screenshot-2016-12-19-15-49-23Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. 
Colossians 2:7

If 2015 was about change, then 2016 was about roots! Over this past year, we have begun to feel our roots grow down – in our community, church, relationships and our ministry. God rocks!

Caleb is now in Gr. 9 (gulp!) and has moved up to the senior youth program (Merge) at our church. Caleb continues to carve and we’re eagerly anticipating the results of his current big project – a dragon’s head! Noah is in Gr. 7 and loves going to the library. He reads voraciously! Ben is in Gr. 4 and has discovered the joy of cooking eggs. We love the delicious results. Sam is in Gr. 2 and is pretty passionate about playing with cars and taking the role of youngest brother seriously. He loves to learn from, and play with his brothers.

Theresa and the boys continue to work extremely hard homeschooling and we are so thankful for the boys’ desire to learn! We enjoy the benefits of the local homeschooling network and value the relationships and support.

img_2024Caleb, Noah and Ben participate in the Created to Create program of Northumberland Youth Unlimited (YFC). All three are in Musical Theatre (Caleb doing set design and technology, Noah and Ben acting) and Noah is in Concert Band where he is learning a multitude of percussion instruments. Sam is eager to start Created to Create next year! Over this past year, we have enjoyed opportunities to volunteer at our church (Cobourg Alliance). Theresa, Caleb, Noah and Ben are helping regularly in the kids area and I’ve been able to play guitar occasionally with one of the worship teams. We’re also benefiting from being a part of a Life Group at our church.

I was part of a preaching mentorship team over the summer, writing and preaching a message on Courageous Service. It was an honour to include our journey to Northumberland Youth Unlimited (YFC) in my message. I also had the privilege to be the speaker at a youth weekend retreat and to preach at Colborne Pentecostal Church in the Fall.

img_3285We are so thankful for such an amazing wife and mom in Theresa – one who works extremely hard for our family. She’s quite simply the best wife and the best mom (apologies to the rest of you). Theresa is enjoying our new home, gardening and working at her friend’s consignment store. This year we celebrated 16 years of marriage. We  couldn’t do this thing called life without Theresa!

Our ministry at Northumberland Youth Unlimited (YFC) continues to grow. The two areas that I am directly involved with are Passages and Chaplaincy. The Passages program is an awareness program confronting the plight of refugees and saw 641 youth become educated and empowered for change! As Team Chaplain for the Cobourg Cougars I have seen an amazing interest in God and prayer. In fact, almost the entire team attends our biweekly chapel sessions. I have also discovered the joy of praying daily for the players, even if it’s for a lost wallet! A ministry and family highlight this year was attending YFC Canada’s National Ministry Conference (NMC) at Blue Mountains. Theresa and I were able to serve over 400 YFC staff and families by helping in the kids area and transportation. Our boys met many new YFC friends from across Canada who they can’t wait to see again. NMC 2017 is in Winnipeg and we’re praying and hoping to bring the boys with us again. NMC is a great way to invest into our family alongside other YFC families.

God continues to amaze us with how He not only provides, but also blesses. Our van died a slow and painful death this past spring. God knew we needed another van and as a family we committed to pray. In His great timing God provided a new-to-us van in a way we couldn’t have imagined. What a lesson in providence and blessing for our family.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. Rom. 13:15a

With Love:   The Posthumus Family

(Tony, Theresa, Caleb, Noah, Benjamin, Samuel)

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