Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… Previously I reported on our Pacific, Prairies, and Feb Central Regional Conferences in April and May. I just finished visiting our Atlantic and AÉBÉQ (Quebec) Regional Conferences and wanted to give you an update.
Fellowship Atlantic Regional Conference
Our Atlantic region hosted their conference (May 29-30) at StoneRidge Fellowship Church near Halifax, NS. The theme of the conference was “re-IMAGINE”. The speaker was yours truly; I spoke on the “faith needed” and “grace promised” to create a major spiritual impact in the
Atlantic Region through our churches. Worship sessions were led by Pastors Geoff and Mark, and Regional Director Glenn Goode shared good news of two upcoming church planting initiatives in Atlantic Canada. Great Village Fellowship Church will be planting a church very soon. Pastor Steve Adams of Great Village introduced Pastor Doug, who will be the planter. Pastor Steve is hoping and praying that ex-pat Maritimers from across Canada will partner in prayer and finances for this upcoming church plant. Pastor Brad Somers (Fellowship Atlantic Director of Church Planting) and Glenn Goode also shared news of preparations to plant in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the next two or three years, making our Fellowship truly an association of churches from coast to coast to coast.
The conference ended with a special presentation to honour Pastor Frank Kohler, who just retired from our Lake Echo, NS, church. Frank and his wife Judy have been a model of faithfulness in our Atlantic Region for decades. Their unique gift was a “bobble-head” of Frank himself—a one-of-a-kind gift to be sure. Thank you Frank and Judy! Frank will continue as a Regional Pastoral Care Coordinator in our Atlantic Region in the future.
AÉBÉQ Regional Conference
Our Quebec region hosted their conference (June 5-6) at Église Chrétienne du Plateau in Gatineau, QC. The theme of the conference was “Passing the Baton”. The speaker was Steve Brown, Executive Director of Arrow Canada Ministries, a great ministry that has blessed so many leaders within our Fellowship.
Our AÉBÉQ Regional Director, Gilles Lapierre, made a significant presentation. After many months of preparation by Regional Council and other leaders, Gilles presented AÉBÉQ’s “2020 Vision and Strategic Plan”. It’s a bold initiative for the next six years based on these four pillars: health, outreach, planting churches and training.
A special ceremony witnessed the “passing of the baton” from JBEQ (student ministries) leader, Guy Lavoie, to the new leader of this ministry, Pastor Steve Cloutier. Guy still has his trademark beard, as well as his incredible humour and passion to reach students for Christ. Thank you, Guy, for 40 years of student ministry!
Several Fellowship International missionaries shared about their ministries in the D.R. Congo, Honduras, and Spain. Ricardo Castro spoke of the pioneer church plant he and his wife, Ingrid, will be involved in. They are at 68% of theirsupport needs. They are almost there financially and hope to leave for the mission field in early 2015; they are still waiting for several more Fellowship Churches and donors to partner with them.
Six new Quebec Fellowship Chaplains have been appointed so far in 2014. Claude Mathieu and Duane and Miriam Mansveld were given the opportunity to share about their ministry during the conference.
Lastly, I bumped into Noël Morissette and Terry Cuthbert, AÉBÉQ’s Director of Church Planting. Terry is sending Noël to our Abitibi region in northwestern Quebec as an evangelist. Our Fellowship raised the funds to make this possible through Project 2014, “Refueling our Mission—Destination: Francophone World”. Our Fellowship’s mission in Quebec started in this region in the 1930s-40s, however, the work in the Abitibi region has suffered in recent years; only two small Fellowship churches still exist. Noël’s mission is to help re-plant the seed, help mobilize the believers and prepare the ground over the next two to three years laying the groundwork for a worker to serve in this region in the future. Pray for Noël and his wife Marie as they set out to accomplish this task.
Please continue to pray for our regions as they support our Fellowship Churches across Canada.
Have a blessed week,
P.S. Our Fellowship National Conference (November 10-12) is in Toronto, featuring special speakers Ed Stetzer and Dom Ruso. Check our website for more information.