If you were born… between January 1st and December 31st, you live under the sign of God’s grace: “Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us?” Malachi 2.10 “God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2.4
We have just celebrated Easter weekend 2014. Good Friday marked a milestone in my life. Fifty-five years ago Katherine Mann gave birth to a ten pound eight ounce baby boy and, she and her husband Leslie, gave him the name “Donald Charles”. For some reason, my fifty-fifth birthday has had more of an impact on me than some of the other milestones – the fortieth or the fiftieth.
Congratulations to our brother and colleague Jacques Bellemare, pastor of the Église Nouvelle Vie in Beauport, who was awarded on Friday, April 11th the National Assembly Medal for his involvement in the community by Member fot the National Assembly Mrs Michelyne C. St-Laurent. You can read her letter (in French only) by clicking here clicking here.
As a Pentecostal Fellowship, we also look forward to Pentecost 2014 (June 8, 2014) and the opportunity to emphasize the Spirit-empowered life Jesus promised to those who seek it. We have joined with the Spirit-empowered movement worldwide including the Pentecostal World Fellowship and Empowered21 to invite our churches to focus on the person and work of the Spirit at Pentecost.
We thank God who has surely led the steps of the Victoriaville church Amour & Vie and our brother Peter. Pastor Peter Oram is still for a few weeks pastor of the Espoir et Vie church in Ste-Anne-des-Monts. We are praying for Peter and his family as well as both churches. Peter shared a few words with us about this move:
The passing of Jim Flaherty, family man, a man of heart, a man of faith, lesser-known by us gen-xers that he was a star university hockey player, an outstanding and well-respected politician in both provincial and federal levels of public service…. reminds me of the timeless words of Theo Roosevelt:
The way of Christ in a culture of celebrity - It wasn’t the path I would have chosen, but I wasn’t in charge. I’d have chosen a more direct route, one more comfortable and less obscure. There would have been perks and privileges along the way with a regular dose of public recognition—and more faithful followers. The route Jesus chose seemed to go in all the wrong directions. The route Jesus chose seemed to go in all the wrong directions. It was as if He were taking his cues from a manual called The Road to Obscurity orNot Looking Out for Number 1!
This spring, Christian Direction and S.O.S. Prayer will once again have a kiosk at the Psychic Expo, April 25-27 in Montreal. Spiritual counsellors will work over the weekend talking to visitors who come to the Expo offering them prayer on site for any need they may have, and continued prayer for them beyond the Expo. They will also have the opportunity to share with them how they can have a personal relationship with Jesus through prayer.
For the first time in several months, the political tensions in Ukraine have lessened even though there is always some danger. All that aside, we continue ministry at Lviv Theological Seminary. Last weekend I joined a group of students that went to do ministry in Kolomeya which is about 250km away from Lviv. The students were involved in a children’s program on Saturday and led the two Sunday morning services that the church has. Two former students minister in this church doing children’s outreach. (See project 1 below)
The District of Quebec is offering this training again to those who already took the course or wish to review it as well as to all our credential holders, their mates, non-credentialed pastoral leaders and youth leaders who want to take it for the fi rst time.
We thank God for our brother Michel, his shepherd’s heart, his passion for God and our family of churches. May the Lord fill him and his family with His joy and grace, especially on this day. And for those who like to think (and smile): “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” Satchel Paige ”When I will quit being outraged, I will have started getting old.” André Gide ”Birthdays are good for your health. Studies have shown that people who have more birthdays live the longest.” Den Hartog
I am faith-filled about how the Lord will impact our Fellowship at General Conference 2014. Wholeheartedly, I invite you to make plans to be with us from April 28 to May 1 in the vibrant city of Saskatoon as we enjoy great western hospitality and experience all that God has for us as a Pentecostal family.
Michel Bisaillon shares another video from his recent trip to Israel titled: Remember… Repent… Rejoice. (Only the presentation is not translated into English.) “If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!” Clarence W. Hall “The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.” Henry Knox Sherrill
We are very happy that, earlier this year, Pierre Bergeron accepted to join the District team as a part-time leadership and mentorship consultant. With such a ministry in sight, the fruit of our brother’s years of experience is of great practical value. It is undeniable that God has called him to this ministry.
We are thrilled to announce that Nelson Beaudry, who has been assistant-pastor in the church for the past three years, has been elected as the new senior pastor. Pastor Réal Deveault was the pastor until he retired a few months ago. We are praying for him and his family, as well as for Nelson, his family and the congregation. Nelson has been quite involved in the community, especially following the awful tragedy that struck Lac-Mégantic last summer.
Alain and his wife Fina are filled with joy as they see this move as a clear direction from God and an answer to many prayers. Let us pray for them and the church in this new stage of their lives! Alain and Fina were quite involved at the Centre Évangélique de Laval with pastor Patrick St-Onge.