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Helliwell’s July 2023 Missions Update

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” ~Galatians 6:10

Mission 6:10 kicks off next week, Monday to Thursday – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. This is a partnership between Rising Above Regina Discipleship Project and Gentle road Church of Christ. Mission 6:10 is a full week of service, fellowship and fun! Vivian is the main cook for the week. She will also be mentoring several women throughout the week.

 I will be out and about in the community in the afternoon with a group of volunteers doing Jesus Acts of Kindness (as opposed to random acts of kindness) such as praying for people, handing out bagged lunches, popsicles, perhaps yard clean-ups, etc. In the evening after a fellowship meal, I will lead a parenting workshop. And each evening will be wrapped up with a time of worship.

In follow-up to our 7 days of prayer, (4 days June 27-30th and July 4th to 6th) one of the key themes is that of bathing or showering North Central in Worship.  The vision that came through was to have houses of worship on every block where worship music is played during the day and into the early evenings.

God is on the move in North Central!

We are looking for people to become more involved, and prayer is paramount! We want to establish prayer teams that meet regularly to pray strategically for North Central:

  • Bringing to God, those things that are visible.  What do we see? What we see are the symptoms of the spiritual roots.
  • Repentance. What repentance has to happen? Corporate, the Church, Governments, individuals? Pray that the right repentance would happen, the right people, the right way, the right time.
  • Identify and break the spiritual powers, principalities, authorities, and forces. Identify and pray against specific lies, blindness, and strongholds.
  • Healing. True, soul and spirit rooted healing that sets individuals and communities free from bondages.

We are truly blessed to have formed a solid partnership with Gentle Road Church, for the guidance and protection that we have received through the years of our ministry, for new and empowering partnerships with Carriers of Hope Ministry and Morningstar Ministries. And we are looking forward to the impact of concerted and focused prayer in, upon and for the North Central Community in Regina.

We also praise God for providing over 90% of our salary support. Ministry expenses continue to be out of pocket expenses for us, but God has never failed to provide!

Regina Discipleship Project

June 21st was a warm sunny day. We pitched a tent on Piapot Urban reserve for a day of outreach and prayer. The object was to connect in a meaningful way with as many people in the neighbourhood as possible, letting them know that we were a people of faith and prayer. We were not there to simply lead people to Christ. As I have often said, to lead a person to Christ and then abandon them is highly irresponsible.

Regina Discipleship Project, Carriers of Hope, Gentle Road Chruch, all have the same ministry emphasis: to raise up disciple makers: Christians who are making disciples and the whole purpose of Nico Borissov’s visit is to teach and guide us into a multiplicative discipleship process. That is, raise up mature disciples who in turn disciple others.

Over 25 people attended the 2 day workshop. You can find the resources we used online here. What struck me most about this material is: why have I never seen this stuff before! There is a bunch on excellent resources to train ordinary people in the process of making disciples!

This was our third workshop and there are a number of participants who now are learning how to lead these workshops. In other words we are learning how to train the trainers. Having people here who can lead the workshops means that people can be empowered to make disciples!

These workshops are an answer to the prayers of many saints who have prayed for our ministry over these many years.

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~1 Corinthians 15:57

Disciples Making Disciples

2000 years ago, Jesus gave his followers a simple command: “All authority in heaven and in earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The Great Commission has been the cornerstone of our ministry since 2005, which started with a vision. 

In my vision, I saw the men of Regina’s North Central Community walking around a notorious intersection. As I watched, the men all became little boys dressed in various costumes, such as Superman, a wrestler, a cowboy, a biker and so on. Along came a group of mature men who began walking along beside them, one man with each boy. 

As they walked together, the boys began to grow until there were two men walking together. All along the street there were now pairs of men walking together. There were a couple of things I understood from this vision. First, that the church needs to be reaching out to the men of the community. Second, that the older men represented mature Christian, their walking with the boys represented a Discipleship relationship with each pair. And finally, that there Discipling relationships were a revelation of God the Father’s heart towards the men of North Central, and that these discipleship relationships were to be how God would address the chronic problems of the North Central Community. Chronic problems such as addictions, broken homes, generational trauma, gangs and violence and so forth. 

For all these years, I have been praying for a raising up of an army of mature Christians who would have the courage to learn how to make disciples. Disciples of Jesus Christ who make disciples. 

Please join us in prayer this moth:

Pray for the men willing to enter into the lives of other men for the purpose of discipling them. 

With Love in Christ, Upon Who All Our Hope is Set

Nick and Vivian Helliwell