I just finished watching the commencement service at West Coast Baptist College, where our son Samuel is a student. I enjoy watching special services there for a couple of reasons. One is that Samuel sings or has an acting part in many of these events, and it gives me an opportunity to see him, shameless mama that I am! The other is that I get a peek into the ministry there and see what's going on. This church is on fire, and they are training young men and women with this same fervency.
I saw a few of the young men and ladies we've met and come to know through tour groups coming here in the summer. Several of those graduated today. One of our young friends from here in Vancouver also graduated today - congratulations, Candace! One young man we met last summer, who toured with Samuel, won second place in the preaching contest that was held last week, and one young lady we've known through tour groups was granted the President's Award for Servant Leadership this year. Call me crazy, but I cheered here at home for each of them! LOL
What really touched my heart today was a new award presented by the college, the Caleb Award for faithfulness in the ministry. It was presented to a pastor I'd never heard of who has been in the ministry for 64 years! He is 94 years old, and was there with his wife of 63 years. He had planned to preach till he was 100, just 6 more years, but he got cancer and wasn't able to continue preaching past last November. As I sat here with tears running down my face, I looked down through the years and prayed that someday, Wes and I can say we've been in ministry for 64 years, that our sons and our daughter can say someday that they've served the Lord all their lives. I said I'd never heard of this pastor for a reason . . . there are thousands upon thousands of men and women who are faithfully serving the Lord quietly in the place where God planted them, year after year, without ever being recognized by other men. But the Lord sees, and oh the rewards laid up in Heaven for all those faithful to Him!