The words “Pastor” and “Dad” have always been synonymous for me. Not in the Spiritual-Father kind of way, but rather in the, The-Pastor-is-Literally-my-Father kind of way. My dad was ordained when I was nine years old, and seven years later I would have a revelation about my own pastoral path. Only six years after that revelation, I would be given my first full time pastorate.
To the pastors reading this article: your children are learning from you, not your sermons. Your weekly thirty-minute teaching on forgiveness is not what they will remember, but instead they are going to remember what you modelled for them in the 10,050 other minutes of the week.
In our home there was no disconnection between the pulpit and the patio. What dad taught in church on Sunday, he modelled at home all week. I don’t mean to say that my dad was the perfect incarnation of Jesus, but he certainly taught me what it looks like to try and be. And what I saw in Pastor Dad has helped me as I learned to be a pastor to my own church.
“..I was able to learn how to prioritize rest and family...”
Being a second-generation pastor is a little bit like being fast-tracked. You can’t skip any lessons, but you get to learn them so much younger.
In my early teens, I was able to learn how to prioritize rest and family, build healthy boundaries, find time for fun, and never compromise your beliefs for what is convenient. These are lessons that I learned from Pastor Dad that I continue to lean heavily on to this day.
I didn’t learn how to pastor by sitting in the pew. I learned how to pastor by sitting at my father’s kitchen table. Now my prayer is that my children will learn the same lessons at my table.
Pastors Jesse & Julie Bourassa
Gateway Victory Church
SEW LOVE FOUNDATION INC.
Lori Peters began Sew Love in 2009 as a ministry working with Victory Children’s Homes Foundation to provide scholarships for our children in Rwanda. Sew Love initially raised its funds through the sale of African purses, which provided for boarding school scholarships and school fees for about 4 years.
In 2014, after VCHF took over an orphanage in Kisumu, Kenya, Sew Love saw the need for ongoing family support once the students graduated from high school and/or were exited by government mandate from the orphanage. Pastor Dan Nickol was in Kisumu with Drs. George & Hazel Hill at the time and in a conversation with Lori Peters discussed the possibility of expanding Sew Love’s mandate to, break the cycle of generational poverty through Christ-centred FAMILY relationships/housing, mentorship & life skills, scholarships/small business investment, and community service.
It was at this time, the first Sew Love family home was established, providing family, love and hope to a group of our young women who had recently graduated. Starting with 2 students in Rwanda, Sew Love has had the privilege of serving over 100 African children, youth, and young adults. We continue to interview graduates in Kenya & Rwanda, and actively pursue continued growth.
The last 5 years have proved challenging, but not without fruit. We are seeing family members draw closer to God and one another, grow in their identity in Christ, receive healing in their bodies and minds, develop the necessary skills to live as adults, and build their knowledge and confidence to maintain sustainable employment. All the while, reaching into their communities with the same love. In Africa, continued education & experience are vitally important.
From where we started to where we are, the Sew Love family is growing larger and stronger every day. Developing life skills, reaching out into our community, helping each other and their younger brothers and sisters at the home, and learning what it means to be a child of God; all made possible through love.
Love truly changes EVERYTHING.
If you would like to know more about Sew Love, please visit their website: sewloveworld.com