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Long distance community?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2006 in community, fellowship | 1 comment

The internet is a marvelous thing. A few weeks ago, one of the families within our community moved to another country. We have been keeping in touch with them through email, but sometimes that’s just not enough. Now, with the help of a program called Skype (, we were able to talk to them live! We’re looking forward to talking with them often.

I know they read this blog occasionally, so the following message is for them (and they know who they are):

We love you, and we miss you! We thank God that we can partner with you. Though our hearts sometime ache from being apart physically, know that no distance can separate the bond of fellowship that God birthed in all of us. May His Spirit testify to you of our love for you!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as … you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:2-11)

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  1. 12-6-2006

    The feeling is mutual. You made me cry. We thank the Father for whatever computer geeks created Skype! Any time we communicate with our church family stateside, it makes us long for heaven. The joy of being together here on earth must be miniscule compared to the joy of eternity with the Father! But even live, real-time, web-cam conversations give us joy these days.