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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.

July 2020 Update

For the last couple of weeks these words have been going through my mind and they have helped to keep me grounded about whose I am and what He has done for me.
"Who the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed
I'm a child of God, Yes I am...
I am who you say I am"

They come from the song "Who You Say I Am" by Ben Fielding / Reuben Morgan. Here are the words to the full song -

Who am I that the highest King would welcome me?
I was lost but He brought me in
Oh His love for me, Oh His love for me
Who the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed
I'm a child of God, Yes I am
Free at last, He has ransomed me His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin Jesus died for me
Yes He died for me
Who the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed
I'm a child of God, Yes I am
In my Father's house there's a place for me
I'm a child of God, Yes I am
I am chosen not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me not against me
I am who You say I am

Trust you will all have an enjoyable summer and that you will see God's goodness on a daily basis and that you will know whose you are and live in fullness of all God has for you.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support - God is Good; all the time God is Good!!
Blessings
Arlene

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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. 

August 2020 Update

Praise the Lord for giving Cory new partners in street evangelism!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Sometimes prayer walking and street evangelism leads to other adventures. Cory enjoyed using his mechanical skills to fix the sign for an Optician! Please pray for Imai (the store owner) that he will get to know Jesus.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cory had an opportunity to help Ai no Ie Church to clean up one of its member's apartments. (a severe case of hoarding) What unneeded stuff are we carrying in our hearts? What can we throw away to make room for Jesus?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day camp with friends from Ishibashi Church (while trying to maintain social distance...)

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Praise Items

  • That Joshua was able to enter the YMCA English high school.
  • That we are able to sing worship songs at a local park on Sundays instead of in our building!
  • That 4 new guys (Ryo, Amon, Wilson and Juandre) joined the "bushi" discipleship program
  • That God provided new street evangelism partners

Prayer Items

  • Spiritual and physical health for our family
  • That our sons will learn to love and serve each other and that they will be good friends.
  • For our Monday supper group that these young people will accept Jesus as their Lord
  • September 10th as we meet our new "son" (through Japanese foster care system) for the first time

Matt & Ruth Braun (Winnipeg, MB)

Serving with Multiply in Winnipeg

Discipleship in a Pandemic
August 14, 2020

Small talk topics like "how is the weather" and about your favourite sports team seems to have been replaced these days with the current COVID numbers and regulations and what working at home looks like. The question I seem to get regularly and what to give an update on is "what does your ministry look like in this season?"

First this has been a rich season to pause and listen to what God has for our Short Term Mission programs like SOAR ACTION and TREK. We have been modifying the programs out of necessity but are excited about what this creativity can mean for continued discipleship training.

TREK Central Canada
We will be starting with a new TREK group at the end of this month. The TREK program here in Central Canada offers a bridge for those interested in long term ministry that have some training but looking for mentorship and experience. We have 15 people joining our TREK community here in Manitoba on August 31st that will spend 2 months training here in Winnipeg and then head into 6 months of ministry.

This year we are also offering the weekly training modules online for individuals or groups joining live or to watch the recorded teachings. We are excited to have people across Canada joining our training modules. You are also welcome to join us for some of this training. You can click on the button below to view the details about each of the modules.
TREK MODULE INFO
If you want to join any of the modules please sign up to receive the emails with all the details for joining online. We are asking for a $25 donation for each module to help cover the costs of teaching and production. After you sign up you will receive a welcome email that will have a link for you to make a donation toward the TREK Central Canada program.
SIGN UP FOR TREK MODULES

SOAR 2021 Update
As we have been planning for SOAR Heartland 2021 we are anticipating that we will still need to be meeting in smaller communities. Therefore, we are planning for smaller hubs throughout Winnipeg of 50 people instead of the larger 200+ group. Much of the program will still remain the same as teams will connect with ministries and spend time in prayer, worship and teaching. We are excited about the community that can be formed in smaller groups and continued ability to engage the church in local mission.

This year will need an abundance of volunteers so please pray about if it would be possible for you to help during SOAR Heartland 2021.
Ministry Financial Needs
We have been so blessed with an amazing support team that has financially supported us over the years. We are currently falling short of our monthly budget and in need of more partners to join us. We ask that you pray about joining our ministry team and financially supporting us. If you have questions I would love to meet with you and share more about our ministry our needs for partnership.
Join the Braun's Support Team

BEFORE THE THRONE

  • Pray for all the TREK participants starting at the end of the month to encounter Jesus on their path of discerning long term ministry.
  • To host TREK online there will be a lot of technical things that have to work together so please pray for a smooth start and that people online can engage the program.
  • As we continue to plan for SOAR 2021 pray for the teams discerning about coming and for the planning of a multi-site program.
  • Ask our Father who has abundantly more that we can ever image to bring people to join our financial support team.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • TREK Participants arrive
    August 31

Pastor Madou Traore (Burkina Faso)

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

 


Richard & Hazel Funk (Austria)

Serving with Multiply in Austria.

 

August 2020 Update

Dear Friends!!

God has blessed us with this team for the past three years!!  The Millers, Bergs and Funks.  This past Friday we said our goodbyes to the Miller family.  We, the church family and many refugees,  will miss them so much!  Kenton, (far left) was diagnosed with Lymphoma on Christmas day, 2019.  He has gone through months of chemo.  God carried them through this challenging time. They made the tough decision to move back to the USA.  Pray for Kenton, Kidron, Mira, Mateo and Maylee, as they adjust back to their new home in Iowa.

Friday was a day packed with information and different emotions!!  Zoom, Whatsapp, Skype, emails are wonderful, but we realize how our brains get tired by the end of the day.  As we travelled back from Vienna, I was communicating per Whatsapp, with our children in different parts of this world.  Shortly after we reached home, we were part of a Skype meeting with the leaders of our five Mennonite churches here in Austria.  During the meeting, each of the churches reported their joys and struggles during this Covid time.  There were baptisms, people leaving the church, discouragement about the people who seem to be distancing themselves from the church and encouragement as to how people are being touched through online services.  

  • Praise that we are able to learn and adjust to the restrictions that Covid has brought us. 
  • Praise that we have technology to assist us during these times, even though the learning process can be challenging for these 69-year oldies!
  • Praise God for a wonderful baptism on July 19th.  It was touching to hear how God moves in so many different ways in drawing people to himself!
  • Pray as we take several days of holidays this coming week.  We are looking forward to enjoying God’s creation in the mountains, close to Salzburg.
  • Pray for us as we prepare for our final Open Hearts Course on three weekends in Sept. and Oct.

May our God, the God who never changes, guide you through challenges that you face and give you His peace.

With thankful hearts,

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.

 

July 2020

CHANGE ON THE HORIZON
This e-mail is longer than normal because big changes are happening for us! Don't miss the great opportunity at the end and thanks for reading!

The past few years have been full of change and transition for our family and it hasn't stopped just yet. Recently God has brought yet another unexpected change into our lives. In the beginning of July, the head pastor of our church (Living Stones) in Red Deer offered Adam a full-time job as the Pastor of Community. While we absolutely love SEND Canada and the amazing staff, we felt God lead us to consider this position. After much prayer and consideration, Adam has accepted this job! This decision was not made lightly and we grieve leaving an organization that we love and respect but we move forward with excitement knowing that God has good things in store.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The position that Adam has accepted is a full-time paid position which means we will not need to raise support anymore. First of all, we want to express our deepest gratitude to those of you who supported us financially whether through monthly, yearly or one-time gifts (over 150 people!!). We have been blessed beyond what we can express! We want to praise God for always providing what we needed during our time with SEND. Overseas missions will always be a huge part of our hearts and we would love to encourage those of you who do support us to consider transferring that support to a wonderful, young couple Adam has been walking closely with these past months! We will insert their photo and more information about their work and how to support them financially at the bottom of this e-mail.

All donations to us will continue to the end of July to cover our support for this past month and then they will automatically stop for August.

ADAM'S NEW JOB
Adam will start his new job this coming August. He will be in charge of coordinating different ministries, scheduling over 200 volunteers, equipping leader volunteers, and investing in small groups and young families among other things. It is a huge undertaking but he will have an assistant to help. We are excited to put roots down in Red Deer and to invest in our local community through equipping people in the church and reaching out. The head pastor of Living Stones has been meeting with Adam once a week for the past year and a half. They began meeting so that the pastor could help equip Adam before returning back to Spain...little did either of them know that it would turn into a job!

THANK YOU
Thank you for reading our updates throughout our journey that started over 10 years ago. Thank you for praying for us during difficult times and for rejoicing with us during the good times. Thank you for sacrificing financially so that we could invest in the church and the spiritual lives of others. Our interactions with many of you have been like a glimpse of what heaven might be like and it has been beautiful! The door of our 10-year career in missions is coming to a close but the love God has given us for His people and those who don't know Him lives on strong and well!

UPDATES
We have been so blessed through your prayers over the years, and for those of you who would like to, we would love it if you would continue to pray for us as we serve the church in Canada. We will continue to send occasional updates and prayer requests but if you no longer wish to receive them please unsubscribe below. The director of SEND Canada will be e-mailing a thank you letter in the near future.

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A NOTE FROM ADAM'S SUPERVISOR:
"I have enjoyed working alongside Adam since January when he began his role as Ambassador for Creative Advance with the SEND Canada home office team. Although Adam’s time on our team was shorter than expected, Adam made several valuable contributions including walking alongside missionary candidates, developing and delivering our Candidate Orientation Program, launching a new online training platform, exploring creative arts ministry possibilities, and helping our communication team write effectively for younger generations. I am thankful for Adam’s work with SEND Canada and I pray for God’s continued blessing on Adam, Angela, Ben, and Talia as they follow God’s leading to a new ministry."

Sincerely, Steve Koning,
Communications Team Leader, SEND International of 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.