Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Our theme verse for 2015 as a Fellowship is Luke 19:10--
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (NLT)
Our missionary God is winning and transforming peoples’ lives across our land and around the world.
I thought I would encourage you with a couple of recent stories:
From the Maple Syrup Capital of Canada
Yes, the town of Plessisville, QC is Canada’s “Maple Syrup Capital” of the Nation. I grew up as a kid in Quebec going to maple syrup shacks to pour hot syrup on snow, only to roll the taffy on a popsicle stick and suck the yummy sweetness.
Church planter, Karl Fortin of the Connexion Church in Plessisville shares this story
“I want to share how things have been moving with Catherine. She showed up one Sunday morning looking for Christian education for her three children even though she identified herself as an atheist. She has been with us for over two years now. This is what she had to say lately:
“I get goose bumps every time I read that note. God is active, and I am hopeful. Please praise God with me and pray that He keeps on opening her heart to the reality of His great personal love for her.
“I also want to share what happened at our Easter service – another sign of God’s activity among us. One of our deacons told me: ‘After two years of hard work, we are finally reaping’. The church building was full – we had to add chairs. Eighteen guests were present, with 10 non-Christians. We had the great privilege of baptizing two people who declared clearly they turned their lives around to follow Jesus, thankful for the cross and willing to grow as disciples. Lord willing, we should have two more who are ready to declare themselves publically for Jesus!
Again, praise God that He has not forgotten Plessisville.
From the Apple-Orchard Country of Ontario
Meaford, Ontario – home of the annual October “Apple Harvest and Craft Show”. My wife’s extended family hails from this beautiful part of Grey County by the shores of Georgian Bay.
Pastor Bruce Jones of Olivet Baptist Church recently sent me this encouraging salvation news. You’ll enjoy reading it:
“Hi Steve! I know you like to hear how the Lord has been moving in the lives of people in our Fellowship, so I had to share with you some exciting news that happened in our children’s and youth ministry. In our Monday afternoon after-school outreach, our children’s ministry coordinator made a clear and creative presentation of the gospel to which 18 children made important decisions to trust in Jesus! For some of these children, it was a rededication of their lives to Christ, but for many, it was a first time decision – and probably the first time many of these children have ever heard the gospel. About 75% of the children involved in this program called “KidZone” come from families that have no regular church home.
“Later that same evening, our Associate Pastor Matt Foalden also shared the gospel at the youth outreach meeting called “Meltdown” and at least one young person responded to the message of salvation. Again, our Monday evening youth ministry sees a large percentage of regular attending kids coming from homes with no attachment to church or understanding of Christian principles.
“We rejoice that new names were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life – and we thank God for the privilege of ministering to these young lives. Thank you for reminding our Fellowship often of the importance of children’s and youth ministries; please continue to do so. These ministries are, perhaps, not as noticeable to the congregation as a whole but are invaluable to the Kingdom!!”
By the way, Bruce’s church in Meaford is also one of the most recent Fellowship Churches to start a PARTNERSHIP with a new French church plant in the St. Leonard area in Montreal. Thank you Olivet Baptist for being interested in redeeming children and youth — both English-speaking and French-speaking.
Make sure to go online for the latest Spring/Summer edition of our Thrive magazine to read more stories of salvation during our YEAR of REDEMPTION (Luke 19:10)
Have a blessed week,
Make sure to go online for the latest Spring/Summer edition of our Thrive Magazine to read more stories of salvation during our YEAR of REDEMPTION (Luke 19:10)