July 3rd, 2020 - Newsletter #15

 

Dear Comrades and Friends of the Hanover Corps,

 

Greetings in the name of the Lord!  It has been a very hot week for all of us.  I do hope you have air conditioning and are able to find the coolness for a restful nights sleep. I am grateful that there has been a cool breeze coming through my window at night which is so enjoyable. Now if I could convince the birds to wait a bit longer before they start their movements in the morning I would feel more rested. J

 

Not much to share with you this week. Canada Day was a nice break in the week and it seemed to slow down the busyness at the Family Services. Do keep Jennifer Karges and the volunteers in your prayers as they continue to serve our community during these difficult days.

 

I have been reflecting on my years here in Hanover this week.  I am now in the last 6 weeks of my journey here and so have begun the process of converting contact information over to Captains Mark and Wendy’s information.  It is surprising the number of people I have met and worked.  Indeed I have been blessed.

 

One thought that came to me from scripture is from Isaiah 26:1-4, “In that day this song will be sung in the Land of Judah: we have a strong city: God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever for the Lord, the Lord , is the Rock eternal.”

 

This passage I believe could be referred to our community of Hanover.  It is a strong community of believers, God seems to bless it on a regular basis, there does seem to be a sense of refuge and there does seem to be a bit of joy in our town.  I have found Hanover to be set in a ‘bible belt’ area of the province.  I remember one of my first comments to the ministerial when I met them and noticed so many churches that were here, ‘there must be a lot of sin here to have so many churches’, needless to say none of them laughed.  However, I have learned to appreciate the depth of faith and the variety of faith in our community making it a strong city, a place of God’s salvation where God’s peace can be found.  This will be one of the blessings that I will take with me as I journey on.

 

Do continue to pray for:

Ø Our Major’s – Alonzo, Lori, John, Elsie, Sterling

Ø Sandra’s daughter Nicole

Ø Captain’s Mark and Wendy Crabb in preparation to come to Hanover

Ø Those with Covid – 2 cases still in Hanover

Ø Continue to make contact with each other

 

Do check out our website (www.sahanover.ca) for the recent sermon videos and the occasional musical video as well. Be safe. Keep your distance. Wash your hands.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Major Sterling

Hanover CO