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“Even when you seem like you’re up against the biggest, thickest, brick wall, it’s then that you see God work.”
NAMB missionaries, Jason and Kimberley McGibbon host a barbecue to introduce themselves to their new neighbors in the Toronto suburb of Hamilton, Ontario. They believe building relationships with their neighbors will help them successfully launch their new church plant in Hamilton.


 


Two surgeries and several weeks passed. As Liam was recovering and regaining his faculties and his vital signs improved, God opened Jason and Kimberley’s eyes and shifted their hearts.


Looking around the waiting room, the couple could see a desperate loneliness across other parents’ faces.


“As we waited, we saw people sitting there by themselves in the hardest times of their lives, we wondered how they made it through,” says Jason. “We heard so many stories from other parents whose lives were rocked by illness. They had no real hope outside of medicine and science.”


In the end, Jason and Kimberley couldn’t get away from the idea of true community, which they had experienced with church members praying for them, visiting with them, practically camping out at the hospital with them.


And then there were these parents in Hamilton who had no Christian presence during their own difficult journey.


To leave the area without a gospel presence seemed out of the question.


“I’d been to Hamilton before. I’d pass through it when I was at graduate school,” says Jason. “But I’d never really thought much about it.”


Anchored there for weeks, the McGibbons learned of a city full of beauty, diversity, creativity but with no true spiritual direction. Ask people who cared nothing for church to drive 30 minutes for church? Not an option.


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