Update on Victoria
Victoria went through her skin grafting surgery quite well. The surgeon had to cut away more tissue than he expected, but he is reasonably pleased with the way things are going. He also spoke of a possibility that she may leave the ICU and go to another floor soon. Although things are going in the right direction there are still many concerns and we wait on the Lord, knowing Victoria is in His hands. Pray specifically that the problem of infection would be resolved.
Installation of Rev. Brian Najapfour
Last night Rev. Brian Najapfour, a graduate of our seminary, was installed as pastor of the 500-member Dutton United Reformed Church (20 minutes from Grand Rapids) as its sole pastor. Rev. Brian Vos delivered a masterful and powerful message on the work of the ministry from 1 Timothy 2:1-7. A faithful ministry (1) brings the world to God in prayer (vv. 1-2), (2) reflects the heart of God in and to the world (vv. 3-4), and (3) brings God to the world in preaching (v. 7). Rev. Jeph Nobel read the installation form. I asked Rev. Najapfour his installation questions and gave him a personal charge from 2 Timothy 4:1-2: (1) remember before whom you stand, (2) remember your primary work, and (3) remember to be faithful. Rev. Mike Schout then gave a charge to the congregation, exhorting the flock to look to and end in Christ through Rev. Najapfour’s ministry. Rev. Najapfour then spoke some personal comments, encouraging his new congregation to pray for him and thanking them for all the love they have already shown.