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Community Blessing Fund

Local Ministries Fund

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.

 

#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 link to their November 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!

November Prayer Bulletin 

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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.

Top Ten Highlights of 2017

This past year was filled with many new things that we are so thankful for.
It was a time of continuing to put down roots in our new home and learning more of what God has planned for this season of our lives. We look forward to many more opportunities to learn and grow in 2018, but for now (in no particular order), here are our top ten highlights from this past year: 

10. A new nephew and a new niece were added to our family on Ruth's side this year! We are so very thankful to be close enough to experience those new baby snuggles and to be there as they grow! It was so special to spend some quality time with them and all of Ruth's family as we celebrated New Year's together in Saskatchewan last week. 


9. Two new sisters-in-law joined our family on Matt's side this year! We had been praying for these two lovely ladies for years before we ever met them, and we are so thankful for the ways that they love and support Matt's brothers.

8. A new house! We were able to settle into a home of our own for the first time in over 8 years. Despite the fact that we discovered that the kitchen ceiling was leaking on the day we moved in (!?), it has proven to truly be a cozy oasis of warmth and joy for our family. We have especially enjoyed getting to know our neighbours and are looking forward to hosting a community backyard BBQ this summer!

7. Matt had the opportunity to participate in the week-long Building Leaders For Peace camp in T_rk_y. His favourite parts were the times of discussion that happened in the classroom setting, around mealtimes, and hangout times. It was there that he was able to hear many stories of how God is calling these young men and women to Himself. He was also amazed to see how the Ms.lm participants were impacted by the faith, hope, love and peace that they saw in the lives of the Jesus-following participants. So exciting! 

6. We had the privilege of coordinating and attending a Transition Retreat at Winkler Bible Camp. It was a very rich and deep time as the 25 participants walked together through a reflective and interactive process of looking back in order to look ahead. We were a group of people from different stages of live and different ministry experiences, but we were of one mind and heart in that we all desired to walk through the hard and sometimes daunting transitions in our lives in a way that glorified God and put His Kingdom first in our lives.

5. Going camping in our 'new-to-us' tent trailer! We were able to find a used tent trailer on kijiji this spring and we loved spending some time exploring the beautiful parks and campgrounds around Winnipeg this summer. Our family has always loved camping, but it was a rare occurrence during our years in Turkey and we have missed the quality times, funny anecdotes, and bonding experiences that came with our camping adventures. We already have a long list of new places we want to visit in future summers and we are so excited to make many new memories together!

4. We enjoyed participated in a storytelling workshop in Abbotsford, BC, and learned a lot about how stories affect us, how to interview effectively, and how to seek out the true meaning behind the facts of a story. We loved connecting with the other media and communications staff in our organization and getting to know our North American story-telling team better, and since our kids were having a great time with Nana back home, we snuck in a few romantic meals with just the two of us as well :)

3. We experienced ten crazy and wonderful days at SOAR Heartland; a local missions trip that Manitoba youth can participate in right in their own backyard. Our family was able to live and eat and serve and worship in community with our MB Mission 'family' and over 300 SOAR Heartland participants, and it was amazing. As Matt and I focused on leader care, our kids were poured into and cared for by many others on our team, and were able to join in with various events in the inner city. We loved seeing the way that they were impacted deeply by being able to be a small part of this local missions experience!

2. We celebrated Christmas in our own home with Matt's family this year. We had a very full house for 4 days and we loved every minute of it! Christmas dinner with all the fixings, puzzles, board games, Christmas light drives, good conversations, funny movies, Christmas baking for our neighbours, and a lot of laughter. Perfect.

1. We became members of Fort Garry MB Church this summer and have enjoyed getting more and more involved with this amazing community. Matt helps run the soundboard during services, Ruth is on the Caregiver committee and the Life Group Committee, Abbie helps out with the 2-year-old Sunday School class and attends Jr. Youth, and Caleb attends Boys Club. We are also planneing to lead our second Transition Life Group study soon, after a very positive first experience. We love how 'at home' we feel when we walk in those church doors, something that we do not take for granted.

         

Christmas Dinner... just waiting for the gravy  /   New Years Eve with Ruth's family   /   Deocating sugar cookies   /   Listening to Grandpa read the Chirstmas story on Christmas morning

BEFORE THE THRONE

  • Praise God for His many blessings this past year!
  • Please pray for our children as they return to school today - that they would continue to make friends and flourish in their new school.
  • Our Trekkers return at the end of this month. Please join us in praying that they finish well!
  • Please pray that God would continue to lead us into what He has for us this coming year, individually and as a family.

UPCOMING EVENTS

TREK Debrief - January 27 - February 7

Matt's trip to T_rk_y (more details to come!) - January 31 - February 9

SOAR Saskatchewan - February 15 - 25

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Phil & Carol Bergen (Burkina Faso)  

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

 

Greetings from Salinas, CA where we are currently at the breakfast table with our daughter Maria and baby Zeke.  As you guess from our newsletter, the last couple months since leaving Burkina have been very full for us!  And after our son’s John-Mark’s wedding, I started a class called Biblical Interpretation II at FPU seminary; all our reading and papers are due in week, so I’m in the midst of “crunch time”!  Meanwhile, Phil has got some weeks set aside for doing some writing, so we’re both doing our best to keep our noses to the grindstone.

We are sending this newsletter large enough for you to zoom in on the pictures and get a better look.  We’ve tried up to 300% and it worked ok.  Enjoy.  We sure did! 

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

December 2017 Blip

July 2017 Blip

 

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Joel Braun (Regina)

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

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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.

Christmas Update from the Funks

What a joy it was to worship with our brothers and sisters in Lithuania!!  As we sat in the van, driving from one city to another, our hearts were overjoyed knowing that the light and salt of the gospel is being spread in so many places!!  It was so good to meet the European Mennonite Leaders from many different countries.  Our time as country Team Leaders was enriching and helpful. 

Now that we are back in Leonding, we are busy with all the last-minute things, before we leave for Canada.

Would you pray with us for:

  • Guidance for one of our team members, as he works on a video, for our time in the churches
  • Meaningful time, as we meet with our children here this Saturday, for a little “pre-Christmas” gathering and say our goodbyes to them.
  • Time to visit our neighbour lady before we leave next week
  • Wisdom in packing
  • For our team, Christmas party on Sunday. 
  • Member Care conversations and Skype calls before leaving 

Thank you so much for your prayers.  We are flying out of Linz, early Thursday morning, Dec. 14th and arriving in Saskatoon at 6:50pm.  

John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

What a gift the Father gave us, when He sent Jesus! 

We wish you a blessed Advent Season!

Hazel & Richard

Funks Foreign Report - October 2017

Included in the Funk's Foreign Report are stories of how God "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine... to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus..."  Ephesians 3:20,21.

Click Funk's Foreign Report  to read these stories and to view their itinerary while in Canada.

 

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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


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Pastor Madou Traore (Burkina Faso)

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

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Spurgeon & Gina Marie Root (Regina)

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

 

January 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Once again we started a newsletter with the intention of getting it out at the beginning of December and now it's finally happening in mid-January. If nothing else, we're consistent. We hope that you all had a joyful Christmas and found some time to enjoy those you love and to rest.

We took a fair amount of time off over the holidays to simply be together at home. We enjoyed our traditional (for us) Christmas supper of homemade personal pizzas, watched a lot of TV and movies, stayed up too late and slept in, and took a much needed rest from our normally chaotic schedule. It was lovely and very much enjoyed.

    On a more difficult family note, we have had to say goodbye to our beloved family dog, Bogart. He had gotten quite old, had a number of health problems and had bitten a couple of people when he was startled. It was a very difficult decision and there have been a lot of tears as Bogart was the first dog that Gina Marie and the girls had really known as a pet. Shortly after we also lost Keziah's guinea pig, Mary, who was very dear to her. We find ourselves extra thankful for Summit (our large, insane, bouncing 1-year-old German Shepherd) and Missy (our other guinea pig) and the ways God shows us his love for us through them.

This is my (Gina Marie's) favourite picture from this Christmas season. It is Sheldon lighting the Peace Candle for Advent. To me it is a picture of redemption. In the past, Sheldon was a very violent person with a story that is filled with trauma and disfunction. Now he is family. He hangs out and helps Spurgeon all the time, brings his kids to church and Fathers' Group, and has shared his story with several of the missions groups that have come to Healing Hearts. And he lit the Peace Candle as we spoke of how Jesus brings us peace. God is definitely with us.

It isn’t uncommon for me (Spurgeon) to be messaging with a variety of people in the evening and so when Cody got a hold of me it wasn’t that unusual. He wanted to know if I would be in the shop the next day and if I could pick him up. I answered yes to both of those and the next morning I took him in to work with me. A couple days later he thanked me for picking him up and said he really appreciated hanging out. I told him it was no problem and that I enjoyed hanging out with him. He was quiet for a moment, thanked me again and then said,
            “When you answered me, I was already talking to another guy. He wanted me to go out boosting (stealing, doing break and enters) with him. I was literally looking in my closet and deciding if Ishould wear black cause it was dark out or white because of the fresh snow…” He looked at the floor in shame but then looked back up at me and smiled, “When you answered me I told my bro I had other plans and couldn’t go out. Thanks for always answering, thanks for taking me to the shop.”

Having the shop more or less back up and running this fall has been very encouraging and exciting. As frustrating as dealing with the fire has been, this morning when I was going in and looking at our new building this scripture came to mind: “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only one seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds.” John 12:24 I know this is talking about the gospel and hints at the dying toself we need to do, but this morning as I was thinking about the many seeds that sprouted from the death of the previous wood shop, it seemed to relate.  The number of opportunities that are arising with the new shop, the many people who are interested in helping, and the support we are gaining for the work we are doing is both exciting and at times overwhelming. I have been praying and looking for a while for people who could come and help and this is an ever-growing need. On one hand, there are people showing up, but that is now adding the challenge of managing and caring for these folks, which then means I could use a couple more people to do the tasks that I would be doing if I wasn’t managing people and trying to look after them. It is both a nice problem to have and a challenging one. I continue to be stretched beyond what I can do and suspect that will always be the case here.

We have officially started the Regina Gang Exit Network (ReGEN)! This has been a long time in coming and had a number of hiccups, but it has finally happened. It is running in partnership with and somewhat parallel to the shop but also separate. After much deliberation it was decided that the gang exit piece would be run outside of Church “control.” We did not want exit to be seen to be tied to a particular belief system or to have word circulating that you needed to be a Christian if you wanted out. Conversely, we did not want secular demands or expectations to collide with Church mandates and belief. So, the shop will continue to be a Christian program, which provides services to ReGEN, and ReGEN will be the secular vehicle that provides exit opportunities to everyone who wants that.  It seemed the best approach to a potentially sticky situation.

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Adam & Angela Sapelak (Spain)

 

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

Support Update:

We can stay in Spain until June 2018!

We have been blown away by your generosity this past month! We have had so many donations come in that have added up to $10,209! This amount breaks down to $1458/month for seven months, which provides what we need to stay from November to June! WOW! We are so grateful, relieved and in awe at how quickly this happened! 

THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!

What does this mean long term? 

Due to the majority of these donations being one time donations, we are "safe" to stay in Spain until June 2018 but are still $1000 short on monthly donations provided by committed monthly donors. We are celebrating this huge blessing to be able to stay in Spain and are trusting that in the right timing, God will raise up more monthly donors!

 

Growing Together

This month we wanted to share about one of our major ministries, discipleship. This is a ministry close to both our hearts. Just over one year ago, our Spanish pastor and his wife left under some difficult circumstances. I (Adam) was asked to carry on the work that the pastors wife had been doing with a small discipleship group. I had been working and learning under her for a few months before they left, observing how she taught the people about the bible, spiritual gifts and how we all fit into God's family. As she left, she passed the group on to me and I accepted with great fear of not being able to match what she was doing especially as I still felt inadequate with the Spanish language. I dedicated a lot of hours preparing for the study, connecting with the people who attend and praying for the group. 

Thankfully, as I took over the group, I received the blessing of a person who I like to call my "right hand". A young man in his early 20's who came to the Lord a few years ago but has grown so much and has the gift of teaching. He came along side me and has been able to help me with the group when I struggle with the language and I have been able to show him different ways to approach teaching and discipling others.

This year we have had 8 people on average coming to the group ranging from brand new believers to others who have never learned how to feed themselves spiritually. Though I am working hard, there are times that I feel like I can never do enough, that my work isn't valid because it is impossible to measure. Recently I was approached by a few people in the discipleship group who thanked me for my sacrifice to come live here, to walk life with them and help them grow in their walk with Christ. Wow! It blew me away to hear this and I can only give God the glory for how He has used me in this work. I was reminded of God's great commission and felt so privileged to be apart of it. Matt 28:18, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."

       

1st picture:  This was our church Christmas party. We taught everyone how to make s'mores!

2nd picture:  Adam's discipleship group (also shown above).

 

 September 2017 Update

 

The Summer has ended so we are settling into our new routine:

    

Adam will continue teaching Sunday School and the discipleship group at church, helping organize the church food bank, taking care of SEND vehicles, organizing this years SEND men's conference, taking care of SEND guest house grounds, etc. Angela will be taking Spanish classes during the mornings as well as caring for Ben and continuing to get to know people in the community.  

 

Ben spends the week mornings at day care so that Adam can work and Angela can study Spanish. He likes playing with the other kids as well as learning Spanish. He also plays a big role in helping usget to know people in our community! 

 

Here are a few family pictures from the past couple of months:

Ben LOVES trains and he enjoys setting up all his toys in a row, like a train!

  

We were able to see Adam's brothers and their families in Sevilla for a few days! 

 

Ben was able to meet his cousin Connor for the first time.       

He loved hanging out with his uncles, aunts and cousin!   

 

  Enjoying a walk through the streets of Sevilla. 

   Ben couldn't be happier than when he is being thrown in the air! 

 

  Ben participated in his first bike race in our town.   

Hanging out with his friend after the bike race!      

 Adam preached in Spanish for the first time this summer. 

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Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

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

October 2017

Shayil—virtuous woman
“It is God’s love and kindness that has kept me at Shayil Home.
Today I realize that my life is a
Gift from God.”
Souls harbour Rescue Mission Shayil Home
What is Shayil Home? It is a yearlong residency- based addictions program where women and their children can come to a safe environment & live in community with other women who are on similar journeys. Here they are involved in a number of courses and activities to pre- pare them for living a sober life.I have the privilege to help out with two courses—Genesis Process and Clean- sing Stream. Genesis Process is a course on Relapse Prevention for Addictive/ Compulsive Behaviors. It provides a ‘Biblical and neuro-chemical understanding of what is broken that causes us to be self-destructive. If we want to change who we are we have to change our heart. New understanding from brain research shows us how trauma (abuse and neglect) can distort who we are and what we believe. Genesis is intentional about initiating lasting heart (brain) changes, thus bringing healing to what drives destructive behavior rather than just coping with it.’ Cleansing Stream is about our spiritual walk; it helps us to understand what the Christian life is all about and how we can walk in freedom with God and be set free from the enemy.The majority of the gals have been raised in abusive and toxic homes and they are just trying to survive. One of the survival modes is addiction to alcohol and drugs so they can be ‘free’ of the pain for awhile. There is so much pain, anger, and self-hatred.The quote, at the start of this letter, is from a gal who is just finishing Genesis Process. It is not easy living in a residency, but she has stayed the course and will soon be done the program. It is a privilege to speak TRUTH into their lives, encouraging them, and providing them with tools for life. Pray for wisdom and discernment and love as we reach out to these amazing gals.

Mentoring Quote by David Stoddard

The heart of mentoring—getting the most out of life
isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you pour into others.

Mentor—a person who trains and guides someone, shares knowledge, relationship

As one ministers/mentors there has to be compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. People are hurting and it is really, really hard to work through the trauma and pain, of which there has been so much. What in your life is so painful that you do not ever want to go there and feel that pain again? Yet, in order for healing to happen, that is what we must do and we invite Jesus in to the process. We have the privilege of speaking truth into lives, to walk along side them, to encourage them and give them tools for life.

In 2010, God began to show me areas of my life that needed brokenness, healing and restoring. Through this He gave me a vision and desire to see hurting and wounded women coming to recognize and accept God’s unconditional love and forgiveness; that they would see Jesus as their Heavenly Father, friend, and confidant and come to trust Him with their hurts and wounds to move forward in an intimate relationship with Him. To see women delivered and blooming as they see themselves as daughters of “the King”, saints, loved by God—to see beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. (Isaiah 61:1-3).

What a JOY it is for me to be a part of God’s Kingdom work through mentoring and discipleship—seeing women delivered and seeing themselves as daughters of “the King.” 

 

This morning when I woke up the song that kept going through my mind was ‘We are so Blessed” by Bill & Gloria Gaither and Greg Nelson.

Truly I am so very blessed. I Praise the Lord for all He has done and continues to do in my life and Wally’s life.

We are so blessed by the gifts from your hand
I just can’t understand why you’ve loved us so much We are so blessed we just can’t find a way
Or the words that can say,
“Thank you Lord for your touch”

We are so blessed by the things You have done
The victories we’ve won, and what You’ve brought us through
We are so blessed take what we have to bring
Take it all everything. Lord, we bring it to you

(Chorus:)
When we’re empty you fill us ‘til we overflow
When we’re hungry you feed us and cause us to know
We are so blessed take what we have to bring
Take it all everything
Lord we love you so much 

We Praise the Lord...

  • For God’s many blessings—family, safety, provisions, and the list goes on.

  • For the great visits we had over the summer— family, friends, partners

  • The HHMI Conference—all the details came together and it was a great time of fun, fel- lowship; our speaker was very encouraging.

  • For the progress of C. who is taking Genesis Process. It is exciting to see her continue have ah ha moments. 

Join us in Prayer...

  • I would be willing and intentional about loving peo- ple where they are at without