Dear Orchard Covenant Family,
Our hearts are so full and happy after our wonderful retirement weekend! We were overwhelmed all afternoon, which was so thoughtfully planned and expertly done with great detail, and it seems everyone contributed! I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit – Joy, peace, and energy, and it was a truly great party: the international menu with classy food service, the global décor, and so many people! Add to that the special songs by three choirs, the testimonies, the album, the scholarship fund, other gifts –I sat in the front row wondering how I can leave you precious people! But we were truly filled with “hope that lasts” for the Orchard Covenant family, and for ourselves, as we all move on to the next chapters in our lives.
At the end of the program, after you listed so many things I did, I reminded you that WE did a lot of good ministry together in 15 years. I forgot to add that I was wearing a necklace made by women in Muhudu village and my blue scarf with the words, Only Jesus can do it! That is so true: This is the power of God. I, we, and Jesus did great ministry together. Great and powerful things happen when Jesus’ Church practices the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Jesus.
In my Swedish heritage, people don’t just say tak (thank you). They say tusen,tusen tak! (A thousand, thousand thanks!). So – tusen tusen tak, Orchard Covenant Church – for a thousand reasons. May the Lord bless and keep us all.
Pastor Nancy, with Wally Ebner.