We can't do anything under our own strength. Join us as we hear God's voice and bring our requests to him.
With Manitoba beginning a third wave, our government has put in restrictions that limit our ability to see family outside of our home. Pray that we would have peace and make use of opportunities to connect with family and friends where possible.
One of our staff and his family of 5 in India have tested positive for COVID, with symptoms worsening for his wife. They are still grieving a family member who recently died due to COVID complications.
Some have had the privilege of getting a vaccine and are feeling its side effects of fatigue and weakness. It has been difficult for some to get work done with such low energy.
Some of our staff, having recovered from COVID months ago, are still feeling its effects today.
This pandemic has affected us as I'm sure it's affected you in so many different ways.
Will you pray that God's promise of deliverance and redemption would give us life this week? Will you pray for a miracle of healing for our staff? Will you pray that God would act in the broken health system of India for his glory?
We have a number of innovation projects underway.
Our Reddit project has a number of mentors engaged and we are testing how ministry can happen on that platform along with some machine learning tests.
Kirk Durston has put up a number of videos on his Quest channel dealing with Christian culture and responses to reasons people give that have left the faith.
Pray that we would see amazing things and learn new ways to reach more people with the love and hope of Jesus.
Back in November, Kristin applied at Carter's OshKosh but it just happened to be the day our government announced that retail stores needed to be essential sales only and/or curb-side pickup. Thankfully, in March she was called and began her first real job. She's really enjoying it.
A few weeks ago, Ava was hired at McDonalds and has learned how to do the fries. Unfortunately, they closed today for a few weeks as they renovate. She didn't even get a pay-cheque yet so no EI for Ava. She'll be back at work soon enough.
With the weather getting better, we filled up the pool so the kids have something to do besides Minecraft.
This quarter, we are focusing on a few things that will help to increase mentor retention which will in turn, allow us to respond to even more people.
Our goal is to have at least 90% of our mentors continue at the end of each quarter. Although our mentoring program is not for everyone, we want to ensure that we have done everything we can to ensure the experience is fulfilling for those that give their time and heart to our ministry as volunteers.
We are wanting to recruit another 20 or so mentor coaches to encourage and equip new mentors, as well as those that have been with us for a while.
Anecdotally, and in our staff's own experience, sometimes it can be frustrating when mentors do not get a second message when they respond to a message. We've crunched the numbers and thankfully, it isn't nearly the problem that it seemed to be. When mentors follow our training, it is only 10% of conversations that don't continue after the mentors respond. What this does show is that our training needs to be more clear.
So far this fall has been, in a word, interesting. Obviously, with the pandemic causing issues, school has been intermittent. Until this week, Jamie (12) has been in school full time while the older two are mixed between in-person classes and working on projects. Thankfully, all three do well and other than the annoyance, we're expecting them to continue to perform. Kristin is in grade 11 and Ave is in grade 10. Jamie is in grade 8.
Ava has continued having shoulder issues and we are waiting for follow-up with the surgeon to see when surgery can potentially happen. It's looking like elective surgeries will probably get postponed at this point. My hope is that it can be dealt with before soccer season next year.
With Julie in healthcare, we are thankful for minimal cases at her clinic. Continue praying for protection please.
It is through the financial partnership of people like you that we can continue as a ministry, and I can be involved in it.
Although the pandemic is making things a bit more difficult than usual to raise funds, it is also showing the need for digital strategies to reach the world. We're excited to be able to share the stories of those whose lives are being changed by reading our content and connecting with our mentors.
This fall, we need to raise $200,000 to fund the operations of our ministry. I am also needing about $1000 more of monthly support. Please pray towards these goals.
As devastating and scary as Covid-19 is, it is nothing compared to what it would be like to hear that we did not do what God wanted us to do at this time. The opportunities are coming at us from every direction and we want to take advantage of as many as possible.
Wisdom to identify and mobilize on the opportunities that God wants P2C DS to do or support.
Julie is working at the Crisis Unit in town and being in health care, interacts with the population that often has the tendency to be more high-risk. Pray for continued health and safety.
The kids are all at home now as we're on lockdown but being smart kids they are getting all their work done.
Ava is scheduled for an MRI on her shoulder on April 6. We're expecting it may get postponed or cancelled but pray that she is able to handle any anxiety spikes as the date approaches.
Jamie is doing physio on her own now and the pain specialist has cleared her for active duty in PE and with sports.
Kristin would like the snow to go away.
I have an amazing group of prayer and financial partners. I am very aware that when the economy is experiencing issues, it will often affect you. I am praying for you and I would love it if you would all pray for my team of ministry partners. Related to this, pray that the individual churches would all be able to continue operating and reaching their communities.
"5000 Mentors leading 1 Million people closer to Jesus by the end of 2020." As we see the end of 2020 quickly approaching, we are confronted by the need to look beyond December 31. Will you pray (and fast?) with us over the next few months as we listen to God's heart for our ministry?
We're pretty sure it isn't the first time that our middle daughter (14) has popped her shoulder out. Unfortunately, this time the x-rays show that she has a Hill-Sachs Lesion. An MRI is in the process of being scheduled and she'll be joining Jamie (11) in physiotherapy who damaged her wrist (Scaphoid fracture). Ava is still going to play in the soccer tournament this weekend.
Jamie is in Choir. Kristin (15) is currently in indoor track and is doing great.
I'll be heading to Canada's capital for a day and a half of meetings in mid-February then again in April for our Ministry Leader's Summit. I'll be taking my oldest daughter Kristin with me on the first trip. We're hoping to skate on the canal. Pray for safe travels and wisdom for those in the meetings.
Our initial marketing tests for advertising in Quebec came back a little higher than desired. Pray that Dorothy would be able to figure out how to reach more people in Montreal and the Sherbrooke areas with our MES DÉFIS, J'EN PARLEstrategy.