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The Things Above

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Phil first joined the CIAM family as a volunteer, bringing in music and content. Now as a full-time missionary, he is responsible for technical development of significant future media developments.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Colossians 3:1-2

Peters Family Faith Journey 2023

On a number of occasions I have the opportunity to dig a little ways into technological devices for diagnostics or minor repairs. I have always had a fascination with what looks like a tiny city on a circuit board. What is rather interesting is that all the elements that make these parts were dug out of the ground in many different places around the world. Then some very smart people who were looking to solve a particular problem experimented with many processes to discover a specific solution. Now, because of these elements, processes and solutions, there are over 5000 satellites delivering the Internet to every region on earth including into our home. 

Satellites aren’t what Paul was talking about in the letter to Colossae, obviously. We set our minds on Christ who is the creator and sustainer of all things. With our minds on Christ we are thankful for the technologies available to us to make His name known. Over the last several months some of the real challenges we have faced is getting the technology parts to work alongside those we work with.

For some reason there is interference, and this is preventing CIAM from broadcasting at full strength. Here, facing this obstinate problem, our challenge is to ‘Set our mind on things that are above’. It’s natural to focus on the things on earth to solve this problem. And while there may be a technical solution that we have not yet discovered, we choose to admit we don’t know. We don’t give up though, rather, we look up. Where does our help come from? Our help comes from the Lord. He will answer.

Not only do we wish to make His name known, we want to see His name made great. When He answers prayer, it is our Lord the maker of heaven and earth and all that is in it who receives honour and praise. Thanks be to Him!

About Phil and Rhonda

Phil and Rhonda Peters

More than 25 years ago a very special commitment was made between myself, my future wife Rhonda, and God. The commitment was a response to our Lord Jesus redeeming us to himself. Our life was not given to us to be spent on the pursuit of earthly possessions, wealth, power or fame. We made a commitment to be in God’s service wherever He would take us.

Even though we thought at the time it would take us to the utter ends of the earth from our perspective, God’s plans were different than ours. He showed us His plan to reveal more of Himself to us and to thousands of people right around our childhood home in Northern Alberta, the birthplace of CIAM Radio.

So began the amazing and wonderful journey of serving at CIAM Media, first as a volunteer bringing in music and content and growing in responsibilities leading to technical development of significant future media developments. Rhonda and I are passionate about being disciples and making disciples in our community, in our work places and around the world online.

Please pray for us that we might discern how to live by faith and introduce Jesus to those around us who express many peripheral needs. Financial support makes it possible for us to serve in the capacity we do and we appreciate your heartfelt support in every way.

Phil & Rhonda Peters with family