– Caroline Friesen
KOLA, Man.—Late spring 2019, after their many years of being away, we welcomed back Ernest and Sherridan Reimer to our congregation. Ernie took the position as part-time pastor and we have been enjoying his leadership and ministry ever since.
In summer 2019, Kristina Lawless, a fairly new attendee of Kola EMC, organized a service project, Backpacks for Chilliwack. Her son is a meth addict living on the streets there so she not only has a heart for the homeless there but knows what would be helpful to have in a backpack. Our church, together with some people from the local community where Kristina is from, collected items and filled almost 30 backpacks. In August, Kristina, her mother and Anna, another woman from our congregation, drove to Chilliwack to share love, backpacks and a message of hope with the people on the streets there. Each backpack included a Bible as well as information on attending a Bible-based community program there.
On Sept. 29, 2019, we celebrated with the parents of six babies as they dedicated them to the Lord. Pastor Ernest Reimer led the service with the deacons praying over the babies and their parents. Our church is greatly blessed with many young families.
This November 2019 we collected a record 97 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This ministry is budgeted into our church spending. We have a couple of ladies who buy school and cleansing supplies which we use to fill boxes at a packing party. Then as individuals or families we fill the boxes with other fun items. Nov. 17 was our dedication Sunday.