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NOVEMBER 2012 Vol. XXII, No. 4 Pa r k C ities P r esby ter i an C hur ch “But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine.’” —Isaiah 43:1 Reinvesting the love received in Asia 2 The language learned is not just words 3 Finding Hong Kong on more than a map 4 Worship and training under the big tree 5 Identifying our primary identity as women 6 Arts Academy develops bestowed creativity 8 Power used for the common good 9 Middle schoolers take to the woods 10 New preschool leader knows ministry well 11 Marissa survives a near-miss on life 12 Jesus’ adoption of us is a pattern to follow 13 Interns find joy at DPRC during summer 14 Bringing the vision of ESL into focus 15 Counseling ministry off to good start 16 (Presbyterian Church in America) Beloved PCPC pastor accepts new call Then something Tookish woke up inside him Patrick and Christie with children Savannah (front), and (l to r) Jedidiah and Seamus. I n J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, an intriguing development occurs at the start of this classic tale. Gandalf invites Bilbo Baggins (the hobbit) to journey on an adventure with him. Bilbo’s first response is a decisive, “no,” for it was the Baggins’ side of Bilbo’s persona that grounded him in comfort and domestication. Yet it is at this moment that Tolkien gives an inspiring insight into another aspect of Bilbo’s persona—his Tookish side. “As they [the dwarves] sang, the hobbit felt the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moving through him, a fierce and jealous love, the desire of the hearts of the dwarves. Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” In these words we feel the resonating aches of our own hearts to journey on an adventure that leads us to see the great mountains, hear the pine trees and the waterfalls, explore caves, and to wear a sword. It is to this adventurous, risk-taking life for the Gospel that God has called us. It is a God-centered, Christ-exalting, Gospel-proclaiming adventure. If the Resurrection is true (And it is!) does it not beckon us to step out in faith and follow God’s leading? It is this divine leading for which Patrick Lafferty has accepted the call, pending presbytery approval, to be the organizing pastor of a PCA church in southwest Dallas called Christ the King ( I sat down with Patrick to ask him some questions about his new adventure. Who is Christ the King church and what’s your dream for that body? Christ the King is a mission church in southwest Dallas. It’s a forty-member church with a loving and resilient disposition. My dream is to establish a God-honoring, Christ-exalting, community-loving church marked by love for one another. How did you pray, listen, and consult in making this big decision? We spent much time in prayer surrounding each step of this process and continued on last page

WITNESS: November 1, 2012

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