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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!

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


Spurgeon & Gina Marie Root (Regina)

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

 

 

May 2019 Update

As most of you know, it has been quite a journey for us this year. We want to give you a quick update of where things are at as well as let you know what is next for us.

The main story

We were very blessed to have been given the month of April off for some recovery and reflection. By the time mid-February hit, we knew that things were not well or healthy for us and we needed to make some adjustments.

Gina Marie was beginning to slide into depression again, something she has managed pretty well without meds for about 10 years. The combination of a nasty winter, the loss of Sheldon, and some other challenges, though, started to overwhelm her coping skills.

At the same time, I was starting to manifest some post-traumatic stress symptoms. I’ve had a number of these for several years, but in the middle of February, it seemed that my coping skills also hit their limit. I would become blindingly angry over ridiculous things and my go-to response (only ever in my head, I never did anything, thank goodness!) was violent incapacitation of whatever was stimulating me. The final straw was on the morning before our February retreat. I was numbly following Gina Marie through the grocery store, trying desperately to not allow anyone behind me. A lady who appeared to be about 85, the height of my sternum and the weight of my left leg managed to circumvent my vigilance though and a moment later I had my back to the grocery aisle almost hyperventilating and fearfully watching this horrible threat totter away from me. My logical brain, that teaches about trauma and has a Master’s degree in this stuff, tried in vain to overcome the hyper-arousal. Mostly at that point, I realized I was terribly broken and it was shortly after that I emailed Walter and we were given a month to recuperate.

We know this has been tough on our girls too. Grief processing with an Autistic person is an interesting endeavour and we really aren’t sure what to do. Keziah seems to be coping. When she was in Edmonton for a choir trip she went to Build-a-Bear and now has a teddy bear named Sheldon.

Taking a month off was interesting as well. We realized we have never really tried to fully disengage. We have always continued to take phone calls, answer emails, and if we were in the city deal with whatever came up. In some ways, it was harder than we thought to tell people no, not answer the phone, or if we did explain that we couldn’t help at that time. Some people got it and some didn’t.

So that more or less catches us up to our current situation. And what comes next.

While we were given an immediate month off, we have also been given permission to take a 6-month sabbatical. This will start on July 1st and go to the end of December. So, part of our month off was spent planning, discussing, dreaming about what that might look like.

We had briefly considered trying to move, but that seemed like a nightmare the more we thought about it. Tirzah will be adapting to her first year out of high school and Keziah is deeply involved with her school here. So, in many ways, life will be carrying on, hopefully, uninterrupted for them.

It looks like I’m going to finally bite the bullet and go back to school to work on my Doctorate. We are still figuring out exactly what program and where that would be. Obviously, this will take longer than 6 months but I can at least start it. I will also be having as many coffees as possible with my “support team,” something I’ve already been doing since mid-February.

Gina Marie is also flirting with the idea of going back to school and will likely be taking an “experimental class” as it has been a long time since she has been in school. There are many questions around that whole piece of her journey, but we are looking forward to having the space to figure that out. Gina Marie is also reaching out to friends and supports at this time and trying to rebuild some of what she has lost in that department over the last several years.

So, in the meantime, we are trying to get the ducks corralled and taken care of before we take our break. There is worship stuff to figure out for Gina Marie and shop stuff to sort through for me. Thankfully, many things can carry on in our absence and hopefully maybe even grow in different ways.

I have a trail clearing canoe trip June 2-10 and am looking forward to the team that is coming together for that and the outreach opportunities trips like this create.

Thanks so much for praying for us at this time and for the many words of encouragement and support we have received!

If you would like to see more pictures and get a better glimpse of the Root's everyday life, please contact them at theroots@sasktel.net to receive their news letter.


Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

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

September 2019 Update

It has been wonderful to experience some nice warm weather the last couple of days. Summer seems to have flown by and now the leaves are falling. It is hard to believe that fall is right around the corner.

Ministry is gearing up:
- Ladies Bible Study at HHM, which I will be leading, started September 19.
- Kate & I are back at Shayil Home doing Genesis Process on Mondays. Over summer these gals went out to Craven World Campground and we did "The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus" study.
- Every second Tuesday Kate & I will do Genesis Process with a gal.
- Our study with two gals is back in full swing. We had not planned to take the summer off but that was the way it worked out between their schedule and ours.
- We are planning a Member Care trip to Nipawin in November.
- Then there are the one-on-one times with various gals in various situations.
- Sunday evening Bible Study every second week with friends from biking community.

The one thing that will be slowing down in the next few weeks is our ministry with CMA. We will still be involved with some things but not as much as over summer.

Life if full and we are looking forward to seeing how God is going to work in our lives and in those we minister to.

Blessings
Arlene

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.

 

  

Ministry Report July 2019

Psalm 91: 1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

These verses continue to be an encouragement to me and our family. Trusting God tests our faith in the challenging times or when we don't know what to do. God is always there listening to the prayers of His people. We are so thankful we serve a loving and merciful God who cares deeply for his children. Be encouraged today, no matter what you are going through trust God even if it doesn't make sense.

Graduate
At the end of June Gabriel graduated from High school. It was a great day of celebrating Gabe and this milestone in his life. We are proud of his hard work. Gabe has decided to explore the trades and is currently doing an apprenticeship with local plumbing company. He has been enjoying the job so far.

YFC Canada ministry
Due to the graduation falling at the same time as the National Ministry Conference Dena and I had to miss the conference this year in Quebec City. The Ministry Conference is always a great time to connect with the YFC Family, receive more training and worship God together.

YFC International
Lord willing, a trip to Asia will take place this fall as part of a team of trainers representing many youth Evangelism organizations around the world. We will be training 40 local Christians on creating evangelistic video content.

Prayer/Praise:
-Thankful to God for His answers to prayer and his faithfulness
-Southern Sask was in a drought for the past 18 months and God provided rain over the last few weeks. God is Good.
-Pray for our YFC Canada missionaries home from overseas- as they rest, report their experiences and raise needed funds.
-Pray for our YFCGO site as we engage with seeking youth wanting to know more about Jesus.
-Pray for the camps in Saskatchewan as they share the gospel with youth today.

On the Homefront
June was filled with Graduation and celebrating my parents 50th Wedding anniversary. It was a busy time but we are so thankful for God's amazing blessings. Dena finished off school and is thankful for a change of pace over the summer. She has been busy in her garden and getting the suite ready for new renters. Zane will be coming home for a week of holidays before we head to Alberta for a family wedding. We are excited to have him home for a few days. Bronwyn has been working full-time and she took a summer class. She only has 8 classes left to get her undergrad. Abby finished 10th grade and is working at Dallas Valley camp for the summer.


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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 MB Mission 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.

July 2019 Update:

Another New Birth!

Last prayer-letter we shared about Ms.M who had a spiritual new-birth experience and this time we get to introduce you to our new daughter! (by fostering)
Her name is Hana!
She was born on June 4th and came from the hospital to our house on June 11th weighing just 2500g. She will be with us for a few months or perhaps a year. We have finally entered the world of fostering children! We have been hoping to serve Jesus in this way since before we left Manitoba.
Hana has been a great start for us.
Our boys have really taken to her, especially Sola, who originally was determined that a girl was not allowed in our family! The boys have been helping a lot with feeding and holding, but for some reason they are never around when it's time to change a diaper...

At present about 90% of Japanese "children in care" are in orphanages. We visited a local orphanage (as part of our foster-parent training) and it seemed friendly enough, however we have also seen firsthand the negative impact that being raised in a secular orphanage can have on children. My friend Tatsu often talks about the emotional scars of growing up in a particularly poor orphanage.
It feels like there is an opportunity for the Jesus-followers of Japan to serve their communities through fostering and adoption, especially since the government has recently decided to transition more children in this direction.

Please join us in praying for Hana and her family.
Also let's pray that our Japanese brothers and sisters will join Jesus's work among the orphans.

 

Please pray for this youth team from Swift Current SK coming to Japan July 19th-29th. We are looking forward to the 10 days of growing in Jesus and serving our community together.
If you are interested in bringing your team to Japan in the future, please let us know!!

Thank you for praying,
Cory and Masami


Matt & Ruth Braun (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.

 

Summer Reflections
September 9, 2019


This summer has been full of God showing up in only ways that He can make happen. There was a lot that happened so let me break it down into a few stages.

Stage 1: The summer started with our ACTION program orientation. This year we only had one team heading out to Brazil, but we still had almost 50 people at the orientation. Some had come for just the orientation as their families are in transition and looking for a space to worship and discern what God was calling the into next. One group came from Lithuania and then went on to serve in Winnipeg's North End community amongst the marginalized. One family came for a space of worship, teaching and community before the spent a few weeks in Malaysia with local extended family. I loved this diverse group of people coming together and finding community. During the week we spent intentional time praying together and encouraging each other. I love seeing the diverse Body of Christ come together; different age groups and different life stages, but all coming together with a single goal of spreading the love of Jesus and challenging one another to greater maturity in Christ.

Stage 2: Time together as a family. This year we got to spend some good space resting and renewing as a family, mainly while camping. As a family we love to get outdoors and spend time together hiking, biking, swimming, hammock laying and general anything else you can do outdoors to relax and enjoy creation. These were good times of reflection and renewal. One of my highlights from this time was being able to take Caleb on his first overnight hiking trip in the Rocky Mountains. My Dad, myself and Caleb headed out to Yoho National Park and did a three day trip which challenged us physically and we were inspired by God's creation.

Stage 3: Time for a new role. Over the last few years here in the Central Canada office for Multiply I have served in many different ways. I have spent time teaching and mentoring at all the various programs we run, helping to mobilize people toward mission, creating media to tell some of the stories where God has been working, continuing to manage Epik Encounter. This new season will include coordinating the SOAR Heartland program. I am so excited to coordinate this program with our team and bring together the church from across Manitoba to serve locally and see participants eyes opened to mission here locally. I love seeing lives transformed and SOAR is a great atmosphere for change. By spending the 10 days on intentional mission together paired with worship and teaching on SOAR we commonly see life long commitments to serving Jesus formed.

Stage Random: Also, randomly during the summer I have had the opportunity to share my faith. Being in a role where I am typically working with church leaders and engaged with the church I find it hard to intersect with those who don't know Jesus. However, through our journey with Fostering it has been amazing to engage some intentional conversations about a Jesus who redeems with the father of the kids. Also, two weeks ago as I was coming back from meetings in Abbotsford I was able to sit beside a man who opened up about a messy divorce he had and spend time praying with him and inviting him into a church community. I have been challenged to ask God for these opportunities and be ready for when they randomly come and drop whatever to share the love of Christ.

Before The Throne:

  • Pray for wisdom and direction as I learn a new role with coordinating the SOAR Heartland Program.

  • Pray that a great team comes together for 2020 SOAR Heartland. This program takes a team to run.

  • Pray for our kids as they start school. Lyric starting at Kindergarten, Caleb in grade 7 and Abbie in grade 9.

Upcoming events:

SOAR Heartland Pastors Mtg.
October 16

SOAR Gathering Event
November 1st

Take Flight Retreat
November 8-11


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 5, 2019 Update

Dear Friends!

„This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world.  It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful GRACE.”  Col. 1:6.  Paul spoke this to encourage the Colossian church.

The church here in Linz is preaching through Colossians in their Sunday services.  Several ladies, with Hazel, are reading through the book of Ephesians.  Last week one of the ladies led our time together and she had done a study on the word GRACE, (GNADE in German).  She was so touched to think, that God in His GRACE loves her.  Even in the midst of all her guilt from her past, it was so clear to her how God is a God of mercy, forgiveness and grace.  It is so encouraging to see the fruit of changed lives!

Thank you for praying for our Oct. church camp. What a blessing to see the excitement of all generations, forming small groups, working on a Bible passage together and sharing about the vision of the church.  This Vision is, “Loving God, Loving People, Finding a Home.” 

Thank you for your continued prayers for our work in Member Care.  Please pray for us as we travel to Germany Nov. 10th to the 14th to visit one of our workers there.  Our prayer is that God will guide as we share fun times, times of searching for God’s direction together and praying. 

Pray for wisdom, as we meet many of our workers in skype calls, emails and personal times together. 

Pray for us on Nov. 24th, our 46th anniversary.   We will be preaching together here in the Linz church on Colossians 3:18 to 4:5. The topics of wives, husbands, children, slaves and their masters and prayer are all part of this passage!  Our longing is that the people there, will receive God’s Word into their relationships and bring healing into some tough situations. 

We are so very thankful for the Good News that we have to share with people. 

GRACE be with you,

Hazel & Richard Funk

 

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 - February 2019

Funk's Foreign Report - May 2018


 Adam & Angela Sapelak (Spain)

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

Dear friends, supporters and family,

We have recently made some important decisions that we want to share with you today. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this letter and hear our hearts. We appreciate you!

This has been a year filled with deep reflection. We have spent a lot of time assessing and praying about our time in Spain, our successes and our challenges, the things we did well and things that we didn’t. We considered how we have been as a family, how we have been raising Ben, the health of our marriage, and the impact of the ministry we were involved in. I don’t think it is a surprise to any of you that Spain has been difficult for our family in various ways throughout our years there. We have taken a lot of time to pray, to talk with those in SEND leadership here in Canada and those around us about our next steps. We, along with SEND leadership, have come to the conclusion that our family will not be returning to Spain in the foreseeable future. This has been a heart wrenching decision for us to make and it’s incredibly hard to tell all of you. We see the incredible spiritual needs in Spain so it doesn’t seem to make sense but we see God’s hand directing the process and us. We never thought that our time in Spain would come to an end like this...we thought we would be missionaries in Spain for 20 years or more. Now that this decision has recently been made final, we are entering into a time of grieving. Grieving leaving a country we have come to appreciate, friends who have become very close, loss of ministry in a very spiritually needy country and grieving a dream/career that we felt called too and now seems to be lost.

There have been times when we hear the devil whisper, "Victory! I have taken another family off the field. Adam and Angela, you have failed!" BUT we respond with God’s promises that "His ways are not our ways" and, "He works all things together for those who love Him" and remind ourselves that God is not done with us. He will use us wherever we are as long as we seek Him with all of our hearts and that ultimately, He loves the people in Spain a lot more than we do and He is not restricted because of us. It is not us who will save those in Spain, It is Him by His Spirit. We are just called to go (wherever He leads us), make disciples (by His saving grace) and to teach (with the power of His Holy Spirit). God was working in Spain long before we arrived and His spirit will be at work long after we depart.We are blessed that He chooses to use us, delights in it and we will look to how He wants to use us where we are now here in Canada.

We want you to understand that we will not be returning to Spain as SEND missionaries. However, for the month of November, we will be returning to Spain to say goodbye to our church and friends there, sort through our things and seek to bring constructive closure to our years of ministry in Spain. While starting missionary life well is important; finishing missionary life well is equally important. We hope and strive to finish well in all areas: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Would you pray for us and journey with us as we go through this process of finishing well?

Our five years in Spain has given us great insight and experience into missionary life and we are excited for Adam (and Angela when able) to continue working with SEND. These last weeks have been filled with much prayer, discussion & interviews with the SEND Canada team. A decision has been reached and Adam has been invited to participate in helping send people to the field. He is very excited to be able to use his passion and experience in Spain to do this job well. The position has three main components. The first part is working in the communications department; helping connect younger generations with the needs and opportunities around this world; including research, interviews, creating online content. The second major part of this is working with the on-boarding process of sending missionaries over seas. Again with a focus on the younger generations, helping revise applications, improve the process of preparing candidates for the field and helping with the huge transitions that entails. The third component entails growing and creating opportunities for missionaries to effectively use the arts (music, dance, drama & storytelling) to better share the Gospel. For every missionary sent, there is a team behind them…for every missionary who thrives, there is a team behind them who helps them thrive. We are excited to become a part of that team! This work immediately effects the mission field but will also impact Canada as it will help churches reach the nations in this media connected world.

This new position with SEND Canada is a support based position which means we will continue to need financial support. We understand that those of you who support us financially were doing so with the vision of Spain in mind. Will you please continue supporting us as that vision expands to helping send out young missionaries to many nations, including Spain. We have had many confirmations from God that He wants to use us in Canada. Two examples that come to mind are regarding the people we are mentoring. The young man that Adam mentors has been so encouraged and challenged feeling the Lord brought Adam into his life at the perfect timing. The girl Angela mentors cried two days ago in our home and said, “My life has completely changed since you came into it, I am seeing God work in my life in real ways that I have never experienced before.” God has given us this gift, to pour into people here in Canada and to remind us that wherever we are, He can use us.

If you have any questions or would like to have additional clarity regarding anything we have shared in this letter, please e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Adam, Angela, Ben & Talia

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.