Dear Greenville Oaks Church family,
So much has happened over the last couple months that we are excited to share with you! Since the start of the New Year, God has brought revival upon our ministry and amazing things are happening here in Canada.
In January, Curtis Abraham and his family arrived in Canada from the Caribbean island of Dominica. He moved by faith to relocate him and his family from a warm Caribbean island to the cold climate of Saskatchewan to join our team as an associate church planter. He speaks powerfully and has already been quite influential among the youth and adults in our community. As much as he loves being here, the transition hasn't been easy and Christie, his wife, has had some major health issues as well. Please continue to pray for Curtis and his family as they grow and adapt to the new culture and climate. We are excited to see how God will continue using them for His glory here in Canada.
God has been active in engaging the hearts of our youth and as a result, several have decided to put on Christ in baptism and enter into relationship with their Saviour. In January, Montana Blacksioux came forward wanting to commit her life to the Lord. She is a sweet young lady who just can’t seem to get enough of the Word and has turned into quite the leader in the youth group. Her decision has since sparked many conversations and Bible studies with other youth and in February, Reezin, Cheyanne, and Aaron decided they wanted to follow Christ through baptism. Praise God! But the work does not stop here. Pray for these teens as they grow in their relationship with God, and also for the impact their decision is creating amongst our group. More and more youth have expressed interest and want to study deeper. Pray for us as the gospel continues to spread in our ministry with these amazing youth!
One of our areas of growth has been in our relationship with Piapot First Nation. Philip Kingsley, our missionary apprentice, has been outreaching there and in February he started a weekly Bible study on the reserve for teens interested in spending more time learning about God and to allow for more discussion. Several youth from there have asked about baptism and two of the older girls in the study, Aaliyah and Montana, have become key leaders and have taken on mentorship roles for some of the younger students. Pray that much will come from this study, that leaders may flourish, that kids may deepen their knowledge of God’s Word and pursue Him, and that a light may be seen on the reserve through the changed lives of these youth.
Amidst God working and times of encouragement, it is sad to say there is heartbreak and hardship as well. The father of three of our youth who’ve been attending regularly was shot and murdered Sunday night several weeks ago while the kids were at worship with us. It’s been a difficult time for them and we would appreciate prayers of comfort for their family, but also prayers against the persistent darkness at work in the communities we minister in. Thanks be to God that He overpowers the forces of evil and that he’s given us the blood of His Son and the support of each other to get through.
In January, we received and handed out the jewelry you made for us. The youth were ecstatic and appreciated this kind gesture. Thank you so much for this gift that reminds us of our family in Texas that cares for us and of the God that ties us all together! We would love to spend more time with you and would like to let you know about our summer event called Mission 6:10. Based upon Matthew 6:10, it is an impactful week of service for believers from around Canada and the U.S. We come together to serve the community and share God’s love, in order that His kingdom come and His will be done in Regina, SK, as it is in heaven. This year it will be held July 7th – 12th. If you’d like more information, check out our church page on Facebook!
We are incredibly grateful for your constant prayers and support! May the Lord bless you and keep you our dear brothers and sisters!
Posted on Sun, April 1, 2018
by Kevin Vance filed under