We have been experiencing lovely fall weather here in North Bay. The leaves are almost all changed and the colours are so vibrant! The weather is cooling down too, but at least we have been enjoying lots of sun.
Near North Baptist Church
Ministry continues to be exciting and busy in North Bay. Pastor Bauserman, the pastor at Near North Baptist Church, has been in the USA for most of September. In his absence, I have been filling in full-time at the church in preaching, visiting, and various other ministries. The Lord blessed us two weeks ago with 13 visitors in the service! A friend from Crown College happened to be in Ontario for a wedding that weekend, and I persuaded him to drive another 2 and ½ hours north to preach for us that Sunday. His ministry both in preaching and playing the piano blessed us. Please pray that the Lord would bring back all of those who visited us that Sunday
The Lord opened an amazing door for us to be involved in Club Days at Nipissing University and Canadore College. If you remember from my previous letters, the University and College share a campus here in North Bay. That means approximately 5000 students in one location that need to be reached with the gospel. We started a Bible Study last semester, but we came in half way through the semester and did not have a good opportunity to promote the study. Two weeks ago, they held Club Days, which is an opportunity for any campus club to set up a table and recruit students. I spent five days on Campus talking with students. We had forty-four students sign up with email addresses and phone numbers. I have been in continued contact with many of them.
After much headache in securing a room, we finally began meeting on Monday evening at 6:30pm. The Lord provided us with a room, but we must pay a fee each week to meet. Please pray that the Lord provides the funds for us! Also pray that many who signed up would be able to come to the studies. We are looking at the book of Ecclesiastes.
We continue to be involved in a nursing home ministry. It seems that the Lord is opening the door for us to begin ministering in a new home. Please pray that this would work out. It would be one Sunday a month, and the residents are brought out to the service. Pray that the gospel would have an impact on those who attend.
Sunday school/Neighbourhood Bible Clubs
We are blessed to have children each week in Sunday school. The Lord has put a great burden on my heart to see this ministry grow. We have several faithful children. Please pray that the Lord would open the door for more children to attend and hear the Gospel. Last week, one of the teens led the Bible story for Sunday school. It’s a blessing to see the older ones becoming involved in ministry.