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April 2nd 2001 we moved, with our son Ben, to Canada. Initially we worked for 10 years in northern British Columbia in a city called Prince George and planted a culturally relevant inner city church. It was amazing the things we saw happen amongst the First Nation people and others in that region and the miracles of God's provision.
In 2011 we moved to Calgary to work with one of our partner churches Centre Street Church. Tim as the Lead Pastor and Christine as a Ministry Assistant of their new Bridgeland Campus. God has been good to us and we have seen growth in the campus, numerically and spiritually.
In 2012 Ben also moved to Calgary to work with Porsche! He has now qualified as an Automotive Technician but was challenged at the start of this year (2014) to take a step of faith and give this up to serve God. He is currently employed for 10 hours by Centre Street Church as an urban missionary, leading a church plant in an inner city area and street ministry to the Downtown. He is also developing his own Automotive Services business.
We also have two daughters who remained in the UK. Both are married and actively serving God in Bristol and Newquay. Rebekah has four children and Judith two. Ben also has a little girl.
News Letter Recieved February 2015:
Our trip to Vancouver was very productive, it was nice to experience a little bit of Spring being the other side of the Rocky Mountains. It was great to meet up with leaders from other Churches as we explore new ways of experiencing Church through Missional Communities. It was also a time of team building with our own Centre Street Church team as well.
Our Pastor & Spouses Retreat in Banff was wonderful as well. We were able to go a day early and have some time of relaxation, which included a look at ice sculptures and a sleigh ride around Lake Louise!
We are continuing the planning period of ministry in our Church and would value your continued prayers for us as we seek God for His guidance for the new ministry year starting in July.
This last Sunday we had a baby dedication of a miracle baby, his parents had been told they would never be able to have children. However after much prayer and Divine intervention they were blessed in December with baby Samuel, no coincidence with his name either.
Our children’s ministry continues to grow and we have now had to start using other rooms and even start a group for ages 10-11, what wonderful problems to have!!
Tim & I are both doing well and rejoicing in the work God has called us to do.
Ben & Marcella are both doing well too and working tirelessly as urban missionaries in Calgary’s impoverished inner city.
Thank you all for your care and prayers for us all as a family as we continue to serve here in Calgary.
Christine & Tim
News Letter Recieved 19th January 2015:
Happy New Year!
We had a very pleasant and restful Christmas, although Ben & Marcella decided to move house on January 1st! It was a great opportunity that came up giving them a 2 bedroom house instead of a small basement suite, they are still working in the Inner City of Calgary and this will be more suitable.
Here are a couple of stories that happened for us over the Christmas period:
On December 7th, the Bridgeland Campus Children’s Ministry put on their Christmas Pageant. Parents, Grandparents and the congregation gathered to watch as the younger ones walked up the aisles dressed as characters from the Nativity story; sheep, shepherds, kings, innkeepers, Mary & Joseph. Each took their place as Olga Martinez read the story, with the usual quirks that come from little ones performing! The older children all told us what Jesus meant to them! At the end there was not a dry eye in the place. The timeless story being portrayed by the next generation…
On December 11th we held our Annual Community Carol Singing on General Avenue, Bridgeland. This event also included the switching of the Christmas tree Lights, Gian Carlos Cara, the local alderman officiated at this. Starbucks provided free coffee and we provided hot chocolate and cookies. The temperature was a lot kinder this year but it was still wonderful to be able to gather around the fire and sing of the Saviour’s birth with many that had probably not even stopped to consider the significance of the season. Many were keen to talk and some even looked for spiritual conversations. A local resident, whose condo overlooked the proceedings, sent an email expressing her enjoyment and said, “the church is such a big part of the community.”
Next week we will be doing a lot of travelling and would really value your prayers, we have to attend a conference near Vancouver Monday - Wednesday and then we will be on a retreat in Banff Thursday - Sunday.
We are also in the planning period of ministry in our church and would value your prayers for us as we seek God for His guidance for the new ministry year starting in July.
Blessings to you and all at SHBC.
Christine & Tim