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“La Porte Du Non-Retour"–The Port of No-Return in Benin where over one million slaves were sent out
Summer is often a slower time for many people. For me, it has its slower days, but it also brings a lot of preaching in churches and meeting with people. I’m thankful for every opportunity that I’m given to share about TWR Canada or to share my own story of how I got to where I am. I am also thankful for the slower days where I can reflect on years past and the continued grace of God.
My favourite hymn is “Amazing Grace” by John Newton. This song took on special significance to me when I stood on a beach in Benin, West Africa, where over 1 million slaves were loaded on ships for America and Europe. Prior to John coming to faith, he was a captain on ships that transported those slaves around the world. The background story to this song, combined with the Scriptural truth that it holds, reminds me every time of the grace that God has for me. I do not know where I would be today without his grace in my life, and I’m so thankful that he chose to save a wretch like me. But the grace of God doesn’t start or end with me. It always gives me great joy when God sees fit to allow someone in one of the four corners of the earth to come to a saving relationship with our Saviour as a result of the work we do.
With summer on the horizon, I’ll once again take a break from writing to you each week. I’ll be back in the fall with more stories, encouragement, ministry news and staff milestone celebrations.
As you enjoy time with family and friends over the next couple of months, it’s my prayer that you will take the time to recount the many ways in which the steadfast love of the Lord has been made clear in your life. Take time to remember the amazing grace that he has for each of us who have said yes to his call on our lives.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
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Have a safe, fun, restful and grace-filled summer.