The Body of Christ

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Last Saturday I received a call from my mother telling me that my father had some kind of massive stroke and was in the hospital.  I didn’t know if he would live or die but I decided to head back to Indianapolis to lend support to my family.  Once I made that decision I saw the most remarkable display of the body of Christ in action.  Hundreds of people in various churches began to pray for my father because of connections with my parents myself or my sister.  People at Journey took various responsibilities that I had.  A church planter who was visiting my congregation in Fairbanks filled in for me in the pulpit and provided my round trip air fare to Chicago with his air miles.  My Uncle Steve in Chicago cleared his calendar for a few days and drove me down to Indy and spent time with his sister (my mom).  I watched people from Chapel Rock Church fill the Methodist Neorological Critical Care waiting room several times to visit and pray.  I watched Christians from other churches who knew my parents or myself come and pray for him.  I ate meals provided by Christians friends, both at my parent’s home and out at restuarants.  I spent some time with Neil and Karen Norheim who drove 4 hours one way to come and visit and pray for my parents.   This Friday I’ll ride with Christian friends of my family who just “happen” to be going through Chicago the same day I need to go there to catch a plane back to Fairbanks.  The Body of Christ, His church, has touched me in a profound way.  I tear up just thinking about it.  People complain about churches alot; let me just say I can’t imagine living without it. 

Under His Mercy,

Derek Dickinson, Minister

Journey Christian Church

Fairbanks, Alaska


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