are children really welcome? – Jesus says yes!




Everytime people encounter Jesus they change in some way. The story of Jesus welcoming the children will obviously have an impact on the kids, their parents, and the disciples who acted as his security detail. But it also challenges the cultural attitude towards children. The Kingdom of God is just as Jesus demonstrates – welcoming, accepting, blessing. So who are you inviting and who are you blocking?

Oh – the photo attached is of three of our grandchilden taken just 10 days ago. Yvonne and I are looking forward to again introducing some of them to St. Andrew’s in August 2012. It will be exciting (& challenging & busy!) as they come to stay with us, all on their own!


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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