November 2013 Newsletter
over-estimate what they can do in one year
and under-estimate what they can do in five years.
You might have seen me cite this quote before to describe our work across the greater Census Metropolitan Area of Montréal (3.9 million people), Québec (8 million) and La Francophonie (500 million).
Last month we embarked on a five-year plan (2013-2018) – with the last two years
written with a lead pencil . We opted for this time frame for three reasons.
- My colleagues reviewed the histories in their ministry areas and came to that conclusion. “I cannot get over what God has done in five years, I was ready to shut Innovation Youth Centre in year 1”, was Jenna’s line. The first two and a half years in Hochelaga were so difficult, but Sandy cannot get over what God is doing now.
- As you know from
our September letter, I have completed 30 years of service. We need to put
succession planning at the heart of what we are doing.
- As a team, we sense God is calling us to be bold as we look to the future.
Over the past six weeks, I have caught a glimpse of where we are headed as we embark on this journey of faith.
- In Hochelaga, our
team is engaging churches and social service agencies in a bold plan to
expand all our ministries (after-school tutoring, the arts and music
summer camp, the micro-enterprise projects, ministry to the most
vulnerable through creative relational ministries) to surrounding
boroughs. We have added a new staff member, Bruno Désorcy, to work with
the church network.
- In downtown Montréal, the team is deepening their work in the high school diploma program with the English Montreal School Board (EMSB), the nutrition and food security program we do with local schools and creative outreach with residents in this densely populated part of the city. Jacynthe Vaillancourt is engaging universities students and Christian groups to take ministry with the whole downtown core much more seriously.
- In Ville St.
Laurent, Le Centre Accroche has tripled its space to go beyond our
after-school tutoring program. In partnership with churches and
organizations in the neighbourhood, there is a fine food security program
for 80 families each week and a centre for adolescent activities for the
whole borough. Our team is starting a conversation café for the high
immigrant neighbourhood so people can practice French and English and
improve their employment possibilities. This neighbourhood is one of the
most densely-populated Muslim neighbourhoods in Canada. The opportunities
for mission are awesome.
- We are working with networks in two other boroughs of Montreal and six cities of Quebec to help them take social and spiritual transformation seriously.
- Today, there are 32 Bible studies with business and professional people in cities across Québec. They are engaging the marketplace in profoundly spiritual ways.
But we cannot do this without you.
- Thank you so much
for praying for us. I am particularly grateful for your personal notes to
me over my 30 years at Christian Direction. Please keep interceding.
- We have to be very cautious in funding these plans. As you know, we cut significantly our expenses this year because of the deficits we incurred during the down-turn in the economy. God is providing – we are on a very strict budget.
As we move into the end of this year.
- The team in
Hochelaga needs to raise $5000 by the end of November. These funds are
specifically for Entr’Ados and the work with kids at risk of dropping out
of school…and society, in this very vulnerable part of the city. Your gift
of $50 will serve these kids.
- The team in
Ville-Marie is trusting God for $25,000 – primarily to cover a gap in
funding for the team. Your gift of $100 will ensure that the five women
involved at Innovation Youth and in the downtown core meet all their
targets for this year.
- In Ville St. Laurent, the team is seeking to raise $40,000. This team has several new initiatives for the social and spiritual transformation of the borough. Your gift of $150 will provide for that foundation as we move forward.
Yours for the Kingdom,
P.S. A central part of our vision are the 12 Indicators of a transformed City. As we pray about the future, we see new issues that must be addressed as we partner with churches and agencies for the shalom of our cities – God’s rule over every centimeter of urban space.
Click here to download the 12 Indicators.
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