I’m just a guy, trying to make my way through this life while honoring and glorifying God. I love God so much, and like the apostle Paul, it’s “Not that i have already attained, or am already perfected, but i press on, that i may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Phil. 3:12). I strive for the greater things of God in my life.
I grew up in a Conservative Mennonite church in the little town of Niverville, Manitoba, Canada. I have lived here my whole life, and will most likely spend the rest of my days in this same community.
I’ve been hurt by the church, and i have seen more hurts because of church politics than a lot of people will see their entire life.
And yet at the end of it all, God has brought me through. He has given me a ministry. I have been a youth pastor for four years now, and have spent some time studying at Providence College/University and Theological Seminary, working towards a Bachelor of Theology Degree.
I have had a passion for missions for so many years now, I wouldn’t be able to tell you when that yearning started. When I started going to school, people told me they were surprized by the field I was choosing, because they thought my passion for missions would take me around the world.
But that’s the thing, isn’t it? As long as I have had that passion for missionary work, I have never desired or felt drawn into the global missionary work. “My mission field would be Niverville, if I was ever called to that work,” I said from that day.
And so it is, as a youth pastor, and as a citizen in this community. I strive to get out of the way, so that God may be evident. I strive to live a life worthy of St. Francis’ words, ‘Preach the gospel, and if necessary use words.” I’m not at that point yet, so i guess i’ll start using words. I’ll start roaring, until roaring is no longer needed.