Glen & Barb Roadknight
God gives peace, despite... Philippians 4:7 -- We mentioned in our last newsletter that we have been facing a number of challenges. We recognized that the mounting pressure of work and ministry required some changes and that Barb needed to step back from her involvement in a few different things. She did successfully decrease her work load and passed off her responsibilities of MCF child sponsorship to a volunteer who was willing to help with that part of the ministry. She has been lending a hand as needed from time to time but her involvement with MCF has been drastically reduced. She was also able to stop her weekly involvement. in youth ministry at out local church, to spend more time at home with the kids, though Glen continues to work with the youth each Friday night.
This has been good, but
Barb did end up running the annual fundraising auction for SV Sportz (which is part of the ministry of Scripture Union where she works 4-hours pet day, Mon-Fri). She enjoyed the challenge but it was very involved and she has been very busy playing catch up with her regular work ever since.
Barb also agreed to be involved in a Youth Sports Missions Outreach that our local church is doing this summer that is being run in conjunction with SV Sportz. She has already invested a lot of time and energy in this, even though the camp does not actually run until August. It's been exciting as she and some other leaders and the youth have started dropping flyers off in neighbourhood mail boxes. We're trusting that this will meet a real need for the community and that it will be an opportunity for some boys and girls to hear about Christ for the first time in their lives. These are all good things, but I've been trying to get Barb to learn how to say, 'No'.
Glen has continued to battle through some very difficult things at MCF since we last wrote. Just around the time we were writing our last letter to you, one of his staff members resigned putting some extra pressure on him and his administrative assistant.
For more than 6 months Glen has really been struggling about his ministry with MCF and the resignation of this staff member only accentuated that. Was this a time of testing where patience, perseverance and endurance were required? We have had several meetings with our pastor to discuss this, have sought other Godly counsel and have really prayed. Finally we came to the decision that due to significant philosophical differences, which we could not get beyond Glen had to resign from his position with MCF as well.
Since his resignation some Board members have also resigned. We all maintain that this ministry has great potential and is really making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children but q number of things need to change. Despite how difficult it will be for the ministry to lose both staff and board members, this may be exactly what is needed for it to move forward effectively. Sure it's been hard as we anticipated being involved in this ministry for years, but God has given us a real peace about this decision.
June 10th will be Glen's last day working with MCF.
We have been looking at other ministry possibilities for a couple of months and recruiting a few close friends to really be praying that God would open or close doors as He saw fit. Though we were excited at one possibility we were looking into, God has chosen to close the door to that opportunity.
We are unsure where God wants us next. At times we feel confused but we recognize that God is not a God of confusion. I was reminded about that lately. And sometimes He just wants us to be still and know that He is GOD... and so we wait.
Our hearts desire is to continue in ministry and we wanted a smooth transition from our work with MCF to some new work but that doesn’t seem to be God's plan. We do believe that God will ask us to be in full time ministry again but we're just not sure when that will be.
During this time of uncertainty God is giving us peace. Though we should probably be worried about what we’re doing next (From a human perspective) we're not because we are confident that God has q plan and we are choosing to trust Him. Nevertheless we ask that you surround us in prayer during this time. We have coveted your prayers all through our ministry and we have felt them and definitely need them now. We want to thank you all for standing behind us not only prayerfully but also financially. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for staying close to us and our ministry. 1 Chronicles 28:9-10 (NIV)
Thomas is finishing up Grade 6. It is hard to believe that he will be starting Grade 7 in the fall. As of the end of June he will be considered Junior High at our church and can join the Youth Group. He couldn't have a better group to join. He is starting football this week and will be doing that 3 times a week until the middle of July. God has given him incredible abilities for sports.
Rehema is finishing up Grade 5. She will be glad that Thomas and her will be in different halls in school next year. It will give her a little more independence. Rehema just finished with a musical at our church. She was not only part of the choir but was able to be part of the drama team this year. She has really enjoyed doing that and mentioned that she can't believe it is over (after 6 months of preparation). She really enjoys drama and singing. God has given her amazing gifts for the arts.
Housekeeping ~ For those of you who are supporting us financially, please contact the MCF office (see bottom of this page) to let them know if you would like to continue your donation. Certainly MCF would appreciate any ongoing gifts towards the administration fund but recognize that many of you are only supporting the organization due to out involvement. They will continue to accept donations towards out support up to June 30th, 2011. If you no longer wish to be on the MCF mailing list you will also need to let the office know either by mail, telephone or email (info@mcfcforg)
Thank God for His continuing faithfulness and the peace that He provides (even in uncertain times)
Pray for continuing wisdom in setting reasonable boundaries allowing for some margin in our lives
Pray for wisdom, discernment and direction about employment for Glen and also his admin assistant Katy
Pray for MCF and the challenges it faces as it moves forward
MC F IS moving to Collingwood, A decision was made by Glen's successor to move the office from its present location in Pickering, ON to Collingwood, ON at the end of this month, Between now and then there will be a lot to do, lots of packing up and instructions for the new staff on how things run. Pray for Katy Darley, Glen's administrative assistant who will not be moving to the new office, See the new address below. Note that the telephone numbers will remain the same.
Mully Children’s Family – Charitable Foundation
One Family. One Dream for Africa's Future.
Tel 647-724-9434 / 647-724-9444
864 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 3Z1 www.mcfcf.org
Charity # 80333 9142 RROO01