Joy and Pain

By July 4, 2012No Comments

This month has been quite a roller coaster ride for our faith community. We’ve witnessed stunning miracles and had our hearts broken as well.

Billy, Isis, and, Alle Kangas are an heroic and beloved family in our number. We are all grieving the loss of their beautiful baby girl Ella, who was born on May 25th and passed away on June 18th.

I will always remember the memorial service at which Ella’s life was celebrated and honored last Tuesday. A standing room only gathering of family and friends shed many tears and expressed their love to the Kangas’ family. It was as if the Spirit shouted that we are all in this together and that we will walk through the valleys of the shadow of death in this life hand in hand, until the end. It was a moment after which everyone knew God himself had just touched his or her soul.

In terms of miracles, we were encouraged by the news that after four months of surgery and three months of chemotherapy, Georgette Lebitty’s cancer went into remission! We also saw people making turning points in their lives, becoming Christ followers, and being baptized every other day in June! Marc Jackson’s and Hank Solano’s double baptism last Sunday was the crescendo! I’ll always remember that day too!

“But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”  1 Corinthians 12:25-26 (NIV)  


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