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#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 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!

Attached is the HHMI Prayer Bulletin. We trust this will help you to see the bigger picture of the people involved with HHMI.

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.

November 2018 Prayer Bulletin

March 2018 Prayer Bulletin


The Selkes (Saskatchewan)

Walter and Cindy were married in 1989 and immediately became involved in ministry in Regina's northcentral 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


Spurgeon & Gina Marie Root (Regina)

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

December 2018

We may have snow on the ground here in Regina, but the calendar says it's still fall. From shop updates to kid updates to a woman sitting on a shipping container, keep reading for the latest on the Root family.

Summer Wrap-up and Developments
A couple of interesting things have come up from Spurgeon and Keziah’s time in Missinipe. The first is a developing partnership around a cabin on Brabant Lake. The cabin is owned by Camp Manitou-wish in Wisconsin and is in need of some serious but doable maintenance. I am always on the lookout for project work that I can take a crew of guys to do, and the camp seems very interested in having someone do some caretaking and maintenance. We are looking at getting cabin usage out of the deal plus an open-ended opportunity for out-of-town work projects. A surprising number of people say, “Yes” when I ask, “Hey can I bring some ex-gang members to your place to live and work for a week?” However, it is still challenging and I do work with some guys that I wouldn’t take to someone else’s house.

The other thing that is in the works is a mentorship arrangement with Churchill River Canoe Outfitters. The details are still uncertain, but my boss up there, Ric Driediger, is open to me bring people up to experience and participate in the CRCO community. CRCO would be the venue and Healing Hands would be the mentor side of things, giving from 2 weeks to a month of intensive relationship building in a positive supportive environment. We are very excited about this possibility and appreciate prayer over how this develops.

Overall its pretty exciting to have these things in the works and it was nice to both get some rest in the north but also see God at work in our relationships up there. 

Healing Hands Shop Update
All of our permits are in place for the shop and we are now in discussion with the plumber who are installing the bathroom. It is strange that in some ways the process has been expedited and we obviously have people who want us to get back to
“normal” (and you know, God at work in there too), but there has also been the standard red-tape and, “We lost your plans, could you resubmit them please?” As a result we are trying to not use the shops too much since we don’t have an occupancy permit and the building inspector clearly wasn’t pleased with us last time I saw him. It was probably actually really good that we don’t do much in the shops in the summer as we were likely flirting with a cease and desist order.

Once we get the trench for the sewage we can finally get our security system set up properly as well. We’ve had some break-ins again and need to beef things up before we get many more tools.

Keziah
We appreciate prayer for Keziah as she is one of the main Sunday School teachers this year and is insanely busy with school involvements as well. She is on the SRC (Student Representative Council) and involved in almost every possible form of music that her high school offers. She also is dealing with some post-concussion symptoms (mainly short-term
memory and reading comprehension issues) due to a fall she took at the end of the summer. This has been a big source of frustration for her.

Tirzah
Tirzah is in grade 12, a development that seems to indicate some sort of rift in the space-time continuum since I’m pretty sure she’s still just out of diapers.  Mom warned me that would happen.  Tirzah frequently says she feels stalled around the age of 10, and in some ways that seems fairly accurate. She is not interested in most of the things that grade 12s are interested in, which is also somewhat of a blessing. We’ve just visited a college campus to explore possibilities of what post-grade 12 looks like. Stupid rift.

Gina Marie
Gina Marie is very busy with church life stuff, particularly worship, interacting with the team from Millar College of the Bible, counseling and Journey Groups. This year she is also supervising an intern, Carolyn, which is a new adventure that she is enjoying very much.

Healing Hearts Ministries
There is some general Healing Hearts stuff we would appreciate prayer about. Overall we seem to be in a period of “growing pains” as an organization.  Our roles shift somewhat constantly as we
respond to needs and opportunities around us, which is both an advantage and a difficulty.  Compounding that this year is that we have just lost some of our young leaders. One young family was feeling God moving them towards other things and they have stepped out in faith towards that. Secondly, Joel, who has been my right-hand man at the shops for several years has felt the need to step away as well.  This has been very difficult for us and was a rather hard blow to come back to first thing in the fall.

Spurgeon
At various times I (Spurgeon) have been encouraged to reflect on the things that most suck the energy out of me, especially when the busyness is at an extreme and I’m trying to find the things I can put down. I realized as I came into this fall that the things I would most like to put down are the
things I really can’t put down.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m terrible at administration (hating it probably doesn’t help the situation), yet there also seems to be more and more of it to do.  It seems that for every hour of work I do, there is an hour of prep, admin, meetings, etc. just so that I can do my job.  That’s what makes me tired and frustrated. Ministry doesn’t make me tired and frustrated. This is both a good realization and a frustrating one since there doesn’t seem to be anything that I can do about it. So, prayer around that is appreciated. God could send me an admin person too. That would be cool.

Peace, Quiet and a Shipping Container
The other day I stopped in at the shop later in the afternoon to do some tinkering and to meet up with a couple people who were dropping some stuff off for us. As I walked into the yard, I did a cursory search of everything for signs of break-ins, vandalism, or anything missing.
This has become as habit over the years since over half the time I come in I will find something that has been done to the property.  This brief search turned up something a little unusual.
 
A young woman was sitting cross-legged on top of one of the steel shipping containers in the back yard. It first I was a little annoyed and was just going to go over and tell her to get down.  As I got closer, though, it was clear she wasn't a child getting into mischief, and she looked at me with a tired resignation as I approached.
 
"Hey... ah... what are you doing up there?"
 
She heaved a sigh, "Just sitting... and thinking... it's quiet up here."
 
I nodded and asked her name. She answered and then asked my name which led to the usual confusion and requests for me to repeat what I had said.
 
She then informed me that she had been to Healing Hearts before and knew Walter and Cindy.  Indeed, she informed me, Walter had done her baby dedication at Healing Hearts 20 years ago.  She asked me if they were still around, and I let her know what the Selkes were up to.
 
At that point I had to go take care of some things in the shop, but when I was done, I went back out to check on her. Sure enough, she was still cross-legged 8 feet up in the air on the container. She asked if I had a smoke and when I said I didn't smoke she affirmed that was a good decision.
 
"Is there anything I can help you with?" I asked this somewhat hesitantly since this question sometimes leads to some pretty strange and outrageous requests.
 
She shrugged at first but then asked if I could give her a ride to her mom's house as she was homeless and had nowhere else to go. Leaving a homeless girl in North Central didn’t seem like a great idea so I agreed to give her a ride and then called Gina Marie to let her know what I was doing.
 
Her mom lived in the north end of the city and so I got to hear some of her story on the way. It was convoluted and full of drug-fueled spiritual confusion to the point that I frequently had no idea what she was talking about.
 
I dropped her off with no big resolutions, no life changing revelations, no big obvious God moments. Hopefully, though, I got to splash a little fresh water on some 20-year-old seeds.

In a time of confusion and despair, she remembered Healing Hearts as a place of hope and safety and found a moment of peace on top of a steel shipping container in our back yard. And so, we continue on, never knowing when the next moment of ministry will show up and we will get to tend a seed planted by someone else decades ago. It's a pretty neat way to live.       


Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

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

God is good; all the time God is good.

 

Included in July 2018 newsletter you will find out what anniversary we just celebrated and a story about "Little is much when God is in it."

We are leaving for holidays July 23 - plan #4. We had to change up where we were going because of the fires in BC and I would not be able to handle smoke. So we will be spending most of next week in the Red Deer area. Then will have 2 weeks of camping close to home.

Trust you are all enjoying the summer.

God bless

July 2018

May 2018

March 2018


Joel Braun (Regina)

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

We are excited at the bike shop to be ramping up now that spring is finally here! This past week (1st week in May) we had 20 bikes dropped off for donations and this week promises to be just as busy! We are also having a fundraiser banquet for both the wood shop and bike shop this Friday May 11. Please let me know if you are interested in attending. There will be Indian Tacos for supper and a silent auction of items that have been made in our shops. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and financial support in this ministry!

Spring 2018 Newsletter


James & Dena Clifford (Regina)

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

 

  

Ministry Report October 2018

Celebration of Life
Dena's Grandmother was very sick and she died peacefully on September 19. This past weekend we celebrated her life. Grandma planned the service before she died and it was filled with music, scripture, worship and a gospel presentation. We are thankful for her example of faith and love. She will be missed.

Online Evangelism Project:
We hired a video/media person to capture faith stories for the YFCGO.com project. Katrina is currently raising her partnership development. Please pray God can bring in her final 30% of her partnership Developement by November 1,2018 so we can have her start.

Prayer/Praise
- October 21, 2018 Fall Missions Conference at Parliament Community Church
- Please pray for seeking youth in Canada
- Pray God will provide Katrina her final 30% Partnership development
- Pray for good tenants.

Partnership Development
We are very grateful for your ongoing prayer and financial support. Your support allows us to serve the Lord with Youth in Canada. God continues to surprise us and provide our needs. In the past weeks I have met with partners who love Jesus and want to invest their donations dollars in God's Kingdom work-seeing youth impacted with the gospel. We still have room for you to join our team- Click Here

On the Homefront
Count your blessings...We have so many things to be thankful for as a family. God has answered many prayers. Zane was able to get a few days off and join us for the Thanksgiving weekend. It was great to be together. Bronwyn continues to work part-time and full-time UofR student. She enjoys both and has to very disciplined to get all her class work done well. Gabriel is in grade 12 and is looking into options for his future. He has talking about a gap year to work and attend bible school before University. Abby enjoyed playing for the High school soccer team, unfortunately they loss in the city semi finals.

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PCC missionaries


Kirstie Kline (Regina) 

Serving with 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.

December 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

 


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.

 

Our Summer: PART 3 (Kid's Edition)

CALEB:
My highlight from this summer was making new friends in the BL4P program, as well as visiting old friends, including my best friend, Josh, in Austria.


ABBIE:
One thing that impacted me this summer was that every person I met in the BL4P program had experienced more hurt and suffering in their lives than I could ever imagine. Hearing their stories and seeing the way that they were still able to laugh and desire peace and forgiveness really challenged and encouraged me. I feel like I have a new perspective now and an increased desire to bring peace and justice to the world around me.

BEFORE THE THRONE

  • Praise God for holding and carrying us during the last month of adjustment!
  • Praise Him for the strong community that He has brought around us here in Winnipeg!
  • Praise God for respite providers who have enabled us to have quality family time each week with Abbie and Caleb!
  • Please pray for wisdom and patience as we continue to figure out what works for L and what doesn't.
  • Please pray that the waiting process for L's assessment would be accelerated so that we would have a better understanding of how to help him.
  • Pray for Abbie and Caleb in the midst of all of this, that they wouldn't feel overlooked or second place as so much attention needs to go to the little ones.

 Phil & Carol Bergen (Burkina Faso)  

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

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

October 24, 2018

Autumn greetings from the Ouagadougou airport where we are waiting for our flight taking us to Lisbon, Portugal for MB Mission’s tri-annual regional retreat and consultation! These are always special times and we look forward to being together.

More news in the Blip. Thanks for your prayers! Phil and Carol

Sept / Oct 2018 Blip

July / August 2018 Blip

 May / June 2018 Blip

March/April 2018 Blip

February 2018 Blip

December 2017 Blip

July 2017 Blip 


Pastor Madou Traore (Burkina Faso)

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

 


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.

November 2018 Update

Our dear friends!

Reflecting on the past month, a Bible passage comes to mind:

Ecclesiastes 3:1  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”

Seasons are a gift from our Heavenly Father.  Just the other day we had our first snowfall. (The snow has melted again.)  Fall is coming to an end, winter is on its way in.  We experience different seasons in our lives and our ministry.  How are we noticing these seasons?

  • We spent Saturday with a group of couples in the Gmunden church.  Some of the leaders there have been leading the church since we left in 1998.  It is a new season!  It is time for younger leaders to step in.  Pray for the church as they prepare men and women to take on roles that God has gifted them for.
  • Jan. 18th-20th, we, with our Austrian church leaders and those thinking of stepping into leadership, will be meeting for a weekend together.  If you would like to give towards this weekend here is the link: http://www.mbmission.org/projects/austria/c0328-equipping-local-leaders
  • Hazel flew to Canada, Oct.25th- Nov.12th, to spend time with her family.  Continue to pray for Hazel’s sister, Gladys.  She is on a journey of healing.  It has been and is a challenging season.   Pray for patience for her and her family and much wisdom for doctors and therapists.
  • Nov. 24th is our anniversary.  Praise God for giving us these 45 years together.  Pray for the many couples who are struggling in their marriages.  God wants to bring healing.
    Praise God for M & L who are a part of our Care Group.  As we study God’s Word together and pray for each other, we are seeing the healing that is happening in their lives and marriage.  God’s Word speaks so clearly and we believe they are moving into a new and exciting season of their lives. 
  • The Advent season is almost here.  In Austria it is a beautiful season of Christmas markets and concerts.  Pray for each of our five churches as they reach out to many through activities like book tables and candle dipping at markets, and Samaritans Purse, gift boxes.   Pray that people will respond to the gospel of hope.
  • For many people, year-end is the season of giving.  We want to say thank you for giving towards our ministry in this past year.  We feel humbled and thankful.  Thank you for your prayers.
     

Peace be with you in the coming Advent season.

Richard & Hazel

Funk's Foreign Report - May 2018


 Adam & Angela Sapelak (Spain)

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

October 24, 2018 Update 

She has Arrived!

We would like to introduce Talia Joy Sapelak. She was born on October 21st weighing in at 7 pounds and 13 ounces. She was eager to enter into the world and gave us quite the adventure that morning.

We woke up at 3:00 am on Sunday morning and Angela was having contractions, we informed our midwife and thought we had lots of time to get to the hospital. Talia was born an hour later in our home because we realized she was coming fast and we did not have time to go anywhere. Angela's mom was coming to watch Ben while we went to the hospital and she arrived just on time to catch her and the midwife ran in mid birth! The ambulance and firetruck arrived a few minutes after she was born and I've never seen 5 people look so relieved to hear the words, "The midwife is here and the baby is already born!"

We are praising God that everything went well and both Angela and Talia are safe and healthy! Ben is very excited about his new baby sister and enjoys showing her his books and toys!

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


Rick & Cheryl Ashton 

Serving part-time with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Follow them on Rick and Cheryl's Adventures.
 
Learn more about PAOC.

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.