Labour Day Monday was a working day at Heritage. Actually, it was “Move In Day.” New and returning students showed up to move in and get settled in the residence halls. The Lord provided wonderful weather and gave us much joy throughout the day.
After a BBQ on the patio, we gathered in the chapel for a service of dedication. We sang our praise and offered up prayers for the coming year. It was a meaningful and memorable time.
Now we are in the swing of classes. Yesterday, I (Rick) taught a class for first-year students on the Five Big Themes we emphasize at Heritage College: 1) Learn to Know God, 2) Lead Yourself First, 3) Love Others Well, 4) Lift Up the Church and 5) Live on Mission. In the afternoon I had the privilege of teaching a class on biblical preaching. It is a deep passion of mine to help raise up the next wave of faithful teachers and preachers for Christ’s Church in Canada.
Next Tuesday evening, Linda begins teaching a TESOL class, training men and women to use conversational English to bring the love and light of Christ to new Canadians.
Here are some prayer requests for the coming week.
On Sunday afternoon, Linda and I host a gathering in our home for new seminary students. Pray that new students will begin to make friendships and feel at home with us and at Heritage.
This Sunday evening, Heritage students will join with two local churches for a Love Hespeler Prayer Gathering in Forbes Park. I (Rick) will be speaking on how we impact our community through prayer. I would welcome your prayers for me as I preach.
On Tuesday morning, we have our Convocation Service at Heritage. This is a special chapel service where students, faculty and staff are challenged to trust the Lord to work powerfully in our lives this year. Pray that it will be a highly-impactful service.
Thank you for being part of our prayer team!