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August 2017 AR3 small

This past weekend I was reminded of the urgency of our mission as Christians to proclaim the gospel of Christ and make Him known in our local area, nationally, and around the globe. This reminder came in the form of a horrific accident that has affected my family greatly over the past several days and will continue to affect us for as long as the Lord gives us breath.

Read more: Reminders...


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Ruler Supreme, Who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our dominion within Thy loving care.
Help us to find, O God, in Thee,
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the Better Day
We ever stand on guard.

Read more: O Canada...


June 2017 June2017 small

Summer is almost upon us here in Canada and in these last few weeks everyone has seen a huge change occur in their flower beds, gardens, trees, and lawns. Many Canadians have emerged from their homes to enjoy the change in weather and the great outdoors. While I enjoy the winter season and the unique challenges and joys that it brings, I always marvel at the changing of the seasons and especially the transition of winter into spring.

Read more: Growth...


May 2017

May smallA few weeks ago on a ministry trip visiting missionaries and churches I was able to travel to western Canada for the first time in my life. Previously, the furthest that I had traveled west in North America was the city of Chicago so flying to Calgary, AB and then driving to Victoria, BC was an amazing opportunity for me. Now, some of you live in western Canada or you travel there on a regular basis so you have become accustomed to mountains, but as I was driving west through places like Banff, Lake Louise, and Revelstoke, I was awestruck by the sheer grandeur of the scenery surrounding me.

Read more: Wow!


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“We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”
-- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, March 22, 2017

A lone terrorist aimed his car like a weapon at pedestrians as they crossed Westminster Bridge in London, England. He went on to fatally stab a policeman guarding Parliament and its occupants. The assault stopped only when armed officers opened fire.

Read more: "Never Give in to Terror..."


March 2017 Brazil March 2017 small

Missions beyond Brazil’s borders has taken a giant leap forward after the impetus of ABWE’s ministry there for over seventy years.  A missionary’s job is to multiply his ministry through the lives of those whom he serves. Historically, that meant winning people to Christ and discipling and training them to reach their own people. Several fields and missions around the world have now taken the next step—forming their own national agencies, who then, send their own members beyond their borders. We would like to spotlight the exciting progress seen in Brazil.

Read more: Full Circle...


February 2017February17 small

Saying “thank you” is such an important part of our lives. We are taught by our parents, family members, teachers, and guardians that communicating our thankfulness to others is a necessity in our interaction with other people. A simple verbal “thank you” or a written thank you note is always appreciated by those that receive this feedback. 

Read more: Appreciation...


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A New Year often brings new hope and new excitement to people in North America. The idea of making New Year resolutions spurs many of us to make commitments regarding our health and well-being, both physically and spiritually. Many regular members of a fitness or athletic club say that January is the worst time to go to the gym because many new people sign up because of a health goal that they want to achieve. However, the regular gym members will also tell you that by the end of January or the beginning of February the congestion of the gym disappears as many well-meaning individuals allow their fitness goals to fall by the wayside as their lives become too busy with other things. 

Read more: Don't Quit...


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December is a month that I look forward to every year. The reason I enjoy December so much is Christmas. I am not ashamed to say that I love the Christmas season. From my earliest childhood memories, I have loved erecting the Christmas tree, stringing the lights, and hanging the ornaments. Why? Because every year one of my favourite pastimes is laying on the floor underneath/beside the tree and gazing through the branches at the shimmering lights and sparkling ornaments. Then spending time with family and friends during the holidays is such a blessed experience that I look forward to it every year. 

Read more: Christmas Lights...


November 2016 

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November is the month of remembrance in our country. Canadians around the country take their commemorative poppies out of their drawers and boxes and once again wear them proudly on their clothing. Everywhere across our nation, individuals pause and think about the ultimate sacrifice that so many Canadian young people made so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we hold so dear in this country.

Read more: Remembrance...


October 2016 

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The celebration of Thanksgiving is over for another year for us here in Canada. Many of us traveled multiple kilometres through beautiful countryside filled with colourful autumn foliage to spend time with our families. We gathered together around a table (or tables, depending on the size of your family) covered by special treats that we only eat once or twice every year. Our chatter and laughter filled the air as we prepared and ate our thanksgiving meal. Afterwards, we cleaned up the meal and divided the leftover food into separate containers so that we could all have another bite or two (or three or four) of the delicious meal that we just ate. 

Read more: Blessings...


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Ministry in Israel feels like it has been long and slow. It is a limited access country where the gospel ministry is not only despised, but technically illegal. Usually Christian ministries are limited to humanitarian aid and assisting new immigrants. From the beginning we dedicated ourselves to church planting. This approach is biblical, but it can be a tedious process in the Middle East, often ending in failure and frustration. But this year the Lord has had mercy on us and showed us clearly some fruit of our labours. This year our first church plant in Israel celebrated its 25 anniversary. Here is how it began.

Read more: Patience with Joy


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Anticipation was something that you could feel in the air at ABWE International headquarters in Pennsylvania as twenty-four individuals attended the July Candidate Seminar this year. As these potential career missionaries attended and participated in various seminars and activities, everyone could feel the excitement in the building as another group of men and women were being sent out by their local churches. It was exciting to see two young Canadians included as they answer God’s call on their lives.


Read more: Anticipation...


July 2016 smallJuly 2016

"Change" — This word conjures varied emotions to each individual person. Some people hear this word and are immediately thrilled because they know that something new and different is on the horizon. On the other end of the spectrum we have people who hear this word and immediately they feel a pit develop in their stomach and worry begins to gnaw them. Finally, the group of individuals between these two extremes have no feelings one way or another.

Read more: Change...


June 2016 picture smallJune 2016

At the beginning of World War II, the slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” was created in Britain and printed on posters. The plan was to distribute them widely, if there was a major attack on the British people in order to reassure the general public. ABWE Canada is experiencing a transition, as the new appointed President returns from Portugal and begins serving in the head office in London, Ontario. Minne Bouma will be settling in to his new role and leading ABWE Canada into the future, by God’s grace.

Read more: Keep Calm...


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What would history look like if people had done their due diligence? I know there would be some major mistakes that I would have avoided if I had done my research. When we use hindsight, we can have a clear vision of what needs to be done. For example, the rich man in hell (Luke 16) requested that someone go to warn his family, so that they would not go there too. The answer was given that they have Moses and the Prophets, in other words, the Old Testament. They should have diligently read and believed the Word of God that they had been given.

Read more: Due Diligence...


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ABWE Canada sent $26,200 for refugee relief in December 2015. Here is a report from our partner in the Middle East who works with refugees:

“Allow me to start by saying thank you, thank you for your heart, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve those in need from Syria. Thank you for the offering you gave to provide for our ministry amongst the Syrian. We highly appreciate you.


Read more: Refugee Ministry Report...


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Recently, one of ABWE’s medical personnel, Todd DeKryger died after contracting a virus while serving at the Hospital of Hope in North Togo. He leaves his wife, Jennifer and their four young boys. Obviously, the field of Togo and the whole mission is grieving the loss of a faithful servant who served as the Medical Director at the hospital. The DeKryger family have served for more than 10 years in Togo. This leaves a big gap in the leadership and personnel at the Mango hospital. It is hard to understand why this happened. I am comforted to know that events like these do not take God by surprise. If you are interested in reading more about how God is working through this tragedy, I encourage you to go to Dr. Kelly Faber’s blog http://kfabertogo.blogspot.ca/ . Kelly explains some of the events surrounding Todd’s homegoing.

Read more: Grief and Loss...


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Thank you for your prayer and financial support of ABWE missionaries and their ministries. We appreciate your interest in the work of the Lord around the world. The Bible teaches us that "to whom much is given, much will be required." This truth reminds me both of my responsibility to be a wise steward of the resources God has given me, but also it reminds me of the importance of my accountability to the one who has given the gift.

Read more: Accountability...


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Some say that the only constant in this life is change. It is true that life on this earth is a series of changes, but we worship the unchangeable God who provides us with the peace that passes all understanding in the transitions through Jesus Christ who is the same throughout eternity: yesterday, today, and forever.

Canadians, John and Jacky Taylor and their family have served faithfully as ABWE Canada missionaries in the Ukraine since 1993. I know that they can tell you many stories about the sweeping changes they have seen in the Ukraine in the past 22 years...

Read more: Transitions...


Dec photo smallDecember 2015

My father went to Israel in 1970 on a tour given to him by an anonymous benefactor. He returned with hundreds of slides and stories. His stories brought the Bible stories I had heard in church and at home to life. We saw pictures of Jacob’s well where Jesus spoke to the woman of Samaria and pictures of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calmed the storm and also walked on the water. One tangible thing that my father brought back with him was a nativity set made of olivewood which he had bought in Bethlehem. When I hold that set in my hands today, the rich aroma of the olivewood transports me back in time to the hours we spent learning of the land where Jesus was born, walked, lived, taught, healed, loved, wept, died, was resurrected, and ascended into heaven.

Read more: Nativity Gratitude...


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