Fear & Doubt
- Friday, August 18, 2017
- By Shawn Branch
From August 3-6, 2017 I was blessed to experience the beauty and hospitality of Whitehorse. I was there to speak at the Gospel Jamboree hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Yukon. A few days of fellowship, singing, teaching and growth. People came from across the province for this time together, with leaders from Toronto, Alaska and myself joining in.
I was teaching in the afternoon on the topic of evangelism. Over the days together, we shared our fears, struggles and challenges in sharing our faith with those around us. Fear of rejection, sharing the wrong thing, not having a good answer, etc... are the most common ones that I hear in offering these workshops. I was able to witness a change in understanding and perception over the days - people leaving with an understanding of that they can be involved in reaching out to their communities and sharing their faith story. One woman came up to me later on Sunday and said, "Thanks for giving me the tools and perspective to see that I can do this. I'm not so worried about it anymore." Another commented that ideas were churning in their mind about how their church can be a blessing to the community.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
A great privilege was to spend the mornings with Terry Buckle. Commissioned in 1962, Terry has spent the vast amount of his ministry in the North, retired as Archbishop of the Yukon and mostly served on our board. Terry and I shared coffee in the mornings and he acted as a tour guide showing me around the beauty of the area.
The warmth and openness of the people were stellar and I was privileged to meet and spend time with them.