Ok so it's been what? Christmas since I last posted anything? I know - I've been a little slack to be honest. So much has changed in the last 8 months. So I thought I might share a few of the BIG ones.
Jonathan Jason Peter Gration
So obviously the biggest change was also the smallest tiny gift. Weighing in at 2.53kg, born at 3:31pm on January 22, Jonathan came into our world. He is already more then 6 months old, and he continually melts our hearts. Both Janie and I take endless photos of his every move - he already knows that when the iPhone comes out, its time to smile.
The next major change was that we were unable to go back to Vanuatu like we planned. Honestly - sometimes God is very hard to understand, and if the truth be told, there was part of us that would have still dropped everything, and paid any price to get back to the wonderful family we have over there. But after walking with God for many years, I've learned that when God shuts one door, another one will open in it's place.
I've also learned that while I might think I know what is best for me, and my family, God knows what is best for us. And there is a vast difference between thinking and knowing. But part of our heart will ALWAYS be in Vanuatu.
And so begins the next chapter of our ministry. God has opened the door for us to be able to pastor in Cairns, which is an incredible honor, and something that Janie and I are incredibly excited about. Hope Divine is a United Pentecostal Church, located near the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I'm looking forward to seeing what God will do in Cairns.
Finally - keep watching this space! My 6 week study will be coming out very shortly! I'm super excited about it, and I know that it will be a blessing!
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