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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.

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


Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

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

March 2020 Update

God is always faithful!  Sometimes it does not necessarily always 'feel' like He is faithful and those are the times when we have to rely on the truth of God's Word and to spend time reflecting on how God has been faithful in the past.  I love how God encourages me when I am feeling discouraged.  Below is an example of how God has encouraged me lately...

Psalm 84:5-7 “Happy are those who are strong in the Lord, who want above all else to follow Your steps.  When they walk through the Valley of Weeping it will become a place of springs where pools of blessing and refreshment collect after rains!  They will grow constantly in strength and each of them is invited to meet with the Lord of Zion.”

When I read these verses a couple of weeks ago, the words ‘Valley of Weeping’ really resonated with me.  I have had some health issues that I have been dealing with—a persistent cough for the last two years and bursitis/frozen shoulder for almost a year.  To date, God has not healed.

God showed me the ‘Valley of Weeping’ is temporary—“when they walk through…” One commentary said, “from the tears will fertile pools and springs give life to parched hearts.”  It seems that often we  journey through barren places in our lives, but out of that we grow stronger in the Lord.  So my prayer has become, “Lord, help me to see my adversity as an opportunity to re-experience Your faithfulness.” 

God IS faithful!!  As I trust Him and keep holding His hand He will take me through the Valley of Weeping and in the mean time He will give me what I need for each new day. 
Attached is my March newsletter - which started out initially as a February newsletter. It never ceases to amaze me how fast time seems to go.  

May God bless each one of you.

Arlene

March 2020

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.

 

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.

Answered Prayer

Someone has been eavesdropping on our prayers!
Have you ever felt this way?
As a brother from our church family (Pastor Funahashi) has said, when God starts answering your prayers it is a bit scary!

Since we first moved to Japan there has been a house across from ours that always keeps the shutters closed whether day or night. A boy our son's age lives there with his parents so we hoped that they would become friends.
Over the past four years we have prayed many prayers for the Blackfield family that lives there. Sometimes passionate commanding prayers, sometimes humble petitioning prayers, sometimes sighs or prayerless looks.
But suddenly the mother showed up at our door asking for English help for her son! Now she (not her son) is coming to our house weekly to study English with us! Although this is a small answer to prayer we are filled with a sort of awe. An awareness that God is at work and that we need to pay attention to what he is up to. Please join us in praying for the Blackfield family - that Jesus and all his light will fill their house and home.

God has been impressing on me that "to pray is to be answered". That is to say, there is no prayer that is not answered - in God's way and in God's time. We say yes to God! Yes to your way! Yes to your time!

My Japanese teacher Asako and her family have been praying for her husband's parents salvation for more than forty years. During the last year both of them finally submitted to Jesus! Her mother in law committed to Jesus at the last minute and was able to finish her life singing hymns to God on her deathbed. Her husband was so impacted that he believed in Jesus as well and now attends worship services with great devotion!
Our whole church family has been greatly encouraged by this simple family and their prayers.

Thank you for praying,
Cory and Masami

   

Are you interested in coming to Japan for a year?

To teach ESL classes and help Japan MB churches to reach out to their communities?
If you want to find out more, please reply to this email!

       

↑ Photos
Left: Ishibashi Church kids at Ai no Ie - Giving Christmas greetings to the poor
Middle: Christmas outreach at nearby train station
Right: Lamb Lamb (Mum& Baby Group) Christmas Party

Praise Items:

  • We thank God that He sent about 20 adults and children from our church to serve at Ai no Ie on Dec. 26th. People of Ai no Ie (mostly single old men) enjoyed interacting with young children!
  • Praise God that three 17 year olds decided to join Multiply's SOAR Heartland this year. Cory will be bringing Hayato, Nana and Yoshiwaki to join Canadian youth teams.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for our servant-leaders Pastor Minamino and Pastor Funahashi - that they will have much faith and courage to follow Jesus in their calling
  • For our neighbours that the light of Jesus will reach and fill their homes.

Matt & Ruth Braun (Winnipeg, MB)

Serving with Multiply as the coordinator for the SOAR Heartland program.

Here is a quick video update about how we are doing in this season and adapting.:

SOAR to SOARVIVOR

As you probably have heard we have had to cancel SOAR, which would have been currently happening. We really felt like God was asking us to keep the program and modify it so we have moved to an online platform and have different journaling and prayer exercises and fun and ministry challenges each day. It has been fun seeing the community engage from their own homes and still form some community in the process. If you would like to receive the daily emails outlining the activities for the day you can subscribe to get them by signing up here.

A Bit About the Brauns

We will also send a video next week about how our family is doing, but here is a quick video of the daily fun challenge that Caleb participated in for SOARVIVOR.

Caleb's fun challenge for SOARVIVOR incredible toss...

Before The Throne:

  • Thankful for our health and work in this season of uncertainty
  • Pray that hearts would be impacted even as SOAR is just online without the face to face connections.
  • Pray for continued engagement in SOARVIVOR and that we might continue to navigate what ministry looks like in the coming season
  • We as a family are praying for you. We really appreciate all your support and we are praying for God to meet you in this new season.

Pastor Madou Traore (Burkina Faso)

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

 


Richard & Hazel Funk (Austria)

Serving with Multiply in Austria.

Dear Friends!

Just the other day one of our sons asked us, “Mom and Dad, in your 68 years of life, have you ever seen a situation like this in the world?”  We answered, “no, we have not.”  Never before have we been told to stay at home and not be in touch with other people!  If we do go out for a walk or grocery shopping, we need to try and keep a one-meter distance from others whom we meet.  This is really tough in the Austrian culture.  We always shake hands and in closer relationships, hugging and kissing each other’s cheeks is totally normal!  The other day, before the strict rules were implemented, I saw people touching feet!!

How are we doing?  We are fine!  We have each other, we have water, food, our Bibles, our computers, our beds, our games, out balconies, our coffee…etc,etc!!  We have not been in contact with people for almost one week now.  Yes, we still see others, when we go for a walk or a short grocery shopping trip, but we do not get together with anyone.  As we wrote in our last update, we should be in Spain at the moment at a Member Care Conference.  All that was cancelled a week ago.  We feel very, very well taken care of.  Several of our neighbours have told us that if we need anything we should just ask them and they would be willing to help us.  Our family and friends from church are writing or calling to see how we are doing!!  We are realizing that we are in the group that they call “risk group”! (over 65 years old). Austria has over a thousand people infected with the virus and 3 deaths.  This has all happened in the past week. 

We are so thankful for technology, like skype, WhatsApp and telephones.  It has helped us to stay connected.  We continue our Member Care work, via Skype calls.  Last night we as a care group, met via skype, we shared, read the Bible, discussed and prayed.   We felt connected to our Father and each other.

Praise God with us for:

  • Health and joy as we spend much time together as a couple
  • our Austrian government who have responded well and fast.
  • the willingness of people to help each other
  • creative ideas of many churches in staying connected and reaching out

Thank you for praying:

  • For open ears to hear what God is calling us to do in the midst of this crisis
  • For families who are now at home, children doing home school, parents home office and often in small apartments
  • That we as believers might spread peace in the midst of fear of the unknown
  • Marriages can go through fragile times.  We have been walking with a number of couples during the past months. Pray that the marriages may grow stronger during this time.
     

God is the blessed controller of all things.  He has the whole world, in His hands!!

Let us keep trusting!

Hazel & Richard

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 - January 2020

 


Adam & Angela Sapelak (Spain)

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

 

Good morning! We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty in our world. As my work is done from our home office, I continue to work full time. In my opinion, Angela is the true champion right now as she is caring for our two active children while in isolation. It has been a hard adjustment, but they are getting used to their new routine. My hat goes off to all the parents and children who are in isolation right now.

A MESSAGE FROM THE FRONT LINES

We've been connecting with our close friends in Europe. Most of them are on lock down in Spain. An ice rink in Madrid has been converted into a temporary morgue and some elderly are being found dead in retirement homes that were abandoned when the Coronavirus was detected there. As a family we have taken heed to what our European friends are urging us to do: stay home and stop all contact with others to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

We are not afraid but feel God has called us to walk in wisdom.

One of our friends in Germany (an attending doctor in ER) sent Angela a message saying, "This is like a nightmare and people aren't taking it seriously...they are still out playing at the park, interacting with others and being a part of spreading the virus." Her hospital is understaffed while many staff are in quarantine. The hospitals in the neighbouring region of France have run out of ventilators and ICU beds. She said the medical community is doing everything they can but without the help of the general public, by practising social distancing, it will all be for not. She is working 60-hour weeks; she is exhausted and walks a long distance to and from the hospital, so she won't put people on public transit at risk as she is in contact with COVID-19 patients. We admire her for her daily sacrifice to keep people safe and we hope that others will do the same to keep their contacts, their country and the world safe.

Our hearts go out to medical personnel around the world and to overcrowded hospitals. We pray for our friends on lock down, we pray for those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and haven't been able to have funerals or grieve together with family. We pray that Canadians will not panic but rather walk in wisdom. We pray that our hospitals, our seniors, our immune compromised, and our country will be spared from an uncontrollable outbreak. We praise God that He walks alongside us and give us peace. 

I continue to work on various SEND projects, writing articles and working at improving the communications of our organisation. The picture on the left shows a monthly video conversation with other workers in organisations across North America involved in missions. We are constantly learning, swapping ideas and problem solving together which has been a great growing experience. As of right now, no SEND workers have tested positive for COVID-19. One of our women in Spain has been quite sick but they have been denied testing since her breathing has been okay.

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.