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Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and expressing your heartfelt desire to follow Jesus. It’s the first thing God asks us to do once we believe and decide to spend our lives following Him.  Simply put, water baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change. People often have questions about baptism….

Can We Pray for You?

Each week people reach out to us for prayer. Life can be tough and endlessly complex. Here are some of the needs we have received over the past couple of weeks: Pray for my 5 year daughter who is battling cancer I’m in hospital waiting for a heart transplant. Please pray . . . I’m…

Will work for Salvation

When I was a teenager and about to start my first summer job, my father gave me this advice, ‘stay busy, look busy, and show some initiative’. It was good advice.  Of course, we all know people who have, what I call, an initiative deficiency. Martin was a slow worker and found it difficult to…

A Generation Converging on YYT

Have you ever anticipated something so much that when it actually happened it seemed like a dream? Tuesday, September 22 was much like that for many of our young adults. That evening we launched our new young adults’ movement called CONVERGE YYT. This was a dream God placed in the hearts of some of the…

Big Hope in the Big Land

After 30+ hours of travelling via bus and boat, you often expect to find yourself in an entirely different place of the world when you arrive at your destination. For our YC Missions team all of this travelling just brought us to another part of the province – but it felt like another part of…

Uprising

Youth Breakaway 2 – Uprising On August 17, over 240 young people, including 13 from Elim, gathered at the Emmanuel Convention Center for their annual summer camp, Youth Breakaway. The theme this year was Uprising. For most people the word uprising has a negativity surrounding it, rebellion, revolt, and resistance. We often picture people who…

My AC is Broken

Not a cloud in the sky and 30 degrees, not your typical weather here in St. John’s. It’s been an especially terrible summer. July has been one of the coldest in decades and it’s grabbing attention. A headline in The Globe and Mail read, Newfoundland’s Miserable Summer. As the article said, when Newfoundlanders say the…

19 Campers and Counting

While most of you last week were probably on vacation and spending time in the sun, (ha) 10 leaders and 19 campers loaded their luggage on a bus and traveled across the island to Camp Emmanuel in Lewisporte expecting a sleepless, adventurous, three days of Kids Rock Camp. Kids Rock Camp has been a fantastic…

Mr. B Sent Us!

I just returned from a two week vacation in the sunshine state. It was a refreshing couple of weeks. The airline that I traveled with has a special membership program. When you enroll in this program you can earn certain travel privileges, perks that are designed to make traveling easier. Some perks include: priority check-in…

An Invitation to Christian Maturity

Gauging how a church is doing- especially in a qualitative way- is often challenging. How do you chart pastoral care, or community building or deepened spirituality? It’s been said that the whole of the New Testament assumes that a Christian is someone who grows toward spiritual maturity. So what does it look and feel like…