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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.

God is good; all the time God is good.

This is so easy to say and believe when all is going well but do we truly believe this when life gets hard?

As a Christ follower I must believe that God is indeed good and it does not matter the circumstances.  Is it easy?  No.  When life get hard it is then that I must be intentional about believing God is good no matter what happens.  

Reading in the book of Daniel shows many examples where Daniel and his friends believed God was good even when the circumstances around them were very hard to understand.  Yet they were intentional about believing in God and trusting their very lives to him no matter what the cost.  The words to a song came to mind - 

"My hope is Built on Nothing Less" by Edward Mote

1. My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
in ev'ry high and stormy gale
my anchor holds within the veil. 
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, His blood
support me in the 'whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay. 
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

4.  When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found,
dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

May 2018

March 2018

Joel Braun (Regina)

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

We are excited at the bike shop to be ramping up now that spring is finally here! This past week (1st week in May) we had 20 bikes dropped off for donations and this week promises to be just as busy! We are also having a fundraiser banquet for both the wood shop and bike shop this Friday May 11. Please let me know if you are interested in attending. There will be Indian Tacos for supper and a silent auction of items that have been made in our shops. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and financial support in this ministry!

Spring 2018 Newsletter

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.


Culture and Credentialing

TREK Orientation is almost finished its first month and it has been great seeing the participants build community and see personal growth already. Last year, we taught the Cross Cultural sessions toward the end of orientation, but this year it came at the beginning and I (Matt) could see how God wanted it this way. Last year, the group all came from similar cultures and backgrounds, but this year, the 10 participants represent 5 different cultures. My session came after the first week of training, and the group was getting along well but were already starting to notice how they saw the world differently. Throughout the day of teaching, there were some very interesting revelations about why some people were very direct in their communication or how others saw formality as a high form of respect.

At the end of the day, we all recognized that we are all created unique, not limited by our cultures even as our world view is partially shaped by our culture. We were able to celebrate the diversity that each culture brings to the group and finished with a foot washing which was uncomfortable for some but a great way for us to each serve one another through giving and receiving. It was encouraging to see the group show their appreciation for one another and value what each one brought to the community. I am really excited to see how this group continues to form and challenge one another.

Two weeks ago, I also had the privilege of joining around 70 Mennonite Brethren pastors in Abbotsford for the Pastors Credentialing Orientation (PCO). This is an opportunity that will allow me to have an even greater depth of connection as I serve and work with pastors regularly in my ministry with MB Mission. I grew up in the MB church and have always appreciated the foundation on Jesus and the scriptures that I have grown up with. I knew that these were high priorities in the MB Confession of Faith, but being able to spend a few days hearing different speakers share about where this has come from, the basis for this theology and how different church bodies are functioning with this foundation, was a huge blessing.

I was so encouraged hearing the strength of the foundation for what the MB church believes, yet with an openness for different expressions of that belief. However, the highlight for me was connecting with many different pastors from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and BC and joining them in this process of being credentialed within the MB church.

It's time to Renovate our Updates!
When we started our Common Thread 8 years ago, we sent out an update every week. We loved sharing our life with you so fully and inviting you to regularly join us in our adventures, joys, and sorrows. Two years ago, we changed our update format to better reflect our new ministry and life in Winnipeg. We started sending out emails bi-weekly and added specific sections for our local ministry, Epik/Turkey, and personal/family. While we were overseas, all of those areas kind of blurred together, but here in Winnipeg they feel slightly more compartmentalized and we felt it would be helpful to embrace that in our updates. We have cherished the opportunity to bring each of you along on the journey God has for us, through all of it's ups and downs and twists and turns. Your love, prayers, financial support, emails, questions, phone calls, and care packages mean so much more than we can express.

We now find ourselves, once again, in a place where we feel our updates need a bit of an adjustment.
We have noticed that there has been an increase in people unsubscribing from our emails over the past couple of years. We get that. Our ministry today looks very different than what it looked like 8 years ago. And we are so very thankful to each of you who have stayed with us on this journey and continued to walk alongside us and partner with us in this new ministry. However, we understand that not everyone feels called to continue investing in something that isn't a typical overseas ministry. And that is 100% okay. If our updates are no longer relevant or helpful or interesting to you, please know that you have our blessing to unsubscribe and move on to other ministries that God is asking you to invest in.

We feel like we are entering into a new season here in Winnipeg, and we are so very excited about what God is doing! Our family missions trip to Turkey this summer to participate in Building Leaders For Peace, planning to welcome foster children into our home in the fall, becoming more and more involved in our church and neighbourhood here... these things all feel so exciting and good, and we can't wait to share them with you! They also mean that we are spreading ourselves out a bit more widely in the coming months and pouring ourselves out to a greater degree into what God is bringing into our path. To balance this increase, we are drawing back in a few other areas. So we have decided to change the timing of our updates to once a month. We will also be changing the format slightly as we adapt to the changes of this new season, but we still plan on doing various fun features, like our Top Ten's, etc. We are also always open to suggestions and feedback from you!

Our desire has always been for you to feel like you are a vital and engaged part of our life and ministry, and this new season is no exception.


  • Thank you for your prayers regarding our vehicle. It has been running smoothly!
  • We praise God for His continued guidance toward fostering and we greatly value your prayers as we move forward!
  • Please pray for the new TREK participants as they get to know each other and settle into their new routine for the next couple of months.
  • Pray that all of the details would continue to fall into place for the peace camp taking place from July 15-Aug 2, and that God would already be preparing the hearts of the participants.
  • We would love for you to join us in praying for a few people to be able to join Ruth as she runs the children's program during the camp this summer.


  • Matt teaching at TREK (CMU)
    May 14-15

  • Sharing at Parliament Community Church (Regina)
    May 20

  • Pastor Credentialing Orientation (Abbotsford)
    May 22-24

 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! 



 May / June 2018 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.


Dear Friends!

There is a call to go to the nations! Matt.28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations….”  as each nation will be represented in Heaven.  Revelation 21:24-26 “The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it……. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.”  Both in Europe and North America there appears to be an increase on diversity of people groups.  Could it be that since we as the church are not keeping up with God’s mandate to go, people are coming to us, so that we share the gospel with them?

Several encouraging, cross-cultural experiences in our last 3 weeks:

  • Attending the ICOMB (International Community of Mennonite Brethren) in Vienna, consisting of leaders from 21 conferences across the world
  • A baptism in the Linz church: 3 ladies were baptized. Each one from a different country; Austria, Iraq and Canada.
  • Teaching a Bible Study on the word “nations” (Voelker, in German)
  • Returning to the Linz church and seeing how it has grown during the 5 months that we were gone on Mina.  Two Italian families, who are on a search to know God, are now attending.

Prayer and Praise:

  • An Al Massira (The Journey) Bible course, will be offered to people of Moslem background, during the summer months, here in our Linz church.
  • July 1st will be celebrated as Family Day in the Linz church, with a visiting team from Canada.  Pray that neighbours from around the area of the church will attend!  
  • July 7th to 14th, we will be attending our Member Care Team Summit, at the Matthew Training center near Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Praise and thank you for the response to our financial situation as outlined in our last prayer letter!!
  • We look forward to our son, daughter in law and grandsons, from Saskatoon, coming to Austria, for the next two weeks!  

David writes in Ps.22:27 “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,”

Thank you for your prayers and giving!  Thank you for being a part of our ministry here in Austria.

Richard & Hazel


Funk's Foreign Report - May 2018

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.


A Time of Transition

First of all, we will be adding to our family this coming October! We are excited and nervous as we have a lot of transition ahead of us in these next few months. This update is longer than usual so grab a coffee or tea before you dive in!

Here are a few things we have coming up:

May 30-31: Move out of our house into temporary housing
June 7: Fly to Ontario, Canada
June -- (date to be determined): Open house in Kitchener, ON
July 17-20: SEND Reconnect Conference in Ontario
July 22-26: SEND Family Conference in USA
July 30: Fly to Red Deer, Alberta
October 21: Baby Sapelak due

Prayer Points:

Spanish Residency: We are having complications receiving our 5 year Spanish residency which is what allows us to live in Spain. We handed our paperwork in at the exact time we were supposed to and have been working with a lawyer to stay on the safe side. It turns out that the government has slowed down significantly in processing this paperwork. At this point, unless a miracle happens, it looks like we will have to leave Spain without our residency. Our lawyer told us we will have to briefly fly back to Spain when our residency cards are ready to pick them up, however, with Angela being pregnant, she will most likely not be able to fly back. It is a very complicated process and also depends on what government worker you get on whether they will be understanding of the situation or not. If we cannot fly back when our cards are ready, we will most likely lose our residency and have to start the VISA process all over again in Canada. Please pray!

Pregnancy: The doctor has told Angela that she has a 60% chance of having preeclampsia again. While we trust God and don't want to worry about the unknown, it would largely affect our ability to travel during our home service if she does get it and can be discouraging and scary as it is a dangerous condition. We would appreciate prayer for God's peace either way. Please also pray for the health of Angela and the baby during these transitions and multiple flights.

SEND Spain Leadership: The leadership structure of SEND Spain is set up so our Area Council has highest authority, then the Area Director and then the team leaders. We recently went through some changes and currently do not have a director for SEND Spain and our Area Council also went through multiple changes. Please pray as we are in the process of electing new leaders.

Family Points:

Adam has been doing so well! He has preached in Spanish two times in the past two months and did a wonderful job. The people in his discipleship class are sad to see him go but have said time and time again what a blessing their time together has been. He will also be helping organize a BBQ with our church and another church that we may merge with in the future. He is trying to help that relationship grow and deepen to discern if and when they may be able to merge. He served on our SEND Spain area council for the past year and enjoyed it immensely...his term came to an end this month.

Angela, when time permits, has been reaching out to other young missionary mothers, whether taking meals over during difficult times or simply sending encouraging messages. It has become very aware to us that young missionary families, us included, struggle a lot and we are enjoying building community with others and being a mutual encouragement to each other. She continues to work on improving her Spanish. This month is being filled up with organizing, packing and preparing to move.

Ben just turned three years old and he is always happy with a soccer ball, some bubbles or toy cars! He speaks both English and Spanish and often mixes them together which creates some fun and interesting phrases. Due to speaking two languages he was slower to speak at first but is catching up now and starting to chatter away just like his mama and papa!!! He is quite attached to our home and when we travel he often says, "I want to go home, I want my house." So we are trying to talk through these future transitions with him and coming up with some strategic ways to help him view our family as "home". He seems to understand that there will be a baby joining us in the future as well. He would like a baby sister so we'll see what happens there!

As a family we are trying to effectively process these transitions. Leaving our house, community, friends, SEND team, Ben's daycare, church and Spain after five years is overwhelming. Spain feels like home and yet it doesn't, Canada feels like home and yet it doesn't. We realize that this transition will not be easy and will very likely feel quite lonely as our two worlds clash together. Our key is to stay close to God and stay close as a family as we process each change together.

Thank you for reading this long update and for your thoughts and prayers for our family. We appreciate your support so much!

To support us financially, contact SEND:


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":

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.

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