Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Delight’s Celebration of Life Service

 Delight’s Celebration of Life Service is
March 10, 2012 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
EastHill Church Sanctuary
701 North Main Ave
Gresham, Or 97030

Food and Fellowship will follow - across the parking lot in the Youth Center

Last weekend we took the grandkids to the graveside and met up with about 40 relatives and friends from the Bend area.  It was a beautiful, sunny day.  It's hard to grieve about her body being in the ground, since she's really with Jesus right now.  But the tears did flow at the realization the only thing we were missing over the weekend was her.  She would have enjoyed being with the family and directing meals and grandkids.  
Stories were shared and we realized, even more, that the youngest ones may have little to no memory of the grandma who always gave them snacks, signed and dated every book she gave them and loved to work in her garden.
So I am going to ask you to do something for us.  We are going to make a book for the grandkids – filled with stories from Delight’s friends.  The kids don't know the Delight who prayed with people, the Delight who welcomed people into her home (for a meal or for a few months) or the Delight who spoke words of encouragement, deliverance and direction into peoples lives.
Would you take a moment to tell us one of your favorite Delight stories?  
You can email them back to Jennifer at djnkpete@gmail.com
Some of you have asked where to give in lieu of flowers.  There are two places close to Delight’s heart : International House of Prayer-NW and Glory of Zion. I have included a small blurb about both organizations with a link to their giving page.   Make sure you put "in memory of Delight Petersen".
The mission of International House of Prayer Northwest is to establish night and day intercessory worship for the return of Jesus in preparation of establishing His Kingdom on the earth. International House of Prayer Northwest will train and mobilize worshiping intercessors that operate in the forerunner spirit as end-time prophetic messengers.
Here is a direct link to IHOP-NW’s  giving page  Designate the funds “in memory of Delight Petersen”
We are called to help you achieve the fullness of your destiny in God. Our name signifies our call...
1.   To see the VISITATION of God in our city and nation. We are a church with a call to seek revival. We desire to see the GLORY of God manifested in our midst through signs & wonders, resulting in the fullness of harvest coming into the kingdom! (Psalm 85:6-13)
2. To see the Church RESTORED to its true foundation. The blossoming of the fig tree (Israel) through the restored Messianic movement signals a call to the church to return to its true roots and be re-established on its New Testament apostolic-prophetic foundation. (Eph. 2:20; 3:5-6)
Here is a direct link to GOZ’s giving page.  In additional comments, designate “in memory of Delight Petersen”
We will see you on March 10th  to Celebrate the gift of Delight's Life-
Jennifer Petersen

Thursday, February 09, 2012


Dear Friends,
Just over a week ago we lost a great friend and lover of Jesus. Delight Petersen (with Bill and her grandchildren) is dancing with Jesus now. Just a few days before her homecoming we gathered musicians to worship in the living room of her home. There was an overwhelming sense of joy. With the same spirit of joy we'll celebrate Delight's life and rejoice in A Living Savior this Sunday, February 12 at 4 PM for our potluck and 6 PM for worship at theTroutdale House.
Just a few days ago Bill shared with the ALS support group his thoughts and feelings. What he wrote was profoundly moving and you can read it here.
We bless you,
Recent pictures of the marriage of our new son in law Jeremiah to our daughter Danielle...with our sons, Matthew, Paul, and Nathan.


Bill's Word to ALS Support Group

Hi. My name is Bill Petersen. My wife, Delight, was diagnosed with Medical ALS
(MALS) in January 2010. She died last Tuesday.

I am here today to thank all of you for the support, encouragement and
friendship. This group was an important part of our journey through MALS. You
might be asking yourself, “Why?”.

There is a collective strength in being part of a group who share a common
struggle. That collective strength flows down to you as an individual. When we
were tempted to think of our own struggle, we knew that there were others who
were walking the same path. That gave us strength to go on.

Important parts of that strength are those of you who are caregivers. With me is
a couple which has been strength to me and Delight during our journey. This
is Mike and Connie Dana. They were caregivers to Delight but more than that,
they loved her and have supported me in many ways over the past two years. I
encourage you, as I did last month, to identify caregivers in your circle of friends
and enlist their help early. I honor all of you who are caregivers.

For those of you who have been diagnosed with MALS, today I speak Comfort
to you because I have, and am, receiving comfort from those who surround me in
Love. I speak Hope to you - the Hope that will produce in you patient endurance
because of the journey that you are on. If you are new to the group, come back
to receive the hope, the comfort and the love that is here.

I also want to honor Lance, Sarah, Clare, Nancy, Betts and the entire team that
Dr. Goslin has assembled. They do not carry us as a burden on their shoulders
but rather they carry us in their hearts. Everyday they faced our challenges with
us. That is the strength of this MALS Support Group. I think we need to give them
a big handclap and cheer.

On the Oregon/SW Washington ALS Support Group website under the
heading “What is an ALS Support Group?” are 11 “IT IS” items.

On of the “IT IS” items states that a support group is “. . . guest speakers, current
research, diets, books, therapies and beliefs”

I’ve heard guest speakers here; I’ve read about current MALS research on
various websites; I’ve read books about MALS; heard about diets and therapies
but I’ve not heard much about beliefs.

So, I want to leave you with two things that I believe. My first belief about
MALS is that there is a cure for it. The cure for MALS is not in drugs nor is it
in the medical field. My wife was actually misdiagnosed. She was diagnosed
with MALS but she actually had ALS. In fact, she had ALS from her childhood

because at a very early age she had accepted Jesus Christ as A Loving Savior.

The cure for MALS is Jesus. JESUS IS ALS. He loved Delight so much that
when he came to heal her, she passed away peacefully into His arms. There was
no struggle.

He IS the only cure. That is my belief. I suspect that there are others in this group
who also believe and know that Jesus is ALS. If that is you, please stand. I honor
you for your stand.

Now, if you are not sure about this, I have a Rx for you. Take the Bible and read
the book of John for 15 minutes each day for one month. It will be good medicine
for your soul.

My second belief is that, Jesus the Loving Savior that cures MALS, is also A
LIVING SAVIOR. He is alive today. You can talk to Him and He will answer you.
Some people call that “prayer”. I just call that talking to God. And by the way, I
also believe that Jesus and God are one in the same.

I think C.S. Lewis said it best, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of
things Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher; he’d either be a lunatic – on
a level with a man who says he’s a poached egg- or else he’d be the devil of hell.
You must make your choice. Either this man was and is the Son of God, or else
a madman or something worse. …But don’t let us come up with any patronizing
nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He hasn’t left that open to us.
He didn’t intend to.”

So, I will leave you with this …

John 10:3-4
3The watchman opens the door for this man, and the sheep listen to his
voice and heed it; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them,
and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. AMP

Remember, Jesus is A Loving Savior and A Living Savior. He is ALS.

God bless all of you. If you have any questions, I’d love to answer them.