By Shannon Youell. This update is being published in the CBWC’s BC-Yukon Regional Newsletter Our Journey. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.
It seems I just finished writing all the January newsletters and reports only to discover the cycle starts again already! How quickly life and time march forward. It is a stark reminder that we journey this life for a season and that we should endeavor to remain attentive to the working of the Holy Spirit of God dwelling and at work around us wherever we find our time spent.
My update this period is to remind us of attentiveness to pray for the places and people that CBWC is supporting right here in BC as they labour to see the kingdom of God present on earth right where they are! Please join us in praying for these as we also pray for all of you in your gospeling journey!
- We were sad to see Pastor Hizon Cua of Greenhills Christian Fellowship Vancouver move back to the Philippines. We pray blessing and direction for him and his family as they seek God’s work there. Please join GCF as they prayerfully seek and listen for God’s direction in the calling of a new lead Pastor who will continue discipling, encouraging, and loving this community and whose vision to plant churches enhances the great work GCF is already doing. Please pray for the new work already in the beginning stages as they all transition. Also pray blessing and encouragement for Pastor Tom Lavigne who has served and loved GCF during this time of transition.
- The CP Team is excited about a new work that is almost ready to launch in Vancouver. We hope to have details next update for you. Please pray for Jonathan Lee, Pastor Tad and their pastoral team of Rajan, Charles, Jay and Austin. This dynamic, diverse, multi-cultural team desires to see God’s light shine in the community around them in ways that bring the presence of the kingdom of God in love, hope, peace, justice, liberty in tangible relational ways. Currently they are gathering at 5:30 a.m. for forty days of listening prayer that they would clearly hear the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they discern how to live in and engage this community. Please pray for the community partners they have found right in the neighbourhood and also for CBWC local church partnerships with them.
- What a pleasure I had a month ago to meet Janet McBeth of Emmaus Community Fellowship! This lady is full of love and grace for people and particularly the people she is blessed to minister to at Union Gospel Mission where she works and also leads the Emmaus Community in worship, study, prayer, as well as a quarterly coffee house held at Burnaby North Baptist Church. Solid Rock Café is a place where all are welcome and invited to share their gifts in music, conversation and community. Janet has asked us to pray for more connection between this ministry and the local church and how we can partner with her. Please ask God how you/your church community are to partner with Emmaus or consider interning with her in an area of ministry that is challenging but rewarding as lives are transformed by the love of Jesus through Spirit and Followers. Jesus reminds us that whatever we’ve done for the least among us, we have done for him.
- Remember also to continue to pray for God’s House of Many Faces, Mill Bay Baptist, Father’s Heart Mission Church, Canaan Life Spring Baptist and their pastors who we’ve featured in recent newsletters. Prayer is always our first line of support in all we do as Christ Followers. Please support those who labour humbly and committedly to see the love of Jesus bring healing, hope and rest to a weary world.
I pray for you and for myself with Paul’s amazing words from Ephesians 1:15-19a:
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that they eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Shalom dear partners of the gospel of the Kingdom,