As the first week of 2022 comes to a close, the year is starting off with much promise.
Vivian and I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Years in spite of all the challenges that beset us all in 2021.
An aspect of our ministry that has changed with our start at Rising Above Counseling Agency and will continue to evolve is a national scope of our ministry. I have been conversing on a regular basis with a young indigenous ‘60’s scoop survivor named Shaun who is in treatment in BC. I have also had conversations with a man in NB. This national scope promises to continue as Rising Above launches its national Talkline, and as we are more active on Facebook and additional exposure online.
I am posting a daily Bible reading online which you can follow at Nick & Vivian’s Ministry page.
Most of our ministry within Regina and southern Saskatchewan remains the same.
The men’s ministry continues strongly meeting once a week in the Exodus space above Pass the Word.
Exodus is now my primary avenue of contact with men of RPCC as I am no longer Chaplain there. I still have contact with the Chaplaincy office and they continue to refer men to our ministry upon their release.
Please pray for Shaun in BC that he grows in his faith, completes his program and continues in victorious sobriety. Also please pray for Lindsay F. in jail as he is now on oxygen as well as his brother Roy as he is released this Saturday and wants to connect with our community of godly men. Cree G., a young indigenous man in jail feels he is called into ministry upon his release. I am also asking for prayer for Shaun C. in prison as well as a number of other men who are still there who I have ministered to.
In and around Regina, we continue to minister to Nigel N. who is staying with us until he can get himself established. We also minister to Tyrone J. on a regular basis as this week he discovered cockroaches in his apartment. We have a number of men such as Ken and Rodney who are in need of prayer.
In the following months our goal is to increase our ministry in the indigenous communities through more direct contact with the reserves around southern Saskatchewan. Right now we need prayer for our vehicles, as our cars are not working due to mechanical issues arising out of the current cold snap we are experiencing. We only have a gas guzzling 15 passenger van to get around in.
I would be remiss if I did not give thanks to all of our faithful supporters who transferred over to Rising Above with us. God has been faithful in guiding through all the turbulent changes of 2021 and we look forward to a promising 2022 full of His provision, guidance and ministry.
May God richly provide and guide you in 2022,
With Love In Christ,
Nick & Vivian Helliwell