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“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers.”—Isaiah 65:24 NLT

What a celebration!

We had the privilege to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Moose Jaw’s Hillcrest Apostolic Church on Thanksgiving weekend. This was a very special festivity for us because this was the church where Shelly and I began full-time ministry in 1977 followed by five wonderful years of service with them.

We thank God for answered prayer!

This past July our son-in-law Guy fell off his boogie board while surfing in Wildwood, New Jersey. The fall caused him to hit his head on the sand resulting in a fractured neck. The spinal surgeon in Atlantic City said, You were two hair widths from paralysis.

Gary flew to Philadelphia and Ubered to the coast to pick them up and drive back to Thetford Mines, Quebéc. After two months of wearing a neck brace, the fracture healed perfectly and Guy has been back to work as a Quebéc Provincial Policeman with no negative side effects. We praise God!

He’s always at work in our midst!

When Shelly and I had a random dinner out on a rainy night in Ayer’s Cliff, Quebéc we were the only guests at the restaurant! That gave us an hour to visit with our server Claudia and bring her closer to seeing who Jesus can be for her.

Men’s Workshop at People’s Church, Surrey, BC

In 1991 following our ministry time in Burkina Faso, we served for six years at Peoples Church. This past October, Gary had the opportunity to lead a Saturday men’s workshop and luncheon.

A large group of young and old, ages 11 to 91 attended. An after-school basketball club, which regularly uses Peoples’ gymnasium, also attended along with their coach, a former BC Lions player.

The Spirit of the Lord was present and several of the teenage boys gave their lives to Jesus that day. The coach and his young family have since attended People’s for Sunday service!

The following day Gary had the opportunity to share with the Sunday morning congregation on the topic of Effectiveness in Extraordinary Times.

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.'”—Matthew 4:19 NKJV

Nunavik Ministry

From November 19 until December 4, Gary and Pastor Dan Bennett from Campbell’s Bay, Quebéc travelled to Nunavik to minister in Kuujjuaq, then further north to Salluit, followed by Quaqtaq and then Kangirsuk.

While many of us and our friends are experiencing major attacks, whether on marriages or family members, it is also happening in the north. Much of this trip is yet to unfold…as is often the way when we seek to be led by the Holy Spirit in each village and for each situation.

Please be praying for:

  • My friend Zack was put in jail recently for domestic violence. He had been dry and sober for 5 years—not even wanting to taste alcohol again! However, something snapped recently and he started again.
     
  • Zack’s wife, Elizabeth, has been diagnosed with cancer of the uterus and needs healing. Zack and Elizabeth are in their early 40’s.
  • Dan and I focused on meeting with men to build them up in their faith.
  • At Salluit Anglican Church (Nov 20-23) we ministered alongside Bishop Annie and her husband Noah. This is a Spirit-filled church hungry for more of God.
     
  • In Quaqtaq (Nov 23-24) we joined Tuniq and Willi, who need support in leading men’s meetings. Mayor Jusipi Kulula always attends!
     
  • Kangirsuk Full Gospel (Nov 25-Dec 2) is in deep need of healing from rifts, particularly among the younger women. Pray for Elizabeth, the pastor, that she’ll have wisdom and humility.
     
  • In Kuujjuaq (Dec 2-5) we met with Anita, a mother of six, along with grandparents Jeannie and Charlie, Kitty, Eric, and two children.

Future Africa Ministry Plans

February 2024 is our target month for travel to Burkina Faso. This trip has been cancelled three times due to covid and terrorism challenges.

Terrorism has displaced these families of missionary couples sent out to the unreached / least-reached primarily Muslim people of Burkina Faso. Please pray for stability for Burkina Faso, which will allow us to travel.

Being in BC meant that we got to spend some time with Gary’s Mom who is now 93 years young!

Thank you everyone for your love, prayers, and support. You are all so amazing to have a part in our lives!

With love and appreciation,

Gary & Shelly