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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.

February 2019 Prayer Bulletin

November 2018 Prayer Bulletin

March 2018 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. 



May 2019 Update

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

The main story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arlene Schroeder (Regina)

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

June 2019 Update

It is raining!! We are so very thankful for the rain as it has been very dry.
Just as the rain waters the ground and gives nourishment to the plants - so the Holy Spirit wants to rain down on us to nourish us and help us to grow strong in Christ.

It is hard to believe that today is first day of summer and the longest day of the year - not sure where this year has gone. We are thankful that God has shown us His faithfulness time and again. We have had our ups and downs and struggles but we are thankful that we have not walked alone and that our Heavenly Father has been walking with us - even carrying us at times.

May you have a wonderful rest of the summer. Holidays this year for us will be spending time at our campsite as we feel we need to have some rest and relaxation.

Attached is our June newsletter.


June 2019

April 2019

December 2018

July 2018

May 2018

March 2018

James & Dena Clifford (Regina)

Serving with Youth for Christ Canada and Youth for Christ International, with their Online Relational Evangelism project.



Ministry Report July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PCC missionaries

Kirstie Kline (Regina) 

Serving with Youth For Christ, as a Discipleship Coordinator

The Regina Youth For Christ (RYFC) Community Team's work is to share the gospel with and disciple individuals who are primarily unchurched and have often been given up on. The youth we serve come from a variety of backgrounds and each is facing their own challenges. We desire to see each one of them come to saving faith in Christ and be equipped with the necessary tools to live whole and healthy lives. We desire to make disciples, who make disciples and change the world around them. Kirstie runs a Junior and Senior Youth group, girls support group, discipleship training course, oversees volunteers and mentors, mentors young girls, and helps with Lamb's Boxing Club. Please pray for God's leading and life-giving, spirit-filled contact with youth.


June 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter


Cory & Masami Giesbrecht (Japan)

Serving with MB Mission in Japan, working with local Mennonite Brethren churches in the areas of community outreach, evangelism and leadership development. They also have a passion for the marginalized, and minister in small group settings to those who are living on the streets of Osaka.

July 2019 Update:

Another New Birth!

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

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

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


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

Thank you for praying,
Cory and Masami

Matt & Ruth Braun (Winnipeg, MB)

Serving with MB Mission to coordinate projects in Central Asia, support our global workers around the world, and develop new missional leaders in Central Canada.

From One to the Next
May 17, 2019
What's up in Winnipeg

It doesn't seem like that long ago that we wrapped up SOAR Heartland here in Winnipeg and we are now already almost done week 2 of our TREK training. This year for TREK we have 6 people that joined the us and it has been great getting to know them a little and already seeing the way that God is challenging them. I always love when a new program starts because you get to see the baseline, expectations and excitement. It is really this line that gets me excited because I know that when the program is all over God will have transformed each one of them uniquely and called them more clearly into their best contribution for the Kingdom.

ACTION is already on the horizon as we start in a little over a month. This year we have a team heading to Brazil and a team from Lithuania joining our training. We are also excited to have a few people join our missional community for the week of training as we all seek more of Jesus together. If you are interested in joining our missional community for the week contact me.







Across the Pond
The church in T_rk*y continues to grow with more baptisms happening regularly. The next being this coming Sunday May 19th. We are excited to celebrate with the church as God continues to move. H*k_n will be in Canada at the end of this month for Multiply events in both BC and Saskatoon.

May 21: 7pm Central Heights, Abbotsford
May 23: 7pm Culloden, Vancouver
May 29: 7pm West Portal, Saskatoon

A Bit About the Brauns
We continue to enjoy being a family of 6. It is always a busy home. Abbie is almost done this season of Hip Hop Dance and it has been great to see her grow and work with her team. Caleb finished his last year of Clubs at the church with a great derby car race and is now looking forward to going into Jr. Youth. Ruth was able to attend a conference on parenting kids with trauma. Ruth continues to pour love into all 5 of us.
Come and join us for one of the evenings to hear stories of celebration, worship and pray together. If you would like to receive more news about the church in Turkey please contact me and I will add you to that mailing list.   

Before The Throne:

  • Pray for wisdom as we navigate life with the 6 of us

  • As we transition and run so many different programs join us in praying for God to continue to meet each one of the participants and transform their lives

  • As Multiply continues to share vision pray that people might see Jesus and that we might be a support to the church.

  • Pray for continued growth and healthy disciples as the church continues to grow in T_urk*y.

Upcoming events:

Let's Celebrate Together
@West Portal Saskatoon 7pm
May 29

Let's Celebrate Together
@Portage Ave. Church Winnipeg 7pm
June 5

TREK Training
May 5 - June 29

ACTION starts
June 29

 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 2019

Greetings all,

Since the new year Pastor Madou has been busy finishing up the improvements on the church courtyard—the guesthouse renovations, having a well dug for it, raising an old building two feet (floor and ceiling) that has flooded often during rainy season over the past 34 years, adding some tin shade awnings and a covered cooking area. He also ordered some new beds for the guesthouse. He’s done a fantastic job heading up the completion of these projects. In February Madou’s wife and I enjoyed attending the women’s seminar in Orodara with about a dozen others from our area. Below is a picture of the participants (I took the picture, so that’s why you won’t find me). They now hold it every two years instead of annually. Well, those are a couple praise items that didn’t make it into the blip this time, as I was trying to keep it to two pages!

Thanks for your prayers! Carol & Phil

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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.

July 2019 Update

Our dear Friends,

Greetings from hot, hot Austria.  Our blinds are tightly closed, trying to keep our apartment cool.   We are so thankful that we do not have to be in a car or touring a big city at these  +30°C temperatures!!  It is so good to be at home again!

What are we thankful for and praise God for?

The Pentecost Conference of our German and Austrian MB churches, was blessed.  The organization team had prepared well.  We sat around tables with people from other churches and had times of communion and discussions together.  Part of our involvement during that weekend, was to be  in the prayer room at different times.  What a joy to watch people come into the prayer area,  become quiet and spend time with their Father.

We had a very meaningful time with the Trek participants in Winnipeg.  We are so thankful for the openness with which we were able to share and discuss the topic of sexuality.  Thank you for praying.   

Our time with family in Canada was of course a highlight.  On the last day one of our grandsons said to me, “Oma, I am just staying really close to you today, because I know that you will be flying away tomorrow.”  Our times together are always intense and short!! Goodbyes are never easy!

Richard’s mom’s 95th birthday party was a great reunion for family and friends.  We are so thankful for her.

God’s protecting hand kept us safe.  Thank you for your prayers.

Where do we need prayer?

Please pray with us for the marriage of a couple that we are counselling.  Pray that both turn to their Lord for guidance and forgiveness.

Pray for our teammates, the Berg and Miller families, as they are in Canada and America, visiting their families and supporters.  They will be back at the end of August and need to apply for another visa for their next year of work.

Pray that people will respond to an invitation to attend another Open Hearts course that our Upper Austrian Team will be offering on three weekends in Oct. and Nov.  

Thank you again for your prayers!

Blessings, Hazel & Richard

Hazel & Richard

Funk's Foreign Report - February 2019

Funk's Foreign Report - May 2018

 Adam & Angela Sapelak (Spain)

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

Saskatchewan Visit:

Soon we will be on the road to Saskatchewan! We will be in the Regina/Caronport area from the 30th of May to the 12th of June to connect with friends, family, supporters and speak at a few churches. We will include our schedule below for those of you who may be interested in attending one of these events and also so you can pray for us.

June 1: "Come and Go" in Caronport.
June 2: Speaking at Caron Community Church for 30 minutes during the Sunday service. "Come and Go" in the afternoon.
June 8: Home gathering in Regina.
June 9: Sharing at Parliament Community Church during the Sunday service for 5-7 minutes. Home gathering in the afternoon.
May 30-June 12: The rest of our time will be very full with other meetings.

We are excited to see many of you who are in that area. If you are interested in attending one of these events, please contact us by replying to this e-mail and we will send you additional information.

Prayer requests:
- Please pray that we would have energy and physical health as we travel and have a very full schedule for those two weeks in Saskatchewan.
- For our kids as the traveling, change in schedule and a lot of visiting may be difficult for them to adjust to.
- That God will bless our time as we connect with many people, that we may be an encouragement and be encouraged as well.

May 2019 Update:

The Adventure Continues

As many of you will have heard already from the email sent by the SEND Canada office, we will be extending our home service for 6-12 months. This has been a hard and long decision for us but we feel at peace knowing God has the greater plan. We find it incredibly difficult when we feel we need to slow down, to wait, to not take that step forward when our hearts break for the lost people in Spain. I (Adam) constantly have to remind myself that it is God who has the plan, God who will save, and God who works in and through the different struggles we face in our lives. Part of our journey in Canada has been our need for Spiritual refreshment and though this may sound abstract to some, it has effected all aspects of our life as we are increasingly learning to listen and come to the Father. I have been working through the book of Proverbs in my devotion time and this stuck out, Proverbs 20:18 saying, 'Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.' I feel this verse sums up our our goals for our time here in Canada. We have spent a lot of time in this last year processing what we have gone through, analyzing the positive and negative experiences and the stresses surrounding them and better grasp the true battlefield Spain is for the Gospel. While this time may seem inconvenient to me, God has been showing us the need to seek wise counsel and to be further trained and equipped so we can wage this war to the best of our abilities. Besides physically healing, we are using this extended time in Canada to gain more tools and wisdom to better engage those in Spain. Below I share an overview of some of our weekly activities.


Working at our local church

- I am receiving ministry training in church planting, preaching, leadership and discipling from the head pastor at our home church (Living Stones) here in Red Deer.

- I am involved in the young adults ministry at church which includes being part of the leadership team, planning, preaching, mentoring and building relationships.

- I am receiving training and experience with intercessory prayer for individuals.

Working with the SEND Canada office

- Complementing our mobilization coaches- Through occasional connection with inquirers/contacts (especially young families and singles) to share from our experience and advice as they journey to the field (Angela will participate in this as well).

- Lifting arts in SEND- Our Canadian Director would like to see the arts play a brighter role in our message and ministry, and to welcome more artists into SEND.

- Engage in a 'leadership mentorship' with our Canadian Director. Mags is seeking to listen and learn from younger disciples, and to help SEND emprace the potential of an emerging generation of faithful workers. This will include learning about the challenges of running a non-profit, as well as helping to overcome them in the ever-changing world of mission.

Home service activity

- Since much of our travelling has not yet happened, we are still working to connect with our supporters. We are planning to visit Saskatchewan the beginning of June for about two weeks. We are in the midst of working out the timing of our visits to our churches there and will be planning see as many of you as we can. This trip has been made possible as dear friends of ours have offered that we can stay in their house in Regina while they are gone on holiday. This allows us to cook for ourselves as Angela has many new food allergies and it relieves a lot of stress not having to move from house to house for two weeks with young children.

- Working at creating some stronger strategies to stay in touch with our supporters and churches so that we can continue to support one another.


- Physical healing involving many medical appointments and changing diets.
- Woman's weekly discipleship
- Training at the Pregnancy Crisis Center
- Speaking engagements in various ministries of our church
- Caring for our two amazing children

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 and Cheryl Ashton wish to extend their deepest appreciation for the support PCC provided them in adopting them as PCC part time missionaries. As they are now relocated to Saskatoon and attending a church of the denomination with which they serve as global volunteers, they release PCC from their sponsorship. However, they appreciate the continued prayer and encouragement of those who stay connected through reading their blog. If you are not on their missions blog list and would like to be, please email

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.