Resilience is the ability to withstand, adapt and grow in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy and stress. It’s the ability to transcend despite all the odds. Resilience is the single quality we all need now to go where no one has gone before.
Ken Gaetz knows a thing or two about transcending despite the odds.
At age 93, Ken is in the most COVID-vulnerable group of Canadians. When asked how he is coping, he simply replies, “It hasn’t affected me much. I watch church online. I miss being with people. Isolation is not that big a problem for me.”
Ken, now a widower in Kelowna, B.C., pioneered the first Pentecostal Chapel in the Northwest Territories; organized the Pentecostal Sub-Arctic Mission; served as a volunteer firefighter, town councillor, deputy mayor, and justice of the peace; assisted in relocating the entire town following the devastating flood of ’63; planted multiple Dene and Inuit churches; was the first administrator of the first hospital north of the 60th parallel; and even had a street named after him in Hay River — Gaetz Drive.
How did Ken accomplish so much? He kept saying yes to what the Lord prompted him to do. As Jesus described it, Ken was “abiding” in Him.
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