Syrian family, new youth pastoral couple

Mitchell and Becca Martens are our new youth pastoral couple.

Mitchell and Becca Martens, our youth pastoral couple Credit: BEMC

by  Janice Harder

BLUMENORT, Man.—Wonderful things have been happening in our church this fall. To begin with, this refugee report from Irma Plett who is working closely with the refugee family: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9).

In late September a young Syrian couple with three small children arrived in our community. With the help of MCC and the Canadian government, we are seeking to provide refuge and support for them as they try to put a traumatic past behind them and build a safe future for their children.

This first year holds numerous great challenges for them, so we are trying to ease their load by helping them learn English, get a Manitoba driver’s license, buy a vehicle, find medical and dental care, set up banking, find furniture and warm winter clothing at prices they can afford, connect to other Arabic-speaking people in the area, and build a community of friends who will continue to care for them once our year of official support is over. We do it all in the name of Christ, hoping and praying that they will come to know Him and His Love, and one day join that multitude praising Him before His throne.

After much prayer, on Nov. 1, 2016, the church welcomed Mitchell and Becca Martens as our new youth pastoral couple. Mitchell says, “The church has been very welcoming,” and that they are looking forward to making this their new home. Prayer support is welcomed for this young couple as they move to our church body and settle into their new position.

On Nov. 17 we had a Refresh Worship night. What a wonderful time of worshipping and praising our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

On Dec. 4 we also had five baptismal candidates come forward to dedicate their lives to God and this church. Dawsyn Froese, Karenna Ginter, Mackenzie Klassen, Jeremy Reimer, and Jodi Thiessen gave their testimonies and were baptized. Please carry these young people your prayers and encouragement as they live out their faith in Jesus.

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