I’ve been reading John Piper’s latest book “Peculiar Glory” and just came across this one section titled “The Heart of His Glory: Majesty in Meekness”. Piper states that God is more glorious because he is a “paradoxical juxtaposition of seemingly opposite traits rather than being a manifestation of only majestic strengths…the majestic heights of God are glorified especially through the way they serve or stoop in lowliness to save the weak.” This is what Piper calls God’s “peculiar glory”and Jesus is the embodiment of it: “When Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, steps down in humanity this is what he claims for himself: “The Son of Man came not be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45) His glory was not in the recruitment of servants to meet his needs, but in the extreme willingness to serve, even to the point of giving his life for those who would trust him.” What a glorious Savior indeed!
Here are some highlights from the last couple of months:
Living Hope Baptisms What could be more appropriate, but that Living Hope Church would celebrate Easter with a baptism service? So thankful for the ten that were baptized that evening.
But what an even deeper blessing, privilege and joy to witness your child, in obedience to Christ, make a public profession of her faith through baptism and to realize that she is not only my child, but also my sister in Christ. Although she was trembling from nerves, our Marissa Joy boldly and confidently gave her testimony:
I grew up in a Christian family and have heard the gospel all my life however I never had the peace that when I die I would go to heaven. I found my happiness in things like movies and friends. It was Easter Sunday 2015; the sermon really spoke to me. I was in bed that night and I prayed, “Father in heaven thank you for sending your son to die on the cross for a terrible sinner like me full of pride, selfishness, deceit and deserves to go to hell. Through sending your son you have allowed me to be one of your children” And as Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not your own doing it is a gift of God not as result of works that no one may boast.”
From that day on I was not the same. I have peace knowing that what ever hardships may come, my God is for me, and that he has a plan for my life and chose me before the foundations of the world…. Now, I have hope because of what Christ did for me, a deeper yearning for Christ and desire a to grow and give him glory. As a result, my future goals have changed from thinking about what would best for me, to what would be best to glorify God…I know that one day I will be able to live with my savior for eternity in a place where there is no sorrow, no sin, no sickness, and no death.
Part of my mission statement is Colossians 3: 1 which says, “If then you have been raised with Christ seek the things that are above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” I want to focus my life not on earthly things but things that are eternal.
“Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but know I am found, was blind but know I see. My chains are gone I’ve been set free my God my savior has ransomed me and like flood his mercy rains unending love amazing grace.”
Muphamuzi Baby Home 4-year Birthday Celebration
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17
It has been four years since the Muphamuzi Baby Home opened it doors. As we reflect on how God sovereignly brought 37 babies in our care over these past four years, we are reminded of that God is “El Roi”, the “God who sees”. The King of kings is on His throne. He sees and knows and is close at hand and never sleeps. He is caring for these tiny ones.
And the newest little one that just arrived last week is about as smiley as can be:
Living Hope Church Facility Update Here is an excerpt from our leadership giving reasons for our church’s need for a proper facility of our own:
“Living Hope is about 6½ years old. Our church has met in a home, a flat, a tent, and for over 4 years now, in a Lutheran Seminary building. This current facility brings several challenges: the rent is high, the facility has no foyer area for people to interact, it has no classrooms for crèche (nursery) and children’s church (we currently use tents outside), and it is only available to us on a Sunday afternoon (during prime nap time!) for 2 hours, shortening our time together on Sundays and tying our hands regarding a number of ministries we would love to run if we had a facility for more than just this 2 hour time slot. Over the years, we have looked high and low for another facility, but with no success.
But we have now found a property for sale which would be a great fit for our ministry needs!. It’s large enough to cover our current ministry needs and provide some real possibilities into the future (2,380 square metres!). Further, it has a flat roof and we are told we could even build a second floor. The outside structure is sturdy and in great condition. The inside is mostly dry wall and would be very easily renovated as needed. The property is only 2 blocks away from the Baby Home.
If we are able to purchase this property, it would be used for the following:
- Living Hope Church Worship Services
- Varied Living Hope Church ministries (Sunday School classes, counseling, small groups, ministry team meetings, church events, seminars and conferences, etc)
- A Library and Resource Centre
- Living Hope Church offices (we currently do not have church offices)
- African Bible Training Centre classes (currently meeting at Lynnwood Baptist Church, far outside our target area)
- 1Hope4Africa offices (we currently do not have 1Hope4Africa offices)
We have other ideas as well…
Of course, the church is much more than a building, but as we’ve found out, it really helps to have a building! Through a church facility we hope to further the ministry of our church, to the glory of God.”
Clark Family News: Next month will be a busy month for us! June 9-19th we will be hosting a mission team from Grace Church of Orange. We are looking forward to connecting. Two days after they leave, we will be following them back to the U.S. for a six week visit with our community of family, friends, church family in Orange County.