Peter Philpott Memorial Fund

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Responses having been steadily coming in for Peter’s Philpott’s memorial fund, called the St. Petersburg Resource Fund. A warm thank you to those who have given so generously. This money will be used to encourage and develop further ministry in Russia to continue Peter’s legacy there. If you would like to make a contribution to that fund, you can donate online here (please include account number 2-4375). Or you can contact us if you’d like to contribute in some other way.

As summer approaches, please remember to keep the Russia Summer Institute team in your prayers. This will be the first time in many years that Peter will not be a part of it, and he will be missed.

Setback in Japan

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This update comes from Dale and Ann in Japan. This concerns their ESL teaching efforts in the country.

“The Tomioka community center shut down our classes in February 2007. We had made it clear in all our advertisements that we were connected with a Christian church and that we therefore have a ten minute Bible time at the end of each ninety minute class. The community centre knew about this from the time we began our classes and for almost two years had no problem giving us permission to use the facility. However, the reason given for denying use of the facility in February 2007 was that we were engaging in religious activities. Until we find a facility to use, Ann and Michiko Matsumura (pastor’s wife of Kodama church) hope to have monthly reunions with the English class ladies.”

It raises questions about why this happened at this point in time, and where they will proceed from here. We are hoping that relationships continue strongly, and that the program will resume very soon. This is such an effective way to share in Japan, as it breaks down barriers and addresses a pressing need in the country. Could you join us in praying for wisdom and provision?

A Challenging Thought

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As a communications person, I wonder about all the influences that are exerted on us nowadays. My responsibility is to generate your awareness, excitement and (hopefully) involvement in missions somehow. But there are people like me (often entire departments of them) that are competing with me to try and get you to think about something else. A vehicle. A brand of cola. Your hair colour.

Are you even aware of how many influences there are, and where the come from? There’s no way I can keep track of how many ads I’m exposed to over the course of a day. Billboards. TV spots. Product Placements. While I tune most of them out, they certainly have some kind of accumulative effect. But I gotta ask, Where is the Church in all of this? Or, let’s take it to a personal level:

How much time do you spend thinking about what you can do? Or about your life-purpose? Do you allow yourself to dream, plan and act? If not, I encourage you to start. If you do, feel free to involve us at any stage of the process. Let’s work together to ensure that Christ’s influence is felt in the world in amongst all the other competing voices.

The Reality of Hell

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These days, Christians put a lot of emphasis on the benefits and blessings of salvation, and very little about what they are actually saved from. I was reminded of that by Larry, who is currently working with us in Thailand.

There is a lot of misery that has been brought to us by what he calls “Hell’s Travel Agents”. They rattle off the attractive sales pitch, and hand out the glossy brochures, but what they’re advertising — alluring as it is — is Death. Our challenge is to show that reality, and to offer the choice for Life. And Larry’s new perspective is that that truth needs to be taken specifically to those travel agents, those who are actively ensnaring others in pain and suffering (you don’t have to look too far in Thailand), and show them that there’s a another way.

This new perspective entails a special boldness. Larry is asking for prayer in this. Pray for God-given opportunities to talk to new people, for the courage to stand up as a light in the dark, and for miracles in the hardest people’s hearts.

MEMO Makes it to the Local News!

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MEMO (medical equipment modernization opportunity) was recently featured on the Thunder Bay local news. This focuses on MEMO’s DOLLS project (dolls offering lots of love). There are many opportunities for you to donate to MEMO, either money, time or as seen here, sewing ability.

See the clip here (popup window alert, and may need Internet Explorer).

As stated in the clip, MEMO is currently responsible for shipping about $20M worth of hospital supplies to countries, like Cuba, that can put them to good use. Originally started in Thunder Bay, Ontario, MEMO initiatives are starting up in BC and Alberta. Drop us a line if you want to know more about MEMO and its opportunities, and how you can get involved.