Weekly Update – October 19

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND CURRENT NEWS:


Save the date… A congregational meeting to approve the 2018 budget will take place on Sunday, December 3 following the second service; a soup and sandwich lunch will be served. All members and adherents are encouraged to attend! To help us plan for  the meal please register here.

The Children’s Ministry leadership team is searching for an effective summer ministry to children – a ministry that would reach children in our surrounding communities. The leadership team would like input from our church family and would ask that you complete a short survey by November 1, 2017. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY.  If you have any questions, please contact grace@whyteridgebaptist.ca.  

English Conversation Circle – Wednesdays, October 18-November 29; 7:30-9:00pm. – A free eight week program for newcomers to Canada to learn and practice English. Child care provided. Multi-cultural Potluck; December 6, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. For more information contact the church office (204-489-3875).

From Camp Nutimik Leadership: We are undertaking a review and planning for the future of Camp Nutimik and desire your input and suggestions. We invite you to participate by having your voice heard in this process and giving your feedback through a questionnaire that is found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5FD5FDB.  Your responses are confidential and anonymous.  We would like this input by October 31, 2017. 

LIFEPATH MINISTRIES

Women’s Ministries – An Inductive Bible Study by Kay Arthur –  Mondays; 7:00 – 9:15 pm – This easy-to-learn method will transform your personal study time.  Contact: Barb Brewer (204-807–5846).  Register online here for Exodus (Mondays, Sept 11–Nov 27) and Deuteronomy: (Mondays, Dec 4–Feb 5) sessions.

Adult Bible Study – Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven by Dr. David Jeremiah – October 5 – December 7 (1st / 3rd Thursday); 10:00 – 11:30 am The most important questions Christians have about their future eternal home. Five video sessions.  Contact: Pastor Doug Friesen (204-997-6659). Register online here.

Experiencing God Day by Day – A Church-Wide 63 Day Adventure – Starting Sunday, October 8. Devotional books available from Pastor Doug; cost: $2. For additional information, contact Pastor Doug (204-997-6659).

Book Club – Saturdays, October 14, November 11, December 9; 7:00-8:3pm;meet at 135 Apple Hill Rd. Book to be decided at first meeting. Register online hereContact Emmie Dryjski / 204-487-4788.

Women’s Ministries –  Women’s One Day Fall Retreat – Saturday, October 21; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm – Lessons for Wholehearted Living featuring guest speaker Carolyn Klassen.  Register here.

Men’s Ministries – Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, October 28; 9:00-11:00am – Pastor Terry, Pastor Kevin Klassen and Steve Morris sharing: Authentic Brotherhood: Pursuing Spiritual Friendship. Cost: $5. Register here. Registration deadline: October 25. Contact: Pastor Doug.

Growing in Grace Lunch—Thursday, November 9; 12:00pm – Get out your cruise wear for our cruise day! There will be a scrumptious buffet of all your favourite cruise soups, salads, entrees and delectable desserts. Following lunch we will play games, including skipbo, crokinole and more. Best costume prizes will presented. Register here. Contact: Bonnie Tholl.

 Visit our LifePath Ministries page for additional information:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/LIFEPATH


YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES – INTERACt


INTERACt (Young Adults) – INTERACt meets at the church on the first and third Wednesdays of the month; 7:30-9:00 pm. Join us for bible study, discussion, music. Contact:  Pastor Kevin Schular.


YOUTH MINISTRIES – 4HG (Grades 6 to 12)


4HG (Grades 6 to 12): Monday, October 23; 7:00pm.—9:00 p.m. In House – Meet at the church for a time of worship, games  & snacks. Contact: Pastor Kevin Schular.  Register for 4HG online here and complete the Letter of Consent for Transportation here.


CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES – SONSeekers (Nursery to Grade 6)  


The Children’s Ministry leadership team is searching for an effective summer ministry to children – a ministry that would reach children in our surrounding communities. The leadership team would like input from our church family and would ask that you complete a short survey by November 1, 2017. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY.  If you have any questions, please contact grace@whyteridgebaptist.ca.

Parenting Christian Kids – The latest issue – and back issues – of the Parenting Christian Kids Newsletter are available online.


SERVICE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES


Ushers are needed for both Sunday morning services. If you would like to serve in this way please contact Emmy Dryjski (204-487-4788).


PRAYER MINISTRY UPDATES


Visit our Prayer Wall online to post your prayer request:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/PRAYER


ADDITIONAL UPDATES:


Youth For Christ Fundraising Banquet—October 24 ; 6:30-9:30 pm. – Come and hear Wilma Derksen’s challenging and inspiring story of forgiveness. Location:  – RBC Convention Centre.  For addtional information – or for tickets – contact Tracey Nickel (204-669-4205 x210).

Crisis Pregnancy Centre Autumn Celebration of Hope—Nov. 2; 7:00 pm – Fort Garry Hotel; Call 204-772-1923  for tickets.

Join the “Call for Conscience” – Join the “Call for Conscience” and write directly to your MLA asking them to support Bill 34.

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada – Learn about key issues facing our culture, and think through how biblical principles apply in these areas. Click here for additional information.

Right Now Media Now Available for FREE to All Whyte Ridge Baptist Church attendeesClick here to register online to receive your FREE membership!


Ways to give at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church:  For those who are looking for a way to give to the mission of Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, details are now available online:

Visit our ‘Ways to Give’ page online: whyteridgebaptist.ca/GIVE


WRBC Online Church Directory – If you have not received an email invite and are a member attend regularly attend at WRBC and would like to be part of the WRBC Online Directory, please click here..  Click here for additional information.

Login to the WRBC Directory:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/DIRECTORY

Weekly Update – October 12, 2017

To sign up for upcoming events, or for more information, please click the links below.


UPCOMING EVENTS AND CURRENT NEWS:


English Conversation Circle – Wednesdays, October 18-November 29; 7:30-9:00pm. – A free eight week program for newcomers to Canada to learn and practice English. Child care provided. Multi-cultural Potluck; December 6th, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. For more information contact the church office (204-489-3875).

Newcomers Lunch –  Sunday, October 15; 12:30 pm –  New to Whyte Ridge Baptist Church?  Join us following the second service in the lower auditorium for a complimentary lunch and to connect with others from the church! Contact: Pastor Doug Friesen (204-997-6659).  Register online here.

 

LIFEPATH MINISTRIES

Women’s Ministries – An Inductive Bible Study by Kay Arthur –  Mondays; 7:00 – 9:15 pm – This easy-to-learn method will transform your personal study time.  Contact: Barb Brewer (204-807–5846).  Register online here for Exodus (Mondays, Sept 11–Nov 27) and Deuteronomy: (Mondays, Dec 4–Feb 5) sessions.

Adult Bible Study – Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven by Dr. David Jeremiah – October 5 – December 7 (1st / 3rd Thursday); 10:00 – 11:30 am The most important questions Christians have about their future eternal home. Five video sessions.  Contact: Pastor Doug Friesen (204-997-6659). Register online here.

Experiencing God Day by Day – A Church-Wide 63 Day Adventure – Starting Sunday, October 8. Devotional books available in the foyer for $2. For additional information, contact Pastor Doug (204-997-6659).

Book Club – Saturdays, October 14, November 11, December 9; 7:00-8:3pm;meet at 135 Apple Hill Rd. Book to be decided at first meeting. Register online hereContact Emmie Dryjski / 204-487-4788.

LifePath Seminar – Understanding Your Story with Christ – October 19, 26, November 2; 7:00-9:00pm.   Three sessions designed to help you grow in your understanding of your story with God through a variety of reflective exercises. Registration deadline: October 17. Contact: Pastor Doug.  Register here.

Women’s Ministries –  Women’s One Day Fall Retreat – Saturday, October 21; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm – Lessons for Wholehearted Living featuring guest speaker Carolyn Klassen.  Register here.

Men’s Ministries – Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, October 28; 9:00-11:00am – Pastor Terry, Pastor Kevin Klassen and Steve Morris sharing: Authentic Brotherhood: Pursuing Spiritual Friendship. Cost: $5. Register here. Registration deadline: October 25. Contact: Pastor Doug.

Growing in Grace Lunch—Thursday, November 9; 12:00pm – Get out your cruise wear for our cruise day! There will be a scrumptious buffet of all your favourite cruise soups, salads, entrees and delectable desserts. Following lunch we will play games, including skipbo, crokinole and more. Best costume prizes will presented. Register here. Contact: Bonnie Tholl.

 Visit our LifePath Ministries page for additional information:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/LIFEPATH


YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES – INTERACt


INTERACt (Young Adults) – INTERACt meets at the church on the first and third Wednesdays of the month; 7:30-9:00 pm. Join us for bible study, discussion, music. Contact:  Pastor Kevin Schular.


YOUTH MINISTRIES – 4HG (Grades 6 to 12)


4HG (Grades 6 to 12): Monday, October 16; 7:00pm.—9:00 p.m. In House – Meet at the church for a time of worship, games  & snacks. Contact: Pastor Kevin Schular.  Register for 4HG online here and complete the Letter of Consent for Transportation here.


CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES – SONSeekers (Nursery to Grade 6)  


Parenting Christian Kids – The latest issue – and back issues – of the Parenting Christian Kids Newsletter are available online.


SERVICE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES


Ushers are needed for both Sunday morning services. If you would like to serve in this way please contact Emmy Dryjski (204-487-4788).


PRAYER MINISTRY UPDATES


Our condolences to John Giesbrecht; Janet passed away on Monday after a lengthy struggle with heart-related issues. Please be in prayer for John and for the family.

Visit our Prayer Wall online to post your prayer request:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/PRAYER


ADDITIONAL UPDATES:


Beyond the “Creation” vs. “Evolution” Debate – This lecture is an introduction to professional terminology, science-religion dialogue, and various views on origins. Speaker: Denis O. Lamoureux is an Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta.  Contact: Patrick Franklin.

  • Thur Oct 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Room 118, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba
  • Friday Oct 13, 10 AM – 12 Noon – Lecture Theatre, Providence University College / 7:00 – 9:00 PM –
    Steinbach EMC, 422 Main St., Steinbach, MB (same lecture in each location)

Meadowood Manor Foundation:  Chaplaincy Support Dinner & Concert – Saturday, October 21, 2017;  6:00 pm – Location: Waverley Church, 2171 Waverley Street.  Tickets are $25.00 each and available from Tom Suffield and Dave Jenkinson until October 15.

Union Gospel Mission Banquet – Saturday, October 14; noon & 6:30pm at North Kildonan MB Church, 1315 Gateway Rd. Tickets: 204-943-9904 ext. 226.

Youth For Christ Fundraising Banquet—October 24 ; 6:30-9:30 pm. – Come and hear Wilma Derksen’s challenging and inspiring story of forgiveness. Location:  – RBC Convention Centre.  For addtional information – or for tickets – contact Tracey Nickel (204-669-4205 x210).

Crisis Pregnancy Centre Autumn Celebration of Hope—Nov. 2; 7:00 pm – Fort Garry Hotel; Call 204-772-1923  for tickets.

Join the “Call for Conscience” – Join the “Call for Conscience” and write directly to your MLA asking them to support Bill 34.

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada – Learn about key issues facing our culture, and think through how biblical principles apply in these areas. Click here for additional information.

Right Now Media Now Available for FREE to All Whyte Ridge Baptist Church attendeesClick here to register online to receive your FREE membership!


Ways to give at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church:  For those who are looking for a way to give to the mission of Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, details are now available online:

Visit our ‘Ways to Give’ page online: whyteridgebaptist.ca/GIVE


WRBC Online Church Directory – If you have not received an email invite and are a member attend regularly attend at WRBC and would like to be part of the WRBC Online Directory, please click here..  Click here for additional information.

Login to the WRBC Directory:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/DIRECTORY

Weekly Update: September 28, 2017

To sign up for upcoming events, or for more information, please click the links below.


UPCOMING EVENTS AND CURRENT NEWS:


As we approach Thanksgiving weekend, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness and goodness over this past year.  God has blessed us with financial health in our general fund, exceeding our goals for the Capital Fund and financing two missions trips. We recognize that many of you have been stretched in your giving during this same period, and for this we also give thanks.

Traditionally, at Thanksgiving, our congregation has a special offering to meet needs in our community or around the world. However, this year, there will be no special offering at Thanksgiving.  There is certainly no shortage of needs within Canada and around the world, with recent hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and flooding.  Some of you may be hearing God’s call to give to such causes from the abundance with which He has blessed you. If you are considering giving to support charitable work in our community or around the world, then we pray that the Lord will lead you to a worthy cause to support. Many well-respected and reputable charitable organizations have options to give directly to their work.  May the Lord bless you as you respond to His call.

Help a new immigrant family from Bolivia: A Bolivian family with three young children (ages 2, 5 & 7 years), living near the city, is in need of the following items (please contact the church office or Pat Janke /204-261-8047 if you are able to help in any way).

  • Bunk beds
  • frame & headboard for double bed
  • bedding (sheets, pillowcases, blankets)
  • winter jackets and ski pants for adults and children

English Conversation Circle – Wednesdays, October 18-November 29; 7:30-9:00pm. A free eight week program for newcomers to Canada to learn and practice English. Child care provided. Multi-cultural Potluck; December 6th, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. For more information contact the church office (204-489-3875).

Newcomers Lunch:  Sunday, October 15; 12:30 pm –  New to Whyte Ridge Baptist Church?  Join us following the second service in the lower auditorium for a complimentary lunch and to connect with others from the church!  Contact: Pastor Doug Friesen (204-997-6659).  Register online here.

 


LIFEPATH MINISTRIES

Women’s Ministries – An Inductive Bible Study by Kay Arthur (Precept.org):  Mondays; 7:00 – 9:15 pm – This easy-to-learn method will transform your personal study time.  Location: 125 Girton Blvd.  For additional information, Contact: Barb Brewer (204-807–5846).  Register online here for the following upcoming sessions:

  • Exodus: Mondays, September 11–November 27; Cost (11 lessons): $29
  • Deuteronomy: Mondays, December 4–February 5; Cost (8 lessons): $21

Women’s Ministries – Entrusted Bible Study (a study of 2 Timothy) by Beth Moore:  Tuesdays, October 3-November 14; 9:30-11:30 am – Realize you’ve been entrusted with the gospel and the gift to serve!  Cost: $25. Contact: Carol Bergmann (204-489-3875).  Register online here.

Adult Bible Study – Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven by Dr. David Jeremiah:  October 5 – December 7 (First and Third Thursday); 10:00 – 11:30 am – Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven will answer and clarify the most important questions Christians have about their future eternal home. Five video sessions.  Contact: Pastor Doug Friesen (204-997-6659). Register online here.

Experiencing God Day by Day – Seasonal LifeGroups: Weekly or Bi-Weekly for 9 weeks starting October 8 – Sign-up sheets for LifeGroups available on Sunday, September 17, 24 and October 1.  Contact: Pastor Doug (204-997-6659).

Experiencing God Day by Day – A Church-Wide 63 Day Adventure starting Sunday, October 8. Devotional books available in the foyer. For additional information, contact Pastor Doug (204-997-6659).

Growing in Grace Lunch – October 12; 12:00pm. Be thankful! Come to enjoy the fellowship and to hear a testimony. Contact: Bonnie ThollRegister online here.

Book Club – Saturdays, October 14, November 11, December 9; 7:00-8:3pm; meet at 135 Apple Hill Rd. Book to be decided at first meeting. Register hereContact Emmie Dryjski / 204-487-4788.

Understanding Your Story with Christ – October 19, 26, November 2; 7:00-9:00pm.  God has always been at work in your life. He wants you to know Him and be known by Him. These three sessions are designed to help you grow in your understanding of your story with God through a variety of reflective exercises that will help you remember, recognize and rejoice in God’s presence in your life. A key aim of these seminars is to help increase your desire to share your story in Christ with others as you grow in your knowledge of His redemptive plan for your life. Regisgration deadline: October 17. Contact: Pastor Doug.  Register here.

Women’s Ministries –  Women’s One Day Fall Retreat: Saturday, October 21; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm – Lessons for Wholehearted Living featuring guest speaker Carolyn Klassen.  Save the date, and watch for more information and registration soon! Register here.

Men’s Breakfast; Saturday, October 28; 9:00-11:00am – Pastor Terry, Pastor Kevin Klassen and Steve Morris sharing: Authentic Brotherhood: Pursuing Spiritual Friendship. Cost: $5. Register here. Registration deadline: October 25. Contact: Pastor Doug.

Visit our LifePath Ministries page for additional information:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/LIFEPATH


YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES – INTERACt


INTERACt (Young Adults) – INTERACt meets at the church on the first and third Wednesdays of the month; 7:30-9:00 pm. Join us for bible study, discussion, music. Contact:  Pastor Kevin Schular.


YOUTH MINISTRIES – 4HG (Grades 6 to 12)


4HG (Grades 6 to 12): Monday, October 2; 6:30pm. A Maze in Corn – Transportation will leave WRBC at 6:30pm for the Corn Maze; we will be back at 9:15pm. Dress for the outdoors! There will be a fire pit and snacks. Contact: Pastor Kevin Schular.  Register for 4HG online here and complete the Letter of Consent for Transportation here.


CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES – SONSeekers (Nursery to Grade 6)  


Parenting Christian Kids – The latest issue – and back issues – of the Parenting Christian Kids Newsletter are available online.


SERVICE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES


Ushers are needed for both Sunday morning services. If you would like to serve in this way please contact Emmy Dryjski (204-487-4788).


PRAYER MINISTRY UPDATES


Our  condolences to Phil and Monique Nikkel and their family; their daughter, Jennifer Nikkel-Walls, passed away on Wednesday, September 27 at Riverview. Please keep Phil and Monique and their family in your prayers along with Jennifer’s husband Matt and daughter Avalynn.

Click here for ways to pray for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Visit our Prayer Wall online to post your prayer request:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/PRAYER


ADDITIONAL UPDATES:


Camp Nutimik Paint Night – Saturday, September 30; 7:00-9:00 pm –  Bring friends.  Have fun!  Support Camp Nutimik! Cost: $45/person. Fundraising goal: $7,500.00.  Contact: Wayne Eisbrenner.  Register online here.

Meadowood Manor Foundation:  Chaplaincy Support Dinner & Concert – Saturday, October 21, 2017;  6:00 pm – Location: Waverley Church, 2171 Waverley Street.  Tickets are $25.00 each and available from Tom Suffield and Dave Jenkinson until October 15.

Union Gospel Mission Banquet – Saturday, October 14; noon & 6:30pm at North Kildonan MB Church, 1315 Gateway Rd. Tickets: 204-943-9904 ext. 226.

Youth For Christ Fundraising Banquet—October 24 ; 6:30-9:30 pm. – Come and hear Wilma Derksen’s challenging and inspiring story of forgiveness. Location:  – RBC Convention Centre.  For addtional information – or for tickets – contact Tracey Nickel (204-669-4205 x210).

Join the “Call for Conscience” – This fall, members of Manitoba’s legislature will consider Bill 34 which deals with conscience rights for doctors, nurses and health care professionals who cannot participate in euthanasia/assisted suicide in good conscience. Please visit CanadiansforConscience.ca/manitoba to learn more, join the “Call for Conscience” and write directly to your MLA asking them to support Bill 34.

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada – Learn about key issues facing our culture, and think through how biblical principles apply in these areas by joining the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada email list.  Click here for additional information.

Right Now Media Now Available for FREE to All Whyte Ridge Baptist Church attendees – Right Now Media is an online service that contains hundreds of family-friendly videos, as well as a large collection of Bible Studies and resources.  Click here to register online to receive your FREE membership!


Ways to give at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church:  For those who are looking for a way to give to the mission of Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, here are the ways you can give to our General Fund, Benevolent Fund, Building Fund and Missions Fund in the form of a single gift or as a recurring gift online:

Visit our ‘Ways to Give’ page online: whyteridgebaptist.ca/GIVE


WRBC Online Church Directory – If you have not yet updated your WRBC Online Directory Profile, please do so in response to the invitation email that has been sent to you.  If you have not received an email invite but would like to be part of the Online Directory (and you attend or are a member at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church), please click here and request your invitation.  Click here for additional information..

Login to the WRBC Directory:  whyteridgebaptist.ca/DIRECTORY


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).

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