This past weekend I was in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, at Bible Baptist Church, where Larry Bird is the pastor. I spoke at the church three times and at the annual convention of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches (FEBC) in Canada, Manitoba Region, on Saturday twice. The convention was also held at Bible Baptist Church. What a delight to be with these brothers and sisters. The fellowship and hospitality was tremendous. There are eight or so churches in the Region—the smallest of the FEBC regions. Again, it was a privilege to be with these Baptist brothers and sisters and meet a number who knew men that I knew.
It is amazing to think that I have lived in this country for forty years and when it comes to going west I had never been outside of Ontario. The farthest west I had ever been was Blind River, Ontario! I have been much farther west in the US but not in my home country. So it was a privilege to fly into Winnipeg, where a brother, Ed Price, picked me up and drove me to Portage. Pastor Bird loves the doctrines of grace and it was a privilege to meet him again and minister to his people.