Lately, life has been flavorful. First off, earlier this week our little Deacon had surgery. Deacon was born with a nevus on his arm, which is essentially a large mole that covered the surface area of his left elbow/arm. This past week’s surgery was the second out of three throughout this spring. The first surgery was back in February and the final one will be in June. Rather than go into the details of all three surgeries, I will mention that it has been a fascinating process. At the same time, it’s been a rather cumbersome for little Deacon. Right now his arm needs to be attached to his side until June 2nd. It’s been amazing how he bounces back so quickly from surgery, and we are thankful with how nonchalant he is about using just one arm. He has been a trooper.
Another important life event concerns my grandpa, John Benjamins. His health is declining, and he is now receiving palliative care to help remedy his suffering. I was so blessed to see him a couple of weeks ago when I travelled to Ontario to preach Easter weekend in Drayton. Heather and I lived 5 minutes away from my grandparents when we lived in Hamilton. This close proximity allowed us to spend a significant amount of time with them. It has been tough being physically distant which, in turn, affects the way we are able to be a support.
Church planting has also been a very exciting process lately. We are learning lots as we are going through a Bible study on Wednesday nights. We have a really great group, which makes hosting these evenings a pleasure. I am going to be preaching at several locations at different churches this spring and summer. The purpose of these preaching engagements is twofold: to build lasting relationships with local congregations, but also to ask members to consider forwarding contacts of potential leaders or those who may want to inquire about Christianity in a church plant type setting. Finally, we are planning for the fall and determining how best to proceed forward with weekly or every other week gatherings.
With all these things going on, it is fair to say that life is far from dull. We have much to be thankful for, and we have much to be praying for. If you are praying for us, please do not stop!