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#PCCRegina Sponsors the Following Global and Local Workers

Healing Hearts Ministry Inc. 

PCC supports Healing Hearts Ministries by praying for their ministry and supporting some of their workers financially.

Prayer is a vital part of any Christian ministry and at Healing Hearts Ministry Inc. (HHM) they realize that they can not do ministry without prayer.  The attached links to their Prayer Bulletin will help to give you a better understanding of who and what HHM is, as well as what everyone is involved in.  We thank you and value your prayers!

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

We do covet your prayers - we cannot do this ministry in our own strength. This is God's ministry and we all are privileged to be a part of what God is doing.

March Prayer Bulletin


The Selkes (Saskatchewan)

Walter and Cindy were married in 1989 and immediately became involved in ministry in Regina's northcentral community. God impressed upon them the need for a "spiritual hospital" for the wounded of the community and in 1994, Healing Hearts Ministry began in the Albert Scott Community Centre. The team of leadership expanded and the ministry grew beyond Regina to communities in Northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.
Currently, Walter and Cindy are Executive Directors of Healing Hearts Ministries, Inc. while also serving as General Director for Northern Canada Evangelical Mission with headquarters in Prince Albert, SK. They have three grown children: Mark (and Amy) living in Gladstone, MB; Daniel in Regina and Caylea in Regina.


Nick & Vivian Helliwell (Regina)

Nick & Vivian are faith missionaries serving
Urban First Nations people in Regina, Saskatchewan.
As founding members of the Healing Hearts community,
Nick & Vivian both actively reach into the community
they came out of over 20 years ago.
In order to supplement their missionary support,
Nick’s ministry to men includes serving as
a half-time chaplain at the Regina Provincial Corrections Centre.
Married in 1995, Nick and his wife Vivian have raised many children over the years,
having been foster parents for over 15 years.

The only constant in life...

Whew! To say there has been a few changes doesn't quite say it all. 
As I sit down to write this newsletter, I struggle to put to words the emotions.  No single episode seems to capture all that has happened.  Articulating the journey from grief to gratefulness is no easy narrative.  When I went to the hospital, Vivian weathered a traumatic emotional storm.  Fear of losing me, her husband, being left alone and with the kids.  Vivian has described those days in the hospital as being of particular grace poured out upon her.  That the staff we encountered were like unto the angels themselves ministering to her and myself.
The outpouring of sympathy, support and graciousness since then has been truly overwhelming.  From family, longtime friends, fellow Christians and even strangers.  Support poured in from a Go Fund Me campaign started by Vivian’s brother allowing me to take a month off.  People coming to visit with food and gifts.  I could go on and on…
Jesus Christ has brought blessing upon blessings to us and has been the peace amidst the storms.  We are a family.  We are all together.  We are surrounded by friends and loved ones.
We simply would not have made it through without God’s grace poured out upon us through so many wonderful people…

It is relatively quiet shortly after four o'clock.  A day off, Papa and the young ones watch yet another Christmas special while the older kids are either at some extracurricular activity or squirreled away somewhere doing their homework.  Vivian is downstairs quietly working by herself.  The doorbell rings and two little white dogs go nuts, barking as loud as they can. 
The three kids run to the stairs but know they have to wait for someone older to open the door.  Papa answers the door just as Alexah magically appears to ask, "Who is it?"
Another kind soul brings special treats.  The children, having waited a whole minute on the stairs, now rush down to bounce up and down excitedly singing “thank you’s” to someone they hardly know. Gratefully received is a treasure box of baking and sausage meats.

God has been so good and faithful and wonderful to us this past year. John 3:27 says "A person can receive only what is given them from heaven." The highest and best thank you we can give then, is grateful praise to Him who remains constant.

It will be a wonderful Christmas.  Certainly the best one the children have ever known.  Certainly the best Christmas we have ever known.

Praise the Lord! - and Thank You

The children's Child Tax Benefit came in!  We are carefully putting together a new financial plan to make the most of it.
The young kids, Alexah, (9), Serenity (6), Jayden (5) and Jordan are all happy, healthy and doing very well.
Our financial situation seems to have stabilized.  We have reviewed, re-arranged, re-organized and looking ahead things are looking alright.  We have set new goals, achievable and set new plan in place.  I feel really good about that.
Please Pray For Us

Please pray for our family as emotionally we are all still healing and still have things to be worked out.
Please pray for Vivian and I as parents to be wise in parenting all the kids protecting their dignity and respecting their personalities while teaching each of them how to do the same.
Please pray for Vivian as she needs time to herself that she would give herself time to pursue her own interests, talents and passions


Spurgeon & Gina Marie Root (Regina)

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

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.


Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

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

March 2018


Joel Braun (Regina)

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


Ron & Betty Russell (Japan)

Serving with MB Mission in Japan from April 14th to June 30th as English teachers in an MB Church which uses this as outreach to those seeking to improve their English language skills for travel or business.

Doris Goertz, the missionary they fill in for, will be on MINA for this time period. Having done this twice before, Ron & Betty are well acquainted with the church, most of the students, and the wonderful opportunity of serving the Amagasaki MB Christ Church in various ways. They covet your prayers and support for physical strength and spiritual vitality!


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.

The Top 10 Ways we know Spring is Here:
Sometimes in the Prairies, we need things other than the weather to remind us of the change of seasons! Here are some of our favourites:

  1. It's time for the annual Car Race to finish off a season of Boy's Clubs for Caleb. He is so excited to race the X-wing-inspired derby car that he made.
  2. Fun times were had at the beach with cousins last weekend, even if the lake was still frozen over!
  3. Paska and egg hunts with family as we celebrate Easter together.
  4. Abbie's hip hop class is winding down and she is preparing for her final recital next month.
  5. We are leading another Transition Life Group at our church for people wanting deeper connection within our church community.
  6. Spring means SOAR Season in our Central Canada office - both SOAR SASK and SOAR Heartland have come and gone and we have had a great time serving in these programs.
  7. A new TREK Group is starting! In just a couple of weeks, we will have a fresh group of Trekkers starting their 8-month discipleship journey.
  8. We love going on long walks as a family as the weather warms up, even though giving the dog a bath when we get home is an absolute necessity.
  9. Now that the snow is gone, it is time to start thinking about planting grass in our yard. We can hardly believe that we will finally have a yard that we can enjoy for the first time in over 11 years!
  10. With summer approaching, that means that a new season of ACTION and BL4P are also on the horizon.

  

BEFORE THE THRONE

  • We are so thankful for our amazing friends and family in Saskatoon that we were able to reconnect with when we spoke at West Portal Church at the beginning of this month. It felt like home.
  • Praise God for health and safety for Ruth and Caleb as they travelled to Saskatchewan for the past 4 days to care for our nephews.
  • Our van is still having some issues, even after we had the fuel pump replaced a few weeks ago. Please pray that the mechanic can find the problem quickly and inexpensively.
  • Please pray that we would know how to journey well with this new group of Trekers over the next 8 months.
  • Pray for our family as we continue to prepare to join BL4P this summer!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Annual Sucker Scoop (email us if you want more information)
    May 4

  • New TREK group arrives
    May 6

  • TREK Central Canada Orientation begins
    May 7

  • Sharing at Parliament Community Church (Regina)
    May 20


 Phil & Carol Bergen (Burkina Faso)  

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

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

 

 

 

March/April 2018 Blip

February 2018 Blip

December 2017 Blip

July 2017 Blip 


Pastor Madou Traore (Burkina Faso)

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

 


Richard & Hazel Funk (Austria)

Serving with MB Mission, Member Care facilitators to missionaries in Europe and Central Asia; mentoring, teaching, and discipling Austrian church leaders.

 It is March 1st and some of you might have been wondering--- “How come we have not heard from Richard and Hazel in the past months?”

Well, we are back in Canada, visiting our family, friends and churches. 

What have been some highlights of the past months and praise items?

Sunshine and lots of it.
Spending quality time with our children, grandchildren and extended family.
Celebrating Richard’s mom’s 94th birthday
Seeing young people fill the front rows of churches and being able to encourage them in their walk with Jesus.
Sensing God’s strength and the Holy Spirit’s leading, as we share in different settings.
Prayers of our staff, at MB Mission.
Being prayed for and loved on by our supporting churches.

Have there been challenges?  Yes.

We have both struggled with colds and flus.  
Richard has had a lot of pain in one knee.  He is thankful for a cane, as he awaits a diagnosis.
The cold of Saskatchewan.
Driving in lots of snow as we came back from Alberta.
Travelling and sleeping in many different beds
Not having a routine.

Prayer Requests for the next months:

That we might be able to accept limitations and discover what God wants to teach us through these times.
Continued protection as we travel.
Joy, guidance and new strength as we share in the different settings
March 9th to 26th in the Winnipeg area
April in Saskatoon and then visiting two churches in Montana
That we would bring our financial support up to a good level again.  

The “last lap” challenge:

After 31 years in Austria, we are now looking at the “last lap” of another 3-year term, which will end in summer of 2021.  During these last three years, we will transition our responsibilities to others.  Pray for wise decisions in passing the baton to others, especially as Member Care Facilitators for workers in Europe and Central Asia.
With increased travel costs to visit a growing number of workers in Europe and the depreciating value of the Canadian and American dollars against the Euro, we have dipped into a negative situation in our ministry account.  We need to raise an additional $25,000 in one-time gifts and additional monthly support for the next three years.  If you have questions, please feel free to talk to us.   To make a donation: click here  DONATE  HERE at the MB Mission web-site.

BE  ENCOURAGED

Click on the following link to be encouraged by what God has done in the past 30 years.  Many, many thanks to you for your faithfulness in praying for us, encouraging us, and financially supporting us.  To GOD be the glory!!  WATCH Funks 2018 MINA Video

Blessings, Hazel & Richard

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


 Adam & Angela Sapelak (Spain)

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

Preparing for Home Service

We are planning to return to Canada for our home service with SEND for about eleven months. We will be heading to Ontario in June, making our way to Alberta (where we will be based) in August and plan to head back to Spain in May 2019. Home service is a time for us to reconnect with our supporting churches, SEND Canada, supporters, family and friends, speak at churches as well as a chance to become more equipped for ministry through classes and access to more ministry resources.

Prayer requests regarding home service:

Ontario Vehicle: We are PRAISING God that He has provided a car for us to borrow during our time in Ontario!

Alberta Housing: Please pray with us that God will provide housing for us during our time in Red Deer, Alberta. We plan to be there from August 2018 - May 2019. We are looking for a furnished place that we can rent.

Alberta Vehicle: We would also appreciate prayer that God will provide a car for us to use during our time in Alberta.

Hearts: Please pray for our family as we will be going through a lot of transitions in the next year. We will be leaving our house, community, friends, church here in Spain and will be moving throughout different homes and places in Canada. Each transition will take a bit of a toll on us so we would really appreciate prayer for protection over our hearts and that we would be stable and secure as a family regardless of all the changes.

     To support us financially, contact SEND:

SEND CANADA:

Call to set up automatic withdrawal (no service fee)
Phone: (519) 657-6775
Toll Free: (888) 918-5036

Donate online from Canada (3.5% service fee), select the fund "Sapelak, Adam & Angela - Spain - Support":

https://send.org/canada/give-from-canada


Rick & Cheryl Ashton 

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

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

Community Blessing Fund

Purpose: to bless an organization or public institution (school, senior care facility, community centre, library, etc.) as a means of demonstrating a responsibility and care for our neighbours in our broader community.  The blessing should engender an on-going personal relationship with the organization or institution.


Local Ministries Fund

Purpose: to sponsor Christian organizations in Regina, or non-Christian organizations in Regina providing a service in harmony with PCC values.

Guidelines: Written proposals for either fund can be submitted to the pastoral staff.  Please contact the office for further details.