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Food for Thought 
 
The world in which we live is vast. The earth’s land mass of 57,491,000 square miles is divided up into approximately 193 internationally recognized countries and is home to 6.66 billion people. The largest mountain peak is a towering 29,029 feet.  The ocean waters spread themselves across 140 million square miles while the universe above is home to billions of stars, 3,000 of which are visible to the naked eye.  This is indeed great by our human standards but chapter 40 of Isaiah contains some comparisons which brings all of this planet’s greatness into the right perspective:

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His (God’s) hand,
And marked off the heavens by the span,
And calcuated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance,
And the hills in a pair of scales?”

“Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales.”

“It is He (God) who sits above the vault of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.  He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.”

In light of God’s enormity and the world in which we live, we may be tempted to feel small, unnoticed or forgotten about in our daily circumstances but continue on in the chapter and hear the call to shift our focus:

“Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.”

If the LORD God keeps track of billions upon billions of stars and has a name for each one, how much more does He not take note of you.  He sees, He knows and longs to make Himself known to you through His Son in your present state as you look to Him in believing trust & faith. Take time today to read the rest of the chapter (verses 27-31) and be encouraged by the wondrous work of our God.
 
Meet Tim!
 
Tim Scarrott, originally from Salmon Arm, BC Canada, has just joined our staff serving as a Food Services Assistant in the kitchen this fall.  We asked him what he's been learning about the Lord Jesus while serving Him in this way.
 
"It has been cool for me to see how the Lord has blessed me in this ministry as I followed His calling to return after my LTS year in 07/08.  Though I had no previous cooking experience I have been encouraged by the Lord as He gives me more joy than I could ask for, especially in the many unfamiliar tasks.  It has also been great to be welcomed, encouraged and trained by a loving kitchen staff as well as the rest of the staff body here at Capernwray Harbour.  The Lord continues to reveal His faithfulness to me daily as He equips me for new challenges and strengthens me for those 5:30 AM shifts."
 
Home Groups! What are they & what for?

Besides all the classroom teaching, Home Groups are a great way for staff and students to enjoy each other as we grow to know the Lord Jesus more personally.  Each Home Group is made up of about 12 students plus 2 or 3 staff.  Every couple of weeks the groups meet in staff homes to discuss the Life of Christ as He’s described in John's Gospel. 
 
The groups have also recently met in staff homes to hear each student's personal presentation of the Gospel of Mark which were individually prepared.  How challenging and encouraging to hear what they learned!  This stimulates us to pray to our Heavenly Father about those things which He's shown us.
 
It’s fun also just getting together for a meal or a games night too!

Asia Practicum Programme 
(Short-term Missions Opportunities) 
 
Exciting weeks for interns in the Asia Practicum Programme. The girls in the Philippines had an opportunity to work at a midwifery clinic in Davao city last week. There they helped care for the new mothers and even assisted in some births! Meanwhile at Green Valley Bible Centre we hosted a Leaders Conference attended by about 25 Pastors from South India.
 
Check out our New Podcast at www.asiapracticum.ca to listen in on our adventures. 
 
We hope you have been blessed in reading this edition of Harbour Happenings!