The Blog of Pastor Mike Wilkins

In The Long Run

"The long run" referred to in the title of this blog is, in the first place, the many years Mike Wilkins served as West London's solo pastor, and then its Senior Pastor, since he and his wife Deb moved to London (and this church) in 1984.

In these past few years (beginning November 2011,) Mike's various health challenges, particularly a serious and ongoing case of cancer, has added another layer to the "long run" metaphor, and lots to blog about. Mike is currently on an extended Sick Leave, but generally worships with the church family on Sunday mornings.

With the publication of a book he wrote in 2016 entitled "Glory in the Face" (now available electronically and in paperback from, and other online venders), Mike has just launched a new website, which will serve as a sort of scrapbook for readers of the book, with relevant background photos, for example, of That Last Final Solo Canoe Trip in May, 2011, as well as additional information about the book, and--coming soon--a new set of blog posts, mostly about the peace of God and the joy of the Lord and the face of Christ and the strength to face anything. You'll find the new website now at

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    What I Did On My Summer Vacation

    September 1, 2016

    Today being the 1st of September, many households are thinking about kids going back to school. It’s been a lot of years since Deb and I have sent any child of ours off to school in September. But as I recall from my own experience, what happened first was the writing of a paragraph entitled, “What I Did On My Summer Vacation."

    This blog post (my first since February, other than two book lists I posted more recently) has the same title. I am writing it to answer a question that I have actually been asked a time or two over the last few months: “Why are you not still blogging?” I have two answers.

    The first is that, as 2016 began, I came to the conclusion that, having blogged for three years about almost nothing other than my bad health, I have now written everything I have to write about getting cancer, and coping with cancer, and receiving news, both good and bad, about my cancer. Everything. So I stopped. On Groundhog Day.

    That one reason was all I had to say about not blogging—until the middle of March. Then, for some reason, I began to feel more energetic than I had felt for a long time. So energetic that I was able to get busy writing a book I have had a mind to write for quite a while. Writing it became my second reason for not blogging. And now that book is written.

    It’s called “Glory in the Face” -- and is primarily built around 2 Corinthians 4:6.  Its strange title is explained (somewhat) by the subtitle: “The Face of Christ and the Strength to Face Anything.” It should be available on Amazon, two or three months from now, both as a Kindle Book, and as a paperback. I’ll let the readers of this blog know when it actually is available.

    And that’s what I did this year on my summer vacation.


    On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Donna Sylvester said:

    Dallas and I have a new posting at Fairhaven Leadership Retreat in Vernon. I look forward to reading your book and purchasing a copy for the library there. It would be a wonderful resource. Our love to you and your family!


    On Monday, September 12, 2016, Will said:

    I could not resist commenting. Well written!


    On Sunday, September 11, 2016, Eleanore Lannin said:

    Good news. We can never get too much Mike in opinion anyway.



    On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Liz Bol said:

    I was so hoping that was the reason for your "silence" in the blog department. I can hardly wait for the opportunity to purchase one or two or maybe three or four. It is so important to keep hurting folks' attention on the Real Deal.....Christ. Thank you for writing in a bigger way. Sending love to you and your family.

    On Friday, September 2, 2016, Darleen Carter said:

    I will wait anticipating a great book to read Mike! Hardly can wait!


    On Friday, September 2, 2016, joanne preston said:

    Can't wait to read it Mike!


    On Friday, September 2, 2016, Gord Sloan said:



    On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Marv Penner said:

    I hope it has a duck in it!

    ~ Oops. I forgot the duck, Marv.  Now I'll have to write another book.

    On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Erika Rempel said:

    Pastor Mike! This is excellent excellent news! I eagerly await this book!


    On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Mary said:

    Mike, that's wonderful!! Looking forward to reading it. Glad to hear see that you aren't done teaching and sharing your heart!


    On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Laura said:

    I also look forward to reading it. Since my memory is not good these days a reminder is great for me and I thank you in advance. You have taught me so much since our family came to WLA. God continues to bless us in many ways and you are one of them. Thanks for continuing to share.


    On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Brent Farquhar said:

    Praise the Lord for strength to write. I'm so excited for this book to come out and will read it with great joy and desire!!


    On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Roy Hall said:

    We look forward to reading your valued thoughts expressed in book form!


    On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Miriam Charter said:

    I can't wait to hear it is released!!


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