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McKenzies Sept.2012

McKenzies Sept.2012

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The Adventure Has Beguna new place, a new ministry, a new mission
By Chris McKenzie
It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for this new adventure tobegin. We left Taiwan at the end of  June and have spent the last couplemonths in our hometown of Saskatoon. It was a good time filledwith friends, family and a heavy doseof Canadian cooking. The summergave us a chance to rediscoverCanada and begin the steps of adjusting to being back in our homecountry. (although truth be told it nolonger feels like our home country)After a while the restlessness set in.Don’t get me wrong, I love vacation,but it was tough for me to be lackinin purpose. That is why I’m so excitedto be here now.This new chapter will be a busyone. My own personal journey of leadership will be filled with familyresponsibilities, church planting dutiesand academic pursuits. Theexcitement is building for what I’m jumping into. My church planting partner and mentor, Lindsay, and Ihave already spent several hours atStarbucks discussing, planning anddreaming as we attempt to puttogether our vision for this newchurch. It doesn’t have a name yet butit certainly has a purpose. We want tobe people that go where Jesus went,that hang out with the people Jesushung out with and who bring transformation to lives the way Jesusdid. Ultimately we want to be accusedof the things Jesus was accused of.That means we aren’t going to sitback and wait for people to come toour church but we’re going to beactively engaging in the lives of people around us bringing church/ Jesus to them. This vision fires me upand I’m excited to see it catch on withbelievers in our core group but moreimportantly with the people in theLangley community.As I look forward at all that isahead in the next few months and years it seems daunting but I’vefollowed God’s leading this far andwill continue to hold on for the ride. Join me in praying that He willsustain me and my family as we movein faith.
We packed upon Aug 21 andmade the twoday trek fromSaskatoon, SK to Langley, BC.
MCKENZIES
ON MISSION
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2Embracing a New Roleat-home-mom & bicyclechariot chauffeur
By Nevada McKenzie
I'm happy to be in our new(rented) home in Langley. Thesummer was restful and quiet, andeven though we didn't do much visiting the kids were getting agitatedfrom the "ok, here's your cousin/friend/etc, go play... ok time to go"routine. It was lonely inSaskatchewan, and it’s definitelylonely here. All of us are missing ouractive social lives and friend networks,but we are spending a lot of qualitytime together and that is a blessing.Even though I'm Canadian,everything is new. Frankly, althoughI've always dreamed of living thisclose to Walmart, it's almostoverwhelming to have so many shopsand businesses nearby. Eerie in away, like it's a dream! Driving iscrazy, and I feel like a bumpkin withmy Saskatchewan wheat field
 
licenseplates amongst the big city dwellers of BC. Also new is my role as stayhome mom. Wow; not sure what todo with that. I've spent the first fourweeks feeling guilty about notworking, trying to cook with all ourkitchen stuff still making its way westfrom Saskatoon, and putzing aroundthe house. For the first time ever Ifold laundry as it comes out of thedryer!!! My life is here is so differentfrom my life in Taiwan and I have noidea how to reinvent myself, but I ammoving forward with thankfulnessand joy for the path set before me.I'm studying Proverbs 31:10-31 tohelp me find my identity and figureout what my role entails. (Want to join me in memorizing this passage of scripture? Let me know!)I will need to find some kind of work soon, but we are being pickyabout what kind of work and thetime away from home it wouldrequire. God has been quiet in thisarea, so we are moving forwardslowly in a few directions, waiting fora door to open in God's way andtiming. My BC teacher certificationis underway, I'm putting up a 'TutorAvailable' poster at Gemma's school,and checking Craigslist every fewdays. We'll wait and see whathappens! God is faithful and good.Pray for our patience while waiting,for friends and community, and forGemma specifically to make friendsand settle into school.God has been so good to usthrough this. Chris and I have spentlots of time together this summer,going for coffee and just hanging out.We don't usually have time for thatand we enjoyed every date night mymother in law gave us! Our house issmall, but the majority of the suiteshere are smaller. Weighing in on thepositive is our friendly landlord,backyard complete with playhouse,and huge bedroom for the kids toshare. Chris and I are thankful for thenew furniture we were able to get,including a fantastic new table themanager gave us for 40% off. Chrisand I had looked at this amazing table three times and finally themanager said, "You sure have youreye in this table; I'll tell you what, I'mabout to sell this floor model. Are you interested?" Uh, YES!!!! It's thelittle surprises like this that have givenus momentum and energy. We knewthe move would be tough, but witheach week that passes it gets easier.Praise God!
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Mommy and thekids arespending a lot ofquality timetogether. A bright spot inthe midst ofchallengingtransition.
 
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A couple weeks ago we had our firstget-together as a budding churchplant. Lindsay, the lead planter andmy mentor, has been working thephones and computer rallying peoplearound the idea of creating a newchurch in Willoughby (area of Langley. His vision is that we will bepeople who engage God, engage inCommunity and engage withCulture. We want to be a people whofollow in the ways of Jesus not justtalk about Jesus. That means we willgo where Jesus went, hang out withthe people Jesus hung out with, servethe world the way Jesus did and add value to our city the way Jesus added value to the communities he visited.This is different from many churcheswho sit and wait for people to cometo them and who get caught up inseparating from the world aroundthem.This concept is gaining tractionwith people and we were excited tosee about 25 people show up at ourfirst gathering. We had no agendaand we didn’t do anything “spiritual”...the goal was just to gettogether and get to know each other.We want to be a community thatdoes life together as we pursue being the church.We have plans for a second BBQ this weekend and will begin meeting together regularly, house church style,starting in October. Please pray thatmore people will catch the vision atthat relationships will begin to form.
Our First Gatheringnothing beats a free bbq
By Chris McKenzie
 As church we want to be accused of thethings that Jesus was accused of.
Lindsay Anderson
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