I wanted to write a bit about some of the larger significance surrounding this fire and our move to the new offices. This is a season of big changes for Living Waters Canada, even before we lost everything in the fire. See, we had just parted ways with our parent organization Desert Stream Ministries. Andy Comiskey, the founder of Desert Stream, (and the author of the original Living Waters manual that our manual is based on,) came and met with Toni and some board members. He released us and gave us his blessing to function on our own and to network more closely with Living Waters Global. This was a huge shift.
Another interesting note is that Living Waters Global has an international conference every three years in a different country. And that conference is happening this year, and for the first time, it will be in Canada. We are hosting the conference right here in Vancouver in June.
All these "firsts" and "new beginnings" had just occurred when our office burned down. We received many encouraging letters talking about trading ashes for beauty, and being refined by fire. And we believe this to be so. We believe God allowed some things to be burned so that we may start afresh, and we pray that the things that were true, will remain. Please pray this for us as well.