Community Blessing Fund

Local Ministries Fund

Community Blessing Fund
Purpose: to bless an organization or public institution (school, senior care facility, community centre, library, etc.) as a means of demonstrating a responsibility and care for our neighbours in our broader community.  The blessing should engender an on-going personal relationship with the organization or institution.

Local Ministries Fund
Purpose: to sponsor Christian organizations in Regina, or non-Christian organizations in Regina providing a service in harmony with PCC values.

Guidelines: Written proposals for either fund can be submitted to the pastoral staff.  Please contact the office for further details.

 

#PCCRegina Sponsors the Following Global and Local Workers

Healing Hearts Ministry Inc. 

PCC supports Healing Hearts Ministries by praying for their ministry and supporting some of their workers financially.

Prayer is a vital part of any Christian ministry and at Healing Hearts Ministry Inc. (HHM) they realize that they can not do ministry without prayer.  The attached link to their November Prayer Bulletin will help to give you a better understanding of who and what HHM is, as well as what everyone is involved in.  We thank you and value your prayers!

November Prayer Bulletin 

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Matt & Ruth (Winnipeg, MB)

Serving with MB Mission to coordinate projects in Central Asia, support our global workers around the world, and develop new missional leaders in Central Canada.

November at a Glance

What's up in Winnipeg

Our family attended the annual Take Flight Retreat from Nov. 10-12th. It is a time for our staff and various SOAR volunteers to come together and spend time in prayer, worship as we brainstorm and discern together what God wants our next SOAR Heartland program to look like. Our new intern, Karissa Durant, did a great job of leading it, and we came away feeling encouraged and excited!
 
A group of women from our office spent a comp day watching Christmas movies together a couple of weeks ago. It was such a lovely and cozy time with my fellow co-workers, whom I (Ruth) have grown to love like family. I am so grateful for this team that God has placed around us here in Winnipeg.

We had the privilege of inviting one of our missionary couples, Gordon and Gwenyth Nickel, to share at our staff coffee break on Nov. 14th. Afterward, our team had a time of prayer together with them, and it was encouraging for everyone involved. I have been in regular communication with our office's long term international workers, and it has been wonderful to get to know each of them better and to learn how our office can be resourcing them more effectively. I received an email from one family last week which began, "Thanks so much for your warm words. You really do understand where we are at these days." As I read this, I thought, "This is why I do what I do."

Across the Pond

We are excited about how God is moving in our dear friend, Hakan’s ministry.  Along with his family and several others, he has started a new church plant and just recently baptized another 10 new believers! We are looking for people to partner financially with Hakan and his team as they work to plant churches. If you would like to hear more about this project or be added to their email updates, please let us know!

A Bit About the Brauns

Caleb had his 10th birthday on Nov. 22nd and we planned a fun pizza party with his friends. While it was pretty crazy with 11 boys running around our house, we were so very grateful to see all of these good friendships that Caleb is developing, and to see him thriving and happy as he has navigated this past year with growing wisdom and maturity.

As we enter into this Christmas season, it is such a joy to be incorporating some of our familiar family traditions and adding some new ones. One of these welcome additions was a cookie baking day with Matt's aunt and cousins here in the city. We had a lovely day together and everyone left with piles of Christmas baking. Such a fun new tradition!

Ruth was one of three guest speakers at our church's annual Women's Christmas Brunch last weekend. Over 200 women attended and it was a very meaningful morning as we focused on the theme, Healing at the Heart of Christmas.

We were so thankful to be able to take a quick, overnight trip to Saskatchewan to meet our new little niece last weekend! What a blessing to be close enough to our families to enjoy these special moments together!

   

         

Caleb checking out his pizza birthday cake, Matt's firest niece :), Baking Day, Chirstmas movies with girls

BEFORE THE THRONE

  • We praise God for this season to slow down and quiet our hearts as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • We are so thankful for our MB Mission team here in Winnipeg!
  • Caleb's good friend, Alex, lives with his grandparents, and his grandma just passed away last week. Alex has been staying with us on and off since her passing. Please join us in praying for Alex and his grandpa, that we would be the love and light of Jesus to them in this very hard time.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Staff Team Day - December 7

FGMB's Sunday School Christmas program - December 17

School Christmas Break - December 23 - January 7

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Phil & Carol Bergen (Burkina Faso)  

 Serving with MB Missions among our adopted people group, the Nanerige; team leadership, church planting. 

 

Greetings from Salinas, CA where we are currently at the breakfast table with our daughter Maria and baby Zeke.  As you guess from our newsletter, the last couple months since leaving Burkina have been very full for us!  And after our son’s John-Mark’s wedding, I started a class called Biblical Interpretation II at FPU seminary; all our reading and papers are due in week, so I’m in the midst of “crunch time”!  Meanwhile, Phil has got some weeks set aside for doing some writing, so we’re both doing our best to keep our noses to the grindstone.

We are sending this newsletter large enough for you to zoom in on the pictures and get a better look.  We’ve tried up to 300% and it worked ok.  Enjoy.  We sure did! 

May you be encouraged by Phil’s stories in this month’s Blip! 

July Blip

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Joel Braun (Regina)

Serving with Healing Hearts Ministries; operates True Wheels, a bike repair shop, as a means to reach community youth.

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Richard & Hazel Funk (Austria)

Serving with MB Mission, Member Care facilitators to missionaries in Europe and Central Asia; mentoring, teaching, and discipling Austrian church leaders.

Christmas Update from the Funks

What a joy it was to worship with our brothers and sisters in Lithuania!!  As we sat in the van, driving from one city to another, our hearts were overjoyed knowing that the light and salt of the gospel is being spread in so many places!!  It was so good to meet the European Mennonite Leaders from many different countries.  Our time as country Team Leaders was enriching and helpful. 

Now that we are back in Leonding, we are busy with all the last-minute things, before we leave for Canada.

Would you pray with us for:

  • Guidance for one of our team members, as he works on a video, for our time in the churches
  • Meaningful time, as we meet with our children here this Saturday, for a little “pre-Christmas” gathering and say our goodbyes to them.
  • Time to visit our neighbour lady before we leave next week
  • Wisdom in packing
  • For our team, Christmas party on Sunday. 
  • Member Care conversations and Skype calls before leaving 

Thank you so much for your prayers.  We are flying out of Linz, early Thursday morning, Dec. 14th and arriving in Saskatoon at 6:50pm.  

John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

What a gift the Father gave us, when He sent Jesus! 

We wish you a blessed Advent Season!

Hazel & Richard

Funks Foreign Report - October 2017

Included in the Funk's Foreign Report are stories of how God "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine... to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus..."  Ephesians 3:20,21.

Click Funk's Foreign Report  to read these stories and to view their itinerary while in Canada.

 

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Nick & Vivian Helliwell (Regina)

 Nick & Vivian are faith missionaries serving
Urban First Nations people in Regina, Saskatchewan.
As founding members of the Healing Hearts community,
Nick & Vivian both actively reach into the community
they came out of over 20 years ago.
In order to supplement their missionary support,
Nick’s ministry to men includes serving as
a half-time chaplain at the Regina Provincial Corrections Centre.
Married in 1995, Nick and his wife Vivian have raised many children over the years,
having been foster parents for over 15 years.

The only constant in life...

Whew! To say there has been a few changes doesn't quite say it all. 
As I sit down to write this newsletter, I struggle to put to words the emotions.  No single episode seems to capture all that has happened.  Articulating the journey from grief to gratefulness is no easy narrative.  When I went to the hospital, Vivian weathered a traumatic emotional storm.  Fear of losing me, her husband, being left alone and with the kids.  Vivian has described those days in the hospital as being of particular grace poured out upon her.  That the staff we encountered were like unto the angels themselves ministering to her and myself.
The outpouring of sympathy, support and graciousness since then has been truly overwhelming.  From family, longtime friends, fellow Christians and even strangers.  Support poured in from a Go Fund Me campaign started by Vivian’s brother allowing me to take a month off.  People coming to visit with food and gifts.  I could go on and on…
Jesus Christ has brought blessing upon blessings to us and has been the peace amidst the storms.  We are a family.  We are all together.  We are surrounded by friends and loved ones.
We simply would not have made it through without God’s grace poured out upon us through so many wonderful people…

It is relatively quiet shortly after four o'clock.  A day off, Papa and the young ones watch yet another Christmas special while the older kids are either at some extracurricular activity or squirreled away somewhere doing their homework.  Vivian is downstairs quietly working by herself.  The doorbell rings and two little white dogs go nuts, barking as loud as they can. 
The three kids run to the stairs but know they have to wait for someone older to open the door.  Papa answers the door just as Alexah magically appears to ask, "Who is it?"
Another kind soul brings special treats.  The children, having waited a whole minute on the stairs, now rush down to bounce up and down excitedly singing “thank you’s” to someone they hardly know. Gratefully received is a treasure box of baking and sausage meats.

God has been so good and faithful and wonderful to us this past year. John 3:27 says "A person can receive only what is given them from heaven." The highest and best thank you we can give then, is grateful praise to Him who remains constant.

It will be a wonderful Christmas.  Certainly the best one the children have ever known.  Certainly the best Christmas we have ever known.

Praise the Lord! - and Thank You

  • The children's Child Tax Benefit came in!  We are carefully putting together a new financial plan to make the most of it.
  • The young kids, Alexah, (9), Serenity (6), Jayden (5) and Jordan are all happy, healthy and doing very well.
  • Our financial situation seems to have stabilized.  We have reviewed, re-arranged, re-organized and looking ahead things are looking alright.  We have set new goals, achievable and set new plan in place.  I feel really good about that.

Please Pray For Us

  • Please pray for our family as emotionally we are all still healing and still have things to be worked out.
  • Please pray for Vivian and I as parents to be wise in parenting all the kids protecting their dignity and respecting their personalities while teaching each of them how to do the same.
  • Please pray for Vivian as she needs time to herself that she would give herself time to pursue her own interests, talents and passions


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Pastor Madou Traore (Burkina Faso)

Serving alongside the Bergens among the Nanerige people; pastoring, discipling, and leadership development.

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Spurgeon & Gina Marie Root (Regina)

Serving with Healing Hearts Ministries. Surgeon is Director of Outreach Ministries. Gina Marie leads worship and abuse recovery groups.

 

Fall 2017
 
After a fabulous summer we are excited to be heading into another year of ministry!  This letter may be a little long so we’ve put things into headings, and if you aren’t interested in a certain aspect of our life then please skip on to the parts that are important to you.  If not, grab a coffee, a comfy seat and settle in for some reading.

Summer Update

June & July
 
Spurgeon had a mini-sabbatical from June to the end of August, which meant he wasn’t doing “regular” ministry, but neither was he on a 3-month holiday.  For June and July, he worked for Churchill River Canoe Outfitters in Missinipe, Saskatchewan where he did a whole variety of tasks. This allowed for a lot of time for reading and reflection, which is much more difficult to do in the chaos of life and work in North Central. 
A lot of the reading had to do with Phenomenology (both philosophical and psychological) and principles of Gestalt Psychology. If this sounds thick and boring, rest easy, this newsletter has nothing to do with that! This reading though was necessary because it forms some of the theoretical/research background for the book Spurgeon is working on about family-of-origin factors for gang members. The time and quiet to do this kind of work was very welcome.

Keziah joined Spurgeon for July and worked for CRCO as well. She found it difficult to be away from home for a month but also loved working and all the people they worked with.  CRCO was very happy with Kezzi as well and so hopefully the seeds have planted for a job that will develop and may hold her all the way through her college career.

Finally, all this developed into a long-term partnership between Healing Hands and CRCO.  What exactly this will look like isn’t completely certain, but there are exciting opportunities for a mutually beneficial relationship.  So overall it seems that Spurgeon’s time in Missinipe was very productive.
Europe Trip
In the beginning of August, the whole Root family plus Caylea Selke went to Europe. Caylea is the daughter of one of our other pastor couples and has been a significant part of our family for a very long time and we jokingly refer to her as our “bonus” daughter or more accurately our “three for the price of two” daughter. She is Kezzi’s mentor and we were so blessed to have her along with us.  This was an absolutely amazing experience, and we feel so blessed to have done this!
 
 
We cannot thank enough our supporters who encouraged us to do this and helped out in a number of ways to make this happen. It was a grand family adventure and an important part of our efforts to raise our daughters’ eyes beyond “The Hood.” While we do not regret our decision to raise them in the inner-city and believe this has been a positiveexperience for them (for the most part), it is also very limiting.  North Central is small and hard to escape.  Dreams don’t tend to be big and are frequently brutally killed before they are even born. We have tried to keep the horizons wide for our girls and to let them know how big, varied, and beautiful the world can be. It feels like this trip solidified that in some way.
Our first stop was Germany where we got to visit our beloved Gisela, who is retired from ministry with Healing Hearts in Regina and living back home in Germany. She was a fabulous guide who showed us many things we would not have known to go looking for. We got to experience again her undampened enthusiasm for Jesus and the incredible honor of meeting some of the other Sisters at the mother-house where Gisela lives.  A theme of our whole trip was visiting old sites of Christian worship/history and Gisela launched us on this in a great way with visits to some very old churches and monasteries.  It was very moving and meaningful to stand in places and think that God had been worshiped there for a thousand years.
 
 
From there we went to Paris for a couple days and saw the sights. We attended mass at Notre Dame. It was again humbling and awe inspiring to be worshiping in a church that was that old, but also strange and a little disconcerting to be surrounded by tourists snapping pictures of the priest and attendants during the liturgy.  Spurgeon tried to imagine being involved in a worship service at Healing Hearts while being surrounded by tourists taking pictures of him playing bass or preaching.  Aside from that, Paris was interesting and a highlight for Kezzi.  Spurgeon got his nerd on by reading a French existential philosopher while having coffee at a sidewalk café.
Next, the family went to Vimy Ridge, a WWI battlefield in France of particular significance to Canadians and Canadian history.  Touring the preserved trenches and standing where soldiers would have gone over the top 100 years ago was very sobering. Standing among the crater-pocked ground Kezzi looked around and said quietly, “Someone could have died right where I’m standing…”  The monument honoring the 60,000 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in the war was extremely moving, both awe inspiring and terribly poignant at the same time.
London was our next stop and was a highlight for Caylea. Again, we visited many tourist sites including the Tower of London.  By this point Spurgeon was struggling a little with the crowds, especially when he kept getting shoved into subways.  We are still not sure if time in the wilderness meant he was better able to cope with this or if it made it more of a shock to the system.

After London we hopped up to Scotland to visit Dani, who had been a Healing Hearts youth sponsor in the past.  It was nice to be out of the big tourist sites for a bit and in Ayr, Scotland.  We saw another castle and got to catch up with Dani and hear about her ministry and community involvement in Ayr. Gina Marie loved Scotland and the castle we visited there. 
It’s a little harder to define what Tirzah liked about the trip. She seemed to enjoy the castles and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but the crowds and busyness were difficult for her to deal with. She did really enjoy anything that was hands-on in the museums and she loved a day playing in the sand along the canal in Paris.

Overall it was a whirlwind trip and definitely an experience of a lifetime!
 



End of Summer

When we returned Spurgeon went back up north to help teach a canoe course and to gain a few more paddling certifications of his own. He finished up his summer with a solo canoe trip/spiritual retreat, which was a great ending to his mini-sabbatical.  

Gina Marie, Tirzah, and our two dogs dropped Kezzi off at Crowsnest Lake Bible Camp and then spent some time in BC with Spurgeon’s parents (it was closer and cheaper to go there than all the way back to Regina while Kezzi was at camp). The dogs loved having the space to run around and discover new things and we learned that Summit, our year old German Shepherd, thinks he is a cattle dog when he kept chasing the cows in the fields.

 

Fall Plans
 
As usual, fall has started with a flurry of action and organizing.

Keziah has begun her first year of high school (grade 9). It wasn’t as big of a transition as she had first thought, and she is enjoying her new school. Tirzah is in grade 11, a reality that we will adjust to sometime shortly after her high school graduation.

Neither of the girls are in band this year which simplifies mornings somewhat though both of them are involved in choral music.  Kezzi continues to enjoy playing the drums and is hoping to do that in some capacity at school.  Tirzah is up for her brown belt in martial arts and still mostly enjoys the training.

Both of the girls are now regularly involved in ministry around Healing Hearts as well. Tirzah helps out with AV stuff during the service and sometimes sings with the worship team. Kezzi is involved in teaching Sunday School and is one of our regular drummers and singers on the worship team.  The girls are also involved with the Fathers Group which will be starting up soon, helping out with the younger kids who come out with their dads.
Gina Marie is leading the worship life of Healing Hearts and will continue to head up all of the outside groups that come in to visit or minister with Healing Hearts in Regina.  It also looks like a Journey Group will be starting up this fall, so we appreciate your prayers for Gina Marie and Bob as this lead this group together.
Spurgeon is more or less picking up where things left off with ministry. This means lots of meetings as Healing Hands, particularly the wood shop, gets going again. Joel of course continued to run the bike shop over the summer and reach into the community through that venue.

The wood shop is usable though not yet finished.  We are hoping to have the insurance settlement around contents done soon and be able to finish setting up the interior.  The bathroom and in-floor heating also needs to be finished so we appreciate prayer around a smooth completion of those two projects. As with any new and exciting resource there has been all sorts of suggestions of what we should do. Some suggestions are excellent and made by people intimately familiar with what we do at Healing Hands. Some of the suggestions are less excellent and made by people with a lower level of familiarity. Please pray that we would be following what God wants us to do.

The discussion of the gang-exit initiative has also re-kindled which is both exiting and daunting/frustrating. This means that there will likely be some further unpleasant encounters with the community member we have asked for prayer around in the last couple of letters.  Hopefully in the near future we will have some more concrete information about gang-exit and Spurgeon’s involvement in that.  The process is long and there are a lot of people involved so we really appreciate your ongoing prayers for that.

Even though Spurgeon is not involved with White Pony Lodge anymore, we do still appreciate prayer around that.  While it did not turn out in ways that we might have hoped, we still want to see it as a positive in the neighbourhood and not just another outlet for dysfunction and community pain.   

Finally, Spurgeon continues to work on writing. We’ve been pleased by the reception that his collection of short stories received.  Hopefully this will be joined shortly by the book that has the chapter that Nick and Spurgeon co-wrote about Regina.  As mentioned above, Spurgeon continues to work on the gang book, though we are quite unsure what that will look like this year.  It is daunting at times trying to balance the research and writing of a book with running a program and connecting with people. 
Looking to get your hands on a copy of Reflections?
 

Click here to find it on Amazon.ca (in Canada)
 

Click here to find it on Amazon.com (not in Canada)
 

Click here to e-mail Spurgeon about getting a signed copy sent to you or arranging for him to come do a book signing in your area.

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Adam & Angela Sapelak (Spain)

 

Serving with SEND International; discipleship, logistics, and support.

Support Update:

We can stay in Spain until June 2018!

We have been blown away by your generosity this past month! We have had so many donations come in that have added up to $10,209! This amount breaks down to $1458/month for seven months, which provides what we need to stay from November to June! WOW! We are so grateful, relieved and in awe at how quickly this happened! 

THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!

What does this mean long term? 

Due to the majority of these donations being one time donations, we are "safe" to stay in Spain until June 2018 but are still $1000 short on monthly donations provided by committed monthly donors. We are celebrating this huge blessing to be able to stay in Spain and are trusting that in the right timing, God will raise up more monthly donors!

 

Growing Together

This month we wanted to share about one of our major ministries, discipleship. This is a ministry close to both our hearts. Just over one year ago, our Spanish pastor and his wife left under some difficult circumstances. I (Adam) was asked to carry on the work that the pastors wife had been doing with a small discipleship group. I had been working and learning under her for a few months before they left, observing how she taught the people about the bible, spiritual gifts and how we all fit into God's family. As she left, she passed the group on to me and I accepted with great fear of not being able to match what she was doing especially as I still felt inadequate with the Spanish language. I dedicated a lot of hours preparing for the study, connecting with the people who attend and praying for the group. 

Thankfully, as I took over the group, I received the blessing of a person who I like to call my "right hand". A young man in his early 20's who came to the Lord a few years ago but has grown so much and has the gift of teaching. He came along side me and has been able to help me with the group when I struggle with the language and I have been able to show him different ways to approach teaching and discipling others.

This year we have had 8 people on average coming to the group ranging from brand new believers to others who have never learned how to feed themselves spiritually. Though I am working hard, there are times that I feel like I can never do enough, that my work isn't valid because it is impossible to measure. Recently I was approached by a few people in the discipleship group who thanked me for my sacrifice to come live here, to walk life with them and help them grow in their walk with Christ. Wow! It blew me away to hear this and I can only give God the glory for how He has used me in this work. I was reminded of God's great commission and felt so privileged to be apart of it. Matt 28:18, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."

       

1st picture:  This was our church Christmas party. We taught everyone how to make s'mores!

2nd picture:  Adam's discipleship group (also shown above).

 

 September 2017 Update

 

The Summer has ended so we are settling into our new routine:

    

Adam will continue teaching Sunday School and the discipleship group at church, helping organize the church food bank, taking care of SEND vehicles, organizing this years SEND men's conference, taking care of SEND guest house grounds, etc. Angela will be taking Spanish classes during the mornings as well as caring for Ben and continuing to get to know people in the community.  

 

Ben spends the week mornings at day care so that Adam can work and Angela can study Spanish. He likes playing with the other kids as well as learning Spanish. He also plays a big role in helping usget to know people in our community! 

 

Here are a few family pictures from the past couple of months:

Ben LOVES trains and he enjoys setting up all his toys in a row, like a train!

  

We were able to see Adam's brothers and their families in Sevilla for a few days! 

 

Ben was able to meet his cousin Connor for the first time.       

He loved hanging out with his uncles, aunts and cousin!   

 

  Enjoying a walk through the streets of Sevilla. 

   Ben couldn't be happier than when he is being thrown in the air! 

 

  Ben participated in his first bike race in our town.   

Hanging out with his friend after the bike race!      

 Adam preached in Spanish for the first time this summer. 

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Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

Serving with Healing Hearts Ministries; Office Administration, mentorship, and women’s ministries.

October 2017

Shayil—virtuous woman
“It is God’s love and kindness that has kept me at Shayil Home.
Today I realize that my life is a
Gift from God.”
Souls harbour Rescue Mission Shayil Home
What is Shayil Home? It is a yearlong residency- based addictions program where women and their children can come to a safe environment & live in community with other women who are on similar journeys. Here they are involved in a number of courses and activities to pre- pare them for living a sober life.I have the privilege to help out with two courses—Genesis Process and Clean- sing Stream. Genesis Process is a course on Relapse Prevention for Addictive/ Compulsive Behaviors. It provides a ‘Biblical and neuro-chemical understanding of what is broken that causes us to be self-destructive. If we want to change who we are we have to change our heart. New understanding from brain research shows us how trauma (abuse and neglect) can distort who we are and what we believe. Genesis is intentional about initiating lasting heart (brain) changes, thus bringing healing to what drives destructive behavior rather than just coping with it.’ Cleansing Stream is about our spiritual walk; it helps us to understand what the Christian life is all about and how we can walk in freedom with God and be set free from the enemy.The majority of the gals have been raised in abusive and toxic homes and they are just trying to survive. One of the survival modes is addiction to alcohol and drugs so they can be ‘free’ of the pain for awhile. There is so much pain, anger, and self-hatred.The quote, at the start of this letter, is from a gal who is just finishing Genesis Process. It is not easy living in a residency, but she has stayed the course and will soon be done the program. It is a privilege to speak TRUTH into their lives, encouraging them, and providing them with tools for life. Pray for wisdom and discernment and love as we reach out to these amazing gals.

Mentoring Quote by David Stoddard

The heart of mentoring—getting the most out of life
isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you pour into others.

Mentor—a person who trains and guides someone, shares knowledge, relationship

As one ministers/mentors there has to be compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. People are hurting and it is really, really hard to work through the trauma and pain, of which there has been so much. What in your life is so painful that you do not ever want to go there and feel that pain again? Yet, in order for healing to happen, that is what we must do and we invite Jesus in to the process. We have the privilege of speaking truth into lives, to walk along side them, to encourage them and give them tools for life.

In 2010, God began to show me areas of my life that needed brokenness, healing and restoring. Through this He gave me a vision and desire to see hurting and wounded women coming to recognize and accept God’s unconditional love and forgiveness; that they would see Jesus as their Heavenly Father, friend, and confidant and come to trust Him with their hurts and wounds to move forward in an intimate relationship with Him. To see women delivered and blooming as they see themselves as daughters of “the King”, saints, loved by God—to see beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. (Isaiah 61:1-3).

What a JOY it is for me to be a part of God’s Kingdom work through mentoring and discipleship—seeing women delivered and seeing themselves as daughters of “the King.” 

 

This morning when I woke up the song that kept going through my mind was ‘We are so Blessed” by Bill & Gloria Gaither and Greg Nelson.

Truly I am so very blessed. I Praise the Lord for all He has done and continues to do in my life and Wally’s life.

We are so blessed by the gifts from your hand
I just can’t understand why you’ve loved us so much We are so blessed we just can’t find a way
Or the words that can say,
“Thank you Lord for your touch”

We are so blessed by the things You have done
The victories we’ve won, and what You’ve brought us through
We are so blessed take what we have to bring
Take it all everything. Lord, we bring it to you

(Chorus:)
When we’re empty you fill us ‘til we overflow
When we’re hungry you feed us and cause us to know
We are so blessed take what we have to bring
Take it all everything
Lord we love you so much 

We Praise the Lord...

  • For God’s many blessings—family, safety, provisions, and the list goes on.

  • For the great visits we had over the summer— family, friends, partners

  • The HHMI Conference—all the details came together and it was a great time of fun, fel- lowship; our speaker was very encouraging.

  • For the progress of C. who is taking Genesis Process. It is exciting to see her continue have ah ha moments. 

Join us in Prayer...

  • I would be willing and intentional about loving peo- ple where they are at without any expectations.

  • That we would continue to learn to BE with Jesus; to be like Mary and sit at the feet of Jesus .

  • My desire is to do mentoring and discipleship full- time. Pray that someone would come to take over the Office Administrator role.

  • That we would be intentional about keeping our marriage strong. There are so many demands on our lives and we get tired and then we so often take each other for granted. 

 

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Walter & Cindy Selke (Regina)

Serving with Healing Hearts Ministries. Walter is Executive Director, administering and encouraging staff. Cindy is involved in music and counselling.

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Kerry & Kathy Varcoe (Indonesia)

                                                                                 

  

Serving with Wycliffe. Literacy-based community development and scripture translation in the Babar Islands.

 

Wow!  Thanks for your prayers as we completed the Tela Oral Bible Story set, celebrated it and then moved out of Babar.  Whew!  We have been in Ambon for a couple of weeks now with our Wycliffe colleagues and are working on transitioning out of Indonesia and back to Canada.  In case you get eye strain before you get to the end of