Living Faith – right now

Live in God’s Grace. Live to Serve. At Living Faith Lutheran Church in Sechelt, BC on the Sunshine Coast this vision statement is no hollow call to discipleship – it is lived out in the real world every day by this small but very vibrant congregation. They are living out their faith, right here and now.

This church serves the people of the Sunshine Coast all up and down the 80 km of the coastal highway

I was delighted to learn that my good friend Ian Nestegaard Paul had been called to Living Faith. He’s a gifted leader and will be a faithful servant and shepherd. He’s a great match because he has a heart for mission and ministry and the people of this congregation demonstrate their great capacity to be in mission for others constantly.

They are engaged in a variety of local ministry including being responsible for the birth of a very successful Habitat for Humanity group that has twelve builds planned for this year. There are many large city Habitat groups that can not match that level of activity.

The congregation is also deeply invested on the work of CLWR. They have been responsible for providing several wells and supporting a variety of CLWR activities around the world

Following the May 13 service, where I was pleased to bring the message and a word of gratitude for their support, Gwen Hawkins presented a report on her recent Global Encounter trip to Zambia to visit CLWR supported Lutheran World Federation projects in that country. The congregation showed real enthusiasm in learning first hand how they have changed lives and provided for people who need hope the most.

To top everything off, this old fan of the “Beachcombers” visited Molly’s Reach and the docks of Gibson’s Harbour had a chance to feel just a little nostalgic for a few minutes. A great day on the BC coast all around!

Tom Brook

Community Relations Director

Gwen Hawkins speaking of her trip to Zambia. Photo: CLWR/T.Brook

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