WRBC Hosts Annual MBA Conference

2013 MBA Poster WebThis October Whyte Ridge Baptist will host the Annual Conference of the Manitoba Baptist Association(MBA). WRBC, along with 16 other churches in Manitoba, make up the membership of the MBA.

The MBA meets each fall, the weekend after Thanksgiving. In the past, the primary purpose of these meetings was to conduct the business of the Association as well as receive some spiritual input from a guest speaker. In 2009 the focus of the annual meeting changed to one of high quality instruction with the goal of helping our churches become more kingdom focused and mission minded.

The theme for the 2013 MBA Annual Conference is The Good News of the Kingdom. Anthony Brown, Director of Education for Forge Canada and Transitional Lead Pastor for Hillside Church in North Vancouver, BC, will be exploring the Secrets, Expectation, Announcement, Characteristics, and Proclamation of the Kingdom.

The sessions, which begin Friday afternoon, October 18, are open to all who are interested. To learn more go here for conference details and registration.

2012 India Missions Trip

Since 2010, Whyte Ridge Baptist has participated in several mission trips to West Bengal in Northeast India, working in partnership with Far Corners Ministry. Far Corners is an organization that exists to support the growing Church in northeast India by training pastors and lay leaders, building churches and helping the poor. God is working in His church in India. Many people are coming to know Christ!

2012 Team members taught at several conferences, helping to provide Biblical training to rural pastors and leaders and preached in local churches. They also assisted in the building of several church structures and helped distribute some basic necessities (such as blankets, mosquito netting, and school supplies) to churches, orphanages, and families. The Whyte Ridge church family was involved here at home by fundraising to help provide these things. Children from our church also sent gifts which were distributed to children in the orphanages and churches visited.

Team members where: Karen Dyck, Shelly Cumming, Christine Janzen, Steve Morris, Raj Manuel, Kevin Klassen. Team Training and support: Heather Warkentin, Mike Woolman, Azhar Ladlin.

Praise God for what He is doing in West Bengal! We give thanks for the opportunity to connect with brothers and sisters in India, and pray He will continue to bring many more to Himself. May He also continue to impress the nations upon the hearts of our church family here at WRBC.

2013 Bolivia Missions Trip

Three Cultures, Two Continents, One God

…the Whyte Ridge Baptist/Winnipeg Somang Presbyterian Church Bolivia Mission Trip.

Bolivia TeamFrom August 6th to 22nd six people from Winnipeg Somang Presbyterian Church and four from Whyte Ridge Baptist Church travelled to and through Bolivia, observing and sharing in ministries organized by Canadian Baptist Ministries in partnership with the Bolivian Baptist Union. Bringing together Korean, Bolivian and Western Canadian cultures and languages was an enjoyable challenge, and the team truly was a living example of “Global Discipleship”.

While in Bolivia, the multicultural mission trip included visits to the Obades’ Chagas Remediation Project in Mizque. Homes are plastered to prevent infectious bug bites from the Vinchuca beetles that live in the walls of unplastered mud brick homes. Chagas is a slowly debilitating disease; plastering homes improves the outcomes for families raising children in homes where contracting the disease is far less likely.

The team also visited Casa de la Amistad, a day school program for children who otherwise live in jails, with their incarcerated parents. We were reminded daily of how different Canada and Korea are from Bolivia. Over the years Casa has improved the lives of hundreds of young people, while also introducing them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In El Alto on the outskirts of La Paz the team visited two beneficiaries of a microfinance project sponsored by Obades and the Bolivian Baptist Union. Providing small loans to cottage industries such as mattress and furniture manufacturing aids families and improves their living conditions.

The team got involved in practical “hands on” missions by helping to scrape and paint at the Baptist Seminary in Cochabamba. The library computer system also received some much needed attention to restore passwords and reset defaults, and the team also assisted by teaching two evening classes in education methods and exegesis. It was good to fellowship with the people we met in our one-week at the Seminary.

The primary goal of the mission trip was to observe, to learn, and to bring back ideas about how the two churches can best connect to mission work already underway in Bolivia. There are many opportunities for service and for sharing the Gospel. Partnering with Canadian Baptist Ministries was a natural fit, given the history that Pastor Terry and Pat Janke have with CBM. The trip was well organized by CBM, and Ivan Gutierrez, the CBM field staff member who coordinated our events and transportation in-country was a true blessing.

Bolivia is a land of stark contrasts; there is great wealth and crushing poverty, and they co-exist out in the open, for all to see. But beyond the obvious material wealth or poverty of the people is the more pressing question of their spiritual wealth or poverty. Do they know Christ, and do they share in his inheritance, as his heirs? The mission work in Bolivia aims to improve the material and spiritual conditions of the people, proclaiming the Gospel while also “loving thy neighbour” and helping to improve living conditions in this vibrant and developing nation.

Rob McCleland’s Video August Update

Hear Rob McCleland, Executive Director of the North American Baptist Conference share about leadership training from a camp ground in the middle of Siberia.

Sovereign God

The song Sovereign God is part of a Worship CD compilation – To Bring You Glory, written by Kevin Klassen and performed by various gifted members of Whyte Ridge Baptist. This video was inspired by all the hard work that went into it. May it bring honour to God!

If you like this song and would like a copy of the CD, please contact Whyte Ridge Baptist. We would love to send one your way!

“When we consider that everything on earth exists for the purpose of bringing honour to the Name of our great God, and that in fact our very lives are meant for the worship of God, then everything falls into perspective. I wrote the first three verses of this song during a challenging time in the life of my church. It was important for me to be reminded that, no matter what we experience, the God-given purpose of life has not changed, and most of all, God never ever changes. He is always to be loved with all of our heart and all of mind and all of our strength. The last verse was written for a church covenant celebration service led by Pastor Alf Bell in early 2009.”  – Kevin Klassen


 Video by Girish Manuel

Sovereign God – written by Kevin Klassen
From the album: “To Bring You Glory: “Songs of Worship from Whyte Ridge Baptist Church”

Vocals: Kevin Klassen, Lindsay Hiller;
Electric Guitar: Matt Janzen;
Piano: Andrea Streuber;
Acoustic Guitar: Kevin Klassen;
Bass: Girish Manuel;
Drums: Joey Siemens