Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Upcoming Events at Tenth
Taste of Cambodia Saturday March 24
Knights Round Table Discussion on Farming Sunday March 25
Soup and Prayer Monday March 26
Borders to Beginings Saturday May 5
Taste of Mexico Saturday June 9
Over the next few days, you may get an invitation to join a Tenth Global private Facebook group. Folks have expressed interest in being more closely updated on our global and local activities, so this is a way of doing that. We will be posting 3 times a week.
Saint or Slave?
The life and passions of Patrick of Ireland have always inspired me. A few misconceptions: Patrick was not a saint, he was not Irish, and he did not drive snakes off the island as there were no snakes. Find out more.
Patrick of Ireland (389–461)
At the age of sixteen, Patrick was kidnapped from his home in present-day Scotland by Irish marauders and taken to Ireland, where he was sold as a slave to a chieftain and forced to herd livestock. After six years of slavery, Patrick escaped to his native Britain. Because he believed that his captivity and deliverance were ordained by God, Patrick devoted his life to ministry. While studying for the priesthood, he experienced recurring dreams in which he heard voices say, “O holy youth, come back to Erin and walk once more amongst us.” He convinced his superiors to let him return to Ireland in 432, not to seek revenge for injustice but to seek reconciliation and to spread his faith. Over the next thirty years, Patrick established churches and monastic communities across Ireland. When he was not engaged in the work of spreading the Christian faith, Patrick spent his time praying in his favorite places of solitude and retreat. (Shane Claiborne - Common Prayer)
A Prayer of Patrick
Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in ever eye that sees me, Christ in ever ear that hears me.
Enjoy your spring, and and consider following Patrick's example of reconciliation and solitude.
Patrick Elaschuk (of Vancouver)
Pastor of International Missions