Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day (Columbus Day for the Maine members of the Atlantic Tribe)! While IMA primarily targets our ministerial ranks, we are thankful so many lay men and women subscribe to both celebrate and intercede on behalf of the Atlantic District. To share this insider communique with others, feel free to forward this email with an invitation to subscribe here.
Your support and encouragement for our pastors is indispensable – we are grateful. Here is an excellent word from Thom Rainer on how to express gratitude to your pastor during this special month of the year.
- Carl & Evelyn Brewer (Hope) administered two baptisms on October 1st. “It was a chilly Sunday afternoon in a pool that was 59 degrees. It was a blessing. God is so good!”
- Kevin Myers (Brazil Lake) offered the sacrament with three baptisms earlier this month in a very cold lake. One candidate testified, “I’ve been going to church for years, but what God has done for me in the last year and a half has brought me to life!”
- Thanks to Robin White (GP Missionary to Japan) for sharing the following wisdom in his quarterly newsletter after celebrating the news of a lady who had come to Christ and was ready to be baptized:“I told her that day, this is why I came to Japan. I’ve always known that my ministry here would be a long-term investment. I haven’t gotten to see a lot of fruit yet, and honestly that can be discouraging at times. But this was a timely reminder that if we’re faithful to plant and water, God will make our seeds grow. So please take a moment to thank God with me for new life in Christ! And pray that I will remain faithful, and that God will continue to bring the harvest.” We’re proud to stand with you Robin!
- Pastor B (Buckingham Leadership Institute) was featured this month on Carey Nieuwhof’s Canadian Church Leadership Podcast. Wesleyan leaders have been featured three of the past four months – thanks @cnieuwhof! He will also be one of the Keynote Speakers at the Canadian Church Leaders Conference June 14-16, 2018. Congrats Pastor B (http://www.ldbuckingham.com) – we are grateful for your continued influence!
- Steve Bradley (Browns Flat Fellowship) featured the powerful testimony of Rein Laagland during yesterday’s Thanksgiving service. Inspiring gratitude was expressed for radical life transformation resulting from the perseverance of the Spirit through Kingdom servants!
Thanksgiving Thot: We have it so good. We enjoy it so much. We express it so little. (Steve Bradley)
On Second Thot: Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it. (A.W. Tozer)
Bonus Thot: It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do. (Tim Keller)
GPAtlantic Missions Roundtable: I am excited about an upcoming opportunity for those on the Atlantic district with missions as a part of their ministry portfolio. On November 8th we are planning a day at district office that is geared just for you. Presenters will include Jackie Fussner from Global Partners as well as Dr. Matthew Friedman, Program Director and Professor of Global Ministry at Kingswood University as resource people that day. Our goal is to provide opportunity to share best practices and strategies for connecting our churches with GP and Kingswood and the resources that they can provide. The roundtable will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude by 2:30 p.m. Program costs and lunch are complimentary. Please email me to register (email@example.com) – questions/suggestions welcome!
It will take time for life to return to normal again for people living in many areas in Cuba. At this point, they are in survival mode.
Fortunately, we are continuing to receive information from our Wesleyan network about how we can best help. Infrastructures – health, education, power, and communication – have all been heavily impacted.
Your support of the CERF helps provide medications, water filtration systems and food to meet the immediate needs of those who are suffering.
Just to give you an idea of the costs, please refer to the list included. It is a guideline only and does not include shipping to Cuba or the cost of distribution in country.
There are many needs in the world today. It is easy to get overwhelmed but Canada is in a unique position to provide assistance to this little island paradise that Canadians enjoy so much!
Let’s stand in solidarity with Cuba and reduce the needless suffering. Thank you for donating to CERF today!
Kingswood University’s dynamic youth event ENCOUNTER is happening October 13-14. ENCOUNTER is designed to engage youth (grades 8-12) in worship, through music and the Word, and to challenge them to explore the call God has placed on their lives.
Only $60 per student. Early-bird rate deadline September 19th. For more details and to register: https://kingswood.edu/encounter
Harvest Women’s Conference
Worship – Guest Speakers – Food – Friends – Fun – Annual Women’s Conference located in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. October 27 – 28, 2017. harvestconference.ca
Awakening youth rally is geared towards both Junior/Senior High students and will occur on November 17-18 at Hillside’s Parkway Campus of Hillside. Check out awakeningrally.com for more info on speaker, band, and registration.
Have you heard of CMASH? CMASH stands for Canadian Medical and Surgical Healthcare. As part of Global Partners Health Network (GPHN) we send teams of medical professionals who offer their expertise to Wesleyan mission fields internationally. For the last 7 years we have been focusing our efforts on Haiti and the Wesleyan hospital in La Gonave. We are now looking at other countries like Zambia. Not only are our teams helping the poor and the sick but the experiences are touching team members lives as well. You can find out more about CMASH on our website www.cmash.ca.