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Being a Marriage Mentor

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When we were first approached with the idea of being Marriage Mentors, we were a little apprehensive, as we knew that we had, and continue to have, our own challenges in our marriage. However, through many of the different challenges, difficulties, and disappointments, we have always desired that we would have the opportunity to use our experiences to help and encourage others. We realized that we don't need to have a "perfect" marriage in order to help and encourage another couple in their marriage. We are just a little further along in the journey and can share our experiences as we walk together. We have benefitted from some of the relationships that we have had with couples who are a little older and further along in their marriage journey who have provided a listening ear, some encouragement, and, at times, a little wise advice.

For the past couple of years, we have had the privilege of being mentors to another couple in our community. We have walked with them through their engagement and first couple of years of marriage. We have had lots of opportunities to get to know each other, ask questions, share stories, encourage, and pray for one other, and even laugh a little along the way. We may be the "older" couple who is walking this journey, but we have also been challenged in our own marriage and have benefited from the mentoring relationship.

We would encourage any couples who are preparing for marriage, are in the early years of marriage, or have been in a marriage for many years to consider being in a mentoring relationship. We all have something that we can learn from each other and we all can encourage each other.

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, visit our Marriage Mentoring page or email our Marriage Mentoring team.

Posted by David van Til

Dead Rats

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As my season of serving as a pastor at South Delta Baptist Church comes to an end, I am reminded of my third day in my SDBC office. I arrived early in the morning, wanting to get a good start. There was a horrid stink in the office area. Clearly a decomposing human body, I thought. I complained. No one seemed alarmed or seemed to care. Sue said, "Don't worry, it's a rat. Harry will find it. It happens all the time." Coming from Arizona, I was unfamiliar with rats. On day five, when Harry hadn't found the horrifically odorous creature, I seriously questioned if, or why, God had really called me to this church and this place. Dead rats are awful.

Harry finally found the seriously decimated creature and removed it, and, following a scented candle lighting ceremony, joy and gratitude existed. Everyone in the office suddenly looked nicer, smiled freely, and certainly smelled better. It was an interesting beginning to nine years that have changed my life.

Life is about relationships. Serving as a pastor at SDBC, I am thrust into relationships. I happen to love people which is helpful if you are a pastor or serve in the church. I receive energy from people. God created Eve so Adam would live in relationships. We are designed to live this way.

Where we find people, we find dead rats too. I don't necessarily mean this in the literal way of a decomposing animal, but rather in a figurative way, referring to those things in our life that stink. It's a byproduct of humanness. We call it all kinds of things; God calls it sin. I have dead rats that I sometimes allow to live in my life for a period of time. I can get somewhat used to the odour of them and sometimes allow them to go uncollected and unremoved from my presence. So do you, my friends at SDBC.

Harry can't help us remove these dead rats. Only Jesus Christ can. At the beginning of Ephesians 5, we read, "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

These past nine years I have come to depend on you, my family, my friends, to show me what it means to walk in love as Jesus does. Along the way, I think God has allowed me to help some of you learn to walk in love, finding and removing our dead rats as we are becoming a "fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

Chris and I are so grateful to you. We see Jesus all around us when we look at you. When we love like Jesus, when we share the gospel message in so many creative, unique ways in our community, you and I, the church, can transform our culture. Living in relationship may seem difficult at times, but you are created for relationship, to live life in this world knowing a better one is coming soon.

As we leave pastoral ministry, we leave knowing God is at work in each one of you, as he is in us. Life is too short not to love like Jesus. As we have tried to demonstrate this, we are the ones who receive the life altering benefit. We give all the praise and all the glory for the past nine years to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our prayer, as we leave the awesome SDBC staff, is that God will bless you as our friends and SDBC beyond anything we can think or imagine.

Posted by Rick Burdett

Pastor Rick's Thank You Lunch

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Back in January 2019, we announced that Pastor Rick would gradually decrease his responsibilities at SDBC over a nine-month period as he transitioned to working at Outreach Canada. November 1st marks the end of the nine-month transition period and we want to celebrate and thank Pastor Rick. He has served our church family well for the past eight years, and he and his wife Chris are loved by many people here. Although we will miss Pastor Rick on staff, this is his way of pursuing God's call on his life, so we want to bless him in his pursuit to honour God by serving with the OC team. We are also thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve alongside Pastor Rick and Chris as they continue to be a part of our church family, even after Rick completely transitions to OC. Their intent is to serve as lay members of SDBC and stay engaged as a part of our church family.

On Sunday, November 10th we will be celebrating and saying thank you to Pastor Rick with a lunch following the service. We will be having some of Rick's favourite food: Mexican! This lunch will also include some guest speakers. Lunch will be by donation. We look forward to celebrating and saying thank you to Pastor Rick!

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