April Yamasaki (Resident Author with Valley CrossWay Church, Editor of Purpose magazine, and freelance writer & speaker) spoke on “Finding Our Way in the Wilderness”. Isaiah 43 reminds us that as amazing as it was how the people of Israel (as a group, not specific individuals) were brought out of slavery from Egypt, God was about to do a new thing to give them hope despite their exile in Babylon. Even with so many experiences of God’s faithfulness, we can’t set up camp in the past, but can look forward to a way through our own “wilderness” (uncertain changes in studies, jobs, relationships, politics, and more). Our identity can be found in belonging to God, rather than in our living circumstances or vocation. [KH]
We were blessed by special music from April’s friend LoraLyn Stobbe Dijk. After the service, the 34th cohort of student residents of the Menno Simons Centre joined us for the last welcome BBQ at 4000 West 11th Avenue.