Prayer Schedule – the End of formalized prayer…

And so begins the last week of the prayer schedule! Thank you all for keeping each other in prayer!   Let’s also keep intentionally praying for those who don’t know Jesus who will be attending the next couple concerts - and that as we seek Him that His Spirit would move powerfully on those nights.

Dec 13 Samantha Porta Rachel Thorne Rob Goldbeck
Dec 14 Connie Clifford Shannon Plintz Shawn Koslowski
Dec 15 Desiree Arthur Sylvia Brophy Timothy Wikkerink
Dec 16 Kaitlyn Reimer Eve Wollin Steven Warren
Dec 17 Janessa Schuster Margot Engstrom Nicole Blenkin
Dec 18 Laura Jay – courage Nicole Warren Judy Yamamoto
Dec 19 Emilia Davis Kimberly Wikkerink Jonathan Schorr
Dec 20 Dawn McMillan Becca Harris   Chantelle Osborne Gabriel Amaya

Stay strong and rested in His grace! 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

Prayer Schedule – Week 3

 

December 6 Mikayla Franzen – health & peace Jesse Chaulk Robert Calderwood
December 7 Nicole Jackson – clarity in the face of uncertainty Kevin Weir Ron Strem
December 8 Rebecca Minczuk Marvin Fritzler Ruth Chen
December 9 Rose-Anne Bishop – healing, wisdom & open mindedness Kadin Osborne David Hersey
Decembe 10 Breanne Neufeld – strength & patience in difficult circumstances, and for the house to sell! Mitch Osmond Brian Esau
Decembe 11 Carrie Lynn Johnstone Christopher Wiebe Jackson Deip
Decembe 12 Nicole Youngash Jameson DeBruyn Joe Essenburg

“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

Thank you for all your prayers for each other – we know he hears the language of our hearts!

Week 2

November 29 Andrea Elliott Addison Byrd Colleen Roller
November 30 Britt Harris Benjamin DeBruyn Erin Summers
December 1 Candace Hiebert Dan Korgan Jennifer Loewen
December 2 Dallas Belbeck Nathan DeBruyn Joshua Schorr
December 3 Joy Robinson Chad Utke Kieran Osborne
December 4 Gwen Schorr Daniel Bontje Leanne Wilkie
December 5 Melanna Heebner Darren Jones Melanie Dewar

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers

Part of prayer is simply thanking God for each other!

Prayer Schedule!

Hello friends!

I am excited to post this week’s prayer schedule! Thank you all for holding each other up in prayer!

For each day, we will be praying for a female choir member, male choir member, and orchestra member. Again, please feel free to contact the people that you are praying for on their day to let them know that you are praying and how much you appreciate them, or what ever God puts on your heart for them giant christmas inflatables!   You guys are awesome!

Nov 21 Amy Essenburg – a Spirit of encouragement Charles Arthur Sarah Yamamoto
Nov 22 Cindy Skinner- wisdom in deciding for more school Dan Blenkin Lily Lau-Porta
Nov 23 Aimee Bontje Darryn Werth Scott Regnault- wisdom, for 3 sons, family’s health
Nov 24 Stephanie Maekelburger-guidance & perseverance Ian Brophy Rachel Hersey
Nov 25 Christina Wiebe -patience & peace for transit Travis Loewen Jon McInnis
Nov 26 Kristin Schorr Steven Vandyk Joanne Sampson
Nov 27 Rebecca Hofer Kelvin DeBruyn Bridget McLeod

Cindy Skinner in Brazil

Hello Fellow New-Westers!
I hope you are all having a fantastic summer so far.  I just wanted to give you an update on what I’m up to this summer. I’m planning to be in Brazil for 3 weeks, spending a week doing evangelism ministry with a church in São José dos Campos, followed by a visit to my cousin who is a missionary pilot in Brazil. However, there were some unforseen changes to the location so I was only able to submit my visa paperwork last week. The timing will be tight to get my paperwork processed before I leave July 17th. It would be wonderful if you could join me in prayer for smooth paperwork as well as for the Brazilian people we’ll be working with. I’ve attached a letter explaining my trip.

See you in September!

-Cindy Skinner

Brazil Support Letter CJS 2

 

Cindy Skinner in Brazil

Hello Fellow New-Westers!
I hope you are all having a fantastic summer so far.  I just wanted to give you an update on what I’m up to this summer. I’m planning to be in Brazil for 3 weeks, spending a week doing evangelism ministry with a church in São José dos Campos, followed by a visit to my cousin who is a missionary pilot in Brazil. However, there were some unforseen changes to the location so I was only able to submit my visa paperwork last week. The timing will be tight to get my paperwork processed before I leave July 17th. It would be wonderful if you could join me in prayer for smooth paperwork as well as for the Brazilian people we’ll be working with. I’ve attached a letter explaining my trip.

See you in September!

-Cindy Skinner

Brazil Support Letter CJS 2

 

Prayer Request

Hi everyone,

Christa has shared a prayer request with us and asked that I post it so that all of us can be praying.

A good friend of hers, Amanda, who is only 33, had surgery this last June to remove a cancerous tumor from her leg. She was just told that they have found cancer in her lungs. It’s a type of cancer usually found in children and men and not typical to find in a women (and even less likely if you’ve had a baby). It’s quite aggressive so she will be going in for surgery in the next 10 days. She has a little boy who will be 4 in November. Please pray for her and her family!

 

Update on Brian's Mom

For those of you wondering how Brian’s mom has been, here is an update that his Dad wrote on Christmas. (I can’t get the picture to attach, sorry!)
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

It has been a while since my last update. Our journey that began last Christmas has turned out to be a life changing journey of experiencing God, but not without its peaks and valleys.  Let me first share with you a Canon moment of our inner-most joy that was captured by the professional photographer as I cautiously walked Virginia down the aisle at our daugther’s wedding. Virginia was able to witness the matrimony, an important ceremony for any mother that she had once thought she would miss when she was confused and wheelchair bound in the hospital. Praise the Lord, in this summer after her discharge, we were blessed with the presence of families, friends and relatives to share our joy, together in the presence of our loving God.

A year ago, Virginia was lying helplessly in the ICU of a Honolulu hospital. Today while there are still much needed improvements with her speech, memory and motor skills,  her intellects are intact as she managed her daily routines and made personal decisions with very minimal assistance. When she experienced difficulties expressing, it would be my call of duty to make the best effort to understand her by practicing the first aspect of love, “patient”.  She has a good appetite even with my cooking and generally slept through the night supplemented with a siesta. With the holiday season, although fatigue would easily set in, she has the needed energy to endure concerts, movies and as well as Christmas parties. Last week, she has completed all formal hospital therapies with noticeable progressions towards her independence in future. The professional advice is for continuing support through private arrangements focusing on music and conversational simulations. Calls, visits or Facetime are welcome as a part of her therapy reconnecting blessed thoughts as I have witnessed how a familiar face, voice or melody could touch off an unexpected positive reaction.

For me, the greatest gift to ease into my un-scheduled early retirement is having a purpose of rebuilding a life that we have once committed to each other, only this time it is being built on the foundation of relying on God’s daily mercy. While God is healing Virginia physically, he is healing me spiritually as I meditate on his words on my daily walk. God revealed himself through his voice, his touch and his comfort, and with repeated affirmations that indeed he has been with us. He is transforming my bondage of guilt, hurt and despair into an energy of faith, hope and love.

“Richer, fuller, deeper, Jesus love is sweeter, sweeter as the years go by”.  We had prayed a year long prayer that God would prepare us to serve him and that we could clearly hear his voice to depart from a blessed career. The voice was clear, but what we did not expect in the answer was a life changing adventure that would lead us to a richer, fuller, deeper and sweeter experience of God’s love. God is restoring our happiness with an abundance of joy as we share with others our encounter with him.

Over this holiday season, Calgary is hibernating in a deep freeze, but the frigid temperature only accentuate the warmth of your love and care. Please remember to venture with us with your prayers on Virginia’s recovery, which can be trying at times.  I am hopeful that someday soon Virginia will be stable enough to resume travel, with me carrying the bags along side as usual, to re-unite with our far away beloved friends and relatives to count the blessings and give glory to God.

May the spirit of Christmas compels us to pursue aspects of love. “Love is patient, love is kind……………..”, all because God is love!

Jack and Virginia