Members of the Erica Kenny Women's Missionary Society,
New Hope Community Church, New Brunswick.
The first heavy snowfall of the season swept through the Maritime Provinces on Saturday. It was certainly a beautiful taste of Christmas in Canada. As the sky began to fill, I (Aaron) traveled back to New Brunswick to visit with our friends Patty and Malcolm Card and speak at the New Hope Community Church. By morning, Moncton was covered in a heavy white blanket.
A fresh snowfall on Steeves Mountain
It was fun to send Ava pictures of the heavy snowfall that hit Northern New Brunswick over the weekend. Although disappointed that she hadn't been able to play in the snow before returning to Kenya, Ava was excited to see the snow clinging to the trees and filling the meadows on Steeves Mountain.
The New Hope Community Church is an amalgamation of two Baptist churches from this picturesque hilltop overlooking the city of Moncton. We are very thankful for their generous support and commitment to the international ministries of Canadian Baptists. They, like so many of our church partners, demonstrate a deep conviction that the mission of God is both local and global.
It was also such a delight to meet some of the members of a women's missionary society named in the honour of Erica. When the two congregations merged, they not only struck a new name for the church, but the women's group also felt called to change their name to the Erica Kenny Women's Missionary Society. The group of fifteen women is working together to advocate and support the hope-filled ministries that Erica is leading among women in Africa. What a wonderful and humbling gift to have received.
Aaron with pastor Gordon Horseman
As I post this blog update, it is a snowy morning here in Halls Harbour. Tristan is studying for his final exams and I am pulling together my final to-do list before we depart next week for Christmas in Nairobi.
Erica and I are so thankful for the hospitality and warm welcome that we have received over these past months. Looking ahead into 2018, we are thankful for the overwhelming flood of support that we have experienced from individuals and churches. May you all experiencing a joyous Christmas and the blessing of Christ's presence throughout this coming year.
If you happen to be in the area. I will be speaking at Nictaux Baptist Church, Nova Scotia, this coming Sunday morning.