- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 01/2/2008
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
Here we are again dear friends. It is just you and me together in the presence of God. We are about to embark on a new adventure today. Don't you just crave it? We will be taking a look back at the year and talk about a couple of highlights and a couple of hard times. Where should we begin? I feel that it would be more appropriate to talk about the highlights of 2007 first.
2007 has been an interesting year to say the least. Since I'm a person who loves movies and music, I guess I'll start by talking about the things that somewhat moved, tickled or touched me through these mediums of expression. Movies that got my attention are Spiderman 3 and Transformers. I just love the virtues of forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption. They came in not so many obvious terms but were nonetheless there staring at me as I respond back. The movies had heroes who were willing to lay down their lives for worthy causes and with righteous motives. They reminded me of my favorite redemption story found in the good news. You may have heard the story. It is true and it is good and it is real. My broken and imperfect life can testify to it.
As for music, I'm saddened at the fact that there are hardly any rock bands out there. That is in the secular field of music but that could be a good thing seeing how allot of rock music glorifies revelry and immorality and vice. Not all secular music does this though... I have seen some secular artists make a strong voice or send a powerful message about worthy causes. However, I'm absolutely floored at the awesome work of the rock bands in Christian music. I was rocked by 'Million Voices' by the beautiful Barlow Girls. I also discovered a band called Mute Math and there talk about 'the typical.' Than there was Leeland and Starfield (from my home province) and not to mention Desperation Band. 2007 ended with me diggin' jams with the antics of Anberlin. I love the lyrics, raunchy guitar riffs and aggressive chorus'. They may have made my list of greatest Christian music if they persevere in their call. Thanks again friends for moving my soul. Keep up the good work.
2007 was a year of renewal and restoration in my walk and mission in Christ. I had some major God moments this year that were beyond what I could ever hoped or imagined for. You might recall one of them. I'll never forget the Leadership retreat with our denomination. I was a little tapped out for money and the denomination decided not only to sponsor but spoil me with an offering. I'll never forget that night for the rest of my life. I cried myself to sleep and can't seem to tell the story without being moved to tears. It re-affirmed some of God's promises that held true again to me. Here they are:
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Galatians 6:9)
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58)
"For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister." (Hebrews 6:10)
"Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13:20-21)
Thank you Pr J and Pr D for believing in me! I'll never forget it.
There were other God moments as well. I had the daunting task of leading 17 PMC'ers to the ends of the earth. Well, maybe not that far but to SAGC 2007 London. I absolutely hate administration and I also have no experience taking a team overseas! I've done Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Yuba City but never London. About 20 people came to the convention from Vancouver alone and this was a real feeling of accomplishment. It took God every step of the way. We got blessed by the church with prayer, finances and much more. I was stressed thinking over the, 'what if' scenarios. Luckily none of them came into being and Jesus guided every single one of us there and back. I'm glad to be sitting on that victory and offering more thanksgiving to Jesus who led the whole shin dig and put the whole thing in motion. It would have never happened without Him. Thanks again Jesus!
This brings us to the second part of my blog. We are about to embark on a couple of hard times. There were two moments that I don't ever want to relive! The first one happened after the London trip. I had to attend a funeral of my dear friend Pr. S. He was a wonderful man with a beautiful smile and contagious humor. I'll miss his words of encouragement he'd offer and his frequent 'single' jokes he used to always give me. He was a humble, sincere and passionate man for the Lord. He was running a vibrant Seniors ministry and never stopped to give a helping hand when necessary. I won't forget him.
I also had to attend another funeral of A. He used to live in our basement suite and we went to school together. I had the chance to talk to him a couple of times before his death. He told me that he did have doubts but deep down inside he believed Jesus did die for his sins and was his savior. I'll never forget the first time I met A. He was wearing skin tight jeans and a silk shirt unbuttoned all away down before his belly button. He was always cheerful, ready to laugh and have a good time. We lost touch... We'd sometimes bump into each other on the street or through a mutual friend and talk. Now all that is left is his tomb, memories and a whack load of tears. He was the second close friend who died of cancer this year. I can't forget DH as well. She to died of cancer. She was a wonderful person and felt like family...
At least these people will begin a new life after the grave where there will be no more pain. Life doesn't stop in a coffin. There is much more! There is Jesus face to face, in the flesh for all eternity which is better than anything down here. I can't wait to see you in Glory!