So far this year we’ve brought the ‘Pain of the Heart’ ministry to the Gitxsan First Nation, Ahousaht First Nation, Nuuk, Greenland, Winfield, B.C., Fort St. John, B.C. and Smithers, BC
We saw lots of bears between FSJ and Prince George. They come out in the spring to eat grass along the side of the road.
SMITHERS, BC., CANADA
Is a town of 6000 people located in Northwestern BC, 1150km North of Vancouver.
April 16 – May 4th, Smithers was once again the location of a Heart Connections Counseling Module.
It was held at the Banner Mountain lodge, a beautiful wilderness facility, hosted by the generous owners, John and Mary DeWitt who have also been through the entire 9 week course a few years ago. Their lives were changed and they’ve been using what they learned ever since.
This time around, there were 38 students who completed this first 3 week phase. It was simply amazing, to watch the students experience the 4 stage, 3 shift model of heart renewal in Jesus.
After the Smithers course was finished I stayed on to attend the
YWAM WESTERN CANADA LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING IN SMITHERS
which was held at the very same location. A highlight was the introduction of 3 new ministries starting up by 3 couples full of vision to reach the lost.
After these meetings Daren George, Geoff Clarke and myself jumped into our rental car and drove 9 hours to
FORT ST. JOHN
Which is located in the Peace Country of North East BC; population 18,000.
Here we ran a one-week ‘Pain of the Heart’ workshop with 10 first time students, most of who are involved in Christian service, plus another 6 who had already been through the longer course and were now helping with some of the one on one ministry.
These were some comments at the end of the week;
“I had a breakthrough during the time we gave and received affirmations to one another concerning our identity in Christ”. (FSJ, BC)
“The sharing circles were a very powerful tool God used in my life this week!”
This was something new Daren George introduced.
“I’ve always felt very small, and unworthy. This week I put my ‘small’ name on the cross. I am worthy”.
“I had a big, dark cloud hanging over me when I came. It’s now completely gone.”
“I’m going to continue to apply what I learned to my own life and with the men I pastor.”
“I will be able to use these tools in my discipling of other girls.”
Here’s where Errol is going next (leaving June 20, returning July 16th):
Nuuk, Greenland - June 25 - 29
Ilulissat, Greenland – July 2 - 6
Sisimiut, Greenland – July 7 - 10
Maniitsoq, Greenland – July 11 - 13
Thank you for your support, encouragement, prayers and interest!!
Errol Martens <[email protected]>;