Monday, February 8, 2010

Home At Last

They say, "No matter how humble, there is no place like home." Today I agree. Quiet is a great way to get over the tired and stress that comes with traveling, either by plane or by car. And it is much needed.

Spent last week retrieving our daughter, Aly, from her adventure with YWAM at the Montana base in Lakeside. WOW. We got to spend the last day or two with her there and meet the people who she has shared life with for the past 5 mo. We were part of an out of this world worship service and community time where each team got to share testimonies of what God did on their various missions and videos of their time on mission. It was a great family time for all at the base and the parents who could come. We were very honored to be there and to see the quality of the common life and teaching that happens in this Christian community.

Now we are making our way back "down the mountain" as we all return to the Mile Hi city and our own mountaintop in Denver. It is very good to be home and focusing on what God is giving us to do this day and in the days to come.

Padre Phil+

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Time for Reflection

After a week of travel, an awesome National Winter Conference, a few extra days of enforced Sabbath (snow days), its time for some reflection! As I write we are on the road yet again, retreiving our daughter from her graduation in Montana from YWAM's DTS in Lakeside. More on that I'm sure!!

Our National Anglican Mission "Winter Conference" is a yearly 'family reunion' for those of us who have been along on "the Journey" since almost the beginning. We were church number 5 in Colorado and in the first 30 in the Anglican Mission, now numbering over 150 fully functional parishes/missions across "the Americas", including the continental US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Colombia with nearly 70 new or emerging works in the "pipeline." We have, amazingly, grown at the rate of one parish about every three weeks for the entirity of our life.

Chairman Charles "Chuck" Murphy, the Primatial Vicar of the Archbishop of Rwanda, His Grace, Most Rev. Emmanuel Kolini, led almost 1500 in worship and to see anew the vision of reaching those who have no church in the USA and around the world. A story of courage, sacrifice, and the grace of God, Chairman Murphy retold the story of the Anglican Mission over the span of the past decade. In response to need and opportunity, a few seized on the way forward for faithful Anglicans in America, beginning the work amidst great opposition, from friend and foe alike.

Each time I come away from our Winter Conference I am a "born again" Anglican! I am a confirmed Missionary and I am a refreshed and empowered Christian. Without fail, God has shown up every year at these meetings, confirming direction, empowering and encouraging the saints for the (further) work of the ministry. I pray that you avail yourself to some of the history of the conference through videos and DVDs. Watch for more resources here and on our website: www.rezanglican.org

Grace,
Padre Phil+