Derksen Family: Appreciation & Reception
We are thankful for the spiritual leadership and teaching that Interim Teaching Pastor Eric Derksen has provided over the past year. In May 2013 Eric accepted the position of Interim Teaching Pastor as the search for a full-time Senior Pastor took place. This was a unique opportunity for ministry and God has used Eric to challenge and encourage our congregation in being Christ-followers. Our prayer for Eric, Candace, Drew, and Emily is that God will continue to direct each step of their journey and that they will experience deep peace and joy in the new opportunities of ministry. Please join us Sunday, August 17 for light snacks following each worship service.
Giving Update & Nepal Report
This has been a great year of ministry with clear evidence of God’s work at Grant. God is always faithful to work in lives and we have the privilege of being part of that work. Our goal has been to make disciples through Encounters with Christ, Engaging in relationships, and Empowering service. It has been encouraging to see the Grant community embrace opportunities to express discipleship. You may recall a special request to consider your financial donations as we approached the fiscal year-end of June 30. I am thrilled to let you know that we concluded the fiscal year at 100 percent of the budgeted donation. God is always faithful and as a congregation we experienced His faithfulness through your generous donations to reach this goal. Your donations not only fueled ministry here but it also empowered kingdom work around the world. Below, you will read a greeting from our brothers and sisters in Nepal. Through the Imagine a place Capital Stewardship Campaign, we provided three $10,000 donations to churches in India and Nepal so that they could build churches of their own. The funds were provided through Advancing Indigenous Missions. The greeting copied below is from the congregation that just completed the third church building. Thank you for being a community of Christ followers that has engaged ministry with your time and resources over the past year. I trust that you are encouraged as you have seen God at work in lives. ~ Ken “Chopper” Wilson, Interim CEO & Director of World MissionPastor Bal Bahadur’s Greeting Most loving greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. I am Pastor Bal Bahadur Tamang Pakhrien. Members of the church building committee and the entire congregation of Emmanuel Church at Motibasti send their hearty and loving greetings as well as thank each one of the supporters of AIM Canada for helping Emmanuel Church to build such a nice place for worship and devotions at Motibasti, Nepal. Most of the houses here are made of mud huts with thatched roofs. We are very blessed to have a solid brick and cement structure for our church services. Thank you! On behalf of the Motibasti congregation I would like to first thank God for answering our prayers which had given 22 years ago. He is such a good God who never fails nor slumbers. Secondly, thank all the partners of AIM Canada for all your sacrificial gifts and resources for making this possible for us to have a church building for the congregation of Motibasti. The Emmanuel Church building at Motibasti was dedicated to the glory of God on 12th June 2014. Brother Monoj Mohanty was able to come from Delhi and he graced the Dedication Service. From now on we will look to God for the upkeep and maintenance of this church building and be witnessing Christians around our villages and win all people of these villages of Christ Jesus. We thank you, the board members of AIM Canada for your love and support for us. We continue to pray for your ministry to grow and bless others as you have blessed us. To God be the Glory, for all his bountiful blessings for our Emmanuel Church at Motibasti. ~ Pastor Bal Bahadur Tamang Pakhrien Advancing Indigenous Missions There were 15 pastors representing their Missions’ and the Motibasti Church Dedication was attended by 125 people. Senior Pastor Khadhak Tamang offered Opening Dedication Prayer and I did the cutting of the ribbon. After all the formal Nepali greetings and felicitations, lighting of the candle, unfurling the church banner, Brother Balhadur thanked the AIM Team that had visited on behalf of Grant Memorial Church for extending their continual support for the construction of this church building at Motibasti. The entire congregation gave a standing ovation while clapping and thanking God for what they received in the form of a church building. ~ Monoj Mohanty View the photo gallery
Allan & Charlene Hiller - Ministry Transition
Allan and Charlene Hiller and their children, Rebekka and Nathan, are moving back to Winnipeg in late August. They are wrapping up their ministry in Croatia with Greater Europe Mission. In Winnipeg, they will work with Love-N-Care Ministry Canada. For further information, read their newsletter in the World Mission section of the website - click here.