I greet you all in the Name of Jesus our Lord & soon coming King.
Changes are on the horizon. We are moving a week tomorrow July 29 to Brantford, Ontario.
It is just as much a surprise to us as to you. But that is the way God seems to work with us.
Here is how it started. Around the end of May, I said to Don I have this strong urge to pack. We both thought if we would be moving it would be to Bracebridge or Gravenhurst closer to the prison ministry that we do, BUT GOD HAD ANOTHER PLAN. What that is we are not sure, we will be continuing with Overcomers and raising up more leaders, and as always whatever else He wants.
Our new address and phone number are at the bottom of this e-mail.
TESTIMONY OF HOW THE MOVE CAME ABOUT
At our Board meeting on May the first I was telling the board about repairs the van needed. We had about $1200.00 worth of van repairs to be done at the dealer and one of my board members from Brantford said cancel the appointment Judy, my brother in law is a mechanic. Bring your van down to Brantford and let him look at it and you can stay at my sisters cottage at Braeside Camp in Paris for the week. We went to Brantford on May 13 – 17. When we got there he gave Don and I a map book and said here you will need this to find your way around. His brother in law fixed the van for $350.00. When we were leaving we went to give him back the map book and he said no you keep it you are moving here. I said that is either pathetic or prophetic.
When we got home Don decided if there is a possibility of us moving he would call U-haul and find out how much it would cost to rent a truck to move to Brantford. By the time he got off the phone he had a truck booked for July and we didn’t even know where and if we were going.
Then I said well I guess I better phone the housing and find out how much notice we would have to give to move out. We are in subsidized seniors housing. I didn’t want to call our landlady as we did not know if we were moving. The lady told me 30 days and said she would e-mail me a form that when I was moving I would have to fill out. I waited an hour and a half, it didn’t come so I called her back and she said she had a call into my landlady. I didn’t want to talk to her. Anyway she called me shortly after and told me no! I needed to give 60 days notice and she would fill out the form and send it to me. I protested that we didn’t even know if we were moving and we didn’t have a place to move to, and besides I was going to New Brunswick for a conference and would not be back until June the 8 th. She said that is OK we will work with you and sent it and told me to sign it and leave it under her door. So I did. Now we had a truck and our notice given and didn’t know where we were going. Only God knew.
We were to go to one of our Overcomers wedding in Brantford on Saturday May 30 th so I said to Don lets go down a day before and scope out some apartments. We found some listings on Kijiji and made some appointments. On the way down Don prayed. Father in the name of Jesus if you are moving us I want a place where I can have a dishwasher or at least double kitchen sinks and underground parking. I said if we are putting in request Daddy, when Don and I got married we became one and our plumbing goes off at the same time every time, I sure would like a second bathroom in Jesus name Amen. Thanks Dad.
When we got to Brantford Tom our Board member met us and drove us to the appointments. We pay $401. rent where we are now and the rent on the places we saw are a lot more. The first one was $1100.00 for a two bedroom. I started to say but God we can’t afford this but I never said it because I got a peace before the thought even came out of my mouth. The second was $950.00 and you pay your utilities and the third one we saw we were filling out the application and the lady said oh you are looking for a two bedroom I don’t have any. I said do you have a three? She said yes. I asked how much and she told me $1085.00 including utilities and underground secured parking. Don said can I have a dishwasher? She replied NO! He asked if they had double sinks and she said yes. He said you have redeemed yourself. I asked if we could see it. She was going to show us one like what we were going to get if we were approved because the people were still in it and they had just given notice.
As she was walking down the hall to show us the apartment she turned around and said this one has two bathrooms. Talk about quick answer to prayer.
They are renovating the whole apartment. New carpet, new tiles, painting and new set of pull out drawers in the kitchen. Thank you Jesus.
They told us we would have to give a deposit. It was 5 pm on a Friday and our ODSP was not in. I told here I would come back tomorrow. We went to the wedding the next morning and between the wedding and reception we found a bank open and our cheque was in so we got the deposit and took it back to here after the reception. I asked if we didn’t get it would we get our deposit back and she said yes. That night we had to go to Mississauga for a meeting and the next morning we went back to Brantford to New City Church were we will be attending. They have two Overcomers groups there, one was started by Pastor Jeff Smith that we took through the Leadership Training back in October 2014 and the second was by Tom our Certified Instructor who was raised up through the group that Pastor Jeff started. Praise the Lord. That is how this whole thing started. After the service we drove to Toronto to stay at a friends as we were flying out in the morning to Fredericton for the Conference. On the way to the airport we dropped the van at Park-N-Fly and my cell phone rang. It was the apartment to tell us we got the apartment and could move in on July 30.
We are once again taking a huge step of faith.
We were down to Brantford at the Yes Church in June and were helping to feed the homeless a couple of Saturdays.
I also had to go back to Fredericton New Brunswick to the Funeral of Pastor Harold Jenkins who was the Vice President of Emmanuel Fellowship and will be greatly missed. He touched many peoples lives. God rest his soul.
We will God willing be continuing the Prison Ministry in Gravenhurst weekly that is 3 1/2 hours away. We are trusting for God’s provisions to get us there and provide for a motel room, gas, books etc. This is His ministry we are just the couriers. We are in the mist of training up 3 other people to go in and share the ministry in the Prisons.
If the Lord is leading any of you to help this ministry fulfill what God has started where many lives are being changed, you can send a tax receipted gift to the address below or donate by credit card or PayPal at this link.
Two weeks ago we had 41 guys in the Medium and 24 in the minimum.
We had Karl Berg and Ken who travels with Karl to cover him in prayer come with us to the prison to minister in Word and song. If you would like to hear his music and download it for FREE go to his link. He has 12 albums. http://www.eagleswings.ca/ See picture below.
They also ministered at West Guilford Baptist Church and Sunday at our Seniors movie night at Park Lane apartments.
Charles and Sharon Burton Founders of Overcomers Recovery Support program will be coming to Canada to be with us from September 11 -17. On Sunday September 13 th they will share at the morning service and at the evening service will be a graduation of Overcomers from Brantford and London, at New City Church at 190 Lynden Rd. in Brantford. All are Welcome. See picture below
Charles will have his new book with him, it is a children’s adventure book that will help them understand the dangers of addictive substances.
Then God willing they will come to both prisons on the Monday.then visit London Ark Aid Street Mission on Wednesday or Thursday.
NEW OVERCOMERS GROUP STARTING
The new group is starting at the Why Not City Mission in Brantford on Thursday August 27 from 1-3 pm.
FUTURE OF MOI
MOI who started under Zechariah 4:6 Ministries in July 2012 will be moving over to West Guilford Baptist Church as of September 1st. Any funds sent for them will be forwarded to West Guilford for MOI ministry. MOI has been a blessing to the men of this community and will continue to carry on the work that Pastor Brian under the guidance of the Lord has done so far. Bless you Brian in your endeavors.
As far as my health, I am trusting the Lord. I am not out of here until God is finished with me and I will accomplish all that He has for me to do. Then to be absent from the body is present with the Lord. Yea God!
Those we are leaving in Haliburton. God bless you and we will miss you and continue to pray for you. But God willing He will guide us back to visit and share what God is doing.
Please feel free to e-mail or call we would love to hear from you.
God bless you all
See you here, there or in the air
Ken Bates & Karl Berg going in to minister at Beaver Creek Minimum Institution
Charles & Sharon Burton Founders of Overcomers Recovery Support program and the Daily Choice Workbook.
Tom, Judy & Charlie also helping serve.
What a joy. Where people from the Why Not City Mission help feed the homeless at the Yes Church.
It’s people helping people, denominations don’t matter. We are all doing what Matthew 25 NIV says.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
Don helping make sandwiches at the Yes Church
Let us all join together and help to further the Kingdom of God