It’s Monday Again

Framework (Bud Fancy) had 42 at last month’s annual Men’s Summit at Moose River Outpost. Dr. Dave Smith was the Keynote Speaker this year with the challenge to not just be content living life picking and choosing what and how we follow God, but rather to say “yes” to Christ first then follow wherever and however He leads. The Holy Spirit was present in a big way and rejuvenated the men as God answered prayers for a renewing and repurposing of the Body at Framework Church and Aroostook county.

An encouraging update was sent by GP Missionaries Robin & Yoko White (upper left) this week. Robin shared, “We are hoping to raise the rest of our Manga Project funds before the end of this year. If we can get this fund fully raised, we’ll be able to keep producing and sharing new content at until at least the end of 2023.” CLICK HERE for a two-minute video update.Earlier this week, I enjoyed a visit at the “apple core” lighthouse at Cape Forchu with another one of our Atlantic missionary families (upper right). Many of you know this family as they serve in Central Asia in a high security country. It was inspiring to hear first-hand how they continue to persevere in the face of challenges as God has entrusted them with a calling to share the Gospel in hard soil. We are honoured by the service of families like these as we have opportunity to partner with them to the ends of the Earth.

Auxano Lead Navigator Mike Gammill concluded the 7th and final session of the Atlantic District Vision Team on Wednesday which began its work in February. This was the only session conducted in-person and was a refreshing bookend to a year filled with Zoom interaction. The Vision Frame for the short and long term future of our district will be presented for final approval in the November DBA and introduced at our January Ministerial. There was collective discernment that God wants to bring “renewal” for our pastors in the immediate months ahead.It has been a blessing to see evidence of how God is at work in us all for a new day of unity and momentum in mission. Deep appreciation to the collaborative wisdom and engagement of Kevin Campbell, Joel Gorveatte, Sharon Guptill, Tim Long, Matt Maxwell, Tami Mutch-Ketch, Tanya Nace, AJ Plaizier, Scott Prime, Victoria Rowe, & AJ Thomas.

The Beulah Session of the Camp Board convened all day Saturday at Heartland to conduct a review of the 2021 summer ministries. While all shared deep disappointment in the need to cancel Beulah Family Camp, the other summer program of events and services was perhaps the best ever offered.Many new young families are taking up seasonal lots and the number of those seeking to make Beulah Camp and Conference Center their year-round residence is at an all-time high and on the rise. Executive Director Tami Mutch-Ketch led an excellent meeting of both evaluation and forward vision as we all prayerfully anticipate the post-pandemic opportunities of 2022. The six-hour meeting was punctuated with times of prayer as board members shared specific requests.

National Multiplication Director, Mark Parker, convened the first in-person gathering  this week of the Church Multiplication Advancement Team (CMAT) for a 48-hour event at Beulah Camp & Conference Center. The foundational work of this group is already having influence and providing support for the many ways God is leading local churches to launch new Kingdom locations. These are encouraging days of synergy between the districts of The Wesleyan Church of Canada to see the Kingdom multiplied.
Before leaving Yarmouth earlier this week, I had the privilege of celebrating the launch of South Church with AJ Plaizier’s entire pastoral team – an impressive and high-octane Kingdom corps. This meal was followed by a meaningful time of worship and prayer on location at the new church in the south-end of Yarmouth. More new Kingdom locations are scheduled to be launched in the weeks ahead – stay tuned!
On Friday, Houghton College celebrated the inauguration of President Wayne D. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D. as the College’s sixth president. CLICK HERE for more information about this new leader. We are so grateful for the long-standing service of Dr. Shirley Mullen in this first-chair Kingdom role and for all the ways God used her to lead Houghton College forward. It has been my privilege to interact personally with Dr. Lewis and we are incredibly blessed that he and Monica have accepted God’s calling on their lives to lead our school in the season ahead.
All Vice-Chairs received information (CLICK HERE) last month with ideas and resources to highlight appreciation for our pastors across the Atlantic region during the month of October. As Pastor B loves to say, “No one ever died from too much encouragement!”
Points to Ponder
  • Today people are watching Christians and churches to see if praying for leaders and loving their neighbours is a real thing or just something to make us feel better on Sundays. What will they see? (Sheldon MacLeod)
  • You are not a shadow of your former self; you are a shadow of your future self. (NT Wright)
  • How would my prayer differ if it were less out of desperation and pride and more out of a desire for God’s glory and God’s Kingdom to flourish? (Steve Lennox)

District Ministerial

SAVE THE DATE: As announced during A Campfire Chat, District Ministerial will convene at the Valley location of Kings (Brent Ingersoll) on January 19-20, 2022 (more details TBA – begins @ 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and concludes with the evening rally on Thursday).

NEXT is Global Partners’ mentored cross-cultural immersion experience for young adults. Pass along the NEXT website to anyone in your church who is searching for meaning and their place in God’s kingdom work. Download and share the 2-minute NEXT video in your service or in your church newsletters. The best next step for anyone interested is to fill out the inquiry form,  and they will be contacted for a follow-up conversation. The website is constantly updated with the upcoming internship opportunities for spring, summer and fall.

The 2021 Atlantic District Journal is now available. CLICK HERE to download.
(Prior District Journals are available from District Office upon request.)


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