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Micah 6:8

July 2013

Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.

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Greetings from Winnipeg!

Summer (Finally) Arrives Greetings from Winnipeg's West End! It seems like just yesterday it was winter and now summer is upon us.  Maybe because winter took so long to grudgingly let go!  At any rate, much has happened in the last three months and we're excited to catch up with you.  By the time you get this, Micah will have graduated kindergarten.  Can you believe it?  He is read and writing and doing so well.  We couldn't be more proud.  Since his last hair cut (aka shaved BALD) he has graduated to a cute mohawk after much pleading.  Few people could pull off that look, but Micah makes it adorable.  

However, our household did have some sorrow in in over the last few months. Our 17 year old dog, Dino, was diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer and was suffering.  We had not choice by to put him down, leaving an empty place in our home and in our hearts.  Dino was especially important to Kim & I in the years we were unable to start a family.  Isn't it remarkable the impact a pet can have?  While we will miss Dino deeply, we are grateful for the time we had with him.  It's not often a Dad & his son can have the same dog as their first!

IN THIS ISSUE

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Summer (Finally) Arrives

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Ministry Update

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Micah Fun-Facts

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God Our Provider

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Micah 6:8 | 445 Furby St. Winnipeg, MB R3B 2V7 | director@ywamwinnipeg.com |


Ministry Updates Our very first Peace & Justice Internship was a great success. With two amazing interns- Laura, a leader at our church, and Jon, will be joining our YWAM team this fall- it surpassed our expectations.  It was three months of deeply practical and relational exploration of what it means to live into the peace and justice of God that lie at the heart of the gospel.  Further, we were able to open up many aspects of our program to other churches in the community, bringing together believers from nearly a dozen churches/denominations.  We cannot wait for our next program.  Stay tuned for details!   As summer break approaches, we are also preparing to host a team from the east coast to participate in our Mission Adventures program, which Kim has tirelessly developed and led over the years.  What is especially exciting about this team is that

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several of the young people participating are not (yet) Christians. Not only do we get to help disciple young Christians to embrace the missionary calling of all believers, but we get to give a living example of Jesus to those who don't yet know Him.  It will be tricky, given Micah's summer break, but we are making sure family time is a priority throughout.   Our church plant, Little F l o w e r s C o m m u n i t y, h a s experienced continued growth, reaching people throughout our community and beyond.  To see people move from no faith- even open skepticism about God- to publicly praying to Jesus is an exciting and humbling experience.  The growth has challenged us with space, so we move into the fall considering what it means to grow and possibly even multiply.  The possibility of planting a second church in the neighbourhood is daunting, but exciting nonetheless.  God is good!

Jamie has been growing into his role with Forge Canada, meeting with local pastors from various denominations. His role is focused in providing training, conversation and opportunity for experimenting with what it means to be missional churches- that is, communities of Christians actively at work in fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ. For many churches, while their desire to do so is strong, they are looking for greater understanding on how to do this in our increasingly post-Christian culture. Jamie has also been writing, with several pieces in upcoming significant Christian publications, such as Faith Today.  He continues to develop his next book idea and writes regularly for his blog.  We have been amazed at how much impact the ministry of writing has been.  Pray that Jamie continues to develop discipline and balance as he pursues these gifts and continues to serve in his other roles.

Micah 6:8 | 445 Furby St. Winnipeg, MB R3B 2V7 | director@ywamwinnipeg.com |


God Our Provider We appreciate so much the prayer and support that all of you extend to us. Following Jesus faithfully in this ministry is not always easy- in fact, it feels very risky at times.  Yet, regardless of how we feel, God has continued to be faithful, demonstrated in no small way through people like you.  Not only has our financial support stabilized after a season of decline (though we are still working at restoring it), but we are seeing leaders rise up to share the burdens of ministry.  This has allowed us to

continue to serve God, yet remain focused on building a healthy home and family. Many of you know that our home on Furby has also served as the center of our ministry in the neighbourhood.  In addition to our ministry office located here, our church worships here, our programs run out of here, our students/interns live here and we practice Christian hospitality here, often to the homeless.  This home has been a blessing.  Cont. on page 4

MICAH’S CLASSIC QUOTES: Micah (said to Kim): Daddy... Kim: Do I look like Daddy to you? Micah: Yes. Kim: How do I look at all like your Daddy? Micah (with great sincerity): Well, you're both white.

MICAH FUN FACTS: -As Micah is set to graduate from Kindergarten, he is learning to write like his Dad. Guess what the first sentence he ever wrote said: “I like Jets.” -An athlete like his mother, Micah will be attending both swimming lessons & soccer camp this summer. -Always the planner, Micah already packed his bag for our next trip to Australia... which isn’t until December

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Micah 6:8 | 445 Furby St. Winnipeg, MB R3B 2V7 | director@ywamwinnipeg.com |


God our Provider cont. However, it is also beginning to show it's age. We are increasingly facing the need for repairs, costs that are adding up beyond our current capacity.  We want to continue to make our home available as a center of ministry and hospitality, while remaining affordable for all who live here. Please consider how you might help us

with this challenge, whether it is through prayer, financial support and/or swinging a hammer. Let us know! Again, we are daily humbled and blessed by the unfailing love and support of God and His people- people like you.  You are our partners in ministry in the truest sense. So from all three of us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

And So... We'd love to hear from you too. Few things give us more joy than hearing from family and friends. Ministry is a true blessing, but it can also be hard and difficult at times, so your encouragement is welcomed! Please feel free to drop us a note, an email or a phone call.  We hope to see some of you over the summer break. If you know you are going to be in Winnipeg, let us know. We’ll drop you a line if we are in your neck of the woods as well. Until then, may God be with you all.  

Peace & all good,

Jamie & Kim & Micah

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Micah 6:8 | 445 Furby St. Winnipeg, MB R3B 2V7 | director@ywamwinnipeg.com |

Arpin-Ricci Newsletter - July 2013  

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