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SHADOW WEEK TESTIMONY
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It's scary moving to another part of the country and settling in to life as a new pastor. For my wife and I, I think white knuckle rollercoaster is more apt, having moved from London, UK to begin our new journey as Pastor at Cariboo Central and 100 mile House.

Last week I spent time with Kumar Dixit at Oakridge church in Vancouver. From the moment I sat in our first meeting together I knew that my time with him, his family and congregation was going to be spectacular. Fundamentally, I learned that as pastors we are not alone in our ministries, that ideas and progress are not made in isolation, but through prayer, a culture of innovation and community. I met other pastors, listened to their stories of ministry- the ups and downs, the wins and losses. I met with their families and was so encouraged as they shared how the safeguarding of family is integral to what we do. I was encouraged to meet with ministry leaders as they shared the areas that drive them and the learning opportunities they came across. 
 

Fundamentally, I learned that as pastors we are not alone in our ministries, that ideas and progress are not made in isolation, but through prayer, a culture of innovation and community.

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our week in Vancouver. I was so encouraged by the sense of mission and refreshed by the range of innovative ministries happening. We left a rainy but beautiful Vancity with a sense of feeling grounded in the path God has called us to and at peace with how fun this white knuckle ride has turned out to be.

Joel- Pastor Guy at Cariboo Central and 100 mile house cariboocentral.ca 


Pastor of the Cariboo Central and 100 Mile House in British Columbia Conference. 


​Joel attended a meeting with Pastor Steve Mirkovich to discuss a partnership with the refugee organization, Kimbrace


Planning Session with Oakridge Church Leaders