"And if you SPEND YOURSELVES on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday."

"The Lord will continually guide you. He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."- Isaiah 58:10-11

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Smith Family Commissioning

This last Sunday, we were blessed to have our Chapel family officially commission us to Kenya. During family time at each of the three services, the new campus pastor of the Chapel in Mundelein, Thomas McArthur, invited our family to come on stage. He challenged us and our children to hold true to the Great Commission found in Matthew 28. "Go into all the world and preach the gospel, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded. And, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Thomas specifically reminded our children that God will be with us every step of the way. And they heard it - we all did. We are so grateful for the time we have walked along the road of life with the people at this Chapel campus. And we are so proud of them for paving the way and sending off the first Chapel missionaries. We felt privileged to know these awesome people. We love them dearly and are so thankful for their support and encouragement.


Jodi Stilp said...

that must have been so emotional Ann. What a great church family to belong to. I'm emotional and I haven't seen you in two years. What an amazing adventure for your family and how cool for the MacArthur's!

Jenifer said...

I am thinking of you all today as you begin your journey. What an awesome inspiration you are to all of us. God bless you and be with you on your trip, that you arrive safely, and begin your new adventure with full hearts and open hands.

The Walsh Family

Mary said...

Sending love and hugs to you and your dear family....and lots of prayers!!!