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Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here…We’re all just getting over the Thanksgiving weekend with visits from family and probably eating too much. You might even have a yummy left-over turkey sandwich stuffed with cranberry jelly sitting in your lunch bag. We have much for which to be thankful.
Think for a moment. For what can you be thankful? I imagine several things race through your mind. God is good.
One thing many of us take for granted in Canada is our medical system. Yes, it is imperfect. It has let some of us down. I moved to the Guelph area over a year ago and still can’t find a doctor. But, I am thankful for our medical system. In comparison to the world’s standards we have a world class medical system.
The history of Christianity includes many things. One stellar anecdote to Christian history has been the church’s concern and involvement in health care. There is one remarkable story after another of believer’s seeking to alleviate the suffering of others. Many contracting the disease they sought to cure, and then, dying. Many of our first hospitals in Canada were started by Christian religious orders. It has been a rich history of activism.
Shikarpur Christian Hospital
For 50 years, Fellowship International has been involved with the Shikarpur Christian Hospital (SCH) in Pakistan.
The hospital has been the heart of our ministry in Pakistan as we have sought to particularly care for the health needs of women and children. The reputation of the hospital has given tremendous credibility to our missionaries in the community. Many patients have been reached with the Gospel. Our humanitarian work, through FAIR, has recently alleviated suffering during the devastating 2010-2011 flooding in Pakistan.
Currently, the Hospital is without an Executive Director.
Introducing Luc and Denise Tétreault
I’m pleased to introduce to you Fellowship International missionary appointees, Luc and Denise Téreault. They are active members of Église Baptist Évangélique du Bon Berger, Orleans, ON. After working 30 years in the health system in the Ottawa area in forensic medicine and administration (Luc directs four labs). They have sensed God’s call to Pakistan. This will be a huge cultural shift for the Tétreaults. So please be praying for them.
Luc will become the CEO of the Shikarpur Christian Hospital (SCH), while Denise will be involved in hospitality and discipleship ministry among women visiting the hospital. Luc has already seen significant overseas experience as a forensic pathologist’s assistant in places like Kosovo. He has also served short term in Pakistan with Fellowship International. During the crisis caused by the flooding in 2010, Luc volunteered to work out of SCH to facilitate the delivery of relief supplies to those in the Sindh affected by the floods. Since those visits, Luc and Denise have been appointed for service at the hospital where Luc will serve as director of SCH and also continue to facilitate the role of FAIR in that context. He is currently training his replacement at the major Ontario hospital where he has been employed. His presence at SCH would be vital under normal circumstances. Under the present financial circumstances of the hospital the need for Luc and Denise to be in Pakistan is urgent in order to guide SCH forward.
Please prayerfully consider joining the Tétreaults’ prayer and financial support team. To the left is a link to a brief VIDEO CLIP (2 minutes) to introduce you to Luc and Denise and the ministry of Shikarpur Christian Hospital.
The hospital is in great need of the Tétreault’s unique leadership and management gifts. The health of its long-term history is dependent on the Fellowship getting the Tétreaults’ there as soon as possible.
Please consider giving a one-time or monthly gift. Pray about adding them to your church’s mission’s budget for 2013. Possiblyinvite Luc and Denise to your church to present the ministry God has called them to. Thank you.
The NEW Evangelical Baptist magazine: “Thrive”
Our quarterly magazine is about to be published. It has a new name, a new look, and new features. Our new “Thrive” magazine will be launched at this years’ Fellowship 48 National Convention on November 5-7, 2012 in Niagara Falls.
This is also my invitation to you to attend this year’s Fellowship 48, “Vital Signs: Becoming more Effective for ministry from the Inside Out”. Hope to see you at the Falls!
Have a blessed week.