Calvary Chapel Oakville
This summer, a group from Calvary Chapel will be heading to Ensenada, Mexico on a missions trip. Please pray about going! Here’s the details:

Date: August 21-29

Place: YWAM Base near Ensenada, Mexico

What we’ll be doing:

  • Children’s Ministry- Bible teaching, arts/crafts, music, games
  • Home visitation- Visit local village families and spend time together with them and pray together.
  • Bible teaching and Testimony outreach- share the Gospel through team members’ testimonies and Bible teaching in various ministries.
  • Intercessory Prayer- Go prayer walking through villages, downtown Ensenada and on a hill overlooking the city.

Cost and other details: $1300 CAD, includes roundtrip airfare from Toronto to San Diego, local transportation, food, and lodging. Full amount is due by June 3. Several mandatory training and team building meetings will be announced soon.

If you’d like to go, click here to download the application. You can fill it out and turn it in or type your answers in an email.

Let’s Help Nepal!

Calvary Chapel Oakville partners with two amazing organizations, Samaritan’s Purse and Gospel for Asia, that are on the ground in Nepal to help with relief efforts and to share the love of Jesus.

This from the Samaritan’s Purse Website:

Samaritan’s Purse is rushing disaster response experts and supplies to Nepal in the aftermath of the catastrophic 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the county on Saturday, killing thousands and destroying numerous houses and buildings.

More than 2,400 people are known to have died in Nepal, and the death toll is expected to rise as officials dig through the rubble.

One of our partner churches in Nepal were holding a church service when the earthquake hit. After they felt the quake, they led the people outside and had a one hour worship service after the earthquake, praising God for the safety of their church members. “We are thankful for God that we built a building to withstand a 7.9 earthquake. We are serving our community. We are opening our doors for the community to come in.”

This from Gospel for Asia:

Gospel for Asia has 450 churches and 20 Bridge of Hope centers in the region. Some churches and some centers have been destroyed by the quake.

Between 30 and 40 of Gospel for Asia’s missionaries serving in Uttar Pradesh, an Indian state bordering Nepal, are headed toward the destruction to help.

This is estimated to be the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years.

 

Pray for God’s work to go forward and for many to come to know Jesus during this disaster.

 

We encourage you to give to one of these organizations to help with the relief efforts.

Winter Semester Begins!

Re-Launching St. FX

Last week I made my first trip to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. I was a initially a little hesitant to begin working at St. FX because of how hard it was to build a campus movement there two years ago. However, my day-trip turned out to be one of the most encouraging days I’ve had in ministry this month! It was also quite evident that God has been at work on campus and in the hearts of students. I met with the leaders of the only other Christian group on campus (Xavier Christian Fellowship) and they are very excited to see Power to Change back at St. FX. For the last year or so they have been praying that more students would encounter the gospel, and that they would see more of a Christian presence on campus! With how well our two groups complement each other–their focus being fellowship and bible studies, and ours being prayer, evangelism, and discipleship–I do believe, and am praying that God will do great things at St. FX in the upcoming school year.

While I was at ‘Life’, the Friday night gathering that Xavier Christian Fellowship holds every week I was shocked and encouraged to see Sarah there! Sarah was one of the three girls we saw accept Christ when our team was at St. FX in 2013. When she first accepted Christ I was able to go through two of the new believer follow-up studies with her, and kept inviting her to attend ‘Life’, but was unsure if anything was really sinking in for her–especially since I only had two weeks to do follow-up and try to get her connected to other Christians. Which is why it was so cool to see that I played only a small part in her spiritual journey, and God has continued to grow her and use other Christians to spur her on! She is doing great, is involved in a church and the on-campus fellowship, and is looking forward to meeting with me the next time I’m there!

St. FX is a beautiful campus (even in the winter), but it felt kind of weird to be back without the rest of the traveling team.

Seeing Fruit!

At Mount Saint Vincent University Brian was training Julia how to initiate spiritual conversations and share the Knowing God Personally booklet on campus when they met Isobelle. After a lengthy conversation Isobelle made the decision to follow Christ! Brian and Julia have already met with Isobelle twice to go through new believer follow-up with her.

Last week Fran, one of our students at Cape Breton University, was talking to her brother about God and decided to use the Knowing God Personally booklet to explain the gospel to him. He also has made the decision to give his life to Christ!

Fran and Julia are just two of many Christian students across Atlantic Canada who are taking steps of faith to share the Gospel with their family, friends, and classmates. What a privilege it is to help equip Christians to change the world by helping students discover Jesus!

February will be a very busy month for our staff team, so please be praying for us:

1. Reading Week Help: Students from PEI and UofGuelph are giving up part of their reading week to come help with ministry in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Please pray for safe travels, and softened hearts!
2. Relationship building in Antigonish: Please pray for me as I seek to build relationships with Pastors and Christians in the community.
3. More Fruit! Please pray that the Lord would lead us to those who are seeking.

As always, I thank God for each of you, and am so thankful for your prayer and support. Please let me know if there are any specific ways that I can be praying for you.

Blessings,
Julie Bainard

Pastor Pat’s Interview on Joy1250

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In case you missed the interview on Joy 1250 of Pastor Pat talking about his Shoebox Distribution experience with Operation Christmas Child, you can listen to it by clicking below. (The interview starts at 2:00).

 

 

 

News from the Mission Field

This message is from one of the missionaries that we support, Julie Bainaird. She serves with Power 2 Change.

Dear Family and Friends,

I’m currently in Langley, BC at the Power to Change headquarters for new staff training! It’s been so exciting hearing about the history of P2C, the many ministries within our organization, and Bill Bright’s vision to reach university students that first started Campus Crusade back in 1951. Although it’s been exhausting having such long days, I’m constantly being reminded of what a privilege it is to serve God by helping students discover a relationship with Christ!

Please pray for me over the next few days:

1. That I would have energy to stay alert/learn (the 3hr time difference is hitting me much harder than I was expecting).

2. For boldness as I make phone calls on Monday so set up support appointments, and that people will want to meet and support me. (I’m currently at 53.5% of my monthly support)

3. That I’ll be able to move to Halifax and begin campus work by November 1st.

4. For all of the P2C staff and students sharing the gospel on university campuses across Canada.

 

Thank you so much for praying and supporting me!
Blessings,
Julie