way to raise support, this community provided us with all we needed financially in order to arrive back in Malawi without us even asking!
We are back serving in Malawi and know that we have a Church behind us praying for us, supporting us, and loving on us even though they too face so many challenges in this COVID life. Yorkson is alive and well and we feel their support every day and couldn’t have returned to Malawi without it.
After the year we have had, I have noticed that we are all looking to be involved in something bigger than ourselves and our families. In the beginning it was nice to not be busy all the time and then I began to realize that my perspective had changed and while I missed corporate worship, I felt that God was calling me as “the church” to be the arms and legs of Jesus, instead of being attached to a church building. When Michelle reached out to me to see if I wanted to be involved in planning an Easter event for the Yorkson community I jumped at the opportunity.
Our first meeting it felt like a family reunion and as we put legs to the dream, it was exciting to see how God’s hand was on each step from working out the glitches, volunteers eager to be involved and most impactful was how the event effected the community. There were so many stories from families who had come to our Easter event from the first year, to families who were invited and moved to tears at the generosity of the event and more. It was incredible to see how though we haven’t really been able to meet together as a “church” this past year, the church has grown, impacted lives and changed hearts.
My prayer for the rest of this year is that I would be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus, right here, in my neighbourhood. To BE the church.