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Recap of IMPACT Winnipeg Launch

The movement to impact Winnipeg kicked off Saturday, April 7. Henderson Highway Church was closed as rallied together with our sister churches at the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg.

The morning began at 10 am, where we explored this idea of Impacting Winnipeg. Pastor Chris Holland, speaker, and director for It Is Written Canada, together with Pastor Elmer Manzanares, coordinator for IMPACT Winnipeg, shared the vision. This is not a project or a program, as there are no end dates in sight. Rather, this is an intentional movement to flood the city of Winnipeg with the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Attendees were given an opportunity to ask questions to a panel of Winnipeg pastors, Pastor Chris, Elder David Ripley, President of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference, and Pastor Lynn Ripley.

Our morning continued with inspiring music from the It Is Written Canada musicians. It is a soul-stirring experience to sing unitedly with 700+ others from our sister churches as we praise God through song! Pastor Chris spoke on the topic “Jesus, the Great Healer”. Through the experience of Nicodemus, Pastor Chris taught us that Jesus is the answer. He is where we can find wholeness and restoration. And if Jesus came to bring healing to all aspect of our lives, then we must have a work to do as well in follow up to what He began.

The morning session was live streamed via the Henderson Highway Church Facebook page. A children’s program also ran during the entire morning, for children ages 4 through 12. Located directly across from the main meeting room, the children were also encouraged to love and trust Jesus. There was a time for musical praise and worship, as well as crafts, a Bible story, a puppet show and more. They had over 80 children participate.

Our launch day events continued in the afternoon, where we met at Red River Valley Junior Academy for an interactive prayer and praise experience. The prayer time was intertwined with carefully selected music and scripture. In case you missed out, the music was amazing! While there were moments for the congregation to sing, there were also times for us to meditate on the music performed by the It Is Written Canada musicians. In addition to our musical prayers, there was spoken prayer, corporately and privately. The program was designed on the ACTS theme of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

The work to impact Winnipeg is not an easy task. Because we believe that this is work that God has called us to do, we wanted to spend time asking for His direction over us and over this call. We do not want to rush ahead of God and work without Him. In order to impact Winnipeg effectively, we need to respond to the call that God has placed on every one of us.

What’s the end of impacting Winnipeg? The second coming of Jesus Christ. If everyone you meet in and around Winnipeg has been introduced to Jesus and have decided whether or not they choose to follow Him, then our work is done. But there are still a number of people who have no idea who Jesus is.

There will be upcoming training events in Winnipeg (such as TMI Equip on May 26) as well as other health programs. We’re encouraged to support the events hosted by our sister churches. There is no competition as we’re all working towards the same goal. Save the date from now for Discoveries in Revelation with Pastor Chris Holland, March 15-April 6, 2019.

Let’s keep this question before God: How will You use me in impacting Winnipeg?

Journey Through Cactusville–VBX 2017 Recap

Howdy Buckaroos & Cowpokes!

Just like that, Vacation Bible Xperience is over! We had a blast in Cactusville as we learned and experienced in a variety of ways how ‘kids are called to follow Jesus’.

The excitement started before Cactusville opened to the public. A group of volunteers met the evening before to transform our entire church into a western-ranch setting. Each day began with an opening Round-Up, which had songs, skits, and fun. There were themes for each day, expanding on how kids called to follow Jesus. A Cactusville Critter was introduced, with some basic information on their lives and how they too are called.

Tarantula Tammy was called to be different, like John the Baptist.
Prairie Dog Pete was called to be faithful, like Abraham.
Chuck the Chuckwalla was called to forgive, like Joseph.
Pack Mule Patty was called to serve, like Deborah.
Road Runner Roy was called to give, like Jesus.

The sub-themes were used for the entire three hours, throughout the various stations:

Sunset Canyon was the prayer room.
Chuckwagon Station filled hungry tummies with delicious snacks.
Trading Post was where creativity was explored through crafts.
Wild Horse Corral provided the space to run and play.
Campfire Stories was the interactive place to learn Bible stories.

By the week’s end, the deputies-in-training were familiar with the Golden Nugget, which is found in 2 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV):

{Jesus}…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

The Adventist VBX programs also include a special mission project each year. For 2017, the theme is ‘Operation Wheels‘. The children learned about five different refugee families of various nationalities, who now reside in Arizona, United States. Operation Wheels is working to purchase a bus. This vehicle will help to provide transportation for refugee families to attend school, adult education classes, work, worship and more.

Our children were eager to participate and came with coins jangling in their pockets each evening and raised $222.22 by the end of the week!

In addition to being fully deputized, the children also made a decision to follow Jesus. It was a blessing to watch their excitement as they chose Jesus for themselves. Many parents and children were grateful for their time in Cactusville and are eagerly anticipating VBX 2018.

A special THANK YOU to all the hard working volunteers. Thank you for your donations and loans of décor items, for the setup and take down crew, constructing the backdrop, leading the various stations, wrangling support (adult supervisors), audio-visual, registration and prayerful support. Though the target of this ministry is the children, we are all involved in the work.

An extra special THANK YOU to our faithful organizer, Sheryl!! She has been working for months to ensure that VBX was truly a blessing! We appreciate you, Sheryl!

Check out our slideshow of our week at Cactusville.