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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.

November 2020 Missions Update 

 

Journey Through the Bible: A Discipleship Course


Last week, I received back my Journey Through the Bible: A Discipleship Course from the publisher meaning I can now pack and deliver it. For $100.00, a package includes the Leader’s Guide with ten participant workbooks. The course is designed to lead a group reading through the entire Bible in 42 weeks. I have led this Bible study at Healing Hearts Ministry for about twenty years with various groups from new believers to seasoned Christians. During my time at home this past year, I finally organized all my handouts and research into a workbook format and delivered it to be printed by NCEM. Special thanks to Ralph Dyck at NCEM for his amazing editing and cover design help.

 

Family Update

So how has this pandemic affected my family?

Today I am at home self-monitoring and awaiting the results of my Coronavirus test that I am expecting will be negative. Because I woke up with a cold on Sunday, erring on the side of caution, I decided not to go to work this week. I am, however, feeling fine today.

We've always had a large busy family with sons, daughters and grandchildren going all sorts of directions into the community every day. This became one of the biggest considerations for us this past year. As a family, we talked about our exposure in the community and made changes.

We enrolled our children in online learning this year. Because our home computer network now rivals many small to medium sized businesses, this was no simple task. Jordan, Jayden, Serenity, Alexah, Joshua and Adrienne all take classes online while Kristian (grade 12) goes to school. Kienan works online and Keesha decided to move out. Amanda and I still work in the community, but otherwise, everyone in the family is doing their best to limit their community exposure.

 

Ministry Opportunities


One would think that with such a large household and with the pandemic going on that our ministry would also be greatly affected. It has; but not in the ways one might expect.

Vivian and I still minister to the vulnerable poor. The poor are those who, through no fault of their own, lack, lost or cannot access the resources to care for their own or their family’s needs. Throughout this pandemic we have had the joy of helping numerous such people in many ways, including allowing them to stay for short periods in our home!

P & R stayed with us for a short time this summer when they had to come to Regina to take care of matters with Child and Family Services. TJ and his daughter needed a place to stay due to family hardship, and MJ with his children needed an interim place to stay while he re-established his family in a new home.

One thing I am acutely aware of, even more so during this time, is the lack of community resources available to men as parents, and the systemic prejudices that exist creating huge roadblocks for these men.

 

Difficulties of Rebuilding a Life


A man who gets released from jail can lose everything including his job, home, wife, family, and even his ID. Emerging repentant, having made a commitment to Christ, and desperate to get on the right path, he now needs help.

Co-dependency is born when the helper is more interested or invested in the situation than the one who needs help. Therefore, instead of telling him what he needs and how to define the problem, it is necessary to listen to how they  define the problem. Discern what their priorities are, what resources they have, where those resources can be accessed, and what resources they feel they lack.

The problem is theirs. Let them solve it. I can assist by helping them make a list of priorities and determining what they can do right now. Something as simple as letting them borrow my cell phone to make a call is a good start.

Before I let them stay with my family (even only for a night or two), they need to demonstrate commitment to the process. They have to take ownership of their life, problems and situation. They need to be able to tell me what their problem is, why it exists, what they intend to do to solve the problem and how long it will take. In other words, how long will they need to stay?

 

Why Us?


Why do so many people come to Vivian and I? Because they have gotten to know us in some context. For many years in the Urban Indigenous community, we have become recognized as spiritual elders. An ‘elder’ is someone who can answer questions in the context of your life. We don’t assume that we have the right to help you just because we have greater resources. To the indigenous mind, that is the epitome of arrogance.

The cornerstone principle of our family is “Tatawa”. Although normally translated as ‘welcome’, the literal meaning is, ‘come in, there is room’. However, even this carries with it an assumption: that because you are coming in, we have to adjust for you. We have to re-arrange ourselves, our things, perhaps even our lives to make room for you. Your coming is not necessarily free. We as your host will bare the cost that you may not even be aware of; nevertheless, you are welcome to come in.

So I find myself at home, awaiting the results of my Covid test. However, even as I wait there is ministry to be done. People to drive to appointments, children to look after, letters of support to write, hampers to pack and deliver, families to visit, men to engage, people to listen to, and the list goes on and on.

 

But this is what it means to be in ministry. It is who we are. Pandemic or not.

 


Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

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

 

 

 

 

October 2020 Missions Update

 

Addressing Stress


“Are you stressed?”

Whenever I was asked that question I would say “No.” Honestly, I could never define stress. To me stress has been ambiguous and undefinable.

Michael Dye says, “The number one problem that people in our society struggle with is STRESS. As much as 80% of all our physical and mental problems are stress related.”

Gabor Mate says, “The research literature has identified three factors that universally lead to stress: uncertainty, the lack of information, and the loss of control.”

This spring and summer, I struggled with health problems and exhaustion. Added to that was everything Covid related. As I was sharing this with a friend, she read an article by Michael Dye which said, “stress (anxiety, worry) is another word for fear...Ask yourself what you are afraid of...once you name the fear it reduces stress/anxiety, then you can do something about it.”

I realized I had been stressed for quite some time and decided to slow down, have time with God and give myself time to heal. As I began to name my fears and the lies I believed, I was able to take it all to God in repentance. I then found some scripture verses in order to put God’s truth into my mind. I realized that I forgotten one of my most important priorities—times of silence with my Heavenly Father and sitting in His Presence to allow Him to work in my heart.

Psalm 46:10 “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.”

Psalm 37:7  “Quiet your heart in His presence and pray; keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you.”

Both passages written above are using The Passion Translation.

 

Praise Items
Praise the Lord that B. graduated from the Shayil Home program. She has worked hard and continues to grow in the Lord.
Praise the Lord for our seasonal campground site where we were able to unplug and have fun with family and friends.
Praise the Lord for the Sunday gathering of worship and sharing at the campground this summer.
 

Prayer Items
Pray for God's wisdom and discernment as we serve Him. Pray we would be working with God and not for God.
Pray that we would keep our eyes on Jesus and not circumstances.
Pray that we would have an attitude of gratitude and find a reason to smile each and every day. 

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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. 

November 2020 Missions Update

 

Triangle Park "Church"

What we're seeing in the park is amazing!  I feel that if I told people they wouldn't believe me!

Have you ever seen a church without walls, roof, planning or any apparent organization? I, Cory, witnessed this over the past three months as I joined with an evangelism team that was led to start meeting in Triangle Park in the poor Nishinari district.

It began with a dream about roses - roses that were beautifully packaged, but were in a garbage bin. The wrong place for these beautiful roses! There was an urgent call to take these roses out of the garbage bin and bring them to the banquet hall, for the tables of the wedding feast of the Lamb.

Therefore, we have been sharing the good news and praying with the people that come to the Triangle Park, believing that the Holy Spirit is leading and that He has a plan. Not only have we seen eight baptisms in three months with more on the way, but we have also seen healing and deliverance, sometimes leading to an insatiable appetite for God and His Word! Sometimes, their newfound faith does not appear to take root; but other times, it immediately bears fruit with people inviting friends and acquaintances to the park.  People who would never enter a religious building get to hear the good news of the living Jesus in their own setting.

You may have questions about such a church. I have questions too; but seeing it in operation is pretty life changing!

 

Evangelism Trip

Two weeks ago I got to go on my first-ever evangelism trip! I joined a different team of evangelists (Team Jesus!) on a trip to the Tokyo area. We had the privilege of seeing several people believe in Christ. One of them had been planning on committing suicide that day. We got to pray with a lot of Jesus-followers as well and several of them found freedom or received healing. The motto of this team is "The harvest is good!  The gospel is good! Come on, harvesters!".  They also say, "It's God's job to gather the people; it's just our job to go!"

At the end of the trip, we got to encourage a young man named Yutaka Nakajima who has received a vision for church-planting in Chiba. He is the eldest of nine children of a Japanese MB pastor.

We had the honor of sharing the gospel with 400 children at the kindergarten where he works and the privilege of joining in with his weekly outreach at the local train station.

 

Praise Items
Thankful for new baby Christians and a growing park church.
Thankful that the evangelism trip went well.
Thankful that our health has been protected.
 

Prayer Items
Pray for more chances to preach on the streets.
Pray that God would send people to us who are seeking Jesus.
Pray for more opportunities to disciple those who have chosen to follow Jesus and/or get baptized.
Pray for a foster son (5 years old) joining our family around Christmas time.
 

I want to invite you out into the harvest fields where Jesus is working. The harvest is good!

 

Thank you for praying,

Cory and Masami


Matt & Ruth Braun (Winnipeg, MB) - Serving with Multiply in Winnipeg

      

November 2020 Missions Update

 

Encountering Jesus


Click this link to view the web version of this update that includes pictures, prayer requests, and upcoming events.

 

TREK Training Completed


I am so grateful that I get to walk with Jesus as He disciples these Trekkers. It's been such a blessing to have spent the last couple months with our TREK community as each of the individuals discern a long term call into full time ministry. The last two months were full days of training with different speakers coming in each week to teach. They taught on cross-cultural evangelism, spiritual authority, house church movements, spiritual gifts, peace, and reconciliation. These teachers shared their own personal experiences of engaging these topics in their ministries. It was a very rich listening experience.

We also spent time as a community getting to know one another through prayer, worship and fun together. The Trek group is presently starting the practical service component of their training. As they are still unable to travel internationally, each of them will be stationed in Winnipeg, working with the indigenous community. We are excited to watch them function as a team while they stay in Winnipeg for the next few months supporting local ministries. Because they still hope to travel internationally and experience missions in another context, please pray that borders open in the next few months.

I loved to see the hearts of the Trekkers molded as they were stretched to new understandings of the depths of God's love. Even with uncertainty to their ministry assignments, they have been flexible and allowed God to call them wherever they are needed. Through this process of openness, I have seen a passion grow in them for local assignments. I am excited to see how God uses each of them in this next season of ministry.

The most encouraging and transformative part of TREK was that each of the Trekkers met Jesus and were transformed. For some, it was through certain sessions. For others, it was living in community, praying and worshiping together. How amazing to see people encounter Jesus. It seems like the perfect formula when you take hearts that are open to whatever God has plus an encounter with Jesus. I am excited to hear the stories of where Jesus leads them.

 

TREK Evangelism Training


One thing that stuck out to me during the Trek training sessions was a calling and equipping towards evangelism. I feel like this is a spiritual gift that is currently lacking in the North American Church. I was encouraged to see the Trek group and myself getting excited to share our faith wherever we are. Each of the different weekly modules seemed to have some component of evangelism, such as a house church continually inviting spiritually curious people into community, sharing faith with the grocery store clerk or restaurant wait staff, or even sharing faith through online English classes with people from the Middle East.

I have been challenged to bring small conversations of faith into my daily encounters with people wherever I am. This conversation can be as little as asking if there is some way I can be praying for them and allowing God to lead the rest. It is so easy, especially in these days of minimal social interactions, to stay socially isolated, just doing my daily tasks and moving on. But what if we spread some more seed by encouraging those around us or asking if they need prayer and seeing how these seeds might take root? I have already chickened out a couple times at the grocery store coming up with lots of excuses why I shouldn't ask if they need prayer because they are busy or there are people waiting but I am praying for courage and an attentive ear to hear God's nudging.

 

TREK Module Information


Each of the TREK modules were video recorded. We would love for you to be able to benefit from this great teaching. If you or maybe your small group would be interested in access some of this training please contact me.

 

SOAR 2021 Update


Last week, I met with ministry leaders and pastors who are interested in SOAR Heartland. The overwhelming consensus is that they want SOAR this year even with the restrictions but are aware of what limitations the restrictions might bring. We are also looking at shortening SOAR for this year to make it safer and more accessible. The passion and creativity of a few worship leaders who committed to serving on SOAR was a great encouragement. I am looking forward to how worship for SOAR 2021 will shape up.

Of course, things are all still very unknown, but we continue to seek what God might have for SOAR this coming year. Stay tuned for more updates as our planning group meets on the November 28th via zoom.

 

Family Update


Our family is doing well. Although we've embraced the chaos of continuous change in life, we have found grounding things to do as a family. Abbie has settled well into high school and is getting to know her classmates. Caleb's class size has drastically diminished with his friends all being in different groups. However, he continues to flex his strong social muscles and always gets to know more people. Lyric has been the most consistent. He loves going to school and continues to make verbal and social progress. Lyric was really excited to turn six and loved his at-home birthday party. Ivory is a happy little girl, full of joy, and always ready to dance and talk your ear off. Ruth has been amazing at navigating all the changes. She's brought order and encouragement to all of us during the chaos.

 


Pastor Madou Traore (Burkina Faso)

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

 


Richard & Hazel Funk (Austria)

Serving with Multiply in Austria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2020 Missions Update

 

Open Hearts


God answered prayers! We are so thankful that the tighter Covid restrictions only came after the Open Hearts course was completed. How were we able to run a course like this during a pandemic? We had ten participants from three provinces, some of whom travelled very far. A church let us rent their upstairs rooms for those weekends. Everyone came wearing a mask, which they could remove once seated in their designated spots around tables. After our teaching time, we moved into our smaller groups consisting of five participants and two co-leaders. We were aware that it would be hard to social distance but we found other ways to show each other that we cared. It was so touching to hear the testimony of one lady who grasped where all her anger was coming from. She finally understood that she was misdirecting her anger to the wrong people. Thank you so much for your prayers!

 
Journeying Together Online Course


Both of us finished the online course Journeying Together provided by our mission agency. When we first heard that we were all required to take the course, we both thought, “Now? We are close to the end of our time in Austria. How will that help us?” God surprised us! Not only was it wonderful to get to know the others in our class, but it was also a time for reflection and seeing how God had led us over these years. There were also times when we were sad as we remembered the challenges and struggles of church planting.

 

Covid Difficulties


The weeks ahead of us are uncertain. We know you all understand!! Our plans were to spend several days at a retreat with a team in Germany. At this point it is not possible. The number of Covid cases are rising rapidly across Europe. Traveling between countries is extremely difficult. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as we continue to counsel and mentor people through some very challenging times.

 
“I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.” Psalm 130:5 NLT

 
Thank you for your prayers. May you continue to put your trust in Him!

 
Hazel & Richard

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.