Introducing Team Bolivia 2017

We are excited about the team that will be going to Bolivia this summer to represent Whyte Ridge Baptist Church and Winnipeg Somang Presbyterian Church. The focus of our time is divided between the Seminary in Cochabamba and a small village called Mizque.

At the Seminary we will be engaging in discipleship conversations with the students, staff and local pastors, sharing testimony / teaching, as well as helping with on-site maintenance.

In Mizque we will be working with some Seminary students and the local church in plastering homes for protection against the disease Chagas. There will be opportunities for ministry in the village as well. If you would like to know more, feel free to ask one of the team members!

We value the prayers of our church family as we prepare to share Christ’s love and truth.

Beth Klassen*, Ashley Linklater, Melanie Friesen*, Debbie Hopkins*, Pat Janke, Joni Lee*, Shelly Cumming*, Emmie Dryjski, Kathy Kornelsen*, Kevin Klassen*, Bogdan Dryjski, Barb Morris*, Steve Morris*, Terry Janke* (those with * beside their name are going to Bolivia).

Garden Hill Mission Team – Summer 2017

Note that the deadline for the WRBC Missions experience to Garden Hill is Sunday, March 26th.

Missions dates are July 30th – Aug 5th

Applications Now Available at Info Centre.

Update – Selina Giesbrecht, Leadership Director, Camp Nutimik

Camp Nutimik

Good Day!

It was not that long ago that I was on the Manitoba lakes with my 7 CITs on our canoe trip as we begin our summer camp season here at Nutimik. I am currently buried in piles of schedules, sessions to prepare, team building activities to finish planning, emails from campers and parents and staff, paperclips, highlighters, etc. and it is fantastic! I was praying this morning about camp and I felt the excitement God had towards what was going to happen this summer. I created a team building activity for CIT (we call them GITs – Group Initiative Task… we really like acronyms here at camp…) which is basically an escape room where some of the campers are blindfolded and they get to work on communicating well and problem solving to escape! It was quite a challenge to create but some of the other spring staff were gracious enough to let me test it on them and it worked very well.

Prayer is very critical right now as we are all running around getting things finalized before camp begins. I am excited for all that God is getting ready to do (as well as all he has already done in us with school groups and spring preparation)!

A couple of weekends ago I got my boaters licence (technically my pleasure craft operators card… sounds less exciting though) and yesterday evening one of the fellas on maintenance embarked on the rocky journey of not only teaching me how to launch, operate, and retrieve the camp boat, but also how to hook up the boat trailer, back it down the boat launch, and back the boat trailer back at angle down some narrow roads into the bushes where it lives while not in use. No one was injured and our friendship is still intact. I call that a success!

This year we have bonus staff (or family of staff) at the camp. Kim and Adam (as well as their 3 boys) were leaders on my DTS in Alberta/Philippines in 2012, and on their sabbatical this year, they ended up here in Manitoba operating as Camp Pastor (Adam), and Worship Team Lead (Kim). They have settled in well and taken on the role of full time encouragers of the rest of us staff. This morning they lead a session on how to spiritually prepare for camp season and it was very practical, refreshing, and a great way to lead us into staff training and the beginning of CIT.

Peter, the Camp Director was in the hospital for about a month and a half, diagnosed, and with limited mobility as well as other serious symptoms. He recently was released and returned home to camp, but still is not working and recovering. Please pray for continued healing and that whatever caused the paralysis of his legs would not return and he would be able to fully serve here and engage in camp this summer.

Please pray for unity among staff and patience as we organize, teach, mentor, make schedules, and communicate with one another.

Pray for CITs and campers that God would already be challenging them, loving them and speaking to them and that we would be able to encourage them and help their faith grow and be strengthened.

Pray that we would have many non Christian campers, that they may come here, feel safe and loved and accepted. May their hearts be open to learning about who God is and desiring a relationship with him.

Selina Giesbrecht
Leadership Director, Camp Nutimik

My God Story – Katy Hollander

291573_10150801668450346_1780175920_oHi, my name is Katy and I’m a missionary with Youth for Christ Winnipeg. I work as a counsellor at Turning Point Youth and Family Counselling Services. YFC is a non-profit organization that exists to help young people reach their full potential by combining healthy relationships and faith-based programs and services. As an extension of YFC’s mission, Turning Point offers professional and affordable counselling to teens and their families.

I have always been interested in connecting with people, hearing their stories, and walking alongside those who find themselves in difficult times. I have had a long time interest and involvement working with youth in ministry settings. It is as a youth leader in the church that God lead me into counselling several years ago.

Photo Collage Spring 2016I started my ministry at Turning Point YFC as a student intern in the spring of 2012, while working on my Masters in Counselling degree at Providence Theological Seminary. In addition to the counselling ministry, I also help run after-school and evening clubs for teen girls; a sewing club and an art club. Both clubs emphasize building relationships with peers and mentors and developing a positive sense of self through activities and meaningful conversations on influential topics relevant to the girls’ age and development.

As a missionary with YFC and as a counsellor at Turning Point, I have a unique opportunity to minister to teens and
families through counselling as well as through our girls’ club programs. I have a passion for connecting with young people and seeing lives changed and restored by the power of Christ. I consider it a privilege and an honour to journey with teens and their families on the road towards hope and healing.

Check out Turning Point’s website at www.turningpoint-yfc.com to learn more about this ministry.

Syrian Refugee Project Update – May, 2016

A Syrian Refugee Project Update from Soul Sanctuary and WRBC Syrian Refugee Project Coordinator, Heather Warkentin:

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Many of you have been asking for an update on the Syrian refugee family that is being sponsored by Soul Sanctuary, with support from Whyte Ridge Baptist Church.

We want to sincerely thank you for being a part of this project and for your generosity. The Family is doing well and settling into life in Canada. The parents have completed their four-week orientation program with Manitoba Start and are scheduled to start English classes later this month. Both of their daughters are in school and doing very well. They love going to youth on Fridays at Soul Sanctuary and are forging new friendships there.

Because of generous donations, all funds have now been raised to support this family for one year. Since we have met this financial goal, we are excited to tell you about our newest opportunity! When the family came to Canada, they had to leave behind their 26-year-old nephew in Jordan, as he had not yet found a sponsor. SRP was asked if we would consider becoming this young man’s sponsor and Soul Sanctuary has accepted.  Soul Sanctuary has started the paperwork process and must now raise $10,000 for this sponsorship. WRBC is supporting Soul Sanctuary in this endeavor and we look forward to working together.

Here are a few ways that you can personally be involved as we look forward to reuniting this family:

1. Silent Art Auction – May 22, 2016 at Soul Sanctuary
Looking for some new artwork? Several pieces of original artwork donated by local artists will be displayed in the atrium for silent auction. Bidding will be closed following the gathering.  Contact refugee@soulsanctuary.ca for details!

2. Meal Auction – June 5, 2016 (Soul Sanctuary at 12:30 pm)
How does it work? Decide if you would like to host a meal in your home or bid on a meal that someone else is hosting. If you choose to be the chef extraordinaire, decide what you will cook and for how many people you would like to host and then sign up through Heather Warkentin or refugee@soulsanctuary.ca and we will auction your meal experience to the highest bidder in a live auction. If you would like to host, please respond by June 1.

For more updates and needs, visit http://soulsanctuary.ca/refugee or follow the Syrian Refugee Project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Syrian-Refugee-Project.  For more info contact Heather Warkentin or refugee@soulsanctuary.ca.

To make a personal (tax deductible) donation directly to this project online, visit: www.soulsanctuary.ca/refugee

Pathway Camp Ministries Update

Thank you so much for supporting Pathway with your time and finances! The involvement and relationships you have with Garden Hill is incredibly valuable. You bring more hope and joy and love to that community with each passing summer, and it does not unnoticed!

It was also a pleasure to participate in your service with your children! We all had a lot of fun talking with them and interacting during and after the presentation!

Thank you  Whyte Ridge Baptist, and may God bless you as a community.

The Pathway Team

Helping the people of Nepal

Helping the People of Nepal

On Saturday, April 25th, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake pounded the city of Kathmandu, Nepal.  The death toll has passed 5,500, with many more thousands injured and homeless. Some are still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. An estimated six million people are in the impact zone of the quake, and the 6.7 magnitude aftershock that hit this past Sunday.

The most immediate needs of the people of Nepal are clean water, food, household supplies, temporary shelter and protection for children. Many children have been left vulnerable, missing homes and caretakers, and their safety is paramount.

In light of this, Whyte Ridge Baptist Church will be helping the people of Nepal by providing a donation from our Emergency Relief fund to support World Vision’s relief efforts in Nepal. For information on how these funds will be used, as well as updates from the hardest hit areas of Nepal, visit World Vision’s Latest news update page.

Please pray:

  • That God’s comfort and peace would be with the loved ones of victims
  • For protection for children who are left vulnerable
  • For speedy reconstruction efforts so that the people of Nepal can return to homes and families
  • That aid workers and first responders will be able to reach those affected in remote, hard-to-access communities

As we pray for Nepal, we remember David’s words:

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

This same God also says,

“In distress you called, and I delivered you…” (Psalm 81:7a)

Join with us in asking God to deliver the people of Nepal out of their distress.

Teen Challenge Ministry Report

Teen ChallengeWhyte Ridge Baptist people were honoured to host the Winnipeg team of Teen Challenge on Sunday, September 14, 2014. The team of 11 was led by Terry Thiessen, Teen Challenge’s Outreach Pastor. The group led in singing several worship songs and two young men shared how Jesus Christ has enabled them to find freedom from drug addition.

Be sure to listen to their Ministry Report.

Teen Challenge Mission

Teen Challenge provides a discipleship program for men and women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Their mission is to:

Develop and nurture the transformation of restored individuals into useful, productive, law-abiding citizens by creating a framework that challenges them to reach their fullest potential in all areas of life. 

Teen Challenge Roots

Teen Challenge was founded by the late David Wilkerson in 1958. His best selling book (16 million copies distributed in over 30 languages) The Cross and the Switchblade, tells the story of the first five years of his ministry to teenage gang members and socially marginalized people in New York City. From this initial vision to help teens trapped in gangs, Teen Challenge today operates more than 1000 programs in 80 countries around the world.

Making a Difference in Garden Hill

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by Wendy Bergmann

Pathway Camp Ministries, led by Rick & Elizabeth Greer, was founded in 2007 and provides community and youth programs in Aboriginal communities throughout Manitoba. Whyte Ridge Baptist has partnered with Pathway to serve Garden Hill First Nation for a week long camp during the summer.

Whyte Ridge has a team of 11 people heading out to Garden Hill this summer from July 26th to August 2nd, 2014. Team members are: Janna Banman, Wendy Bergmann, Matthew Brown, Juanita Enns, Daryl Fillion, Jordana Hague, William Hildebrand, Kevin Klassen, Matt Litke, Wayne Litke, Denise Naim. These individuals committed to going have a heart for God and have the opportunity to lead the kids in story or worship time, act out skits for them, play indoor and outdoor games, do crafts or are ready to take on one of them in speed cup stacking! All these children need is lots of love by someone taking the time to play, listen, or share a little bit of their life with them.

This ministry is making a huge impact on our northern Aboriginal children who do not have the same opportunities children in our community may experience. God is doing great things and we look forward to seeing what He has in store for us this summer and beyond!