There was the sound of a mighty rushing wind. It was whirling all around us. Out on the windy streets of Winnipeg, Cliff and Wilma Derksen were surrounded by a media frenzy. They looked so small in the middle of that circle, but you could see that they were at peace. Their hearts were calm in the centre of the storm. Cliff and Wilma had just walked out of the court room where the judge had rendered a verdict of “not guilty” for the man who had been charged with their daughter’s death 33 three years earlier. There were so many unanswered questions. So many reasons for them to be frustrated and angry. But they were not. They were at peace. Their joy did not depend on the ability of a human court to provide answers or to find someone guilty. Peace was found in Jesus Christ, the One who had given them the joy of the Lord!
In a recent email, I received the following encouraging message.
I just finished reading your book In The Way of Jesus and all I can say is THANK YOU! This is one of the most life altering books I have ever read! You have put so many things into words that I have been feeling for some time now and answered numerous questions that I have struggled with regarding discipleship and the role of the church in our society. I felt a very strong "tug" in my spirit to buy your book the first time I saw it and I am so glad that I obeyed. It has revolutionized the way I view discipleship, missions and personal evangelism, and the function of the church. I also appreciated the easy to read, conversational style that you used in writing - it made it very easy to understand. Thank you again. I pray that others who read it are as challenged and changed by these words as I have been. to edit.
The summer season is upon us and before everyone scatters, I thought it would be good to be in touch. I trust you are doing well and hopefully we will have a chance to connect in person.
Please pray for our son, Cameron, as he goes through open-heart surgery to repair a birth defect in his heart. It is something that went undetected until now, but needs to be done to prevent further deterioration of his heart. Surgery will take place at the Toronto General Hospital on the morning of June 20. From June 18 – July 1, we as a family will be staying in an apartment across the street from the hospital, to support him during the recovery period.
My book, “In the Way of Jesus”, is receiving strong reviews and book sales are on the rise. Foreword Clarion Review gave the book 4/5 stars. The MB Herald just came out with a very positive review and Christian leaders are recommending the book to be used in life groups or for staff training sessions.
You can purchase the book from me personally, at friesenspress.com, amazon.com or through my website by sending me a message here.