Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We hope this letter finds you well and that you've seen God working in you and around you! Things have not been too jam packed here, but we're still excited to share the ways we have seen God working in this ministry.
In both March and late April, we took a group of our middle school students and a few high schoolers to Moose Mountain to conduct an outreach event near White Bear First Nation. This has been an ongoing partnership between Gentle Road and Moose Mountain Church of Christ to host a weekend event of fun, faith, and fellowship that we can invite kids from White Bear First Nation to. We have been trying to meet every other month since November and this time we were joined by a youth group from Oceanman First Nation whom we haven't seen since a camp we hosted last summer.
The youth decided to appropriately name the get together "Gentle Bear" and it's been a great experience seeing the youth bond together over the weekend and learn about culture and faith.
We ask for prayers that more relationships may be built with the youth and the reserve and that God's light may be seen through more Gentle Bear weekends in the future.
In our last update, we shared how God has been moving in several of the youth to put on Christ in baptism. Between January and February, four teens were baptized! One of those girls, Montana, has since been really hungry for Scripture and eager to be a light and example to those around her.
In March, her sister, Aisha Blacksioux decided she needed to commit her life to God as well! Praise the Lord! These sisters have played such an active part in the youth group and are great leaders. Pray for Aisha that her faith increases from here as she learns and grows in her walk with the Lord.
Out at Piapot First Nation Reserve, Philip Kingsley has been continuing a Bible study with the youth there. Montana and Aisha regularly attend and it seems like more and more youth want to come each week which has been a problem as we meet in people's homes on the Rez which can get crowded. Pray that more connections may be made at Piapot and that these youth continue to learn and seek truth as this study continues.
From our time with Piapot and other reserves in Saskatchewan, we have felt God calling us to do more and spread hope to many of these communities plagued by darkness. One of our projects that is coming together for the summer is Mission Ignition. It will be a summer ministry team of a core group of adults and high school students that will visit four reserves conducting youth outreaches. Mission Ignition hopes to be the gasoline that ignites a fire in the hearts of young people across Saskatchewan!
Summer is around the corner and we're excited for what God has in store and how he will use us in this ministry. None of this would be possible without you and we're incredibly grateful for your prayers and support!
Posted on Wed, May 23, 2018
by Kevin Vance