Welcome back! We are now open for in-person worship Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. Masks are required. Singing is permitted. We are limited to 80 worshippers so all attendees must register. To do so click the link below.
We will also still be live-streaming at 10:00 am.
One of the true joys that we get living and working here in rural Burundi is the opportunity to link your generosity with deep needs.
Mama Bella is a woman whom Susan first met at the feeding program several years when she was bringing her extremely malnourished daughter Bella to get food. When Susan started to get to know the family, she learned there was also a son with severe vision problems as well three other children. The father has some significant cognitive disabilities and needs surgery for a growth on his head, and was unable to work.
The family just barely survived. Just barely.
Their house was tiny, dark, leaky. The single room had a mud floor as the roof leaked so much. It was also pitch dark as the roof didn’t keep out the rain, but did keep out the sun. It had no door. No windows. It wasn’t even tall enough for an adult to stand up inside. The family ate and slept in that one small mud room that even many rural Burundians here would not use for their animals.
In a culture where social standing is clear and important, having one more strike against you (no proper house) is not just a physical burden, but also a social, emotional, and mental drain. It’s hard to get ahead when you spend so much time and effort just trying to keep your family dry and safe — constantly having to reapply mud to the walls and leaves and grass to the roof was a losing battle that they had been fighting for years. We coordinated some of our construction workers (who were between projects at the hospital) to design and build them a new house.
Their new house would not be considered fancy by western standards, but the upgrade is massive. They now have a tin roof that will keep out rain for years to come. The walls are solid brick, built on a proper stone foundation. They have wooden doors and windows that can be closed and locked. The floor is cement. They have four rooms inside and a small outdoor cooking spot out the back. The difference is shocking.
The family will still struggle to feed themselves, the father still has no work, the son still has vision problems. However, there is safety, stability, and dignity that comes from having a proper house. A roof that does not leak, a door that you can actually lock. Windows that can be closed. A floor that is not mud. They can spend less time gathering leaves to patch their roof, and more time tending crops. The kids should get sick less often now that they won’t be lying in the mud. They don’t have to worry that any item they acquire, starting with a cooking pot, may get stolen.
It’s a big deal for this family — and you made it possible.
The Bible tells us over and over that one of the fundamental ways we serve God and worship Him is by taking care of the poor, the sick, the orphans, the widows — those who have been beaten down by the powers of this world. In this case, we had an opportunity to do just that. Your support and our construction team’s talent came together to make this family a home.
And that is incredible.
REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER VBS/SPORTS CAMPS NOW OPEN!
Join us this summer for Rocky Railway adventures and a variety of sports fun! Our Summer Camps for 2021 feature Vacation Bible School in the morning and a fun MultiSports camp in the afternoon. Campers aged 5-12 are encouraged to join us for a full day of adventures! We welcome the little campers who are 3 and 4 years old to take part in the morning VBS program only. There will be lots of action, fun and play for children this age! To register, go to our home page at www.bethelchurch.com and click on the registration link. Questions? Contact Kelly at email@example.com .
BLESS PRESCHOOL RETURNS IN SEPTEMBER 2021
After taking a year off for COVID, BLESS Preschool is relaunching in September 2021 with new health and safety protocols in place. Visit www.blesspreschool.com to register online for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions, or to book a private tour, call Tamara Avery at 780-417-7775 or email her: . If you are an alumni, please consider leaving us a review as it helps to boost our ratings!
WE’RE HERE TO HELP!
As we navigate the CoVid-19 situation please know that we are here to serve our Bethel community, and beyond. If you have a need or know of someone who does, you can contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you. We have people on a list who are ready to help. Also, we have about 20 people who are making phone calls to our Bethel community to ensure that everyone is doing ok, that they have what they need, and that prayer requests are heard. Please continue to pray for those in the health care field who are working tirelessly and putting themselves at risk as they triage and treat others, those with compromised immune systems and other underlying health issues, and also those who have been laid off work and left with an uncertain future. In the midst of the uncertainties we’re facing, it is our hope and prayer that you are doing well and that you know the peace and hope that is ours in Jesus.
For Sunday, June 13, 2021
"Clearly Christian: Scientific" (Psalm 19:1-4)
Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler
Christians are not against science. They just don't expect science to answer questions beyond its reach.
At 7:30 am on 1260 am and 8:30 am on 98.5 FM. Streaming audio and podcasts at www.lutheranhour.ca
Sundays at 11:00 am
We will stream on Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube.
Pastors: Matt Ziprick
Worship Coordinator: Normay Wiebe
Director of Youth Ministry: Michael Gillingham
Children’s Ministry Coordinator: Roxanne Theroux
BLESS Preschool Coordinator: Tamara Avery
BLESS Preschool Teacher: Heather Book
Youth Ministry Assistant: Adrianna Blitterswyk