God is up to something.
Be a part of what He’s up to.
Starting January 11th, Prairie Alliance Church, Redwood Park Church, and Timbers Church prayed together for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Thank you for praying with us!
The stories in the Bible establish two truths:
- God is always up to something.
- People have the choice to either be a part of what God is doing, or not.
In 2020, God has been up to something new at Redwood Park Church, Prairie Alliance Church, and Timbers Church. He has been opening doors, stirring hearts, and laying the foundation for a movement of God in NW Ontario and Manitoba as He connects these three churches with similar dreams and DNA. Some of you have been on the front lines of these developments and others have only heard the names of the other churches in passing. Let’s change that! This prayer guide is an invitation for all to join in on the dreaming and discerning.
Watch this video for an introduction to everything God has bene up to at Redwood Park, Prairie Alliance, and Timbers Church:
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In the prayer guide you were invited to share anything the Lord showed you as you prayed. Please share below.
Ray and Eleanor Dunn
Area 1. Choosing to be a part of God's work and how to fit in.
- Motivation/barriers are critical
- What will be the fit with indigenous people and with others throughout the world?
Area 2. What is on the drawing board already?
i. New churches and training
- My son Brian has a vision for a local seminary. An outstanding teacher with overseas and local experience, his PHD thesis was published by Oxford University. He is an adjunct professor at Lakehead University teaching part time in the History, Geography and Philosophy Departments, offering courses that he has created such as "Abrahamic Religions"(current semester). His full time work is with Nokiiwin Tribal Council where he does research, writes proposals and obtains the funding for the council's work, principally in matters of community, family and individual wellness.
ii. - Thinking about other congregations
- What can be a God-sized vision?
- All three churches: Prairie Alliance Church, Timbers Church in Dryden, and Redwood Park Church can be HUBS for local, northern and global work.
- We must not forget our brothers and sisters in global awareness and actions. Currently Redwood has three young women working overseas full time: Alexandra Davenport in Perth Australia, and Kaarina Kotanen in New Zealand both with YWAM, and Erin Hennel in Haiti with Haiti Children's Home. Also Redwood has short-term work for young people in Peru and ongoing support to Lifewater Canada, with work in Haiti, and West Africa.
- As a family, we have a vision to develop a 3.3 acre parcel of land within 1 km walking distance of the hospital. We had thought to partner with Wequedong who have need for housing for both day care and long term care, out patients, from distant northern communities. Instead they decided to expand their facilities on Balmoral St. We continue that conversation and are also in conversation with Urban Abbey about additional community housing needs. Redwood is welcome to join the conversation. The next meeting is expected within the month.
Area 3. Reconciliation and Aviation
i. The above could be thought of as a reconciliation project.
ii. Concerning the Aviation Vision: All three churches have nearby, flight training centers and aircraft mechanics certification programs. In Dryden the Mennonite Church had the same vision and managed a school for indigenous young people completing their high school. It was located near the airport. This was in the 1990s. I am not sure if it is still operative. It was called Beaver Lake Ministries. Also it was the vision of Bearskin Airways to develop passenger service to remote northern communities, which they did. They turned this service over to Wasaya Airways, while Bearskin continued to develop other routes and freight services. I could be wrong about this but people who did this are still active in the industry. At Confederation College, John Condon, member of Redwood, manages the aviation program.
iii. On Agriculture, Debruin Nursery with a Summit Church connection, is helping Eabimitong (Fort Hope) with hydroponics gardening.
iv. Our family has an excellent connection with a Christian contractor who can develop safe water and solar electrical supplies in remote communities both in Northern Ontario/ Manitoba and abroad. He is Bob Ritzman, the CEO of "All Trades" based in Cambridge ON. We have worked with him on a school project in Zambia, that was sponsored by the Christian Apostolic Church of Canada.
These thoughts all came to mind as were were praying and thinking about the areas for prayer. Scripture: Exodus 15: 26 at end......"I am the Lord, your healer."