Already working alongside Dennis & Amanda Anderson at The Pas, MB, Peter & Charlene Constant have joined as career missionaries to serve primarily at Riverside Bible Church. They tell of new doors of outreach on Peter’s home Reserve, while they begin building their prayer/financial support team.
Marcus & Kameron Cook are from Gorrie, ON and learned of NCEM at Arrowhead Native Bible Center in New Brunswick, where they have served the past seven summers. (In fact, it was at ANBC that they met each other!) Upon building their support team, the Cooks plan to serve at ANBC full-time, assisting with facility maintenance and developing year-round ministry. They welcomed their first-born, a baby boy, this spring!
Ron & Sandra Eagles were recently “re-welcomed” into NCEM, this time as career members. They had been a big help around the former Key-Way-tin Bible Institute campus (Lac La Biche, AB) the last several years. This summer they are serving at Arrowhead Native Bible Center, then begin an itinerant music/preaching ministry, promoting First Nations missions. The location of their home base has not yet been determined.
Caylea Selke is our newest career missionary candidate. Growing up in Walter & Cindy Selke’s home, Caylea has been part of ministry in and around Regina all her life. Her work will include NCEM’s communication through social media, while she continues to minister to youth face-to-face in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Each of these missionary candidates appreciates prayer for the building of their prayer/financial support teams.
Giving leadership to the Tribal Trails TV ministry, Brent & Wanda Wahlstrom serve in Prince Albert, SK. This time each year, however, they are likely to be about 300 kms to the northwest at Pine Ridge Bible Camp.
Brent will again teach chapel sessions for at least a week, and Wanda will lead craft sessions. This summer their goal is to help campers understand “God’s Word in God’s world.” Most of the Wahlstroms’ grown children will also serve at Pine Ridge this summer.
In TV ministry, Brent tells of their staff needing to rely on God’s strength to stay on schedule to complete a new half-hour program each week. There are “re-run” broadcasts in the summer, with staff working ahead on programs for the fall season.
Brent praises God for sufficient finances to keep Tribal Trails on the air. Another ministry with Tribal Trails are “Jamborees” – gatherings with singers and speakers who have been on the program. They are proving to be a great time for friends and supporters of Tribal Trails to meet in person the First Nations Christians they’ve seen on TV. Two Jamborees have already taken place (at press time) with two more scheduled for this summer.
P R A Y : The Wahlstroms request prayer for campers and Tribal Trails viewers to come to understand “God’s perfect, sinless holiness, and perfect sacrificial love and offer of salvation.”
Karen is head cook at Pine Ridge Bible Camp. Along with planning and preparing meals, she coordinates the many volunteers needed during the one-week summer camp sessions. Weekend gatherings and events during the year also have Karen busy in the Camp kitchen.
“It is my desire to be an encouragement to others, and have the courage to continue to share God’s love with the staff and campers,” says Karen.
NCEM started Pine Ridge in 1972, and some of the original buildings are now in need of replacement, especially the dining hall.
Preliminary tasks have begun, such as land lease boundaries, electrical, water and sewage systems. A Fund has been set up, and sufficient finances will need to be in place before construction begins. Those interested in donating to this project can visit www.pineridgebiblecamp.ca, or phone the NCEM office for more information.
P R A Y : PRBC’s newsletter challenges us in how to pray for teen and children’s camps in session this summer: “We are in a spiritual battle – pray that God’s truth will be proclaimed and not be hindered. Pray for the staff as they lead cabin devotions and answer questions.”
Pray also for Pine Ridge’s ministry to surrounding communities … there are not many Bible teaching fellowships in this part of northwestern Saskatchewan.
As NCEM’s Treasurer, and serving on the Mission’s Executive Committee, Bob oversees the finances of the entire ministry – missionaries’ monthly support, facility and equipment repairs and upgrades, insurance, travel – and more. He also sees the Lord supplying these needs, as God’s people give!
Doris works part-time in our Headquarters office, receipting donations. She is also contributing to our publications ministry, presently working on a Bible teaching booklet for children.
With a recent family tragedy in the loss of their granddaughter, the Lairds appreciate and continue to rely on the prayers and support of God’s people.
P R A Y : Bob appreciates prayer for his responsibilities with the many details of Mission finances and leadership. Spring and summer are busy times with the annual audit, NCEM Governing Board meetings, and conferences.
It was concern for Veronica’s parents that prompted their move to Quilchena a couple years ago. Veronica’s mom is now in a care home, and they consider it a privilege to help and encourage her dad, while carrying on outreach to others in the community.
The Moberlys are involved with Nicola Valley Native Christian Fellowship, which meets in Merritt. Bobby is one of the Fellowship men who takes his turn preaching.
Bobby & Veronica are especially concerned for folks who were once part of the Fellowship, but no longer involved. They are seeking to interest them in home Bible studies, and encourage them to return to the Fellowship.
P R A Y : Pray for the Moberlys’ ministry to Veronica’s extended family and to others. Additionally, as a Denesuline speaker, Bobby is part of a Scripture translation team, working long distance via internet.
John assists each summer at Fisher Bay Bible Camp. In preparation, he was busy with projects including archery equipment and updated instruction manuals for the archery, riflery and canoe/kayaking programs.
In and around the community of Ashern, John finds opportunities to serve through a local church, which has been without a pastor.
P R A Y : With some health challenges, John is trusting the Lord for strength to complete additional Bible camp projects. He requests prayer for an effective summer of ministry at Fisher Bay. Some part-time employment with a funeral home has enabled John to get by, but he appreciates prayer for increased financial support.
“This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Arrowhead Native Bible Center,” reports Grant Fawcett.
Grant and his wife, Elizabeth, are too young to have been part of ANBC’s beginnings, but they’ve worked alongside most of those who were there.
“The faithful labour of the NCEM missionaries who first conceived of Arrowhead and established the work on the edge of Grand Lake, New Brunswick, has rooted a solid foundation upon which everyone who has come to serve here since has built upon,” says Grant.
Grant notes some of the milestones … from undeveloped land came the construction of the main lodge, which has served as dining hall and chapel.
Summer camps have always been a key part of ANBC outreach, say the Fawcetts, noting that a Bookstore has been added, as well as weekend ministries throughout the year, plus “Circle Summit” conferences for First Nations leaders and their ministry partners.
“Each of our ministries, projects, and developments are pointing to a single purpose – to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ made known among First Nations communities in Atlantic Canada.”
An Open House is planned for July to celebrate the Anniversary. There will be reunions and, no doubt, stories of the Lord’s faithfulness and providence. Coinciding with the anniversary, a fund has been begun for construction of a chapel.
P R A Y : Pray especially for the Lord’s work in the lives of youth attending Bible camp at Arrowhead this summer.
As the Giesbrechts and Hertwigs transfer their membership to Ethnos Canada, we look forward to continued partnership with them. They are contributing to leadership of FirstStory Ministries … a new church planting ministry of Ethnos Canada (formerly New Tribes Mission) in cooperation with NCEM.
Allan & Esther Giesbrecht began their missionary service in 1988 in Arctic Quebec, followed by aviation and leadership on NCEM’s Executive Committee. Their administrative giftings and field experience make the Giesbrechts a great asset to FirstStory. Allan & Esther have moved their home from Nipawin, Saskatchewan to Durham, Ontario.
George & Ulli Hertwig have served in NCEM since 1983 in NWT, BC, and southern Alberta. Along with church planting ministry in these places, they served as NCEM Western-Field Directors for a number of years. They have a contagious enthusiasm to mobilize new church planters. The Hertwigs will keep their home at Longview, Alberta.
We express our appreciation for Les & Betty Carter who have completed their membership with NCEM.
The Carters joined NCEM as full-time missionaries in 1986. They served at Big River Bible Camp, then Ahtahkakoop First Nation, followed by associate service there. They remain living close to Ahtahkakoop, with continued outreach there.