If you told me five years ago that I now would be the “senior” (as far as time on staff, not age, so save the wisecracks) person on staff I wouldn’t have believed you. Today I had lunch with Stewart Vander Velden, who was our former executive director. He was the only one before me to have been on staff with SOY for five years. He is now the pastor ofOpen Arms Fellowship in Toronto, Canada That church is unique in that it is a English-speaking church plant from an ethnically Brazilian Reformed Church that held services in Portuguese and most of his congregation is made up of high school students and college students – so he has phenomenal ministry up there. It was great to be able to catch up with him.
Joining us was another former staff member, Laurie Vos who is now working with the Iowa Department of Human Services in Oskaloosa. She was our volunteer coordinator in Pella, and also did some work helping us get our Winterset ministry started. It was great to see her again.
Anyway, just some random stuff thoughts going through my head this afternoon.