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A "Not Asked" Prayer is Answered

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While Lois and I vacationed together with Ron and Judy last week in Maui there was an interesting incident that took place. We were enjoying the morning surf and sun, swimming and snorkeling at Ulua Beach Park, near Wailea.

We had gone out snorkeling and while returning to the beach I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to remove my wallet from my bathing suit pocket. Luckily, I had placed it a Ziploc sandwich bag to protect it from moisture. I reached down and to my horror I found that the wallet had disappeared! Controlled panic took place and I headed for shore to search for the wallet. But I already knew it was not there.

I yanked everything out of Lois’ beach bag, but my wallet was nowhere to be found. Gone were my credit cards, debit cards, I.D. cards, medical cards, Nexus card, all of my cash, and more! I was dismayed, but controlled (Lois would say frenzied) in a manly sort of way. I got the car keys from Ron and headed to search the car for the wallet that I already knew was not there.

As I walked a short distance towards the parking lot I heard someone call, “Hugh”. I did not recognize the voice, but I turned and saw a young man who asked me “Are you Hugh?”

“Yes” gasped and he asked if I had lost my wallet. He said that he recognized me from my photo ID (which must have been easy when he noticed my finely chiseled features) and that his dad had found my wallet floating out in the ocean.

My wallet was returned dry and with nothing removed. I thanked the strangers from Boise, Idaho profusely.  I commended them for their honesty.

I returned with my wallet to Lois, Ron and Judy, who were surprised, relieved, and amazed. I found myself marveling and continually thanking God for the return of my wallet. Imagine someone, an honest person, finding my small wallet in that large expanse. I went from dismay to euphoria. Coincidence alone? I don’t think so! During my short ordeal, my first inclination was not to pray, but God blessed me anyway.

Psalm 136:1 NLT
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”     

Fostering Community

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Fostering community: Baby shower hosted for refugee family

You might remember that last spring our church held a Halal luncheon for the refugees who had just arrived to our region. It was at this church luncheon that Jo-Ann Lyon met a couple of Syrian women whom she exchanged phone numbers with. During the last year, Jo-Ann has become close to these women and their families.

Jo-Ann’s discipleship group recently held a baby shower for the new baby ‘Sandy’ born to one of the families. There was prayer, conversation and of course lots of food. It was a uniquely Canadian experience for the Syrian women as they had never been to a baby shower before. The receiving of gifts was a great hit. Gracepointers donated new and gently used toys and baby clothing for the families.

Jo-Ann and her husband Ted helped two of the men to gain employment in Surrey and Ted assisted one of the men to find a vehicle. Ted and Jo-Ann have displayed biblical hospitality to these new Canadian friends with their continual support. The kids call Jo-Ann their “Canadian grandma” and it such a blessing to be in a community of care and support.

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