The St-Onges In the Way
Welcome to 2022! May the Lord Jesus continue to strengthen us, heal us, bind up our wounds, and set us on his path in the coming weeks and months.
Since Christmas Day, Charles has been on a complete and rather unplanned “health sabbatical.” At this point he is doing better, and expecting to start back with some of his duties at the beginning of March. He’s taking the time to reflect on the last seven years as Caribbean area facilitator and mission pastor in Montreal. He’s also catching up on reading and podcasts (he highly recommends Piercing Leviathan and The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill)
The Lord has done great things since 2015: a new school in Kingston, a five-year disaster response project in Puerto Rico, the end of a multiyear vacancy in the Caymans, over a dozen adult baptisms at Ascension and close to two dozen new members even as we have seen others move away or called home by Christ. Growth from four missionaries in Charles’ area to eight in the Caribbean and three at Ascension. The start of three new FOROs. The light of Christ and his Gospel continually shines forth and bears fruit.
The last two years have also brought their own sorrows. The loss of Charles’ father two years ago, and the loss in December of Deb’s father. The death of Abasifreke Ite in November. The losses due to the pandemic and all the challenges to ministry it has brought. The pressures of missionary kid life in a foreign country on Olivia and Sophia. The picture at the top of our two teen girls seemed to capture some of the exhaustion of our family at the end of 2021.
The Lord often stepped away to pray, to be with his Father, and to prepare for the days ahead. We know he will be with us as we get ready for whatever 2022 has in store, and for the years of mission yet to come.