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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.
Leadership Director, Camp Nutimik
Hi, 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.
I 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.
Check out “The Good Shepherd – John 10” on Whyte Ridge Baptist Church at the link HERE!
Check out this week’s message, “Healer of the Blind – John -9” on Whyte Ridge Baptist Church HERE.
Thank you so much for your financial and prayer support for my service trip to Romania with Segue and Reaching Out Romania. This trip was an amazing opportunity to serve and learn from others whose experiences and lives are very different from our own.
While we were in Romania, we were working with a shelter for girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. Our task while we were there was to prepare the site for a greenhouse we had bought for them through fundraising efforts throughout the school year, and to help put up the greenhouse. This greenhouse will be used to provide food for the shelter, increasing food sustainability and food security, as well as providing a source of income as any excess can be sold, and an opportunity for the girls to be a part of the process of growing and caring for something. This task was a little more complicated, and more involved, than we had anticipated. The site that we had to work with was on the side of a hill, and the area that had been previously flattened was not big enough for the greenhouse. In addition to this, the greenhouse did not arrive while we were there, and is scheduled to arrive shortly after we came back to Canada. So instead of simply putting up the greenhouse, we had to hire an excavator do dig out and level a significant portion of the hill, while our team worked to build two retaining walls to keep the large amounts of disturbed soil from falling onto the house. It was a lot of hard work, but we had an amazing team, and the girls from the shelter were also very excited to help us in whatever way they could. These girls did not cease to amaze and impress us with their determination, strength, and desire to help. As a result, over the course of the week, we were able to not only build both retaining walls, but also to buy the supplies and show them how to build garden boxes for the plants in the greenhouse, as well as spend some time doing teaching on effective planting in a greenhouse.
Although we spent most of our time on the work site, we were blessed to also have some time to spend with the girls at the shelter, either eating together or just simply hanging out. In meeting these girls, who were all between the ages of 14 and 21, we were struck by the fact that they were just that – girls. These were not abstract ideas, nor simply victims or projects, but girls – who lived and teased and cried and laughed and loved Justin Bieber, who asked if we would sing Hillsong worship songs with them – girls who have seen and experienced many terrible things, things that defy even imagination, but who are still living and in and through whom God is working. In spending time with these girls, God reminded me of his heart for them and for others who society has abused or forgotten – the truth that these are His beloved children. My heart was broken for these girls again and again, and God showed me even more clearly His heart for restoration -bringing each of these girls back to Himself and showing them that they are loved and worth fighting for, and for bringing healing. He showed me the beauty in each of these girls, and the transformation that has been taking place especially in the lives of the ones who have chosen to trust in Him and put their faith in Him.
During our time in Romania, we had the opportunity to bless this organization and these girls with a greenhouse-to-come, with all the preparations taken care of in advance. But our time spent with these girls has also been a huge blessing and a learning experience for me, one that I will not forget and, I believe, one that will play a part in shaping who God is making me into as a person. Again, thank you so much for your prayers and support – without you this trip would not have been possible.
– Christina Cooper
Check out this week’s message, “Jesus; Liberator of Slaves – John 8”, on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church website on our sermon page HERE.
Hard copies of the externally prepared WRBC 2015 financial statements are available at the Information Centre at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church (201 Scurfield Blvd).
A Syrian Refugee Project Update from Soul Sanctuary and WRBC Syrian Refugee Project Coordinator, Heather Warkentin:
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
To make a personal (tax deductible) donation directly to this project online, visit: www.soulsanctuary.ca/refugee
Check out this week’s message, “Jesus: The Bread of Life – John 6”, on the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church website on our sermon page HERE.
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