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#PCCRegina Sponsors the Following Global and Local Workers

 

 

Here is the Christmas Greeting that we sent to our Missionaries:

Here is what they said:

From Richard and Hazel Funk:  Many, many thanks for your most creative Christmas greetings!  We love you and thank you for your love, prayers, Christmas greetings and giving throughout the entire year of 2019. Blessings and Merry Christmas to everyone at PCC.

From Spurgeon and Gina Marie Root: Thanks so much for the cool Christmas greeting :-)  PCC is very special to us as well and we cherish the relationship we've had with both the church and so many of the individuals we have known over the years!

From Nick and Vivian Helliwell: Thank you so much for sharing! It brought tears to our eyes and it meant so much to us to receive this. Thank you & God Bless,

From Masami Giesbrecht:  You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for sending this video.  This made my day and I can't wait to show it to my family. Thank you for thinking of us and for your partnership with God's work in Japan.


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 links to their 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!

We do covet your prayers - we cannot do this ministry in our own strength. This is God's ministry and we all are privileged to be a part of what God is doing.

 


The Selkes (Saskatchewan)

Walter and Cindy were married in 1989 and immediately became involved in ministry in Regina's north central community. God impressed upon them the need for a "spiritual hospital" for the wounded of the community and in 1994, Healing Hearts Ministry began in the Albert Scott Community Centre. The team of leadership expanded and the ministry grew beyond Regina to communities in Northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.
Currently, Walter and Cindy are Executive Directors of Healing Hearts Ministries, Inc. while also serving as General Director for Northern Canada Evangelical Mission with headquarters in Prince Albert, SK. They have three grown children: Mark (and Amy) living in Gladstone, MB; Daniel in Regina and Caylea in Regina.


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


Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

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

May 2020 Update

How fast life can change....

This has been a good reminder of the verse in Proverbs 16:9 - "We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps."

In all the fear and chaos and panic in regard to COVID 19, we as believers have a firm foundation in our Heavenly Father and we can choose to trust Him in ALL things, to rest in His presence and to be at peace. None of this has taken Him by surprise and He is in control and in that I choose to be thankful.

Like Peter when he walked on the water to Jesus - he did great till he looked down at the situation. As we put our faith in Jesus and keep our eyes on Him we will be able to rest in His Peace - it is when we look down at the situation or circumstance that we waiver allowing fear and panic.

May we "discover creative ways to encourage others and to motive them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love." Hebrews 10:24 (TPT)

May you be encouraged today by God's infinite love toward you!

Arlene

May 2020

March 2020

September 2019

June 2019

April 2019


James & Dena Clifford (Regina)

Serving with Youth for Christ Canada and Youth for Christ International, with their Online Relational Evangelism project.

 

March 2020

Trusting God during challenging times.

I trust this update finds you and your family well today

The World has changed- But God has not!
For many of us the world has changed since COVID19. New realities like Social distancing, Isolation, and toilet paper chaos have changed us forever. The way we meet as a Church has had to change as well. Many are experiencing live streams church services and small groups for the first time. Working from home and families spending more time together- playing games, sharing meals and having more conversations with loved ones have been positive.

Thankful
In spite of all that is going on in the world, we have so much to thank God for. We are thankful to live in Saskatchewan, have enough food each day, and shelter. We have good health, and currently everyone is getting along for the most part. We have found a greater focus on God's word, worship and prayer. We are meeting as a YFC family daily for prayer and our church meetings are focusing more on prayer than business.

Online Evangelism
The entire organization of YFC globally has moved to Online Evangelism. I am thankful for the opportunity God has given us to help nations, and chapter find tools to interact with youth online. We are seeing church youth groups and YFC groups doing their meetings on Zoom, Instagram and Google. We are seeing more nations using video stories to share God's love with kids.

Prayer/Praise:
- YFC Italy- their regions hit hard with sickness- working with their team to continue to build tools to reach youth.
-YFC Missionaries- prayer for funding and support- many of our supporters are effected by the virus and laid off. We are hoping we do not have to lay off YFC staff in Canada.
-Youth- many youth have too much time on their hands these days. Pray God will continue to turn their hearts to Jesus.
-YFC- all conferences, travel are cancelled for 2020. Challenging times for us all.
-All our kids have been laid off- Praise- Dena is working from home.
-Dena's knee- Dena blew out her knee 4 weeks ago. Pray for healing, had MRI but everything is on hold.

Partnership Development
God continues to supply our needs as HE is our Jehovah Jireh- "means God provides" Dena and I desire that each of you to make God your Jehovah Jireh during these troubling times. God promises to provide for His people because He is a Loving Father who gives gifts to his children. Seek after Christ first and all these things will be added to you. If God is asking to support our mission with YFC, Please CLICK HERE.

On the Homefront:
The Clifford family is together in Regina practicing isolation. Zane arrived on March 20 from Vancouver after work shut down. Dena was off school on March 19 and will continue to work from home. Bronwyn is finishing her final two UofR class online and will graduate sometime this year. Gabe continues to work with the youth group at church. Abby is working on her online course through High School. I continue to work from home. We are finding time to go for walks, bike rides and sharing meals together.

Copyright © 2020 Youth for Christ Canada, All rights reserved.
PCC missionaries


Kirstie Kline (Regina) 

Serving with Regina Youth For Christ, as a Discipleship Coordinator

The Regina Youth For Christ (RYFC) Community Team's work is to share the gospel with and disciple individuals who are primarily unchurched and have often been given up on. The youth we serve come from a variety of backgrounds and each is facing their own challenges. We desire to see each one of them come to saving faith in Christ and be equipped with the necessary tools to live whole and healthy lives. We desire to make disciples, who make disciples and change the world around them. Kirstie runs a Junior and Senior Youth group, girls support group, discipleship training course, oversees volunteers and mentors, mentors young girls, and helps with Lamb's Boxing Club. Please pray for God's leading and life-giving, spirit-filled contact with youth.

 

 

June 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

 


Cory & Masami Giesbrecht (Japan)

Serving with Multiply in Japan, working with local Mennonite Brethren churches in the areas of community outreach, evangelism and leadership development. They also have a passion for the marginalized, and minister in small group settings to those who are living on the streets of Osaka.

 

 

 

Soup Kitchen Team delivering food at where people sleep on the street.  

Thank you to many of you who joined our Zoom call with our Japanese brothers last month. If you missed it, the link to the video is below. Please take a time to hear from our Japanese brothers Masa and Masashi.

Also, it is another Fun-draising time for us. Please join us in prayers for God's provision. More information on this is under the Video link.

If you have only one minute to watch, go to 42minutes 18 seconds and listen to Masashi's message for churches in North America. Don't miss it!

Can you prayerfully consider if God's calling you to join us in His work in Japan?
May of you who are receiving this are already our prayer/financial partners in God's work in Osaka, Japan and we thank God for your partnership! But if you haven't taken that step yet, could you pray to see whether God is inviting you to this opportunity?

To Pray: Click the link below to join us at our weekly Zoom prayer meeting.

To Give: We are at 91% of pledge support needs and 80% of one time gift needs.
We are asking God for 20 people to give $10/month, 8 people to give $25/month, 4 people to give $50/month and 2 people to give $100/month.

To Go: We would love to see you here (once we can travel internationally again!)Come to work along side Japanese churches for ESL ministry, Camp ministry, Soup kitchen ministry or Street Evangelism.

Please reply to us at this email address or contact our office 1-866-964-7627 for further information.

Praise Items:
Renewal and transformation thru men's discipleship for Masa, Masashi, Kouji and Sola
Instantaneous healing of Masashi's knee, thru prayer and laying on of hands
Restart of Sunday worship services
Restart of school for our boys!
Hot, humid weather!

Prayer Items:
for Masa, Masashi, Kouji and Sola, for their continued growth as they are sent out "as sheep among wolves"
For guidance in the continuing uncertainties of the COVID-19 period
For Joshua, Noah and Sola as they transition back to regular school life
For laborers to be sent into the harvest fields

 


Matt & Ruth Braun (Winnipeg, MB)

Continuing Through COVID-19
June 1, 2020


What's up in Winnipeg

The cancellation of public gatherings, events, sports, church, etc in this season caused our Multiply team to pause, wait and listen as individuals and as an organization. Initially when the closing of public gatherings started, we were just a couple weeks away from hosting SOAR Heartland, a gathering which would have been around 200 people for 10 days. This was the first time in 17 years that SOAR Heartland did not run. This was something to be grieved, but we were able to leverage this opportunity to host our SOAR event online, calling it SOARVIVOR.

We were so encouraged during our 7 days of running SOARVIVOR to have about 100 people engage online daily. The SOARVIVOR program included daily devotionals, reading and reflection, online leader connections, zoom prayer calls, online zoom teaching, and daily ministry and fun challenges. We were unsure about how SOARVIVOR would be able to impact participants as they joined us online, but we were happy to see people staying engaged throughout the week and to hear much positive feedback afterward. Some of the responses were how people enjoyed the prayer times together, or felt challenged by the teachings and how this increased their time spent reading their Bible. If you want to watch some of the recorded gatherings, you can find them here. We also did a video 'learning tour' of ministries in Winnipeg's North End that you can see here.

My SOARVIVOR highlight was to see people from 6 different countries and 5 provinces across Canada join our community and engage with the teaching and ministry challenges. Even though we needed to cancel the local public gathering here in Winnipeg, it opened a door for people from all over the world to join our online community!

We recently started a "Bible Drop In" for youth in Manitoba to stop in online for a short time of reading and discussing scripture together. We meet every second week and it's open to whoever can make it. If you are interested in joining us or know someone who would like to join, they can sign up here for the email updates. Our next drop in is June 10th at 12:30 CDT.

We are currently in a time of prayer and discernment for our other Short Term Missions programs in this season, so please pray for our team as we continue to feel called to disciple new missional leaders. We are asking God in this time of reset to reveal not just how we should be operating during the pandemic, but how He is asking us to move forward into the future.
 
Across the Pond 

This season has seemed to even out the physical distance locally and globally, as everyone is as close as an internet connection. During the past couple of months, we have had weekly prayer meetings with all of the Multiply staff worldwide. It has been amazing to connect with co-labourers from all over the globe and pray together regularly. 

This season of uncertainty has opened the hearts of many Tu*rks as they seek hope and truth. Online preaching livestream typically has about 4,000 viewers watching! As opportunities continue to open for the church in Tky, please pray that the church leaders would be filled with wisdom and strength to continue to shine Christ's beacon of hope and salvation.

Epik Encounter, the travel company that we started in Tky, is currently struggling with continued bills and no income while all travel has been canceled. We are hopeful that the business will be able to continue but please pray that we find creative ways of sustainability in this season and be able to properly prepare for when things begin to reopen.
 
A Bit About the Brauns


We are all home all the time, and this has made for a busy household with Abbie and Caleb continuing their school work online, our other 2 are full of energy and running around (also potty training), Ruth working at supporting and caring for everyone in our family, and me (Matt) trying to find somewhere quiet enough to work from home. We feel like we have found good routine in all of this and are really enjoying time together as a family but you can pray for space and rest as the days can feel long and tiring.

Abbie and Caleb were sad to have to forgo their awesome Jr and Sr Youth gatherings on Friday nights, but we have been so impressed with their youth leaders, who have really stepped up and come up with such fun and creative ways to continue community despite physical distancing. Some of their highlights have been a baking night over zoom where a bag of ingredients was delivered to our doorstep, and a Lego making night where individual Lego sets were ordered and delivered, and then assembled together on zoom. So awesome!

Abbie will move into Grade 10 in a new high school next year, and since her Grade 9 Farewell was cancelled, Ruth got together with a couple other moms and they are now helping Abbie and a couple of her friends plan a fun (socially distanced) backyard grad party to celebrate. It is so nice to have little things like this to look forward to in this season.

Ruth and I have stepped into a new role at our church and will be leading the life group ministry there. We are excited about this because we both see this as the best way for the church to meet in this season with limited gathering sizes and can see so much potential in this area.Our foster children, are growing so fast and are turning 2 and 6 years old this year. Having them in our family has shaped so much of what our life looks like these days, and even though some days are hard, we thank God for bringing them into our hearts and home. It looks like they will continue to be with us until at least March of 2021. Recently, we began looking after their older half sister occasionally as well, giving respite to her foster family every couple of weeks. Another opportunity to pour out the Father's love in the face of so much hurt and pain.

Hand Delivering SOARVIVOR materials to participants. The theme was Walk With Me and we invited people into a journey with Jesus.

BEFORE THE THRONE - June 26, 2020

Matt and Ruth sent a video but I am unable to put it on here because they mention their foster children. If you would like to listen to it, please let me know and I can send it to you.

  • Please pray for Abbie as she attends the Cabin Leader Prep program day camp at Roseau River Bible Camp from July 6-10.
  • Pray for our family as we spend that time camping as well.
  • Please join us in asking that our foster son's Early Learning Program at St. Amant could reopen this summer, so that he can have a smooth adjustment to Grade One in public school this fall.
  • We would appreciate your prayers as we have joined the Life Group team at our church.
  • Please pray for wisdom and creativity as we move ahead in this ministry.

We would love to share with your church or small group over zoom sometime! Please contact us!


Pastor Madou Traore (Burkina Faso)

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

 


Richard & Hazel Funk (Austria)

Serving with Multiply in Austria.

Dear Friends!

 

 

   

June 2020 Update

Dear Friends!

PRAISE:  

·         Yesterday we experienced our first face to face church service in the Linz church.  Yes, we wore    masks!  Yes, we disinfected our hands!  Yes, we kept safe distance!  YES, it was wonderful to worship together.

·         We will still be online each Sunday for those who do not feel safe to meet together, but also realizing that people are watching the service who do not have contact to church.  

·         A baptism being planned for July out at a lake.  Three people have been waiting for a long time for this very special event in their lives!

PRAYER:

·         Continual prayer as we reach out to those who have gone through the Corona time with many questions and fears.

·         Our week is filled with different counselling and mentoring situations.  We ask for much wisdom, patience and some tough love.

·         Pray for Austria, as we are moving quite quickly into a normal routine of living.  Pray that we might not forget what God has taught and is trying to teach us through the lockdown of our country.  

ZOOM CALL:

·         Last month we invited you to join us in a zoom call.  That is happening this Thursday.  This call is organized by our Multiply Regional Directors and will last 1 hour.  You are welcome to join us and hear more about what God is doing in Austria and how the Global church can partner together with us.  We and our team will share, there will be time for questions and answers and a prayer time together.  

·         We invite you to join us; June 11,  (11 am Winnipeg, 10 am Saskatoon / Regina, 9 am Vancouver)
The link to join the call is here: https://zoom.us/j/600171598
No password required. 

 

“It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.” Ps.92:2 NLT

Thank you for partnering with us!

Richard & Hazel Funk

Hazel & Richard

Serving in Austria with:

Multiply (formerly MB Mission)

Together that the world may know

#300 – 32040 Downes Rd

Abbotsford, BC. V4X 1X5

Funk's Foreign Report - January 2020

 


Adam & Angela Sapelak (Spain)

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

 

June 2020

NEW MISSIONARIES!!
Beginning the journey to the mission field can be intimidating. We know the feeling well as we went through that process nine years ago. New missionaries wonder, "where will our support come from, who will take care of us, what if we are not good enough?" In May, I enjoyed doing a week of training for a young missionary couple who is preparing to move to Southeast Asia. Like many new jobs, beginning can feel like an overload of information. Their passion and willingness to reach others in need was inspiring. We helped them to begin navigating various aspects of mission life. We taught on finances, communication, SEND's vision, Spiritual warfare among other topics. It has become a passion of ours to train missionaries in an effective way!

USING OUR CREATIVITY
Part of my job right now is to research and learn how SEND can use the arts in effective ways to communicate the gospel. During our experiences, both in Canada and in Spain, we saw how the arts can touch people in a powerful way. It can be a invaluable stepping stone to bridge the gap between people and the church.

Eleven years ago, Angela and I saw how powerful the arts can be to share the love of Christ. We were a part of a group that shared the gospel through dance. It was mind blowing to see how people's souls were touched. Our team travelled to England and preformed in one of the most violent high schools in London. We were warned that the students would not pay attention to our presentation. We were shocked when minutes into our show the students were drawn in, sat still, and had tears in their eyes by the end. We had a woman tell us afterwards, "I've heard about Jesus before but not in the way we saw in your show. That is the Jesus I would want to know." God is using the arts (dance, theatre, music, photography, etc.) around the world to draw people closer to Him. Art can build bridges for people who would never step foot into a church.

As I learn and do more in this realm, I have heard amazing stories I would like to share with you. One man I spoke with told the unlikely journey of becoming an aerialist at age forty-three. You can read the article I wrote about him here in the SEND Canada Annual Report. Then there is Maria who trains people to write worship music in their native language. Her article can be found here. Lastly, in an article from TEAM, read of a man creating art to reach Thai Buddhist's.

A HUGE THANK YOU
We know this has been a trying time financially for so many. We want to express how blessed we are by you who faithfully give through these tough times. While we are down on support we praise Jesus for you who give, pray and write to us. My general office hours are from Monday to Friday (7:30am-3:30pm). Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our ministry.


Ben and Talia are growing so fast! Ben celebrated his 5th birthday in May by doing a car scavenger hunt with friends. Nine vehicles met in a parking lot and we gave each a list of things to hunt for in the city. We met back an hour later to sing happy birthday! It allowed friends to celebrate with Ben while maintaining social distance. Both our kids love doing anything and everything outside!

To support us financially, contact SEND:

SEND CANADA:

Call to set up automatic withdrawal (no service fee)
Phone: (519) 657-6775
Toll Free: (888) 918-5036

Donate online from Canada (3.5% service fee), select the fund "Sapelak, Adam & Angela - Spain - Support":

https://send.org/canada/give-from-canada


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.