Grace Lutheran Church

"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
"
Lamentation 3:22-23

Updates from the Executive Director!

March Updates from Rhonda Kelman
 
We serve a compassionate God

Through all that is going on in the world, God has looked upon the BC Mission Boat and the communities we serve with such compassion.  Rising opportunities that we could not foresee. Giving us hope in a time where our ministry is unable to serve in the way it has done for the last 20 years.

The Beautiful Feet Mission Conference went well. Our Executive Director, Rhonda had a good zoom live presentation with a students from all over the States.

Rhonda and CLBI team finished filming the Virtual Sunday School project, and a few more additions need to be to the kits and then they will be ready for delivery.

The Easter Resurrections Egg project is continuing with the students and teachers at Hope Lutheran School.  Rhonda and Julie will be joining them in the beginning of March to film the 12 devotions to accompany the children as they open an egg each day before Easter. Please keep this project in your prayers, there is lots to be done before we go deliver these kits, towards the end of March.

In April, Rhonda will be offering some online presentations.  You can find out the dates and time and sign up using the link below:
            https://bit.ly/3vcpb6j      
Once you return this form, a link to the 30 minute presentation will be sent to you via email.


Please consider joining us through prayers and support us as we continue to navigate new ways to minister to the remote First Nations on the BC coast!
Come and join our team!  We are hiring summer students.  We have applied for four positions through the Canada Summer Job program. Please keep us in your prayer as we wait on the answer from the program and for God's wisdom through the hiring process. You can visit our website for the job description using the link above.
"Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.  But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Luke 6:46-49
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His Faithfulness endures
 

"This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it."
 Isaiah 30:15 NIV
 
Are not those words so counter to our cultural norms in the society we live?  We too, like back in Isaiah's time, we want none of it.  Through looking genuinely at ourselves and in resting in His presence, the bible says we find our salvation.  We run and keep busy to avoid looking to long at our actions and thoughts and rest would allow the space for our truth to surface.   In quietness and trust in God is our strength, not in trust in our own ability to do things.

I was touched by the vulnerability of the students who are helping with the Virtual Sunday School videos.  They were rightly disappointed to see their mission trip to Vancouver Island become a video filming session in a camp in Alberta.  By coming together in honesty and repentance, they were able to bring their disappointment, fear, concerns to the Lord in prayer.  Everyone was touched and strengthened through this time of quietness with Jesus.
As you read this letter, they have returned to the college and Rhonda will be soon headed back to Vancouver.    We are so thankful to God for providing such an amazing group of young adults to help us build tools we can use to reach out to the Coastal First Nations communities of BC during this time where we can not travel to the communities.

One thing this pandemic as done, is given us the opportunity to become more comfortable with the idea of rest and quietness. Having less distractions and learning to trust in Him who is faithful in the middle of uncertainty. 



"Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25:4-5 NIV
Praise God for the CLBI team of students who  helped with the Sunday School project.

Praise God for the middle school Students and teachers who are giving their time to create a 12 days of Easter devotions and activities

We praise God for the opportunity to join in with the Concordia universities in the USA to share about what He is doing through BCMBS

Praise God for technology and still being able to connect with friends in the communities while we still can't travel.

Praise God for the opportunity to share through the Beautiful Feet online mission conference and for Rhonda's opportunity to be a session speaker through zoom.

Praise God for A who has recovered from her surgery and had safe travels back home.
Pray for S & J as their whole family tested positive with Co-Vid and they both are having complications. 

Pray for M as he is still in the hospital recovering from Co-Vid but is doing better. His blood pressure and heart is better, and he is still on dialysis.

Pray for S as she struggles with some family challenges.

Pray for E as she just got engaged.

Pray for A & E as they plan their wedding. 

Pray for D as she had a miscarriage during her first trimester and for healing for the medical complications that happened.

Pray for S & D as they both just gave birth to healthy babies.

Prayer for the safety and guidance for staff and students in school.

Pray for wisdom for our government as they maneuver these times.  That Your will be done on the earth as it is in Heaven.

Continued prayers of wisdom as we continue to manage the Sunday school and the Easter project. That the journey for all will be led by God and be a blessings to all involved and to each household in the communities we will deliver them to.

Pray for courage and wisdom for Rhonda as she presents to students on zoom for the Beautiful Feet convention online.

Pray for good weather and safe travels for Rhonda as she returns to Vancouver.

Pray for kindness and fairness to all people in our hospitals, medical clinics, with first responders and other businesses.

Continue to pray for believers in the communities that they would be able to share God's love and encourage people who are experiencing a lot of anxiety during this pandemic. May they be filled with Jesus's love and be overflowing and creative in how they share His love with others. 

Continue to pray for people who are bound in addictions that they would be set free.

Continue to pray for the mental health of people during this pandemic, that those who are feeling isolated and alone would be able to reach out and get support as they need.
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"The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

Updates from the Executive Director!

February Updates from Rhonda Kelman
 
Answers to prayers

As we were brainstorming and praying about proceeds with presentations, our Executive Director, Rhonda, received two emails in regards to sharing about the BC Mission Boat! 
One was through a university student who invited Rhonda in Sharing to her class of future church workers.

The other opportunity is through Beautiful Feet Mission Conference. It is an online conference where Rhonda shared a video about the BC Mission boat that will be posted on the conference site. They also invited Rhonda to do a live zoom presentation.
We are both learning about filming and editing as a new way to minister.

Rhonda is now with the CLBI team at camp Kuriakos in Alberta.  They have started on the Virtual Sunday School project. Your prayers are welcome as they maneuver trough a lot of filming scenes, editing and then assembling the supplies for craft in bags.

The Easter Resurrections Egg project is also on its way.  Our Ministry Director, Julie, delivered all the material needed to Hope Lutheran School.  She got to participate in a school assembly and shared about the BC Mission boat and met Students and staffs.  Rhonda will be joining them later in the month to do some filming with the students. Prayers would be appreciated for all the tasks to be accomplished in time to deliver mid March.
We also pray for Jesus to move through the students of CLBI and Hope. As they serve through the creating of these projects, may they be transformed by the renewing or their minds.

Please consider joining us through prayers and support us as we navigate new ways to minister to the remote First Nations on the BC coast!
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.... But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 25:25-27,33-34

God is in control

"For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!  For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand." Psalm 95:3-7

Our prayers for this new year are that all be filled with bounty and blessings from God. That God make manifest all the fruits of the spirit through any challenges arising from changes in the year 2021. He is the one who opens doors where we could only see a wall.
The Lord brought two new opportunities for the winter/spring season. One with the returning CLBI team, who will be filming some Sunday School lessons. And the second one being with a group of middle school students at Hope Lutheran school in Port Coquitlam. They will be organizing a 12 days devotions for the Easter season.  We continue to pray for God's guidance as many details still need to come into place as we are threading through unexplored waters.

With the inability to travel, our Executive Director, Rhonda, was pondering how she would connect with different churches to do presentations to share what God is doing through the BC Mission Boat Ministry.  Well, in the first week of the new year, God presented a few opportunities for her to share about His mission with BCMBS!! One being through the Beautiful Feet Mission conference in the States, and joining with a university student in a project and speaking to her class. She has also been able to Zoom into a couple youth groups to share about our ministry.  We are so thankful to God for these opportunities and pray for wisdom and courage for Rhonda in these new ventures!



"But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 ESV

 

Praise God for the CLBI team of students who are willing to help with the Sunday School project.

Praise God for the middle school Students who will give their time to create a 12 days of Easter devotions and activities

We praise God for the opportunities to join in with the Concordia universities in the states to share about what He is doing through BCMBS

Praise God for technology and still being able to connect with friends in the communities while we still can't travel.

Praise God for D who is now back at home as she recovered from Co-Vid 19.

Praise God that the communities have less cases of Co-Vid 19. Ehattesaht has no more active cases. 
Prayer for the safety and guidance for staff and students in school.

Pray for wisdom for our government as they maneuver these times.  That Your will be done on the earth as it is in Heaven.

Prayers of wisdom as we manage the Sunday school and the Easter project. That the journey for all will be led by God and be a blessings to all involved and to each household in the communities we will deliver them to.

Pray for courage and wisdom for Rhonda as she leaps into uncharted territories with online presentations.

Pray for M as he is in ICU battling heart concerns as well as Co-Vid 19. Pray for strength and healing as he is not strong enough for a heart transplant.

Pray for A as she is home recovering from a minor surgery.

Pray for A as she struggles with drinking and some health challenges, and who is looking to get into a treatment center. 

Pray for kindness and fairness to all people in our hospitals, medical clinics, with first responders and other businesses.

Pray for M for healing and relief from pain from his arthritis.

Continue to pray for believers in the communities that they would be able to share God's love and encourage people who are experiencing a lot of anxiety during this pandemic. May they be filled with Jesus's love and be overflowing and creative in how they share His love with others. 

Continue to pray for people who are bound in addictions that they would be set free.

Continue to pray for the mental health of people during this pandemic, that those who are feeling isolated and alone would be able to reach out and get support as they need