On Wednesday, Beth and I got to step outside and see the Olympic Torch as it passed through our little corner of North Vancouver. There weren't many people gathered at our particular street, as it's near the entrance to the freeway; however, the crowds were gathered just a few blocks away, where there's a large park and the main roads leading to the center of town. We took a lot of pictures, a few of which I'll share with you here:
Our first glimpse of the flame!
You're welcome to see all of our pictures on my Facebook page: 2010 Olympic Flame Relay
A lot of people have asked if we'll be attending any of the events. The short answer is . . . NO! The tickets were limited and very expensive. We'll be watching on TV, just like everyone else. One of the neatest parts of living where the Olympics are being held is recognizing a lot of the places I'm seeing on the news! We live from 15 minutes to 2 hours away from all the venues. The snowboarding venue is on one of our North Shore mountains, which are the mountains you can see to the north of downtown Vancouver, across the harbor. We live at the foot of those mountains . . . and yes, it really is that beautiful here! ;)
Our church is partnering with several of our sister churches in the Vancouver area to distribute thousands of John & Romans with inserts containing information about our churches. There is also a Gospel message on the back capitalizing on the theme of "Believe." That's been the buzzword here in Vancouver - believe we'll win the gold medals! Everywhere we look is the word Believe. But we want people to take a moment to think about what or whom they believe in! Great Vancouver Baptist Church is heading this outreach; here's a video greeting from Pastor Gordon Conner . . .
Pastor Olympic Message from Greater Vancouver Baptist Church on Vimeo.
Please pray for our efforts in the next two weeks! God has promised that His Word will not return void, and 100,000 copies of it are going into the hands of people from all over the world in the next 16 days. We're excited about reaching the world as the world comes to our city!