As we celebrate Canada’s 152nd Birthday this weekend, I find myself grateful and so thankful to God to live in such a vast, beautiful and free country. We ‘Stand on Guard’ for Canada by serving our community, city and country and reaching out to the poor, the needy, the refugees and the lost. We provide opportunity to volunteer in practical ways with events in our community and projects in our city and nation, expressing the love of Jesus through our lives for our neighbours and prayer for the leaders in our community. I believe as we pray we will see Canada transformed by the love of God. ‘If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land’ 1 Chron. 7:14
This year, we had the opportunity to collaborate with our city, the local school board and a number of Langley churches to put on an amazing event called ‘Back to School’ to touch the lives of children and families in our neighbourhood. We will be doing this event again in August.
We joined a ministry called ‘Night Shift’ who feed and meet the needs of the hurting and broken in Langley. We celebrate our Life Groups’ working with CityServe, with the breakfast and lunch programs in our high schools.
We also saw Kevin and Dawn Bralovich deployed to Nova Scotia to the men’s drug and alcohol and recovery program named ‘The Helm’.
We sent a team to Ottawa for National Prayer Breakfast, we also sent two teams to the Arctic. In Tuktoyaktuk, we saw God move as our team hosted a community dinner/service attended by over 175 people, in a community of 800. At the end of the service, many came forward for prayer and a number of young people and children accepted Jesus as their savior; God’s love is breaking through in the North.
This year, we have CLA ministries go from sea to sea to sea across Canada. We pray, ‘He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth’ Ps. 72:8
In closing, I want to introduce our guest, Bruce Brown, who was born in Masset, Haida Gwaii. He married Adeline and both of them accepted the Lord in 1969, in Seattle. Within three days, they were baptized in water. Bruce was the Chief of Haida Nation and after graduating from Bible College with honors he pastored Masset church for 9 years, Vancouver Pentecostal Church for close to 30 years and was a pilot for 33 years for Air Canada and West Jet. They have 5 children and 15 grandchildren.
Look forward to serving with you,
–Steve Nicholson Missions Director, Go