What an amazing summer it's been at our partner ministry, Gardom Lake Bible Camp near Enderby. Here, Pastor Mike gives a brief update, and shares one way you can partner with a camp that is seeing hundreds come to know Jesus! More online at www.gardomlake.ca
Two of our Young Adults from KGF spent a month in Uganda with Give International. Here's their powerful account.
I spent one month in Jinja, Uganda with Give International, and got involved with Jinja Connection. My time was more than I could have ever hoped for. Jinja Connection is a project where kids from the streets come during the day and get a safe place to bathe, have breakfast and lunch, and take school classes, including a Bible class, which, for many of the kids, is the first time they are introduced to Christ.
Though I wouldn’t be able make a large impact, God revealed that I could show them the love they deserve, that He has so freely given, the love that many of them haven’t had in their lives from their families. I was surprised with how much these kids opened up to me, many times with great difficulty trying to communicate in English.
Although it was still heart breaking and very difficult for me to listen to things that they have been through and are still experiencing, I know that at Jinja Connection they are well supported and loved.
My time was full of difficult and eye-opening experiences, but what I thrived on each day was the joy and excitement of the children I got to work with and getting to know them. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity and for all the support I have received from KGF.
To learn more about Jinja Connection and ways that you can support the work being done through them, visit www.ugandastreetkids.com
Being able to go to Uganda twice in one year has been such an amazing blessing! I was in Jinja, Uganda for the month of June, volunteering again with Jinja Connection, a day program for street children.
It was really amazing to meet the new boys and GIRLS (last time I was there, there were no girls at the project) of Jinja Connection. But it was also amazing to see the former boys that I worked with-in homes, resettled with family, in school and off the streets! Kwagala, which is the boys home I was fundraising for earlier this year, opened in February and has 9 precious boys, most of them I had known from being on the street. Very cool to see them so healthy and happy in a loving home.
It is incredible what sponsoring a child can do. I am so proud of the kids. This year, Jinja Connection has resettled over 40 children, and has sent over 60 to school!
I am thrilled to know Jinja, Uganda as my second home, and I cannot wait to return. If anyone has questions about my experiences, the ups and downs, and how this amazing country has changed my life, I am open to answering them!
Thank you everyone for the support, and prayer, it has been a huge blessing!
Discerning God's will sounds like something we'd all like to do, but how practically does that happen? In this 6 minute video clip, Pastor Mike shares a powerful picture of four pillars that come into play when making decisions. From the message "Timeless" Part 2, Proverbs 3:5-6
It’s the first week of summer and we are blessed with an amazing place to live and call home! Our prayer is that you would find rest and refreshment and renewal in this season.
We’d like you to watch this four minute video update that touches on three things.
- Our new summer series, “Timeless”
- The grand total of the Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center Baby Bottle Campaign
- A very important congregation meeting this Sunday July 7, 10:30am.
Three decisions are required from the KGF church family. A staffing update with a half-time Children’s Ministries Assistant, an adjustment in our Nominating Procedure, and KGF’s position on the upcoming EPIC Church Plant. You can download the agenda for the congregational meeting below. All are welcome for the meeting Sunday, with our members voting on the above motions.
Gift cards have arisen in the past 20 years to become the second most purchased gifts. The irony is 20 percent of all gift cards are not being used, for a variety of reasons. As part of the message "Timeless" looking at John 3:16, Pastor Mike makes the connection between an unused gift card and God's invitation of salvation.
We celebrate the one year anniversary of Pam Grimm on staff at KGF as our Children's Pastor. It's amazing to see the fingerprints of your influence on so many areas. You are a gift, and loved by many!
Once again, the generosity of the KGF Church family is amazing, and a testimony to soft hearts that want to invest in ministries that truly make a difference. Our annual Baby Bottle Campaign runs from Mother's Day to Father's Day. Here is the video from the big reveal June 30, 2013. Plus, we love hearing a testimony on the difference it is making.
More at www.ovpcc.com
More than 34-million people call Canada their home. We are truly blessed to live in a nation like ours, and are asked by God to pray for our country, the ruling authorities, and all people. Here's Pastor Mike sharing and praying in advance of Canada Day 2013.