These past few weeks have been a special season for some of our youth. Lily Arndt, John Jiwa, Sarah Lim, Hannah Mitchell, Naomi Kawamura, Jien Ng, Natalya Porter, Maria Walchuk graduated high school! We rejoice with them and their families for what they have accomplished. We praise God for the many ways that all of them have blessed our youth group and our church! We all know that school plays a very important role in their lives. And so, we want to celebrate this milestone.
To the FBC community:
I encourage you to keep Lily, John, Sarah, Hannah, Naomi, Jien, Natalya, Maria in your prayers. Whether they stay with us a little longer or venture out to study at a university beyond the boundaries of BC, let us bless them, trusting that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in them. We trust that the Holy Spirit will guide them in every decision that they make.
To our Graduates:
You might be feeling like you only have one chance to make the right decision about what you are going to do with your life after high school. I would say: try your best but rest assured that God is with you in whatever you do. If you are already set on what you are going to do, may you know that God is with you. If you need time to think about what you are going to do, remember that God is gracious and will guide you as you discern.
Remember that, in the end, your choices, university programs, and profession do not define who you are, but Christ is the one who tells you who you are!
I would like to close by praying the words of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians:
"Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." - Philippians 1:3-6 (The Message)
In Christ, our hope!
Director of Youth Ministry