First Time for Everything!

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Well folks!  There is a first time for everything!  This past Sunday, July 14 we visited Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Missionary Church in Singhampton, Ontario and shared in the morning worship service there!  We had never been there before and received a wonderful welcome.

Mt. Pleasant EMC, Singhampton, ON
Mt. Pleasant EMC, Singhampton, ON

 

This little church is tucked away in the hills just south of Collingwood, ON.

This church may seem small in size but the folks have big hearts and a real passion for their community.

Phil led the music for the worship service and brought the morning message.  Thank you Pastor Chris for the invitation to come and share with your people the ministry God has called us to in Mexico!

Phil & Carolyn with Pastor Chris.
Phil & Carolyn with Pastor Chris.

 

Phil spoke on Colossians 1:9-11, “Bearing Fruit”

Just as Paul prays for the Colossians, God has something for you …

  • Fullness – to know the fullness of the knowledge of His will
  • Fruitfulness – Go to them and bear fruit in every good work
  • Faithfulness – to be faithful and obedient to Him

“If you believe there is fruit that you know you should bear and do not, victory that you know you should have and have not, then I would say, ‘Come on,’ because God has something for you.”  

– A.W. Tozer

Grace at Grace!

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This past weekend Phil returned on his own to the area where he grew up.  Carolyn had to work on Saturday and was unable to make the trip.  On Sunday Phil Spoke at Grace Evangelical Missionary Church in Killaloe, Ontario.  It was a wonderful time connecting with people he hadn’t seen since he was very young.

Grace EMC
Grace EMC

Thank you Grace EMC for the opportunity to share our mission and ministry to Mexico!  It was great to hear what God is doing in your midst.  What an exciting opportunity to make use of the property next to the church for a park!  And, we pray blessings on your youth ministry as you come along side young people in the community!

Thanks for your hospitality and support!

Phil Spoke on the GPS for the Christian from Luke 10:2:

  • G – The Goal is the Harvest – Keep our eyes on the Harvest – His Harvest
  • P – The Prayer is for Labourers – Keep our hearts in Prayer – for the Labourers
  • S – The Sent work toward the Harvest – Keep our strength by Supporting God’s work any way we can!
Some of the leaders from Grace EMC
Some of the leaders from Grace EMC

Blessings as you seek to do your part in the work God has called us to do in making disciples for Christ!  Thanks again Floyd & Elaine for your hospitality!

Lord, let my heart be broken by the things that break your heart!

A group of young Adults from a Leadership Training camp nearby.
A group of young Adults from a Leadership Training camp nearby that attended the service.

Tobermory – Long Weekend!

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This past Sunday, June 30 we traveled up to Tobermory – not too far, and led the July long weekend worship service at Tobermory United Church.

Tobermory United Church
Tobermory United Church

 

Phil spoke on Luke 9:57-60 emphasizing the need to be “Freed to Follow” Christ.  It involves:

  • Self-Sacrifice
  • Shifting Priorities
  • Seizing the Day

“Being freed to follow begins with considering the cost of following.”

We also shared about our ministry as New Missionaries to Mexico.  Thank you Pastor Brad and Worship Committee for inviting us to lead your congregation in worship and share our ministry with you!

Phil connecting with some visiting folks.
Phil connecting with some visiting folks.

We had a wonderful visit with some familiar faces!  It was great to be part of this worshiping community!

… And many unfamiliar faces visiting, as it was the Canada Day Long Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Some were wondering about the special music Psalm 23.

Iglesia Bautista Betel

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This past Saturday, June 22, we spoke at a missions fair at Iglesia Bautista Betel in Scarborough, Ontario.

Iglesia Bautista Betel meets at Parkway Bible Church
Iglesia Bautista Betel meets at Parkway Bible Church

 

We enjoyed the fellowship of this Spanish speaking congregation as they joined together to be informed about what is happening around the world and how they can be a part of what God is doing among Spanish Speaking people.

We presented the ministry God has called us to in Mexico and the importance of building a support team on the home-front.

Phil with Pastor Fernando, Julio and Hector
Phil with Pastor Fernando, Julio and Hector

 

 

It was wonderful to get to know Pastor Fernando better and practice our Spanish a bit more.  Thanks to Pastor Fernando and the Betel Congregation for inviting us to be part of this event.

The food was excellent!

Thank you also to Julio and the worship team for leading us in worship.  May God bless your ministry!

 

 

We shared our ministry alongside the ministry of Camino Global and Compass Point Church near Toronto.

Camino Global - connecting with Spanish Speakers
Camino Global – connecting with Spanish Speakers

 

Refreshed in Spirit!

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On Sunday we visited Calvary Evangelical Missionary Church in Owen Sound, Ontario.  We had a delightful time connecting with many new faces.  We are grateful for the strong ministry team that Calvary has and saw how well they work together first hand.  We were refreshed in our spirits having spent time with this wonderful community of faith.  Blessings on your ministry!

Calvary EMC Owen Sound
Calvary EMC Owen Sound

 

Unfortunately, we did not manage to get any other pictures as it was a full morning/afternoon.   We made our presentation on the mission to Mexico and Phil preached the morning message and brought special music.

 

 

 

 

Phil’s Message on Sunday:  

I.O.U. – we owe a debt of love for all that Christ has done for us!  Romans 13:8

Summed up in the words of the song “I Will Offer Up My Life” by Matt Redman:

I will offer up my life
In spirit and truth,
Pouring out the oil of love
As my worship to You
In surrender I must give my every part;
Lord, receive the sacrifice
Of a broken heart

CHORUS:
Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring
To so faithful a friend, to so loving a King?
Savior, what can be said, what can be sung
As a praise of Your name
For the things You have done?
Oh my words could not tell, not even in part
Of the debt of love that is owed
By this thankful heart

Dessert Evening/Presentation

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What a fantastic response to the invitation to the Dessert Evening and Presentation at Bethel Church in Lion’s Head!   The Missions Team hosted the evening and we were pleased to share such wonderful desserts.  Thank you to all those who contributed the excellent cuisine!

Thank you to Bethel Church and the Missions Team for hosting a great evening!  We are grateful for the many who signed up to support us financially and as prayer partners.  Here are a few shots from the evening.

A familiar sight for those who live in Lion's Head!

A familiar sight for those who live in Lion’s Head!A great response to Prayer Partner sign-ups!

 

A great response to Prayer Partner sign-ups!

Desserts! Desserts!  Desserts!  So many to choose from!  Seconds, anyone?
Desserts! Desserts! Desserts! So many to choose from! Seconds, anyone?

Thank you to many of the Spirit Singers (red shirts) who came to support us! (the choir Phil's directing right now)

Thank you to many of the Spirit Singers who came to support us! (the choir Phil’s directing right now)

Carolyn telling her Taco Story!
Carolyn telling her Taco Story!

After so Long!

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Wow!

It was great to connect with the folks at Lyndock Baptist Church (in the hills of Zion!) this past weekend.

Lyndock Baptist ChurchLyndock Baptist Church

We shared our ministry to Mexico with the people there on Sunday morning.  Carolyn and I haven’t been to Lyndock in so many years and we had a wonderful time connecting with these fabulous people!

 Connecting with folks we haven't seen in a long time!

Lunch with some dear friends! What a thrill!
Lunch with some dear friends! What a thrill!
Time with Phil's sister - a real blessing!
Time with Phil’s sister – a real blessing!