Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Dear Praying Friends
“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (II Thessalonians 2.15) What a strong reminder as we live in these interesting times! As one radio preacher used to say, “Hold on to Jesus, He’s holding onto you!”
Photos: GBC Oasis pics, and the last one is Christine with her friend Léa (story below)
What’s been Happening?
- Oasis @ Guelph Bible Chapel (GBC) – we had 107 campers participate! Several indicated they had accepted Christ as Saviour – others obviously grew before our eyes! This year Brandon, one of my sponsored campers from last year, was my "Leader in Training" (LIT). Wow, that guy has matured! He took responsibility, invested in the children, provided leadership, and participated whole-heartedly! God is doing GREAT things through the camp experiences, and the ongoing follow up that happens over the church calendar year. Please continue to pray for Brandon, Destiny, and Austin as leaders at GBC build truth and love into their lives.
- Debrief – Christine Schmidt returned recently from a 9 month term of service in France. Among her many GREAT experiences, and joy of "fruitful ministry" she shared the following story... (in first person, from Christine's persective)
"We set up a booth to sell items at the Christmas market for '10,000 Villages.' We had very few people coming by. But, one lady and her daughter came by and struck up a conversation with us. I connected with the daughter, a young woman, well educated (2 Master's degrees), and we agreed to connect. Her name was Léa. Léa, was between jobs, so staying in a small town, with a clear desire to be elsewhere. But, through our friendship, God provided a GREAT friend for me. As Léa got to know me more, I asked her to help out with the youth ministry at church. Over the course of a few months, Léa assisted me as we walked the youth through the Youth Alpha program. As a result, Léa came to know Jesus! So, through an absolutely FAILED "fund-raiser" event, God provided me with a friend, Léa with meaning in the midst of her waiting period, and a new follower of Jesus! It's just amazing!"
- Preparation for Fall Events – please pray for wisdom as I organize. There are SO MANY good options!
Thanks again for praying! Let’s keep looking to Jesus. He is our hope, our strength, our song!
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