by Lynell Caudillo
Twenty years ago a young couple with two little boys moved from Oregon to Des Moines, Washington. The younger son was just 6 months old and learning to sit up. The older son was just about to celebrate his fourth birthday, and enroll in preschool. The couple arrived with seven and a half years of pastoral experience, lots of enthusiasm, and a deep commitment to serving Christ. Fast forward twenty years; ”the younger son is a junior at UW in Tacoma studying business. The older son is a newlywed, working in North Seattle and a graduate of SPU. The couple is still married, still enthusiastic, and still deeply committed to serving Christ together with one another, and with you!
A few other things have changed. We are all twenty years older! We are all twenty years wiser (I hope!)
We have said good-bye to some dear saints who have gone to be with the Lord. They are missed, but remembered with gratitude. We have welcomed some new members who bring new insights, spiritual gifts, and energy. Some staff members have come and gone, as well as some programs. The building has undergone some significant transformation. In 1990 a long planned for addition was made as the "Genesis" building was demolished (with the exception of the basement and foundation) and a new administrative/office area, handicap accessible restrooms, enclosed hallway, lengthening of the fellowshiphall and north stairway to the downstairs was added. Just last year the building was painted and the parking lot paved. Currently a new driveway and connection to our parking lot is being added by the Highline School District as Parkside Elementary School is being rebuilt and its access reconfigured.
Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
In spite of all the changes over the past 20 years, there is one thing that will never change: Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) We trust that God is always at work to transform us inwardly and make us more like the Savior. While this is an inner transformation, it should be obvious in the ways we relate to one another and to our community. As your pastors, our purpose has remained constant: For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. (I Corinthians 4: 5)
Let us keep building on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ who brings life, hope, and meaning to us and to our world!