"Kids invite friends, the Gospel is faithfully presented, and many choose to attend camp the following summer!"
August 16, 2019
In 2009, the Roy family attended Camp Livingstone’s family camp. Sophie Roy was 13. As the years progressed, she and her brother and older sister served as cabin leaders and in other camp positions. Along the way, her church began TGIF, a Friday night kids and youth outreach.
Today, Sophie leads this group and a similar outreach in Sherbrooke. These ministries are follow-up opportunities to summer campers from these regions. Kids invite friends, the Gospel is faithfully presented, and many choose to attend camp the following summer! My daughter and sons, along with other summer missionaries, have volunteered to help Sophie at these clubs over the past few seasons.
Sophie started a year-round position as Camp Livingstone’s follow-up and discipleship coordinator in January 2019. Her objectives: continue this work, lead camp follow-up rallies, support summer missionaries in carrying out discipleship activities, and start two kids clubs by partnering with...
"Their lives are examples of love for God and others."
June 26, 2019
Canadian Sunday School Mission’s Quebec ministry began in 1946. Camp Livingstone opened in 1953 and Camp des Iles joined the mission in 2012. Together, these two camps host over 700 children and youth annually.
Two missionary couples faithfully served in Quebec for 63 years with what is now One Hope Canada. Although retired from the mission, they remain active in ministering to those who cross their paths. Their lives are examples of love for God and others.
Wilmer and Marilyn Loewen
The Loewens began with the mission in 1972, directing Camp Livingstone until 2008. Instead of retiring from the mission, they moved into the Stanstead community, where they had been doing pulpit supply and Bible teaching in a church, bringing the hope of the Gospel to hurting people.
Soon after joining the Stanstead curling club, the Loewens were asked to run a junior curling program, a confirmation that God was guiding them. This involvement...
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast, and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15 (NIV)"
May 27, 2019
“Why doesn’t she love me?”
He was just eight years old, a sad, angry little boy sitting on the edge of the bunk. The cabin leaders were at a loss. How could they answer such a question?
Jeffrey’s reality was a broken home, devoid of parental love. He felt rejected, and that rejection played out in a volatile temper during his first week of Bible camp. The emotions boiled over and he lashed out; once the anger subsided, he dissolved in tears.
This is not uncommon; it was not camp that set him off but a larger situation beyond any child’s comprehension.
A heart-breaking moment. And yet, there was hope.
As the cabin leaders spoke into Jeffrey’s life that week, showing him love and understanding, he began to change.
With their help, he discovered Isaiah 49:15, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast, and have no compassion...
"It's really exciting to see the impact one week of camp has had on the rest of the year."
April 15, 2019
Each summer for three years, I’ve made awesome connections with Turtle Mountain Bible Camp campers. However, it wasn’t until this past summer I realized the importance of maintaining these relationships throughout the year.
During my first year of cabin leading, I really connected with a girl and each summer was able to build on that relationship. But this year I challenged myself to develop that bond during the other 51 weeks of the year. I’m a youth leader at her church and we go for coffee, movies, and shopping. She often asks me to pray for her and things in her life. This has been a season of growth for both of us, a season that started at camp.
I stayed in touch with campers by being a volunteer youth leader for two...
"Building relationships with community organizations and churches is key to pursuing new ministry strategies."
April 8, 2019
In response to our nation’s rapidly changing culture, One Hope Canada’s national board established a vision statement in 2018 to guide mission leadership and its 45 ministry points as together they consider future ministry endeavors.
The vision states that One Hope Canada will intentionally equip current and next generation leaders to be Gospel-centered and, aggressively pursue new ministry strategies that recognize cultural and geographical realities.
“Our new vision statement will focus our energies and initiatives for the coming years, ensuring that One Hope Canada can continue fulfilling the mandate God has given this mission since 1927,” explains National Board Chair Fedri van Dongen.
In this brief article, I look at the second part of the vision statement and show, that though unique, the mission’s 45 ministry points are united around One Hope Canada’s purpose and are discovering ways to actively pursue ministry strategies to fulfill that purpose. This often...
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