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.

WRBC Online Church Directory Profile

Click here to be directed to our WRBC Online directory!  Please bookmark for future reference.

If you have created your username and password, you can login anytime at www.whyteridgebaptist.ca and select ‘Church Directory Login’ from the menu at the bottom of the page or the Whyte Ridge Baptist Directory logo near the home button on this page.

If you have not yet updated your WRBC Online Directory Profile, please do so either in response to the invitation email that has been sent to you, or at the assistance table in the foyer at the Information Centre.

If you have not received an email invite but would like to be part of the Online Directory, please click here and request your invitation or contact Chris Schroeder (WRBC Communications Coordinator) or Pastor Kevin Klassen.

Details regarding how to complete this process can be found here:  www.whyteridgebaptist.ca/wrbc-online-church-directory-profiles/ 

If you have already updated your Profile but have not yet set your username and password that allows you to view the Directory, please do so through the invitation email, or contact Pastor Kevin and he will happily visit you at home to help you get set up.

Once you have created your username and password, you can login anytime at www.whyteridgebaptist.ca and select ‘Church Directory Login’ from the menu at the bottom of the page or the Whyte Ridge Baptist Directory logo near the home button.

Thank you,

The Pastors and Leadership at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church

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Team India Update – 8 Great Connecting Questions

 

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As our team prepares to come home, they will be thinking through 8 Great Questions from a book by Tim Dearborn. These questions have been revised for your use below in order to help you connect with the team members when they return.  If you haven’t already thought of a specific question to ask them, we encourage you to use one or two of these questions to help our team members share some highlights of their experience with you.

  1. What have you learned about yourself?
  2. How has your understanding of God grown?
  3. What have you learned about community and the church?
  4. How has your perspective of life and the Gospel changed?
  5. What have you learned about justice, poverty, and the causes of suffering?
  6. What have you learned about discipleship?
  7. What insights have you gained about your lifestyle?
  8. What might God call you to do and be as a result of this experience? What can you learn about your vocation?

Bonus “Tell me about . . . ” Statements!!

  1. Tell me about a special person you met and why they are special to you.
  2. Tell me about one cultural difference you experienced and how it made you feel.
  3. Tell me about the most challenging thing you faced working on a team.
  4. Tell me about an unfulfilled expectation you experienced.
  5. Tell me about a disappointment you experienced.
  6. Tell me about how you felt the first time you were “thrown into” the culture.
  7. Tell me about how you felt saying good-bye to your new friends.
  8. Tell me about how this experience has changed your perspective of your country, God and yourself.
  9. Tell me about the way you hope this experience is going to make a difference in your life.
  10. Tell me about how you feel now that you’re back.

For past updates from the Team India team, visit www.whyteridgebaptist.ca.

 

 

Team India Update – November 21, 2016

Greetings to our church family;

We have completed the first two parts of what I call the trilogy of our mission. Part one was the conference in Siliguri which went very well. We stayed at a Christian conference centre along with the participants. For three days (Monday – Wednesday) we taught, fellowshipped, and worshipped together. We made some good friends and felt very privileged and blessed. Each of us from the team taught three sessions (one per day) of 50 minutes of content… with translation they were 90 minutes!

We felt well received and in turn learned a lot from these pastors, leaders, and women.

Part two was a time of learning more about the various ministries and projects that Far Corners Ministries has been in partnership with a local foundation led by Shakti…… it was so interesting to learn how they are making such a difference in some local villages with providing training and employment opportunities for people that are so poor and in need of help. They are doing an amazing job helping people fish rather than just giving them fish! We saw a weaving operation in process where women are given employment weaving special scarves and carpets. We saw a poultry operation where they are buying and feeding out chicks for broilers. They are also In the process purchasing sewing machines so women can be taught to be tailors… to sew their own clothing and for others also. There is a small school for young children and a few other initiatives.

A couple of us did some training with a great group of young adults that meet 2 Saturdays per month to be disciples and trained for ministry. We enjoyed and participated in a wonderful worship service on Sunday morning and then the women had a meaningful time of sharing with the women after the service. It is so inspiring to see what God is doing through the work done here in north east West Bengal.

We have also been so impressed with the emphasis on leadership training and especially discipling young men and women for future pastors. They believe if they train up 100 young people, 10 will become pastors.

We have grown to love our translators… especially Biplab, a pastor from Siliguri who has been travelling with us along with Shakti. Their hearts are so full for reaching the lost people of West Bengal. They say there are .06 Christians in the 100,000,000 population of Bengalese. Shiny, who has done much of the women’s translating, does a wonderful job connecting with the women and provides inspirational commentary at the end of each session.

Our challenges are mostly around food. We also find the pace a bit gruelling. We are busy with very little time on our own to recharge. The “Indian stretch time” means we spend a lot of time waiting… this feels quite unproductive to us North Americans!

Please continue to pray for us as we move into the last two days of our second conference as well as for our health and strength to finish well.

Thanks so much… knowing you are praying is very encouraging!

On behalf of Team India 2016,
Bob & Dale Fast

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Team India Update – November 15, 2016

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Greetings from India!

We left Canada on a warm November day, surrounded by a circle of friends who prayed for our safety. We flew to Toronto where we boarded our flight to Delhi, India. Unfortunately, our first airplane had mechanical difficulties and we had to de-plane and re-board another aircraft. After a three-hour delay, we were safely in the air. Our flight to Delhi was almost 14 hours. It was a very full flight and we didn’t get much sleep. We were so thankful to land and get to our hotel. It took us two hours to get through customs, retrieve our baggage, and exit the airport. We stayed overnight at a hotel quite close to the airport.

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The next morning, we returned to the airport and boarded another airplane for the trip to Bagdogra airport. We were able to see the majestic Himalayas as we drew closer to our destination. Shakti met us at the airport and brought us to the Siliguri Christian Centre. He gave us a tour of this large facility where we would spend the next six days.

On Sunday, we attended an amazing worship service at Jalpaiguri Baptist Church. The church greeted us warmly with flower necklaces. They fondly remember all the previous team members from Whyte Ridge Baptist Church and enquired about each one. We were so humbled to be asked to pray for various members of the congregation who came forward with concerns. Doug gave a message on unity. Later that evening, our retreat participants began arriving. They came by train and bus.

On Monday morning, we began our first retreat. Each team member has a teaching slot every day lasting an hour and a half. We have a translator for the women – Shini – and another for the men – Biplap. They are excellent translators and often add their own flavour to what we say. As I write this, we have nearly completed two full days of retreat.

We are enjoying meeting many new friends, sharing what we have prepared, trying new foods, and coming closer as a team. We are learning to eat and enjoy new foods including something called daal and a vegetable called Bitter Gourd. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? We have also learned that Andrew is the most likely to be mistaken for an Indian; someone even said that he looks like a Punjabi rap star. We can’t quite figure out how he passes as Indian with those blue eyes.

We so need your prayers for us each day. There are things that we struggle with including sleep, unfamiliar food, and discouragement . Many of you may have heard on the news about the currency crisis here in India. The government decided to eliminate the 1000 rupee notes and are replacing the 500 rupee notes with a newer version. They are also adding a 2000 rupee note. Unfortunately, the new notes have not reached the part of the country that we are in. It is a concern because our accommodations and drivers need to be paid in cash. Shakti also needs to reimburse the pastors for their travel. Please pray that God provides the money we need in a miraculous way.

This evening we had the privilege of enjoying some of the culture of India as many of the different groups at the conference shared a dance or a song. It is a special blessing to see how they worship in this way.

Wednesday was our last day of the first retreat. It was sad to see the pastors and women depart as we made many special connections with them. God moved through each of us on the team as we poured our hearts out in the teaching sessions. It was a humbling and learning experience as we depended on God to speak through us each day. Our prayer is that God uses the teaching from our sessions to transform these leaders and their churches over the coming years.
On Thursday we will be taking an early train to Alipurduar at 6:45am. We are looking forward to experiencing transportation as the people of India do on a daily basis. It should be a scenic ride through the beautiful rural countryside of West Bengal.

Team India

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Women’s Precept Bible Study

Women’s Precept Bible Study – Theme: Genesis (David Arthur). Part 1 & 2: Mondays, October 24–February 6; Parts 3-5: Mondays, February 13– May 29. Time: 7:00– 9:15p.m. Location: 125 Girton Blvd. Cost for Part 1 & 2: $30 (for Workbooks).  This is an Inductive Bible Study with 3-5 hrs. homework each week.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.  Contact Barb Brewer by email  or call 204-807-5846 for further information!

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“Combined Worship (English and Korean) – John 3:16” – Service Now Available Online

Check out “Combined Worship (English and Korean) – John 3:16” on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church sermon page HERE.

Worship By The Lake: A Celebration of God’s Faithfulness – A Reflection by Pastor Kevin Klassen

I first came to Whyte Ridge Baptist Church 21 years ago.  Not really because I wanted to.  And certainly not because I was very interested in finding a church home.  I recall that I visited this church reluctantly, coming here together with someone who had other friends who attended here.  And then I basically never left.

WRBC very quickly became my church family and, ever since then, God has used my time at this church to change my life in some very significant ways.  First of all, it is here that I met my beautiful wife (on the worship team, no less).  And it is also here that I have found and enjoyed many life-giving friendships.  And even deeper than that, God has used the teachings, the relationships, the joys, the challenges and the experiences that I have had in the context of this church family to change me on the inside.  He has used my time in this church to mercifully convict me and lovingly shape me, teaching me about His Word, His grace and His sufficiency.

And in recent years, God has granted me the profound joy of serving as a pastor of worship and care – ministering within the very family that has loved me and walked with me throughout almost all of my adult life.  God is so very, very good!

Because of this history, there are plenty of personal stories that I could tell about God’s faithfulness to us and through us as a church family.  And I know that there are many others who could do the same, whether they have attended for a long time or a short time.

And this coming weekend, September 10th and 11th, we are going to be gathering at our church property on McGillivray Boulevard to Celebrate the Faithfulness of God!  It will be a fun weekend of worship, fellowship and prayer – remembering the stories of God’s faithfulness in the past and asking and thanking Him for His continued faithfulness in the future.

We will be especially be remembering the gift and the purpose of the land that God has given us on McGillivray.  In fact, this weekend will serve as a celebratory kickoff to a Capital Funds Campaign that we expect will move us forward toward the construction of a new church building that God will use to continue to faithfully build His kingdom in and through us.

Worship By The Lake:

On Saturday evening at 7 pm, we’ll have an outdoor celebration that will include much praise and prayer as well as stories that celebrate the Lord and His loving kindness.   Following that will be a bonfire and fireworks.  A few of us are also camping there overnight and you’re welcome to join us (and there are portapotties there, in case that’s a deal-breaker).

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Sunday morning we’ll continue our celebration with an outdoor worship service at 10 am, followed by a BBQ lunch.

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Everyone is welcome!!!  Bring your friends, bring your lawn chairs, bring your mosquito repellent and bring hearts that are ready to worship the Lord.   Prepare your own heart by reflecting upon your own story of how you have seen God’s faithfulness to you and to this church family.  And let us come before Him with thanksgiving and also with anticipation of how He may use this land and building in the discipleship, worship and witness of His church.

For just as we each have personal stories to tell of God’s work in and around us during our time at WRBC, I believe His faithfulness is most greatly reflected in the way that He chooses to include us in the Great Story that He is writing in the building of His Kingdom for His glory.  God is so very, very good!

– Written by Pastor Kevin Klassen, Associate Pastor – Worship and Care

 

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Pathway Camp Ministries Update: Garden Hill First Nation

An excerpt from a recent Pathway Camp Ministries Update:

Our week in Garden Hill First Nation has come and gone and we were happy to serve an average of 75 children/day (even with the holiday Monday factored in). It is hard to believe that 2016 was our 10th summer of ministry in Garden Hill.

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The logistics for the week went really smoothly – thank you for your prayers. We were able to fly and also cross the lake in good weather on both weekends.

The majority of our team was from Whyte Ridge Baptist Church and we are grateful for their energy and passion. So many of the children were happy to see familiar faces again. Even though the weather was a little unsettled, the team was able to mix indoor and outdoor activities and everyone had a great time. The children in this community are also amazing at Chapel time and they love singing! It’s great to see their enthusiasm.

One of the councilors brought thanks from Chief and Council for coming to teach their children and it was hard for everyone to say good-bye.

We praise God for the opportunities of the week.

 

For additional information on Pathway Camp Ministries, visit pathwaycampministries.com

“The Forgiving, Restoring God – John 21” – Sermon Now Available Online

Check out “The Forgiving, Restoring God – John 21” on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church sermon page HERE.