Dear South Delta Baptist Church:
We have been in the search process for the lead pastor position at our church for over a year and a half now, and last Sunday’s congregational vote has signalled the end of that process. God has proven faithful to us as He has provided excellent leadership through Pastor Rick Burdett, the elder board, and the staff during this time. I am especially thankful to Pastor Rick for his godly leadership in this important period. Although we still have much work ahead of us, I would like to take a step back and take time to process the result of the search process.
First of all, Sarah and I would like to thank God for this opportunity to humbly stand before you as the next lead pastor of our church. It is by God’s grace that I am able to serve you in this capacity. We continue to pray that God would empower me, and all of us, through His Spirit to do His work in our community, for we cannot do anything apart from Him.
Moreover, we thank you for your support and prayers throughout the process, and we are excited to serve alongside you as we serve our great and mighty God together. God is moving in our community, and the harvest is indeed plentiful in South Delta. I look forward to seeing the Spirit move powerfully in our community to bring people to Christ. Please continue to pray for God’s harvest in our community—that South Delta would come to know the glory of our Lord and that people will respond in worship of the mighty King.
Finally, I am grateful for having you as partners in the gospel work. God has given us one another as partners in the work He has called us to do. We have the privilege of participating in the redemptive work of Christ as a family of those who believe in and follow after the name of Jesus. Blessed be the Lord who has given us this opportunity to be His people. May we continue to worship and honour this awesome God, and together, draw closer to Him each day. I look forward to partnering with you in this exciting time!
Paul and Sarah Park
Dear South Delta Baptist Church:
Is BC feeling more like home for you and Britni?
When Britni and I got married in July 2016, there was a lot of uncertainty of where we would settle. I had a full-time job, but was pursuing ministry opportunities. We had a mindset that we could be moving anywhere, at any time. When this opportunity at SDBC came up, we felt God calling us to Tsawwassen and we made the big move. It was a big decision to move away from our families and the area we had known our whole lives but, in these past eight months, we have been able to settle in and call Tsawwassen our home.
What was the biggest surprise since moving out to BC?
Everyone is very active here. Maybe it has something to do with the climate or the fact that we are surrounded by mountains that just makes everyone want to get outside, but the culture of fitness is unlike anything I saw in Ontario. A few months into living here, I was inspired to buy a bike for the first time in 10 years. I actually use it too! There is nothing quite like being in Stanley Park and seeing just how many people are cycling, jogging, and walking around.
What was the biggest challenge you've faced since doing ministry here?
I think the biggest challenge has been discerning what youth and young adults need out of the ministries we have for them. It took many hours of thinking, planning, and praying to know what these ministries should look like, coming into this fall. One of the main reasons we started our new young adult ministry, Reach, was because we saw a need to step out of our comfort zones and do something that would challenge young adults in their walk with God and create a space to invite others in. For youth and preteen ministries, we started a series on the story of the bible and how it all points to Jesus. One of the greatest needs for youth is to know what they believe, why they believe it, and how the bible is relevant to their lives.
What are you looking forward to in Youth and Young Adult ministry?
For youth ministry, I'm looking forward to seeing the youth engage with the bible. With the way we have formatted our teaching times now, we are not only speaking to our youth but we are having them actually open up the bible, read it, and discuss things with each other and their leaders. Our preteen ministry has seen many kids come out that don't know the bible story. Through group messages and small groups, we are able to teach the story of the bible and know what these stories mean for them today. For our new young adult ministry, Reach, I'm excited to see new people connecting with our young adults. I'm looking forward to seeing what God has planned for this group beyond just the Tuesday night programs.
Do you have any prayer requests?
Pray for the leaders in youth and young adults ministries. These ministries can be hard, tiring, and discouraging at times for volunteers, but, it is also incredibly rewarding when we see God at work through them.
Pray for youth and young adults in South Delta to know Christ, as this is what motivates these ministries.
Pray for the Reach mentorship program. This is an exciting new program that connects young adults with someone in the church who is able to pray with them, share biblical truths with them, and help them through this time of life. We would love to see every youth and young adult in our church being mentored by another member of our church.
Our Global Missions Team and the SDBC Advocates are connected to the missionaries who are supported financially by SDBC. Each of our supported missionaries has an advocate who stays in constant contact with them, praying with and for them, and keeping the GMT and the congregation informed about their work where they are serving.
We have several missionaries who, due to the countries and the situations they live in, must remain "under the radar" to safely and effectively serve. One such project involves our work in India. Because Christianity in India is not always safe, physically and politically, our work there is not something we can advertise or promote, especially on the web or in social media.
We have two of our people going to India soon to engage in teaching several groups of pastors and ministry workers, over a two-week period. This trip will include a stop at a Good Shepherd school in northern India, which SDBC has an ongoing relationship with. We expect to be able to meet with the school principal, teachers, and some of the students, and report back to the church all that we observe. This is a significant trip for our church as we begin to consider how to raise the necessary funds to complete the school facilities, allowing these Dalit students to gain an education that will aid them in rising above the low caste status they currently have.
Please pray for this team as they prepare to teach the pastors more about the bible and engage with the school. If you would like to contribute funding to the travel expenses of these two men, you may do so by simply noting India Missions on your giving envelopes, or your online giving. I encourage you to continue to support the great and effective work that we started nearly seven years ago, by helping with the expenses for the trip and, more importantly, by praying for this trip.