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Reflections from our Ultimate Journey


Our current GFC message series is on the Ultimate Journey. As we began the series with the rest of the body we found it important to reflect on the ultimate journey in our own lives. Our hearts cry out that Christ has definitely changed our lives but we reflect upon how he used our lives to further His Kingdom.

The Shepherd's Luncheon was one of the first opportunities our family had to serve together. Watching the Spirit work in both our lives and other peoples lives at the Shepherds Luncheon, showed a glimpse into the workings of the Lord. The Shepherd's Luncheon is many things to many people. For our family it is the time that we spend together working alongside each other and sharing the gospel message with those who may not have yet heard it.

Along with cooking, serving, and preaching, the Shepherd's Luncheon has been a major catalyst for change in our lives. The relationships formed and the time spent with the GFC body has been priceless. It is hard to believe that it has been three years that we have been working alongside each other.

Our family's favorite part is that time before we serve lunch where we are able to share the gospel message and those occasions where we are able to give our testimony. Each and every person's testimony is so powerful to help another along their ultimate journey! Shepherd's luncheon has provided that opportunity to see real spiritual fruit in our family's lives. Our courage and strength has grown as well as our powerful testimony of Christ changing our lives.

We say the word 'family' a lot in this story. This reflection would not be complete without mentioning the family that has become our own through the shepherd's lunch. The relationships built,the hugs given and the growth of a servant's heart are just three of the many tangible blessings this family has seen.

We want to end this story with the same advice that was given to us the first time we were going to open up the word of God and share before the shepherd's luncheon. "Do not be afraid of what you will or will not say, it does not matter what you say up there! Open up the Word of God, read it, close the holy scripture and sit down, because you know what? The Word is enough! God's Word will suffice."

The Champlin Family

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