Conveyance, by Becky Hunter
On June 11th, Joel and I celebrated 32 years of life with this amazing church! And our love for “all you all” never stops growing. What an incredible congregation you are. You believe what the Bible says is true, honor Jesus and bless the world. You love well, serve magnificently, and your prayers are seen in the miraculous works of God.
You’ve probably heard that an appropriate 25th anniversary gift is silver and a 50th is gold, but do you know what is suggested for the 32nd anniversary? Conveyance. When you celebrate a 32nd anniversary, the “recommended” gift to mark the milestone is an action or process of transporting someone from one place to another. Northland, that is a gift you have given to Joel and me over these years. As you continually grow more mature in the faith, you move us toward a clearer view of heaven and there is no greater need for conveyance than that!
Joel wrote in his 1985 acceptance letter to the elders invitation to be the pastor of this congregation,
“How wonderful it is to be invited to become a partner with you all in ministry: I am sure I will be stretched to use fully the leadership gifts God has given me during the coming years at Northland. God has brought us together for a purpose whose fullness is yet to be revealed. I can hardly wait to see it unfold! My brothers, this transition for our ministry and the Body at Northland is of God. Bit by bit, ‘from one degree of glory to another’, we will worship Christ, serve people and train leaders for the kingdom. I have a hunch our time together will be like kisses: when they are good, they are terrific; when they are bad...they are still pretty good!”
We love you, church! And we look forward to this next year of conveyance as we keep moving together toward a better view of heaven on earth.
“I thank God for you Christians. My constant prayers for you are a real joy, for they bring back to my mind how we have worked together for the Gospel from the earliest days until now. I feel sure that the one who has begun his good work in you will go on developing it until the day of Jesus Christ.” - Philippians 1:3 (Phillips)
Praise God for sending you to Northland. Both of you are kind, loving and dedicated people. We are so privileged to have you as our leaders in the growth of our faith. Thank you again and again.