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Pastor Eric  Vautour

637 Charles St.

Dieppe, NB

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1-506-874-6765

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Prayer Requests

Bill Hall - April 28, 2019


April 21, 2019 Prayer request: Mr. Bill Hall, GCI Canadian Dir. On Wednesday, May 1, he is scheduled to have an operation to remove cataracts on both eyes.




Josée Boudreau - May 5, 2019


May 5, 2019 Please pray for Josée Boudreau (GCI Moncton) as she is experiencing several health difficulties. May 13, 2018 Josée Boudreau, of the Moncton GCI congregationm, is presently expericing a difficult trial at this time. She appreciates your intercessory prayers on her behalf.




Louis Philippe Goguen - January 6, 2019


Louis-Philippe Goguen 1949 - 2018
Shediac, NB – Louis-Philippe Goguen, 69, passed away peacefully at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre on Monday, December 31, 2018. Born in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late Camille and the late Catherine Goguen (nee Leger). Louis-Philippe will be sadly missed by his wife, Annette Caissie; by his son, Francis Goguen (Chanelle) of Dieppe; his daughter, Julie Dubé (Martin) of Petawawa, ON; his four brothers, Gilles and Laurent (Jacqueline) of St-André- LeBlanc, Yves (Annette) of Shediac River and Normand of St-Norbert; three sisters, Gérarda (Stéphanie) of Moncton, Roberta (Roger) of St-André-LeBlanc and Jacinthe (Normand) of Cap-Pelé; three grandchildren, Alexandre, Maxime and Jakob; the mother of his children, Linda LeBlanc; also by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In memory of Louis-Philippe, donations to the Centre d’Habileté de Cap-Pelé or to donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family. The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at: www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.
Dec 30, 2018 Prayer Update - Continued prayers: Louis-Philippe Goguen continues to be in palliative care. He is in presently in a coma. His body is presently shutting down. Dec 16, 2018 Prayer Update - Appreciation of prayers: Louis-Philippe Goguen, GCI Moncton congregation, thanks for your intercessory prayers and wants to let you know that he is praying for you as well. Dec 9, 2018 Prayer Update – Louis-Philippe Goguen wants to thank everyone for your sustaining intercessory prayers. He continues to maintain his progress. His condition in palliative care remains relatively stable. God is working with Him in very obvious and powerful ways. Dec 2, 2018 Prayer Update: Thank you for your continuing prayers for Louis-Philippe G. (GCI member – Moncton) who continues to be in palliative care at the Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton. Nov 25, 2018 Prayer update: Thank you for continuing to pray for Louis-Philippe Goguen (GCI member – Moncton) who continues to in palliative care at the Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton. Nov 11, 2018 Louis-Philippe remains at the George Dumont hospital in palliative care. He has made peace with the fact that his time on this earth is short unless God miraculously heals him. He continues to rest peacefully although some of the symptoms of his illness are present and sometimes are the source of pain. He is very appreciative of the care that he is receiving an especially appreciative of the fact that he is united in Christ having no doubt of his internal future. Oct 28, 2018 prayer update - Update Louis-Philippe Goguen – GCI Moncton – continues to be in palliative prayers. Your continues prayers are much appreciated! He finds it a blessing that he is able to pray now. He says words to the effect, “It is so important”. He is resting comfortably and the pain continues to be well managed. October 14, 2018 prayer update – Louis-Philip Goguen - Your continued prayers are appreciated. The last time he was seen him in midweek, he was waiting for a bed in palliative care. He was resting comfortably with minimum pain compared to what he was experiencing before. Your continued prayers are appreciated for both his wife and his family. Sept 29, 2018 Update - He is at the George Dumont Hospital in Moncton. The cancer is advanced to a point where the doctors have told him they could not do anything for him anymore. He is still quite alert and resting comfortably. He is able to sleep at night. His treating doctor has prescribed morphine about every two hours. Your prayers are much appreciated. July 22, 2018 Update - Louis-Philippe and his wife, Annette, appreciates all your continued prayers. He was discharged from the hospital this week. He appreciates being home. He is working on regaining some physical strength. July 1, 2018 Update – Louis-Philippe Goguen continues to be in the Georges Dumont Hospital. He is not in pain anymore although still weak. He would certainly appreciate visits, especially from those who know him. June 24, 2018 Update – Louis-Philippe Goguen is presently in hospital. His cancer has progressed to level IV. Please continue to pray for him, his wife Annette, his two adult children Francis and Julie and their families as well as his siblings who are taking care of him. May 20, 2018 Prayer request for Louis Philippe Goguen, Moncton GCI congregation. He suffers from cancer. He is still at home. The extra-mural nurses are visiting him and his wife on a regular basis. His physical condition is gradually deteriorating. Your continued intercessory prayers on his behalf are much appreciated.




Marcia and Robbie Macaulay - February 23, 2019


February 23, 2019 Marcia and Robbie Macauley, (GCI – Saint John) – Robbie suffers from bronchitis. Last week, he had three epileptic seizures. Marcia was also coming down with a cold. Your intercessory prayers on their behalf are much appreciated. June 10 - Robbie Macaulay (GCI congregation): Yesterday, he was walking with a friend. He twisted his ankle and broke some bones. He went to the emergency department of the St. Joseph Hospital in Saint John. He is to see a bone specialist next week. Please pray for God’s intervention and healing as he goes through this difficulty




Ingrid Mandel - May 19, 2019


May 19, 2019 - Ingrid is the wife of long time minister Willi Mandel. Ingrid had major hip surgery with extreme infection in her right hip 3 years ago. She has not recovered from that. She fell 3 weeks ago and tore her left Bisep and rotator cuff again. She is in the hospital in Kingston Ontario. and has been diagnosed with Parkinson as well and most likely has to be admitted to a nursing home. She would appreciate prayers for a recovery.




Gail Brewer - January 27, 2019


Jan 27, 2019 Prayer Update -- Please continue to pray for Gail Brewer (Fredericton), the wife of Merlin Brewer, who continues to be in acute care at the Everett Chalmers hospital with a life threatening illness. Please pray for her and her family

Oct 17, 2018 Prayer Update — from daughter-in-law, Jane — Just wanted to give you the current update on Gail. “She’s still in the hospital. They found a growth on her thyroid, which they did a biopsy on. Those results came yesterday and the growth is cancerous. We don’t know much more than that as she’s waiting to speak to the surgeon. Once I know more, I’ll be sure to let you know.”

Sept 29, 2018 - Gail Brewer has asked for prayers for both her and Merlin. She is presently at the Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton. She has serious mobility problems and other serious health issues.




Leona and Bruce Enkel - May 26, 2019


May 26, 2019 - Bruce Enkel -(GCI Saint John) please continue to pray for Bruce and his wife Leona as there have been unexpected complications following his recent operation. May 12, 2019 -Please pray for Bruce Enkel – Leona’s husband (GCI Saint Johh). He is presently at the Saint John General Hospital recuperating from an operation. The recovery is difficult and painful after the removal of a cancerous growth in his abdomen. This was a very invasive operation. The prognosis from the doctor’s point of view is positive. Your intercessory prayers for his complete recovery are much appreciated. April 28, 2019 Prayer Update - Bruce Enkel, Leona’s husband (GCI congregation in Saint John), will be operated on May 7. Your continued intercessory prayers are appreciated. April 14, 2019 - Prayer request: For Bruce Enkel, Leona’s husband (GCI Saint John) will has to undergo an operation to remove a cancer from his abodomen. The prognosis is very good. Please pray for God’s continued intervention and healing on his behalf. Feb 23, 2019 - Prayer request for Bruce Enkel. Please pray for him as he has to go for tests next week regarding concerning health issues. Prayer Update: Leona reported that she is feeling much better. The pain is mostly gone and she just feels that once in a while. She is feeling very tired which are side effects of the medication she is taking. She wishes to thank the church for the very lovely cards she received. Jan 13, 2019 Leona Enkel (GCI Saint John congregation) continues to solicits your prayers regarding a blood cloth which is lodged in her lung. She was given medication to dislodge it. She is feeling a little better but still has some pain, is very tired and has little energy. Please pray that God will heal her and give her the strength to go through this trial. October, 2018 Leona Enkel (GCI Saint John congregation) solicits your prayers for Her brother Walter Waycott whose wife died this past week. She had been ill for a long time. Please pray for Walter and his family as well as Leona and her husband Bruce during this time of grief. Thank you in advance for your intercessory prayers on their behalf




Heather Smithson - February 21, 2019


February 21, 2018 - Leigh and Heather Smithson (GCI elder Red Deer Alberta - Hi Everyone of our prayer friends. Heather's doctor visit yesterday was not quite what we had expected…we continue to be dealt difficult information. It is hard to process it all but sharing this might help some of you deal with your acquaintances or provide insight to this type of journey. I only share this 'data' with you to keep you informed and ask for continued prayers. Chemo round number four (three weeks ago) had some serious side effects such as severe muscle pain in her back, finger tips, and bones. This is not a usual side effect so the doctor has pre-prescribed pain medicine just in case it happens after today’s chemo. Chemo number five is today and the last chemo is three weeks today. We are bracing for the worst and hoping for the best. The three previous chemo's drugs are known to be very hard on the heart muscle. Since those treatments Heather has had increasing irregular heart beats, so she is having an EKG after chemo today. This 'heart' side effect is not a good thing. We have been told from day one that Heather will not need radiation because the cancer was cut out and the cancerous lymph nodes removed. However, today the doctor referred us for a consult with the radiation specialist. We were not expecting that news and this is a result of the pain she has experienced. The journey is far from over as the benign cyst in her back and lung area is also causing the doc to now send Heather for a consult on removing it via surgery or radiation. After this, she will have a second mastectomy but she will need time to rebuild her strength before this happens...she is simply exhausted! Also, the doctor was very honest today when he confirmed that cancer treatment is a numbers game, all about statistics. Each person is unique and therefore each outcome is unique. No guarantees either way. We continue to rely on God to heal her (Lord, just say the word) and in the very same breath ask God to reveal His will and give us strength to move forward in faith and let Jesus shine through us. We are powered by the Holy Spirit! Yet, it is somewhat frustrating to not make any long term plans. Once again, we both deeply appreciate the love and favor we have been shown by my employer, and the kindnesses of colleagues and neighbors, and the faithfulness of many, many church friends/family. All we can do is keep you up to date and rely on the prayers of many to hold Heather's hands up through this journey. We pray for you as well, Jesus hears us all…always has and always will! God Bless and thank you... Leigh and Heather December 30, 2018 Prayer UpDate: Leigh and Heather Smithson, GCI elder living in Alberta (Received Dec. 28, 2018) Hello our dear friends, and praying partners. Thank you everyone for your cards, letters, calls, and e-mails...wow! They are so encouraging to receive. Heather and I wish you all a Merry Christmas even though Christmas is now past ...lol. Heather was in the very low part of chemo that beats the ‘stuffing’ out of you physically, mentally, and emotionally. She is on a bit of an upswing now and we are doing well spiritually...we know The Father has us! We are asking for God’s will to be revealed for next steps and are keen to listen for and respond to what God would have us do. One thing is for sure...once cancer is in you there are no guarantees of health, healing, or successful medical outcomes. The only thing that is sure are the promises of eternal hope because of what Jesus did for us. Medical treatment therefore is such a personal choice, each option has its own risks, and no one can say with certainty that one treatment choice is better than the other. Having said that, we are always eager to hear your stories of encouragement. Our hope as we do what we can to extend life just a little bit longer, that we stay in the arms of Jesus. God is glorified through our journey as He carries us. We have one more request of you. Heather was called back to have an unscheduled MRI because the CT scan has shown something unknown in her lung. The MRI has been delayed until next week due to the chemo taking precedence. The MRI results are scheduled for the week after that. Finally, we know there are hundreds of others who are in the midst of severe trials and pain, we are eager to pray for them specifically if you wish to share those stories. Thy Kingdom Come!!! God Bless you all and thank you for your part in this story. Love from, and in Jesus name, Leigh and Heather Oct 28 - Prayer Request: Heather's husband (GCI Elder in Alberta) shared this information: We are feeling a ‘wee-bit’ overwhelmed, yet at the same time, fully ‘carried’. Heathers pathology report was not what we were hoping for as cancer was found in the lymph nodes. This will require chemo as soon as her wound is healed and we are already underway with that process. Once the chemo is done (no time estimate) then the full mastectomy will be completed out of an abundance of caution. Thank you everyone for the prayers. The calming effect and strength from the Holy Spirit has helped Heather to radiate with peace.




Debbie Smith - November 11, 2018


Update December 14 Debbie suffers from oesophageal cancer. She still has not been able to be operated because she has the flu and will not be able to have the operation until after Christmas. Your continued prayers are appreciated. Prayer request for Debbie Smith, Betty Melanson’s (GCI Congregation) foster sister. She suffers from oesophageal cancer. She was scheduled to have an operation yesterday but the operation was postponed as she was too ill to undergo this procedure. She is very concerned as the doctor has told her that the rate of survival for this type of operation is 66%. In the last seven months of suffering, she has spent 3 ½ month in the hospital. She will probably have the surgery in the next two weeks if she can. Debbie says the following, “I feel blessed having people especially my sister and your church congregation praying for me makes me feel loved having so many people praying for me”. Thank you in advance for your intercessory prayer on her behalf.




Youth Camp Kenya - Nov 25, 2018


The NB GCI congregations will give $1000.00 to help defray 50% of the cost of the Youth Camp in Kenya. Mr. Anthony Gachanja, GCI regional director in the area, is overseeing it. About 50 teens and 15 staff will attend. Mr. Gachanja wrote the following: “I’m already excited. Thank you very much. What I normally do is that I draw youth from all our congregations across the country. It is a highlight of the year for them. They get to know each other which is a great thing. We do it in different venues to give them an opportunity to see their beloved country. This year it will be on the slopes of Mount Kenya.” Please pray that God will touch the heart of many.




Ingrid Mandel - Dec 9, 2018


Prayer request: From Mr. Bill Rabey through Bill Hall, GCI Director dated Dec. 7, 2018 "Ingrid Mandel's (wife of retired pastor Will Mandel – now living in Kingston, On) health has not improved and she continues to experience more pain and discomfort. She has fallen a couple of times in the past week and had to go to the emergency ward a few days ago. However the doctors are unable to help her in any meaningful way. The doctors do not want to operate on her spine which has deteriorated to the point that it becomes too dangerous to attempt any type of surgery on her spine. Ingrid basically has very little strength in her hips and joints. She cannot lift a cup of coffee with one hand anymore. Ingrid recognizes that God is the only one who can help her and appreciates all the prayers that are offered on her behalf. Even if she has to continue to endure this chronic health crisis she is greatly encouraged to know that people are thinking about her in their prayers on her behalf."




Michele Mosesman - Dec 9, 2018


Prayer request for Michele Mosesman, a friend of Betty Melanson (GCI Moncton). Presently, she is in a hospital in Costa Rica where she is recovering from surgery. She is to return home on December 11. Because of complication with her recovery, her return may have to be postponed. She is alone and scared. Your prayers on her behalf are much appreciated.




Peter Silumula (pastor in India) -  Dec 16, 2018


Prayer request from Peter Silumula, pastor in India—Mennonite congregations. The government of India is clamping down on money received from foreign countries for Christian churches. Many churches have already been affected by this government decree. Pastor Silumula’s congregations which he oversees still have not been affected. Knowing the force of the government decree, they are preparing to live independently from foreign assistance. Please continue to pray for the situation in India and the aggressive attitude the government is taking against Christians.




Jacqueline Howard-Doak - Dec 16, 2018


Please pray for Jacqueline Howard-Doak and her immediate and extended family. Her father, John Howard, has died this past week. At his request, there will be no funeral services. Your intercessory prayers are much appreciated.




GCI (India) - Dec 16, 2018


GCI presence in India: The church has been established in India for many years and has a number of small congregations and groups around the country. In Secunderabad we operate a community counseling and development center, and the local congregation supports orphanages for homeless boys and girls, and runs an annual youth development camp. In Bangalore, we publish a free quarterly national magazine titled Living Light and the members in the region provide support for a school and orphanage for disadvantaged children in a rural area of western Tamil Nadu.




Traci (Johnston) Calvert - Dec 23, 2018


Prayer update Dec 19 from Mr. and Mrs. Ted and Donna Johnston: They send their thanks for the prayers, cards and other expressions of support concerning their daughter Traci (Johnston) Calvert, who recently was diagnosed with cancer (https://update.gci.org/2018/11/johnstons-daughter/ for the original prayer request.)
Traci is doing well and returns home this week after undergoing the first round of chemotherapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Subsequent rounds will be administered in Mobile, AL. While in Houston, Traci was cared for by her aunt Jan, Ted’s sister (shown below with Traci), while Ted and Donna remained in Alabama to help care for Traci’s two children and her husband Troy. Your continued prayers for Traci are needed and much appreciated. Please pray that the cancer (which was successfully removed in surgery) will not return, and that Traci will be blessed with long life in good health. (Cards can be sent to Traci and her family to Ted Johnston, 12289 Venice Blvd. Foley, AL 36535)




Alan and Nancy Hart - March 10, 2019


March 10, 2019 - Alan and Nancy Hart (GCI Saint John) solicit your prayers. Alan wrote yesterday, “Both Nancy & I have a cold. Nancy’s is worse than mine. She’s been really coughing Since Sunday while mine arrived yesterday afternoon. Prayers for healing would be appreciated. We all know God answers all prayers and when we do pray we ask according to His will and His answers are ALWAYS the best. God bless.” Jan 27, 2019 - Alan and Nancy Hart (GCI Saint John congregation). Your intercessory prayers on their behalf are much appreciated as they continue to battle health challenges. Jan 13, 2019 Alan and Nancy Hart (GCI Saint John congregation) also solicits your prayers. Alan wrote the following yesterday, “She has a medical problem. Mine is walking ( Alan has difficulty walking ) . Would appreciate Prayers on our behalf. God already knows and appreciates it when we pray as it is His character we are adapting to love each other. God bless.”




Shirley Fanjoy - March 10, 2019


Lena Wright, Shirley Fanjoy’s mother (GCI Moncton), passed away yesterday. Details of the funeral arrangements will follow later this week. Please pray for Shirley and her family.




Windsor C. MacDougall 1948-2019 - March 31, 2019


The passing of Windsor Colin MacDougall of Cardigan, age 70, husband of Linda (Raniere) MacDougall, occurred on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Born in Montague, Oct. 16th, 1948, he was the son of the late Colin and Nelsena (Buchanan) MacDougall. Windsor is survived by his children Joshua (Candace) MacDougall, Jordan MacDougall, Andrew (Renay) MacDougall and Elizabeth MacDougall. Brothers and sisters Leona MacLure, Wayne (Liette) MacDougall, Shirley (Bruce) MacNaughton and Vincent (Marina) MacDougall. Grandchildren Scarlette, Jesse, Londyn, Atticus, Aurora, and Ariel, and lovingly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews. Ferguson Logan Montague Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. By Windsor's request there will be no public visitations or Funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choosing. www.fergusonlogan.com

If you want so send a card to Linda and her family, her Address is: 468 Collins Road, Cardigan, PE C0A 1G0




GCI Montreal Congregation April 21, 2019


Prayer request from the Montréal GCI French congregation: to find a suitable place to meet on Sundays for worship services.




Flooding in New Brunswick & Quebec Areas - April 21, 2019


Prayer request for all who are affected by the rising floodwaters both in New Brunswick and in Québec.




Gideon Mann Kananiro - May 26, 2019


May 26, 2019- Prayer Update: Mann Gideon Kananiro - GCI Edmunston NB - The South African church he was pastoring before he and his family moved to Canada will officially become a GCI congregation in September of this year. The other good news is that he had to go to Québec to remove a blood clot from one of his heart arteries which was obstructed at 50%. Before the operation, he was suffering from diabetes as well. During the operation, the blood clot was removed. After the operation, his diabetes was completely gone! Praise God for his intervention! April 21, 2019 Prayer request: Mann Gideon Kananiro – African Minister living in Edmunston, NB and associated with GCI - has had to go to Québec city for a medical intervention. He had a 50% blockage in one of his arteries. The medical intervention was successful. On April 10, he had to go to the hospital once more because of acute pain. The test results were negative. He and his family both solicit your prayers and thank you for them. March 17, 2019 Prayer request from Gideon Mann Kananiro. He was a pastor in South Africa, now living in the Edmunston, NB with his family. This church in S.A. is in the continuing process of joining GCI. ISSA KWIGOMBA will be replacing him as head pastor. Gideon Mann asked for prayers for him. Mann Gideon described what pastors leading refuge congregations are facing in S. A. Mann Gideon pri mary language is Swahili. Here is what he wrote (the translation of what he wrote in French): “My brother, leading the church in South Africa is a great job, their culture is not like so many other African countries. The challenges that the pastor and Christians can face are many: 1. The pastor is a volunteer, not even $1 from the church, why? Because the majority of Christians are refugees, living without a job and hoping to receive assistance from the pastor. 2. The pastor is obligated to look for a full-time job to see if he can earn something extra from his budget to assist unemployed Christians. 3. There is too much insecurity in this country. Just for this year there was a theft of the 3 church members’ cars that helped to transport Christians who were without transportation and who were without work in the church. Currently, they have told me that there is just one Christian who is able to transport others to the church. Just imagine such a situation; the church has to take step in to try to find a way to drive church members to the Christian assembly. 4. When the pastor does this people think that the pastor is making a lot of money from the church when he is volunteering without a $1 salary. 5. Every month after the collection of tithes and offerings, there is not enough money to pay the rent and repair the instruments of the church. The leading pastor and his committee will often pay for those expenses out of pocket. 6. To be a pastor and especially the church where there are many refugees, you have to work a lot for your family during the day and every evening you take care of the church activities.” October 21, 2018 Prayer Update: Thank you for all who gave generously to receive a family from so that will be immigrating to Canada shortly and who is being sponsored by Mann Gideon and his family. The donations were delivered this past Tuesday evening. Mann Gideon also thanks you for all your prayers regarding his very serious heart condition. He is now back to normal functioning. October 10, 2018 Prayer Update: Mann Gideon Kananiro – (pastor of a South African church now living in Edmunston, NB) prayer update October 10, 2018. He had an intervention at the coronary unit – Laval hospital, Québec. The operation went well. He had two 100% blockages to his heart. He says, “God is great because the two were repaired without any problems”. The time of recovery from the operation will be about two weeks. Thank you for your prayers on his behalf. July 8 Update: Please continue to pray for Mann Gideon, pastor in Edmunston, NB who is still working in the woods with a serious heart condition. He is waiting for a call from the hospital in Quebec for a medical intervention to remediate this problem. Let us thank God also that he is given the strength to continue working, in the meantime, to support his family June 10 Prayer Update - Please continue to pray for Mann Gideon Kananiro and his family (Pastor living in Edmunston NB refugee from Africa). He will be going to Québec city for treatment of a blockage in his heart hopefully sooner than later. Because he is a seasonal worker and has four children and a wife, to have annual income, he needs to have enough EI to go through the year. He also has to go to work because his EI has come to an end two weeks ago. To be able to have enough income and EI to see them through next winter, he is planning to go to work next Monday, out of love and obligation to his family. He is going to work against doctor’s recommendations. He feels he has no other choice. He travels 4 to 5 hours back and forth to work every day. He has constant pain in his chest and sometimes the pain is acute. The type of work he does in forestry is physically demanding. Your intercessory prayers for God’s miraculous intervention is much appreciated. Both he and his wife have a strong and steady faith in Jesus trusting he will see them through this most difficult trial. May 27 - Prayer update for Gideon Mann Kananiro and his family. This is a pastor from Africa who is associated with GCI. He lives in Northwestern New Brunswick. He has some undiagnosed health problem related to his heart. They are the parents of four children. Thank you for intercessory prayers as his wife Immaculée. The doctors found no illness expect for muscular tiredness. She will be going for physiotherapy and massages. He is still wating for the results of his tests. May 6 - Prayer update for Gideon Mann K. and his family. This is a pastor from Africa who is associated with GCI. He lives in Northwestern New Brunswick. He has some undiagnosed health problem related to his heart. They are the parents of four children. His wife is also incapacitated with her back problems and is presently unable to work. He will is to receive results of his testing this coming Monday. Please pray for their healing and for God’s continued provision for them.




Mike Cunningham - July 7, 2019


July 7, 2019 - Prayer of thankfulness from Mike Cunningham (GCI Saint John congregation), “Just tell the brethren, be it in print, or verbally, that all my tests, etc. were good and that I’m really doing good and feel great. Joanne and I really thank everyone for their prayers and concern.” May 26, 2019 - Michael Cunningham (GCI Saint John) saw his doctor recently. The good news is that all his tests proved to be normal. He is still has shortness of breath which may be a side effect of the treatment he had for cancer in the past. May 19, 2019 - Your continued prayers for for Mike Cunningham (GCI Saint John) are appreciated as he continues to have concerning health problems. April 15, 2018 - Prayer Update from Mike Cunningham (2018-04-14) Mike saw his doctor on Friday. The doctor told him he is recuperating very well after five sessions of chemotherapy to treat his cancer. This means that he will not need radiation therapy. In about six months time, he is going to see his doctor again to plan for the removal of a dangerous growth on his kidney. The growth is said to be none-cancerous but, however, it will have to be removed as it could be very dangerous. This is a three-hour operation. Please thank God for his continued intervention, healing, encouragement and support in his life. Mike and Joanne are thankful for your prayers on their behalf. They know God is in the very active in their lives.




John Steffes - June 9, 2019


June 9, 2019 - Please pray for John Steffes, GCI member in Caribou Me. He is experiencing concerning health challenges. March 31, 2019 - Please continue to pray for John Steffes (GCI member from Caribou, Maine and member of the New Brunswick GCI congregation). Being in a very low income bracket, his financial situation has become quite desperate. Please pray that God will continue to strengthen him during this very difficult trial and to provide a way to manage this situation March 24, 2019 - Please continue to pray for John Steffes (GCI member from Caribou, Maine and member of the New Brunswick GCI congregation). Being in a very low income bracket, his financial situation has become quite desperate. Please pray that God will continue to strengthen him during this very difficult trial and to provide a way to manage this situation. March 17, 2019 - Prayer Update from John Steffes (GCI Caribou, Me) dated March 16, 2019. My car won't pass unless there are major repairs done. The body on my 99 Toyota Camry is really rusted badly in certain areas. This is what the shop said I'd have to have done to pass inspection: For mechanical work: Front brake job Two rear sway bar links Rear exhaust flange near muffler For body work: Left and right rocker panels (they're rusted through); Driver's side floor board (rust through) Left rear wheel well The total for the mechanical work would be a around $500. The body work could easily be well over $1000. Total cost would be around $1500. My car's blue book value is around $900-$1000. I'm going to bring it to another shop but the repairs needed won't change, so either way the cost will be way more than I can afford. The only option I see is getting another car, but I can't see how I can afford another monthly payment as my budget is razor thin as it is. I'm doing all that I can to earn money and try to make ends meet. At this point I don't know what to do. With the stress of my job, my car, dad's failing health, among many other things, I feel like I'm coming apart. The stress is just too much to bear because it has been ongoing for so very long. Please pray wholeheartedly for my dad and also for me. I've had thoughts of despair and hopelessness, and feel completely overwhelmed. If this was one trial I think I could bear up under it, but the intensity and frequency of my trials have not ceased--there appears to be no peace on the horizon. .I've prayed for relief but it hasn't come. My faith fails me; only the faith of Christ can bring me through, that I know. I am so very worn out. I'm sorry for not being more upbeat or "strong," I'm just a frail human being with lots of faults wholly dependent on his Saviour. Pensively in Christ, -John Prayer Update March 6, 2019 - (GCI Caribou, Me) “ I emailed my brother Mark yesterday …He said my dad texted him telling him he was released from the hospital Sunday evening. Dad's still quite tired but slowly gaining back his strength. Please continue your prayers for him. Sinus & lung infections seem to reappear for him on a regular basis.” (March 8, 2019) “ I really appreciate prayers on dad's behalf. Please also pray for me as I'm weighted down with a lot of emotion and at times despair not knowing or seeing what he's going through, and being their for him.”




Kylie - June 23, 2019


June 23, 2019 - Mike and Betty Melanson appreciate all your prayers on behalf of Kylie, their 18 yr old niece who was recently hospitalized following an acute asthma attack. She is now returned home. Please continue to pray for her as she continues to recover.
















John Steffes - June 9, 2019


June 9, 2019 - Please pray for John Steffes, GCI member in Caribou Me. He is experiencing concerning health challenges. March 31, 2019 - Please continue to pray for John Steffes (GCI member from Caribou, Maine and member of the New Brunswick GCI congregation). Being in a very low income bracket, his financial situation has become quite desperate. Please pray that God will continue to strengthen him during this very difficult trial and to provide a way to manage this situation March 24, 2019 - Please continue to pray for John Steffes (GCI member from Caribou, Maine and member of the New Brunswick GCI congregation). Being in a very low income bracket, his financial situation has become quite desperate. Please pray that God will continue to strengthen him during this very difficult trial and to provide a way to manage this situation. March 17, 2019 - Prayer Update from John Steffes (GCI Caribou, Me) dated March 16, 2019. My car won't pass unless there are major repairs done. The body on my 99 Toyota Camry is really rusted badly in certain areas. This is what the shop said I'd have to have done to pass inspection: For mechanical work: Front brake job Two rear sway bar links Rear exhaust flange near muffler For body work: Left and right rocker panels (they're rusted through); Driver's side floor board (rust through) Left rear wheel well The total for the mechanical work would be a around $500. The body work could easily be well over $1000. Total cost would be around $1500. My car's blue book value is around $900-$1000. I'm going to bring it to another shop but the repairs needed won't change, so either way the cost will be way more than I can afford. The only option I see is getting another car, but I can't see how I can afford another monthly payment as my budget is razor thin as it is. I'm doing all that I can to earn money and try to make ends meet. At this point I don't know what to do. With the stress of my job, my car, dad's failing health, among many other things, I feel like I'm coming apart. The stress is just too much to bear because it has been ongoing for so very long. Please pray wholeheartedly for my dad and also for me. I've had thoughts of despair and hopelessness, and feel completely overwhelmed. If this was one trial I think I could bear up under it, but the intensity and frequency of my trials have not ceased--there appears to be no peace on the horizon. .I've prayed for relief but it hasn't come. My faith fails me; only the faith of Christ can bring me through, that I know. I am so very worn out. I'm sorry for not being more upbeat or "strong," I'm just a frail human being with lots of faults wholly dependent on his Saviour. Pensively in Christ, -John Prayer Update March 6, 2019 - (GCI Caribou, Me) “ I emailed my brother Mark yesterday …He said my dad texted him telling him he was released from the hospital Sunday evening. Dad's still quite tired but slowly gaining back his strength. Please continue your prayers for him. Sinus & lung infections seem to reappear for him on a regular basis.” (March 8, 2019) “ I really appreciate prayers on dad's behalf. Please also pray for me as I'm weighted down with a lot of emotion and at times despair not knowing or seeing what he's going through, and being their for him.”








Josephine and James Nyaboke July 21, 2019


Kenya – James and Josephine Nyaboke – Dated July 18, 2019. Exciting news and prayers request. GCI NB became involved with this congregation around 2011. We send them Bibles early on. Every week, they have been sent articles from GCI as well as copy of sermons. In their hearts, they are GCI members already. She wrote, “So i am also wondering if Gachanja did not send you this report, we became members of GCI as congregation. So could i know what remained to be pronounced full members?”. Some parts of Kenya are also going through a severe drought. This is what Josephine wrote, “As for the drought we suffered for along period time without rain in fact we have not been having rain from earlier January but we have realized it recently, This has brought in great famine and lack of water ,prices of food went high and many of the plants dried up even animals died as a result of drought ,And we are praying you pray for us to locate bore hole that can help us with water or buy big tank to store water.

Its our prayer for you and yours to keep us in prayer for God 's provision of a tank or borehole,

Thank you for your always prayers to us, your helping hand to our orphans here, God bless you so much.

In christian love, Your in the king's service, Sister Josephine and James”.




July 21  -Meeting between GCI Pastor Danny Zacharias and Santhosh Joseph


India—Please also pray for the meeting between Danny Zacharias (GCI pastor) and Santhosh Joseph (pastor) as he and the congregation he pastors are also desiring to become full fledge members of GCI. The initial meeting is scheduled for this coming week. As with Josephine and James in Kenya, a relationship with Pastor Santhosh Joseph was initiated through the internet and GCI NB. There is regular correspondence with him also. This is to God’s glory and we could not have planned or orchestrated these events on our own.








July 21  CHINA: Pastor Cao Faces a "Paper Trial"


(from the Voice of the Martyrs Canada dated July 18, 2019)

Sources: ChinaAid, Church in Chains

John Cao
Photo: Ben Cao via ChinaAid

American and his co-worker, Jing Ruxia, were detained in 2017 after being accused of "organizing illegal border crossings" between Myanmar and China (see our previous report). Pastor Cao was sentenced to seven years in prison and Jing to one year. Although the accused pastor has appealed the sentence, the hearing has been pushed back several times.

Last week, the hearing was scheduled for August 22nd. However, Pastor Cao's lawyer received notice on July 12th that there will be no hearing after all; instead, the lawyers must submit any arguments on paper by July 17th. The court would then consider the arguments and render a decision. ChinaAid founder Bob Fu has condemned the process as a "sham" and a "trial session on paper only."




Aug 11 - Kenya - Josephine and James - visit from Mr. Gachanja - Aug. 16-18


Prayer request received August 9, 2019 from Josephine and James Nyaboke (Kenya)

Dear in Christ Pastor Eric and Edna,

Greetings in the wonderful Name Jesus Christ. Hope you are doing well under God’s care.

We praise God and glorify His Name for the good work He is doing in our lives. He is a wonderful God the way he work in us…

Praise God here is to let you know that Pastor Gachanja (GCI regional pastor—Kenya and other countries) cancelled the conference and they are now coming to my Church on the 16th-18th of this month AUGUST. So pray for us as we wait for the visitor to come. God bless you abundantly. Sister Josephine and James.




Aug 4 - Refugee Family coming to Edmunston, NB


Prayer request: An application this month will be made to have Mann Gideon Kananiro’s sister and her family, 2 adults and 7 children come to live in Edmunston, NB. Gideon Mann will be responsible to look after them when they arrive but we have to sponsor them from the NB GCI congregation. Since, as a minister, I live so far away, please pray that the government of Canada will approve their application. A deposit of $12,000 had to be made. Mann Gideon and his family will deposit $8,000.00. GCI New Brunswick has to guarantee $4,000 should there be any need. When they arrive in Edmunston, the parents are guaranteed employment so probably none of this $12,000 will need to be used. Mann Gideon and his wife will look after them in Edmunston. They already have housing for them. The guaranteed money is a backup should they need it. GCI Ottawa has been receiving substantial numbers of refugees and never had to go dip into the assurance money so far. This family comes from Burundi. They live in a refugee camp. Food is scarce. Medical support is practically nonexistent. Life is very difficult for them. Their names are: Father—Migwaso Mushimuza Mussa; Mother—Tabu Kituza Noro; children: Tosha Faida (2 years old); Jules Byamungu (3 years old); Zigashane Mussa (4 years old); Mushimuza Philip Justin (5 years old). Mushimuza Chance Bonheur (6 years old); Tamari Lea (7 yrs.old); Mushimuza Fiston (8 yrs. old)




August 21,  2019 Prayer request from Peter Silumula - India


Prayer request from Peter Silumula, pastor in Hyderabad India dated August 21, 2019. “There are about 75 pastors attended the meeting today and we had wonderful fellowship knowing each other and sharing the hard situations in the ministry. The present government targeting more on Christian Leaders and trying to put them behind the iron bars. We just reviewed the whole situation and just placed the issue before the Lord and looking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Please join us in praying. We had very encouraging word by the pastor who came from South Korea. Thanks.

With much honour and love in Christ”




August 31,  2019 Prayer request Nika - Ida Chavarie's grand-daughter


She is an older teenager or young adult who suffers in the lower end of the autism spectrum. She has to be supervised all the time. She requires 24 hour care which is provided by her mother and father and by Ida. Lately, she has experienced further difficulties as she has been refusing to eat and drink. She suffers from numerous serious physical health problems as well as serious other problems because of her severe autism. Please pray for for her family, that God will continue to sustain them in this very difficult and ongoing trial as they love and care for Nica. Please thank God also for the courage and perseverance that God is giving them. Pray for Nica also. PS Ida is a long time member of the GCI Moncton congregation.




Sept. 1, 2019 Family of 9 coming from Burundi


Please pray for the successful coming for the family of 9 from Burundi which the NB GCI congregation is sponsoring. The Administrative process is well under way. They should be arriving in Canada within the year. They will be settling in Edmunston. 5 members from Moncton have volunteered to help should the need arise. The direct involvement in Moncton should be very minimum as they will be living with Mann Gideon and his family in Edmunston, NB. Again, their names are: Father—Migwaso Mushimuza Mussa; Mother—Tabu Kituza Noro; children: Tosha Faida (2 years old); Jules Byamungu (3 years old); Zigashane Mussa (4 years old); Mushimuza Philip Justin (5 years old). Mushimuza Chance Bonheur (6 years old); Tamari Lea (7 yrs.old); Mushimuza Fiston (8 yrs. old).




Sept 1, 2019 Mr Gachanja's visit with Josephine and James and the church they pastor - Kenya


Please pray for the church in Kenya pastored by James and Josephine Nyaboke. The regional coordinator, Mr. Anthony Gachanja is visiting with them this very weekend. They are in the process of joining GCI.




Sept 15, 2019 Please pray for Santhosh Joseph, minister in India


Santhosh Joseph and the church he pastors are following through with their intent to become members of GCI. In the last few weeks, they have had to deal with floods and illnesses. One of the believers' mother died. 2 other members are hospitalized because of fever. His son is also ill. He is also involved in evangelism. Your prayers are appreciated on their behalf.




Sept 15, 2019 Prayers for some of the members in NB


A number of the members of the NB congregations are experiencing heavy trials at this time. Please pray for God's sustenance, encouragement and perseverance. We know God is working through these sometimes fiery trials to bring forward his plans. He does not cause them but works through them. (“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Ga 6:2 ESV)




October 6, 2019  James and Josephine Nyaboke - Kenya


We pray and request your prayers for a tank for harvesting water during this rain season, it started raining last week. So kindly pray for us. I am happy to inform you that on 11th-13th of October we have been invited by Pastor Anthony to attend a conference in Nairobi which we are told that would be conducted by Kalengule Kaoma. Yours in Christ' service, Sister Josephine and James,

Please pray for the success of this conference also.




October 6, 2019 for Leandre Richard


Please pray for Leandre Richard, Edna Vautour's brother, who was diagnosed yesterday with cancer in his mouth. He is to see a specialist shortly. He suffers from many other serious health problems. If he needs an operation, this will be his 18th.




October 20 2019 for Leandre Richard - update


Thank you for your prayers. Praise be to God. He saw his doctor this last week. The growth in his throat is not cancerous. He is being treated with medication and will not need any surgical intervention.




Prayer request for Francois Renaud  from the GCI Montreal French Compassion Ministry


"François Renaud is currently in hospital. He is in a lot of pain. He has a strong sprain in his right leg and is thought to have torn muscles in the same leg (this is the result of a wheelchair accident). He is a brave man who uses a wheelchair and regularly comes to our Assembly in Montreal."




From Joseph Santhosh India - Dated Oct. 22


I really appreciate you for keeping in touch with me. Please continue to do that as I would really encourage me.

Please pray for my family as everyone is going through viral fever.

Actually fever first started with my wife. Then It came to my daughter, 7 years old, she was the one who was mostly affected by it. A few days back my daughter had 104 degree of fever. She is fine now. And went to school today after one week.

Then it came to me, It's fourth day, and I am getting better now. Now, my mother in law, who lives with us, is started suffering from fever.

So please pray for the speedy recovery.

Love you, and your family. Please convey our love to everyone at church. May God bless you.

In His Glorious Ministry, Pastor Santhosh Joseph




Prayer request from Marcia McCauley of the Saint John congregation


This last Friday night, as she was eating supper, a piece of food became stuck in her esophagus. Yesterday, she spent 7 hours at the outpatients to have it medically successfully removed. The reason for this difficulty is her esophagus is small. She is resting at home. Please pray for her.




Prayer request for Harvest House Moncton


Harvest House is a charitable organization in Moncton who helps the homeless and the addicted to drugs and alcohol. They are presently facing dissent and attacks. Please pray for the leadership and especially for Cal Maskery, the director, and his family as well as the other members of that team. Thank you.




Prayer request for all the GCI small congregations in Canada


That God would guide us in his will and purposes. May God also guide the direction of GCI regarding some of the administrative changes that probably will be unvailed in the near future.




Michael and Joanne Cunningham


Continued prayers for Michael and Joanne Cunningham (GCI Saint John) who are experiencing challenging health problems. We can thank God for their continued perseverance and faith in loving Father and our Lord Jesus.




Prayer request for Lyne Marineau, wife of a Montreal GCI French minister


She suffers from shingles. They are thankful that it has not affected her nerves but has joint pains. Please pray for her prompt healing. She has been a longtime and faithful followeer of Jesus.




January 17. 2020  Prayer Update for Mr. Labelle's son.


Pastor Labelle's son has safely returned from Egypt. Thank you for your prayers He is presently in Egypt for a period of 8 weeks. With the volatile political situation in the Middle East, they are concerned for his safety. He is studying there - part of his master or doctoral degree. Your prayers are appreciated.




New Canadian Citizens - Mann Gideon


Prayer of Thanksgiving: Mann Gideon Kananiro and his family, from Edmunston, NB, have recently become Canadian Citizens. Furthermore, he has only 3 more courses to finish to obtain his certificate from ACCM (Ambassador College of Christian Ministry).




Dec. 10, 2019  Prayer request from Michael & Betty Melanson


My mother's sister Geneva Hicks had a heart attack last week, and is receiving medication from her doctor which appears to be helping. She is back at home and is able to get around to some degree, but the doctor told her the risk of another attack remains fairly high. Betty's friend, Nancy Snowdon-Rule is going for a biopsy on her breast this Thursday. Betty's uncle, Alvin Akey has been told by his doctor that he has an aortic aneurysm, which is a weakening in the wall of his major chest artery. This is the second time he has had one. He is going to be scheduled to be seen in Saint john by a specialist in the near future.




Dec. 13, 2019  Prayer request from John Steffes about his father


He just got out of the hospital with a bad case of pneumonia (fourth time he's had pneumonia since Spring of this year). He's now at a care facility/nursing home. There he will receive more continuous care and have his meals prepped. Dad's 5'9 and down to only 109 pounds. Please have the church sincerely pray that dad will get the care that he needs and God will personally intervene in his recovery. (John is a GCI Member living in Maine, USA and a GCI member in NB)




Dec. 13, 2019  Prayer request from John Steffes about his father


He just got out of the hospital with a bad case of pneumonia (fourth time he's had pneumonia since Spring of this year). He's now at a care facility/nursing home. There he will receive more continuous care and have his meals prepped. Dad's 5'9 and down to only 109 pounds. Please have the church sincerely pray that dad will get the care that he needs and God will personally intervene in his recovery. (John is a GCI Member living in Maine, USA and a GCI member in NB)




December 17, 2019  Gennelle - Shirley Fanjoy's (GCI Moncton) niece


She is presently undergoing test for concerns regarding her blood count. She is 31 years old. Her father has died of leukemia. The family is very concerned and appreciates your prayers on her behalf.




January 4, 2020 Bruce and Leona Enkel - their grand-daughter and great grand-daughter


just got a phone call from Lisa (her daughter) . They were to the hospital today and could not believe the difference in Natasha (grand-daughter) and Baby Genesis Aurora-Anne [that is her name]. Tasha was so much better, much less pain and the baby is doing so well they took the breathing tube out. She has some thing at her nose that pumps bits of air into the lungs so the lungs do not have to work so hard. We forwarded the prayer requests to Lisa and she showed them to Tasha. They said to tell all the brethren that they are so grateful for all the prayers. They will do a brain scan on the baby on Tuesday to see if there is any brain bleed. Please continue to pray and you may pass this to the other churches if you wish. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. In Christian love Leona and Bruce




Jnauary 10, 2020  John Steffes (GCI Caribou/member of GCI NB)


Please continue to pray for John as he experiencing "lot of stress and grief" following the death of his father.

John and his family grieves with hope but it is very difficult for them. His siblblings ae not church members.

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January 6, 2020 John Steffes' father died this morning.

My dad passed away this morning. My family and I are filled with grief at the moment. Please pray for us and for my dad's fiancee Carol. We were all close to dad and loved him dearly.

😢😢😢😢😢

Details of the funeral arrangements are not known at this time.




January 7, 2020  Update Leona and Bruce Enkel regarding baby Genesis


Hi Eric,

Tasha called this morning at 4:25am to say she was on the way to the Hospital. Genesis was in Cardiac Arrest. She called back at 5am to say the Baby was still with us. The DRS. were working with her. She has a tube in her chest as she has air caught in between her lungs and her heart, and they have put the breathing tube back again yesterday as she was in some distress. Have not heard any more since. Lisa is to go to Calgary today. Will update you when I hear. Thanks for all the prayers as they are needed. With love, Leona and Bruce




January 7, 2020  From Leona and Bruce Enkel.  Baby Genesis has died today.


Just got off the phone with Tasha (12:18 p.m.). Baby Genesis passed away about 3/4 of an hour ago. She was still holding her when she called. The heart could not take it. Thank you so much for the prayers. Please continue to pray for Natasha and Cyril, and Lisa. It is hard for all of us. Please let everyone know and thank them for their prayers. Tasha said she was grateful for all the prayers. Leona and Bruce




January 10, 2020 Prayers for Nancy, Betty Melanson's (GCI Moncton) friend


Nancy is going to need more extensive testing as she is at very risk for breast cancer. Your prayers are much appreciated.




January 17, 2020  From John Steffes


John is requesting our urgent prayers. Please see below.

I have no details as of yet about dad's funeral, other than the cost which my brother Paul share with us (my brothers and me). Alas, I won’t be able to go because of travel expenses and other factors. I am trying to grieve, which I'm finding very difficult to do, because at the same time have many stresses upon me right now, things that need attention. One example is that my car is already 11 mos overdue inspection. Next month it'll be 12, and I won't be able to register my car thereafter. If I get pulled over my car will be impounded and I will not be able to drive, and I'd probably be fined as well. The manager from the social club I used has a car that she eventually wants to sell. It's a 2011 Mazda 6. She would let me pay a few dollars a month for it until it's paid off. It's the only option I have right now, and that's only if she decides to sell it it. I told her my predicament but she said she doesn't want to be hurried into buying another car. All I can ask is that you & the brethren seriously pray that this will work out for me. The bus does not come down my way but once a week (Wed afternoons)--I called them to confirm. I have no idea how I'm going to make it through because the car is only one of the many stresses I have on me. The only way I can see through this is several real miracles. I'm just trying survive day to day, I have no more strength than that. My faith is being tested to the core, but I am weak and my faith will fail (it's only a matter of time). The faith of Jesus is my only hope.Enduring in Christ,John




From Leona Enkel - Message of Thanksgiving for prayers  Jan. 31, 2030)


Also Eric, if you have church on Sunday will you thanks those who sent cards and emails on the death of little Genesis.We really appreciated this. And also those who prayed for all of us at this difficult time. Much appreciated




Prayer request from GCI Member - Uganda - Prince Tayebwa Emma (Jan. 23, 2020)


“I would like to oongraculate GCI team for finishing the year 2019 in peace and saying happy to everyone across world. We are so much pleased to have great people and friend world wide. Today as we commence 2020 allow me to announce into your ears as brothers and sisters in CHRIST. We as GCI Uganda lsingiro Nakivale Refugee Settlement we started our Church in 2018 July in a community of refugees where we obliged to bring hope to the victims of war. However we managed set up a church of which has not been due to the limited resources. Therefore we come before you for any possible assistance be material, Financially, prayers all are good before our GOD as our mission is to share the gospel in its fullness. we are over 140 believers”. (He was told that we were not able to help financially but that we would pray for them).




2020 02 09  Prayer for Doug Smith, former Regional Pastor for Eastern Canada


From Mr. Bill Hall, GCI Canada Director: “I was speaking to one of our retired pastors, Doug Smith, the other day and he told me that he will be going in for surgery on Thursday Feb 27th. He was having some problems with his right eye, and doctors discovered a mass in that area. He will be having surgery to have that mass removed. He would appreciate your prayers concerning his surgery.




2020 02 23   Prayer for Mrs. Connie Oleary (from Marcia Macaulay)


Her sister-in-law Connie O’Leary. She is presently hospitalized at the Saint John regional Hospital following a heart attack. Mrs. C. O’Leary is in her 90s.




2020 02 23   For Mr. and Mrs. Doug and Norma Hyde - GCI PEI


He was just hospitalized for a month suffering from pneumonia. He went outside and fell. As he could not get up, he stayed outside for an undetermined amount of time. He has just returned home on Friday. He is still recuperating. Your intercessory prayers are appreciated for both he and his wife and their family.




2020 02 25 Prayer update regarding Nancy Snowden Rule    note from Michael Melanson (GCI - Moncton)


Just a note to let you know that Betty's friend Nancy had the results of her scan come back today as non cancerous. They said that she has some calcifications and some fibrocystic breast changes. They will just be keeping an eye on it for the time being. We have asked for prayers for her in the past, and just wanted to provide an update on her situation.

YBIC




2020 02 28  Prayer update from Doug Smith - former Eastern Regional Director - GCI


Yes, the operation was exceptionally successful for which our whole family was very thankful. Now, we wait two weeks for the lab results.

Also, please thank the brethren for their prayers.

See below in Mr. Smith prayer request for reason of the operation.








Prayer request - outreach Moncton - Crandall University Dated Feb. 28, 2020


I write to encourage prayer for an upcoming outreach event in Moncton. God often does amazing things through young people who dare to believe He will (like David in front of Goliath) while God also has his steady prayer warriors preparing the way for that (like the old prophet Samuel). Whichever one of those you identify with more, please set your heart to agree with God's purposes for renewal, for the activation of winsome student evangelists, and for fruitful harvest.

A team from Circuit Riders in California USA will train interested youth and young adults in evangelism and then go out to the streets to put it into practice March 24-25th as part of the Carry the Love campaign.

More details should be coming soon from the organizers. My role is to ask you to pray:

1. For increased unity in the body of Christ, both before and as a fruit of CTL.

2. For bold evangelists to regularly hit the streets to share the love of Christ.

3. For revival to stir the students at Crandall University deeper into their faith, and that many who previously had not known Christ would get to know him!

4. For this Moncton visit (the first of a Canadian tour) to set the stage for the team in the rest of their Canadian stops.

It's time. Please join me in praying for God to activate a new generation of student evangelists. I will set aside time to pray for this, each day for 21 days from March 4th through March 25th. Will you join me?

Until all have heard,

Glenn Martin

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Glenn and Rhoda Martin reside in Atlantic Canada and serve locally and globally with Youth With A Mission's University of the Nations.




March 3, 2020  Prayer Request for Charlotte, daughter of Robert and Michelle Chestnut (GCI Saint John)


Robert and Michelle are requesting prayer for their daughter Charlotte. She and her husband live in Poland where she teaches. Recently, they visited Florence in Italy. Before they left, they were tested for the corona virus. They were symptom-free at that time. They are concerned because Charlotte is pregnant with their first child. Thank you in advance for your intercessory prayers.




March 3, 2020 Prayer request for Edna Vautour's brother


Prayer request for Edna Vautour's brother who is presently in Spain in a city where a thousand people are quarantined about 1 km from where they live. Please pray for his protection from this illness during their stay and their return to Canada.Your intercessory prayers are appreciated.




March 9, 2020  Edna's sister and husband - Prayer update


Joanne and David were on the cruise ship from Hawai which not permitted to dock because of the Corona Virus. Yesterday, they were able to disembark the ship. They did not have any symptoms of the coronavirus. They were flown to Trenton Ontario with 228 other Canadians. They arrived this morning in around 5:30 AM. All glad to be back in Canada! They will be quarantined therefore 14 days. Thank you so much for your intercessory prayers. We thank God for protecting them and the other Canadians on board the grand Princess cruiseship as well as the others.




Prayer update – March 8, 2020 – Mrs. Connie O'Leary, Marcy McCauley sister-in-law.


She died shortly after the prayer request given to the church. She died in old age. Her spirit has gone back to the good hands of our Lord! Thank you for your intercessory prayers.




March 20, 2020 Prayer update prayer update – Mr. Doug Smith – previous GCI regional Dir. for Eastern Canada


"Please pass on my thanks to the brethren and ministry for their cards, telephone calls, and notes of love and support as it has meant a great deal to Mique, me, and our children. It is always encouraging to know that others have joined you in prayer as you journey through the valley". He has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Please see previous prayer request.




March 19, 2020 Prayer request for Mr. Alan Redmond, GCI pastor - Winnipeg


Alan has been suffering from severe back pain for awhile, and recently went for an MRI. The results are not good, and he, Caroline and their family would request your prayers. (from Mr. Bill Hall)




March 24, 2020 Prayer  Update - Mr. Alan Redmond, GCI pastor - Winnipeg


Mr. Redman has been diagnosed with prostate cancer which has metastasized in his body. Metastasized has the following meaning: "A metastasis refers to the spread of cancer cells from their primary location (the organ in which the cancer began) to another region of the body. Cancer cells may spread through the bloodstream, the lymphatic vessels, or locally, and can do so because chemicals that ordinarily keep cells where they belong in the body are absent". He has just begun treatment. Please continue to pray for him and his family.




March 24, 2020 Prayer for Mr. Albert Ross' granddaughter Karine


Mr. Ross used to live in Moncton and attend GCI. He is now in a nursing home in the Bathurst area. He is asking for prayers for his granddaughter Karine who is suffering from a burnout. Mr. Ross is now 83 years old. He is recuperating from pneumonia. He continues to be very faithful and very alert. Your prayers are appreciated for him as well.




March 24, 2020 Prayer for Robbie Macauley and his mother Marcia.


The day before yesterday, Robbie was transported to the hospital in Saint John by ambulance. He was suffering from chest pain. He was sent back home. He is experiencing a lot of difficulties because of side effects of medication he is taking for epilepsy. He is also finding it especially difficult that he cannot resume normal activities such as visiting with his social worker once a week, going to work once a week, because of the Covid-19 virus. Your prayers are much appreciated for board he and his elderly mother.




March 24, 2020 Prayer for Robbie Macauley and his mother Marcia.


The day before yesterday, Robbie was transported to the hospital in Saint John by ambulance. He was suffering from chest pain. He was sent back home. He is experiencing a lot of difficulties because of side effects of medication he is taking for epilepsy. He is also finding it especially difficult that he cannot resume normal activities such as visiting with his social worker once a week, going to work once a week, because of the Covid-19 virus. Your prayers are much appreciated for board he and his elderly mother.




March 25, 2020 Update Prayer for Robbie Macauley and his mother Marcia update. (GCI Saint John)


Robbie was again brought to the hospital at 5 am this morning. His anxiety was through the roof. He went to the hospital by ambulance. He is on new medications which appear to excerbate this problem. Please pray for Robbie and please so not forget his elderly mother who is very tired. Also pray for Venessa, Marcia's daughter, who is looking after them as best she can. She has to work.




March 25, 2020 Mr. and Mrs. Doug and Norma Hyde (GCI PEI)


Mr. Hyde was admitted to a nursing home. This is very difficult for them. They have been married for 56 years. They have a close and loving relationship. Please pray for them and their children who are looking after them.




March 29, 2020 Robbie McCauley hospitalized  GCI Saint John


Robbie was hospitalized yesterday. This was the third time that he was transported to the regional hospital emergency department in Saint John. Please continue to pray for his elderly mother, Marcia as well as his sister Vanessa. These are difficult times for them. Your intercessory prayers are much appreciated.




April 5, 2020 Robbie McCauley hospitalized  GCI Saint John


Report from Venessa yesterday. Robbie is now back home. He arrived home Friday. Doing better but still very anxious. Please continue to pray for him as well as Venessa who is looking after him this week. Also continue to pray for his elderly mother, Marcia.




April 2, 2020 Mr. Alan Redmond - pastor of the Winnipeg GCI congregation


"Thank you Eric for your concern and prayers. I am home now and the pain is under control. Doing better. Tests being done, treatment plan to follow."

Blessings to you and your flock,

Alan

PS He also knows that you have been praying for him also.




April 12, 2020 Robbie Macaulay - GCI Saint John


Robbie had a much better week this past week. He was able to stay home with his sister. Spoke to him yesterday. Much more stable. Appears to be back to himself. Your prayers for him and his family are much appreciated thanking God for His answer to our prayers.




April 19, 2020 Prayer update Mr. Doug Smith, former GCI Eastern Coordinator


Dated April 14

Last Thursday, I received the following comments from my lymphoma specialist:

First, and most reassuringly, he said this cancer is not life-threatening.

Second, it is slow growing and, therefore, there is no urgency in my situation.

Third, thankfully, there is no need for chemotherapy (at present).

Fourth, the usual radiation treatment is 5 to 15 applications, however, they only need to do 2 treatments in my case (with a follow-up of two more if needed).

Fifth, since I have so few treatments, they are planning on doing them in the week of the 20th of April (which depends upon the radiation availability at the hospital).

Sixth, this week, they will be making a facial mask for me to wear during the radiation More he and his wife thank all of you for Our intercessory prayers.




April 22, 2020 Prayer update Mr. Doug Smith, former GCI Eastern Coordinator


.... just received my PSA results with good news. In October my PSA had moved from a previous 0.008 to O.14 and today's reading was 0.055 -- a movement in the right direction. Also, I will be having the two radiation treatments for my orbital lymphoma on Monday and Wednesday of next week, Thank you for your continued love and prayers and please thank the brethren.




April 26, 2020 Prayer update Robbie Macaulay - GCI Saint John


Please continue to pray for Robbie. His blood count has been very low - about 1.5 when it should be about 5-7. It is thought that the problem is caused by blood thinner he is taking. He is to see the doctor shortly if he has not already done so.




May 1, 2020 Update Mr. Alan Redmond, pastor of the Winnipeg - GCI congregation


From Mr. Bill Rabey, GCI Regional Coordinator A few days ago Linda and I had the chance to do a zoom call with Alan and Carolyn. Alan is optimistic and looking to get back to work after taking some sick leave due to his weakened state from the cancer and treatments he is undergoing. He is contemplating coming back to work on a part time basis rather than full time but all this is of course dependent upon his health. He definitely appreciates his number one support, Carolyn as they travel together through this trial.




May 1, 2020 Update  from Josephine and James Nyaboke - Kenya


Part of an email received from her.

"Yes the government here are so strict people must wear masks, we must keep social distancing, churches and schools are in shut down group meetings are closed, The government is passing around to see any one not following instructions is caught up and taken to quarantine.so the government is very strict here.

We are so much affected by this government curfew, for we are not able to have worship services, no bible studies, markets are closed to buy vegetables and all we need from market is very difficult."




May 10, 2020 Update  Robbie Macaulay


Thank you for your prayers on his behalf and most of all we can thank God. Robbie is doing much better, more peaceful, feeling much better, etc...




May 10, 2020 Prayer request from former member


Although we will not go into any details, a former church member as that we pray for a member of the family who is going through a very difficult time presently. Please pray for this member of the family as well as the former member that they would realize that God is very much involved in their lives bringing them to himself.




May 10, 2020 For Lori Lowersison - Michael Melanson's (GCI Moncton) stepsister


Your prayers are requested for Lori as she is going through a very difficult time. Your intercessory prayers are much appreciated.




May 10, 2020 For Cody and his wife -  Betty Melanson's (GCI Moncton)  son and daughter-in-law


She had a miscarriage at the end of last week. Your prayers are requested for God to help her emotionally and physically following the loss of this child.




May 10, 2020 For Alvin -  Betty Melanson's  uncle


Your prayers are solicited for him. He is 80 years old. He is presently in the hospital in Sackville New Brunswick. He was admitted because of acute pain in his leg. He also had other physical complications. Please pray also that he will receive both good medical and compassionate care.




May 14, 2020 Prayer request - Ravi Zacharias - see bulletin dated May 17.





May 14, 2020 Update Mr. Doug Smith, retired GCI regional director - Eastern Canada


One bright spot came a few days ago through a "telephone visit" with one of my lymphoma specialists who focuses on CAT Scans, blood work, and chemotherapy and I have summarized it below:

CAT Scan showed no migration of cancer to any other parts of the body.

At this point, my body is clear of any "new" cancers. (An aside: I have enough "old" cancers.)

RED BLOOD CELL count is good.

WHITE BLOOD CELL count is good.

IRON is good.

PROTEINS are good.

LIVER is good.

KIDNEYS are good.

He ended by saying it was a "very good report".




May 31 , 2020 Prayer request for Jane LeBreton, Leona Enkel's (GCI Saint John) niece.


Leona requested prayers of behalf to Jane. Jane is the daughter of Martha Milton (GCI member from Moncton now deceased). Jane suffers from cancer. It latest appearance was under her arm. She profoundly appreciates our intercessory prayers during this most difficult time.




May 31 , 2020 Prayer update from Betty Melanson (GCI Moncton) for her uncle Alvin


Betty wrote the following, "He's still in the hospital, and I've had to get power of attorney in order to ensure his safety once he goes home. They would prefer he goes into a special care home, but at this point there is no way he is willing to do that.Therefore, we are trying to get care home workers in place along with the life line in case he falls.Yesterday, the ambulance could not bring him to Moncton to get the CT scan he needed, so I had to get him.That was a full day! So very draining as he can become very angry at times, and usually for no reason.

Alvin is Betty's uncle. He lives in Sackville New Brunswick. Your prayers on his and their behalf are much appreciated.




June 12, 2020 Prayer for Mrs. Barbara Rogers who was involved in a serious bicycle accident.


Mrs. Rogers was hit by a truck while riding her bicycle. Mr. Dan Rogers is a retired GCI pastor living in the USA. He worked at the headquarters GCI church.

From: Bermie Dizon [mailto:bermie.dizon@gci.org]
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2020 10:49 AM
To: Bermie Dizon
Subject: Update on Barbara Rogers

Greetings to you all in Jesus' name. Please continue in prayers for Barbara and the Rogers family.

This morning, I was able to talk to Dan Rogers on the phone to tell him that we love the family and are praying for him. The other day I posted the prayer request on Facebook and I noticed that some shared it on their Facebook prayer request walls. I told Dan that so many people around the world are praying for Barbara and also for him.

Dan wants to tell everyone that he appreciates very much the prayers. He didn't get to sleep last night due to the situation.

Barb comes in and out of consciousness. He said that it is a miracle that she is still alive because the doctor mentioned on the phone that she may die due to her injuries. Her liver was operated to stop the bleeding. Because she is on ventilator because of a collapsed lung, she is not able to talk. She has a few broken ribs and the bones on both legs were broken in pieces. The hospital gives Dan a call for any new updates.

He really wants to go and visit his wife but the hospital would not allow him. Please pray that Dan will be allowed to visit.

Dan knows that this is a time when Barbara needs some family members by her side but the hospital policies are not allowing it. This is sad. I don't fully understand it myself when they can always let Dan wear protective apparel or give him a Covid-19 test. If found negative he should be allowed to visit and be able comfort to his wife. A person's emotional wellbeing is important too and can help with the recovery.

No one knows what will happen. His oldest son, Chris is with him right now and the other two children will be flying to Las Vegas today.

The bible tells us that when one member of the body suffers, the whole body feels it. We are the body of Christ. We are family. Let's continue praying for each other in these times of challenges. We have a loving powerful God who knows what is going on. He is our Hope. With Him and In Him, there is salvation and comfort.

In Christ,

Bermie Dizon




June 19, 2020  Update about Mrs. Barbara Rogers


Here is the latest regarding Barbara as of today at around 1:30 p.m.

Barbara remains in ICU with great difficulty breathing. She is also in great pain. No timetable on how long she will be in ICU. She is confined to bed for the foreseeable future.

Please continue to pray for her and for Dan as he is still not able to see her or communicate directly with her.

Thank you.

Pam (wroks at the GCI headquarters office in USA)




June 16, 2020  Update from Mr. Alan Redmond, pastor of the GCI Winnipeg congregation


I wanted to thank you all for your prayers and concern for me and my family. Despite my illness, God is giving me strength in body and spirit as a result of your prayers.

Treatment is ongoing and I have gained mobility and am feeling much better.

Blessings in Christ,

Alan




June 19 - Death of Mrs. Mique Smith, wife of Mr. Doug Smith, retired GCI Regional Director, Eastern Canada.


email from Mr. Bill Hall, dated June 20, 2020

Hello everyone. Very sad news, Mique Smith, Doug's wife died last night. Here is what Doug sent to Alvaro for the brethren at Cornerstone (Toronto West). Let's continue to pray for Doug and his family, and remember each other in our prayers. Bill

"Please thank the beautiful Cornerstone brethren for their unceasing love, prayers, and compassion for Mique, me, and our family as we made our journey through this very difficult and challenging time of our lives. We are deeply thankful that our gentle and caring Shepherd, with so many fellow travellers, gave us continued support and encouragement. Our Saviour strengthened us daily as we rested in His promise of being "with us" as we walked through the valley. However, we know there is no promise that we would emerge from the valley. Mique has completed her journey that she finished well and now, at her journey's end, is home. Thank God Mique is now home!"

PS NB GCI Members: Mr. Smith also wanted to thank you for all your prayers and concerns.




June 24, 2020 Prayer update for Barbara Rogers


Dan & Barbara Rogers

Please continue to pray for Barbara Rogers. She remains in very serious condition. She is in tremendous pain and has difficulty breathing.

She is allowed no visitors. Please also pray for Dan and his three children. For her picture, please see https://update.gci.org/2020/06/prayer-request-for-barbara-rogers/




June 28, 2020 Halifax congregation


Please pray for the Halifax congregation. Mr. Owen Willis and his wife are retiring at the end of the month. The Halifax congregation is presently in transition. They will be participating in worship services, Bible studies and prayer meetings through the Zoom platform at least until GCI churches and begin to meet again in person. Please pray for them during this transition. Please pray for Mr. and Mrs. Willis in their family in their retirement.
We thank God for their faithful service during all these years - close to 50 years.




June 24, 2020 Prayer update for Barbara Rogers


Dan & Barbara Rogers

Please continue to pray for Barbara Rogers. She remains in very serious condition. She is in tremendous pain and has difficulty breathing.

She is allowed no visitors. Please also pray for Dan and his three children. For her picture, please see https://update.gci.org/2020/06/prayer-request-for-barbara-rogers/




July 7, 2020 Prayer update for Barbara Rogers Update from her husband Dan


Barbara continues to try to recover from her life threatening injuries. She is constantly in severe pain that is virtually unmanageable. She is unable to get rest or get much sleep. She is scheduled to see a number of specialists over the next few weeks and we hope they can be of some help. Please continue to pray for Barbara's recovery and especially for the constant, horrible pain she is experiencing. Thank you for your prayers and for all the get well cards. I have read aloud each one to her and she was moved to tears and is deeply grateful to all of you for your concern and love.Cards may be sent to:Barbara Rogers2657 Windmill Parkway Suite #154Henderson, NV 89074




July 9, 2020 Prayer request from Josephine and James Nyaboke - Kenya


"Servant of the Most High God its our prayer request to the almighty God who is our provider that you kindly pray for us the orphans to get BEDS,MATTRESSES,AND BLANKETS.They sleep on the floor with worn out mattress and blankets.

God bless you as we wait to hear the mercies and love of God to the orphans fulfilled.

Greetings to all of you.

Yours in the service of the King and Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Josephine and James"

This is a small church in Kenya associated with GCI with whom with have been in contact for over 10 years.




July 11, 2020 Prayer request for Matthew, Betty's Melanson's son (GCI Moncton)


"My son, Matthew, his grandfather is in the hospital and was not expected to make it through the night. He still hanging on, but I suspect it won't be much longer. If you would please say a prayer for Matthew, his grandfather, Garnet, and the rest of the family, that would be great. Matthew was very close to him and I know he's really going to struggle with Garnet's death".




July 19, 2020 Prayer request for Robbie Macaulay, son of Marcia Macaulay (GCI Saint John


Robbie is suffering from epilepsy. This past week, he had another epileptic episode. He now trembles a lot. He is to see a doctor this coming week for adjustment in his medication. Thank you in advance for your prayers on his behalf and his elderly mother.




July 19, 2020 Prayer request for our son-in-law, Troy Cowan (Mr. and Mrs. Vautour)


Troy is suffering from chronic back pain. He has seen several specialists over the years. There is nothing they can do to help him except to help him manage the pain as best as the can with medication. He has been on a waiting list to go to the pain clinic for 4 years now. As our daughter said, "for him to get better will take a miracle". He still works however. He is very limited in what he can do. He is very resilient, doesn't complain but at times, he is so much pain that he has to stop all activities. Your prayer on his behalf are much appreciated. We are thankful that God is sustaining him. He is an excellent husband and dad. We know God is able to all things. We trust in His will for Troy.




July 26, 2020 Prayer for Kenneth Woodworth  (GCI Halifax)


Kenneth went to see his doctor. He is was diagnosed with Crohn's. He is presently on medication and able to continue to function normally. Please pray for his healing and that the medication he is taking will be effective in controling the progress of this disease.




July 19, 2020 Prayer for Kenneth Woodworth and his father Floyd (GCI - Halifax)


His father who is 86 years old in in palliative care. He suffers from advanced cancer. Please pray for him and his wife who helps to take care of him.

Also pray for Kenneth who suffers from colitis. He has been passing blood in his stoole. He is going for testing this coming Tuesday. There is also concerns about his prostate as he has elavated PSA count. He is entrusting himself to God. He is thankful that He is intervening in his life!




July 26 for Robert McKinney and his family pastor in Nassau Bahamas and the Caribbean Director  (from Mr. Bill Hall Canadian Director dated July 25, 2020


As we meet tomorrow, I would like to request prayers for our pastor in Nassau Bahamas and the Caribbean Director, Robert McKinney and his family. Robert's dad passed away recently, and Robert (he conducted it on Grand Bahama) and his family attended his father's funeral the weekend of July 11th. On July 16th his sister Deborah was taken to hospital unresponsive and put on a ventilator. She died on Sunday July 18 of COVID 19. Since that time both Robert and Tania, his wife, have tested positive for COVID 19 and are in isolation. Although they are both improving day by day, Robert's mom and his brothers Daniel and Benjamin are in the hospital and on oxygen. Let's remember them tomorrow in prayer during our online services.

Also, professional cleaners in hazmat suits have been cleaning the outside and inside of our church building in Nassau to eliminate any presence of COVID 19.

From what I understand, the Bahamas had been basically shut down and the cases of COVID 19 had stabilized, but they recently opened up their borders on July 1st. There is a lot of interaction between Florida and the Bahamas and now cases of COVID 19 are again spiking.

Please stay safe and careful. Bill

--

William Hall




Update about Robert and Tina McKinney - pastor in Nassau Bahama July 30, 2020


Robert and his wife Tania are on the mend. His brother Daniel is being airlifted from Freeport to Nassau for further treatment. HIs brother Benjamin is still on oxygen in hospital in Freeport and his mother is feeling much better and out of hospital.




Prayer request for Fetna and her brother's family - Montreal English congregation - re. explosion in Beirut


Normally I do not send local prayer requests to you but I think because of the international impact of what happened in Beirut and the new immigrants we are involved with nationally, that this would be important to ask you to send out this request..

One of our new attendees in Montreal (Fetna) informed us that her cousin was in the immediate area of the explosion in Beirut and lost his life as a result. His name is Sam Dughaim. He was 43 years old, married with five children. Please pray for his wife, children and relatives. There are no doubt more new immigrants who have been impacted by what happened this week in Beirut as well as all those living in Beirut who have suffered great loss who would need our prayerful support.




August 10, 2020 Prayer request from Betty Melanson (GCI Moncton) regarding Donna


Betty wrote, "I am forwarding a message I received from a lady I used to babysit (Lori). Her mother (Donna) is in the Moncton city hospital and this is all they know so far. She tells me it doesn’t look good and how scared and upset she is. Desperately seeking prayer. You have her permission to post it wherever you see fit." "She hasn’t eating in almost 6 weeks lost 50 pounds or more she has a large tumour under her left lung pushing up against where her food goes down she’s had 4 scans and a scope down her throat there’s something blocking her esophagus there doing another scope with a smaller light down her wind pipe tomorrow to see if they can see what’s blocking it."




August 21, 2020 Prayer update from Betty Melanson (GCI Moncton) regarding Donna


"Her son was able to speak to the doctor, and was able to finally find out what was going on. Unfortunately, the biopsy came back positive, and she definitely is full of cancer, hence not being able to do anything for her. The tumour that is on her long is what perforated her esophagus, causing her to get an infection in her organs as well. They have given her a feeding tube into her stomach, and have her on medication to keep her comfortable. She will be moved to the Sackville hospital where she will live out the rest of her days in palliative care. It sure is sad news, but all we can do is pray that she will not suffer long as she has now started coughing up blood".




Prayer Request, Pastor Jack Kost - August 31, 2020 former Pastor in NS


Good morning Bill, I just talked with Betty who gave me an update about Jack. He did have a heart attack last Thursday and is now waiting to be transferred to the hospital that deals with heart operations. He had one about 15 years ago and doctors are saying they may have to replace the stint they put in back then (apparently they are only expected to last 10 to 12 years). If the stint doesn’t work they will have to do open heart surgery. He has her iPad and is reading her email so this is probably the best way to get in touch with him. Of course with Covid, she hasn’t been able to see him but apparently he is in good spirits and wanting to get it over with. Jack would appreciate prayers from everyone,




Update Donna, Sept. 6, 2020


Michael and Betty Melanson inform us that Donna, whom we prayed for today, has just a few weeks to live, as the doctor told the family. Please continue to pray for God's compassion and mercy for her as she faces these last days on earth. Please pray that God will reveal Himself to her more fully during this time as only He can.




Prayer request for Geneva Hicks (Michael Melanson's aunt) Sept. 9


She had developed a constant cough a while ago, and tests have shown spots on both of her lungs – three on one lung and four on the other. She has had breast cancer twice previously in her life, and the doctors are concerned because that particular cancer has a habit of showing up in other areas of the body later in life. She is scheduled for biopsies later this month. Prayers on her behalf are appreciated.




Prayer update – Mr. Jack Kost pastor of the Victoria church and former pastor in Nova Scotia.


Received news from his wife Betty that he was to return home on September 10. The operation to replace the stents following a recent heart attack went well. The prognosis for recovery is excellent. Your intercessory prayers are much appreciated.




Prayer update –  from Betty Melanson (GCI Moncton) for Donna.


This pass week, Donna has died. Please pray for her surviving family during this time of grief. Her spirit is now with God as we read in Ecclessiastes 12:7 until the resurrection as we read in John 5:29-30.

Please see previous prayer request below on her behalf for more information.




Sept. 27, 2020 Prayer for Mr. Vautour brother and his wife


Rejean and Joan live in the province of Quebec. Joan has been recently diagnosed with Covid-19. Rejean's health is not that great as he suffers from diabetes in high blood pressure. Your prayers for the both of them are much appreciated.




Sept. 27, 2020 Upcoming Meeting with Mr. Hall and Mr. Bill Rabey


Mr. Vautour will meet with Mr. Hall and Mr. Rabey this coming Tuesday to discuss plans for the churches in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as well as PEI. Please pray for God's enlightenment and for the discernment of God's will as we move forward amidst these very unusual times.




Sept. 26, 2020 Prayer request for Daniel Christmas


"And it appears that Senators (Federal government) will have the option shortly to join Senate proceedings virtually. I am optimistic that when I do resume my duties in the New Year I will not have to travel to Ottawa...

But I do have to appear in person for at least one Senate sitting. The date I have chosen is Tuesday, October 6. I plan to fly up and back the same day. But then I have to self isolate for 14 days.

I would appreciate prayers so that I can travel safely to Ottawa and not bring back the virus. The second wave is now beginning to hit Ottawa.

I would appreciate the prayers from our congregation for this.




October 3, 2020 prayer update from  Daniel Christmas


"I got word yesterday that I do not have to travel to Ottawa next week. The Senate adjourned until October 27.

There is now a strong possibility that the Senate will adopt a virtual option at that time. This will allow all Senators to join sittings on-line. It appears the on-line option will remain in place for the length of the pandemic.
I can’t tell how relieved I was to hear the news. The number of COVID-19 cases spiked in Ottawa this past week and a lockdown is beginning to be reintroduced again.

I really appreciated the prayers".





October 3, 2020 prayer update from  Daniel Christmas


"I got word yesterday that I do not have to travel to Ottawa next week. The Senate adjourned until October 27.

There is now a strong possibility that the Senate will adopt a virtual option at that time. This will allow all Senators to join sittings on-line. It appears the on-line option will remain in place for the length of the pandemic.
I can’t tell how relieved I was to hear the news. The number of COVID-19 cases spiked in Ottawa this past week and a lockdown is beginning to be reintroduced again.

I really appreciated the prayers".





October 4, 2020 prayer request for Jane LeBreton


Leona Enkel of the Saint John NB GCI congregation is soliciting your prayers for her niece who lives in Montréal. Jane is suffering from cancer. She was doing well in her recovery but lately, she is having concerning symptoms including extreme fatigue and other symptoms. Your intercessory prayers are much appreciated. We have prayed for her before.





October 5, 2020 – prayer request for Ida Chavarie - long time member of the Moncton GCI congregation.


Ida will be operated this coming Friday for a hip replacement. She had been on a waiting list for some time. She was called yesterday as there was a cancellation. She is very grateful for your prayers on her behalf. Also, on October 19, October 29 and November 2 she is scheduled to see an ophthalmologist to repair a scratch she has in one eye and also for cataract surgery. Please pray for God's healing and that all will go well with the various surgical interventions she will undergo.





October 25, 2020 – prayer for Dylan Duguay, a 13-year-old boy who was killed in a bicycle accident on October 13.


Richard Ward of Riverview is soliciting our prayers for this young boy's family who was tragically killed when hit by a car in Cap Pelé, NB.. Please pray for his grieving family that they might find hope in our Lord during this time of mourning. He was much loved by his family including his parents, two sisters, grandparents and others





October 25, 2020 – October 25, 2020 Please pray for Mark Steffes, John Steffes's brother.


John Steffes is a long-time member of GCI. He lives in the state of Maine and is associated with the New Brunswick congregation. John is soliciting prayer because his brother Mark has just gone through a divorce after 30 years of marriage. He is soliciting prayers for him, for his ex-wife and children. Mark was encourage knowing that we would pray.





October 29, 2020 – Prayer request from Michael Melanson regarding mother, aunt and friend


First, my mother’s sister Geneva Hicks had a CT scan a month ago which showed small spots on both of her lungs. A recent scan has shown that the spots have enlarged. She is scheduled to undergo a biopsy of her lungs to determine the nature of the spots. The fact that they have enlarged in a short time is not a good sign.

Secondly, a good friend of my mother named Cathy Estabrooks has terminal cancer located in her lower abdomen.

Thirdly, prayer for my mother would be appreciated, as she is trying to support her sister Geneva, and my mother has her own age related health problems that she is dealing with.

Thanks.

YBIC

Mike M.





November 1, 2020 Prayer request from Leona and Bruce Enkel (GCI Saint John)


They are solliciting your prayers for Leona. She spent the night in the hospital in Saint John suffering from pleurisy. She is now at home. (Pleurisy (PLOOR-ih-see) is a condition in which the pleura — two large, thin layers of tissue that separate your lungs from your chest wall — becomes inflamed. Also called pleuritis, pleurisy causes sharp chest pain (pleuritic pain) that worsens during breathing.) Your intercessary prayers are much appreciated.





November 8, 2020 Prayer request Bruce Enkel, Leona's husband (GCI Saint John)


Bruce will undergo an operation Tuesday of this week because of serious problem with his appendix. Please pray that the operation of the removal of organ will be successful. Unless treated, this condition can have serious consequences.





November 8, 2020 For Jane LeBreton, Leona Enkel's niece.


They are very appreciative and thank you for your ongoing prayer's on her behalf. Jane suffers from cancer. She recently saw her oncologist. Her situation appears to be stable at this time. She will not need to see him until next February.

On November 3, she had a lung x-ray. She is waiting for the results. Please pray for a successful outcome. Jane, not a member of our church, is very appreciative of your prayers,





November 8, 2020 Gary - a new contact


Gary, was from Nova Scotia, has contacted GCI through the Internet. He is in his early 60s. He is paralyzed by the fear that he has committed the unpardonable sin stemming from a faulty understanding of one of the parables. He desires a relationship with God. At this time, he sees God through the eyes of fear rather than through the realization that God the Father is a loving God. Please pray that God will liberate him from his distorted view of who God is so that he may find rest in Christ.





November 10, 2020 Update regarding Bruce Enkel - from his wife Leona


Heard from Bruce’s Dr. All went well. HE will be in hospital for couple of days. Thank everyone for all the prayers, and I hope he will be home soon. YSIC Leona





November 15, 2020  Ida Chavarie GCI Moncton


Ida wrote the following: "I have to cancel my hip surgery the 23rd (November). I had to stay overnight at the hospital. Just came back home yesterday afternoon. I can't pronounce the name of it - was the lining of my heart that was inflamed. Cardiologists put me on aspirin 2 every six-hour and other pills for pain. Says nothing wrong with my heart. Could be a virus that caused this." She is very appreciative for everyone's prayer.





November 21, 2020  Encouraging update from Mf. Doug Smith, former Canadian Eastern Coordinator - GCI


This week I (Mr. Bill Hall) received a positive report from my oncologist stating that the serious threat of my prostate cancer has passed and that my situation will simply be monitored on a normal basis. In fact, he jokingly made the comment, “Doug, your PSA level is now lower than mine.”

I thank you for your ongoing concern, support, and prayers during these past almost four years and am thankful for His grace and tender mercy.

Enjoy a rich and deeply meaningful worship service.

Stay warm and safe.

GB,





November 28 , 2020  James Sampson, Halifax NS


"November 28th. I get to have an MRI and if it came down to surgery I would most likely refuse because of it being my spine I can’t take a chance on being on my back the rest of my life that would burden my seventy-five year old wife."

"I also have to be very careful with my pain medication Tylenol #3. I was addicted to that medication about 15 yrs. ago because of migraine headaches and having to have surgery on my neck because it had been broken in1967."

"I need to get some days were I get some relief from the pain even if it is only two days in the week. I know it sounds crazy but that is my goal because I do not want to take a chance on surgery unless God is able to give me an OK?"

"My problem is a narrowing of the spine (Spinal Stenosis) as well as dependents on drugs.The pain medication I am dangerously close to being addicted. I have been addicted to one other for fifteen years and only God can provide the ability to get off."

"My prayer is to be healed of both problems and allowed to walk once more and see the world and shuffle more then 1/2 K with a walker. May Gods will be done daily in my life. Thank you"

Thank you for your intercessory prayers.




December 6, 2020  Encouraging news for Ida Chavarie + prayer request - GCI Moncton


Ida thanks you for your intercessary prayers. She had her cataract operation. Her eyesight is not 20/20.

On January 5, she is scheduled to go for a hip operation.

God is good all the time! Your intercessary prayers for the success of her hip operation is much appreciated!




December 6, 2020  Prayer for the successful transition of headquarters in Saskatoon.


Mr. Bill Rabey has retired from being the regional coordinator for eastern Canada. As a consequence, the regional role for the western regional director, Mr. Stephen Posiak has also changes. Both will have more time for their pastoral responsibilities for the local churches.

Mr. Bill Hall, Canadian Director, will take over both of those responsibilties. It is a large load added to his other responsibilities. Please pray for God's direction during this time of transition. Jesus Christ is the head of His church. May He be glorified as He leads this transition in this part of His body, his universal church, of which is GCI is a member.

Your intercessary prayers are much appreciated.




December 7, 2020  Prayer request for Nancy Messervey, (Vey)


She was the wife of now deceased Doug Vey and the mother of Kim Vey. She is a former member who was attending in Saint John, NB.

This past week, she went to see the emergency department because she had a painful blood clot in her foot. After having been given various tests, it was found that cancer had invaded her body.

John Vey, Doug's son, who attends worship services regularly through Zoom and who lives in Grand Prairie Alberta is requesting prayers on her behalf.

Thank you so much for your intercessory prayers on her behalf.




December 10,  2020  Prayer request for Nancy Messervey, (Vey)


Update from JohnVey: Nancy has received the results from her medical exams. The cancer has invaded her major organs. Because the cancer is medically irreversible and so advanced, she has decided not to take any treatment. Your intercessory prayers for both her and her husband Laurie as well as Nancy's biological daughter Kimberly and her stepsons are much appreciated.




December 9,  2020  Prayer update regarding Geneva Hicks, Michael Melanson's aunt


Note from Michael Melanson: I just wanted to give you an update on my Aunt Geneva whom we had asked prayer for. We are happy to report that the spots on her lungs have turned out to be small nodules caused by rheumatoid arthritis and are not cancerous. This is a great relief to her and the rest of the family. She will be sent to a rheumatologist to determine if treatment is necessary. She wanted to pass along her thanks to all of us for our prayers on her behalf. Thanks be to God!




January 10, 2021  John Vey and Ida Chavarie - update - operations


Both John, who lives in Grande Prairie, Alberta and Ida Chavarie who lives in Moncton (both members of GCI) had operation this past week. In both of their situations, there operation were successful - Ida - hip replacement and John - for a hermia. Your intercessory prayers on their behalf are much appreciated by both!




January 17, 2021  Marcia and Robie Macaulay (GCI Saint John congregation)


Robie continues to have difficulties with epileptic grand mal. He also reacts to his medications - trembles a lot. Please pray for him and for his elderly mother.




January 31, 2021  Prayer request for a troubled teenager and family


A young teenager whose grand-mother attends one of our congregation, has been hospitalized in a psychiatric wing following threats to her own life (suicide). This young teenager is confused regarding sexual identification, has become rebellious and has generally become unmanageable in her family. This is placing much stress on the parents who are simply overwhelmed. Please pray for this teenager and the family during this most stressful time. Please pray also that God will reveal himself to them and ready their hearts to respond in faith when he does. Your intercessory prayers are very appreciated and valued!




February 5, 2021  Prayer request from Mr. Michael Melanson - GCI Moncton


I am asking for prayer for my step-son Cody Mcneill and his wife Candace. She is currently pregnant with their first child and is 12 weeks into the pregnancy. They had lost a child through miscarriage last year. While Candace is currently doing well, they just received some difficult news regarding their 1 ½ year old pet dog who has a serious heart enlargement. Their pet may recover, but it will be a long, difficult and stressful road. We are very concerned about Candace being able to carry her child and have a successful birth since she had a previous miscarriage, and also about the potential stress on her during her pregnancy which may come from them caring for a seriously ill pet over a long period of time.

Please pray that God will give them the guidance to seek out what is best for their dog Tofu and to know what is best for it. Please ask God to remove the conditions that are causing them the stress the dog's condition is causing them.

Your intercessory prayers are much appeciated.




February 17, 2021 prayer request from Mrs. Tina Willis – Halifax congregation


Mrs. Tina Willis, wife of Owen Willis retired and former pastor of the Halifax congregation, is soliciting our prayers. On February 25, 2021, she will be going to the hospital to have a pacemaker to regulate her heart rate. She will enter the hospital at 6:30 AM for a day surgery. Afterwards, she will need to take it easy for a few days to let the equipment settling. No lifting for a while, as she says. This is her first surgery. "Would appreciate prayers to place the situation in our loving Father's hands", she writes. Your intercessory prayers are much appreciated.




February 19, 2021 Update from Richard LeBlanc regarding his wife Nora


She came home Friday from the Saint John Regional Hospital. The procedure to place a stent in one of her arteries was successful. They are very, very thankful for God's merciful intervention and for your prayers.




February 15, 2021 Prayer request from John Steffes, GCI member living in Caribou Maine and a member of GCI New Brunswick


"Im in a lot of pain. My back slipped out again (since my last email to you) and I can't move without pain. The pain is debilitating. I'm I'm taking meds but they don't help much. Im wearing a back support i got from my doc but it also doesn't help much. There are flares of pain that literally bring me to my knees. Sometimes I find it easier to move on my hands and knees (yes, the pain really is that severe). ... I have two slipped discs in my back; if I fall I could end up with major nerve damage, even paralysis." Your intercessory prayers on his behalf are much appreciated.




February 27, 2021  Update from Mrs. Tina Willis, Halifax Congregation.


Wanted to pass on my sincere gratitude to you both and the other brethren for their prayers for me. Our loving Heavenly Father does help us through! Everything went fine on Thursday, wonderful, caring hospital staff. Have been getting good night’s sleep since and resting a bit more. All fine at checkup Friday am. Another 4 weeks of limited lifting and driving and another checkup and then should be all ok.

Thankful, love,

Tina




February 27, 2021  Prayer request for David Grant , GCI member in PEI


"David asked me to email you and let you know he is in the hospital. He has double pneumonia, and has inflammation around a pre-existing benign mass in his chest. He is being treated by IV antibiotics and will be in the hospital for a few days.

Best regards,

Beth

Beth Grant"

Thank you for your intercessory prayers.




March 11, 2021  Prayer request for Mr. Alan Redmond and his family, the Winnipeg congregation as well as Mr. Bill Hall who will be taking on added responsibilities.


Hello everyone. The following is from Alan regarding his health condition:

"Bill Hall has asked for a health update to send to our elders. Unfortunately, the advanced cancer in my spine has caused spinal cord compression and resulted in paralysis. I am no longer able to stand or walk. The Dr. says the situation is likely irreversible. Thank you for your prayers and concern. We trust our loving Father to see to all our needs on this journey so many have traveled.Blessings in Christ,Alan"

Alan is now on compassionate leave and I will be assuming the role of pastor of the Winnipeg congregation for the time being, and will be working with the congregation to determine next steps. Bill

Cards and letters can be sent to Alan and Carolyn to the following address: Alan and Carolyn Redmond3 Matthew BayWINNIPEG MB R2G 3L1




March 6, 2021 Mr. Alan Redmond, pastor of the Winnipeg church


Please pray for his him, his wife Carolyne and their children and their family. Please pray for the Winnipeg congregation also. Mr. Redmond, who also used to pastor in NS, suffers from cancer. The cancer has now metastasized to his spine. He is still undergoing cancer treatment.

Your intercessory prayers are much appeciated.




March 6, 2021 For David Grant, GCI member, PEI


Received from David on March 4th.

"It turned out to be a lot worse then I thought. I have a chronic condition so it is difficult to know when it gets serious and life threatening as was the case this past Wednesday, I don't mean to be dramatic but I was very confused and sick and went in to emerge only when I could no longer breath without coughing,and needed a wheel chair , I have not been this sick and still do not know if this new blockage will resolve with antibiotics. Surgery at my age and condition is not a welcome alternative. ... I know God is with me through all these situations and my prayers seem a good deal more earnest if you know what I mean. I am much improved, yet will be in hospital until this Tuesday then will be on I.v. antibiotics for six more weeks, the infection is that deep. please thank the prayer group who prayed for me, prayer can bring a group closer together and I am great fun for your attention .

Thank you In Jesus name, David."




March 11, 2021  Jeff Hardy - Father, son - Jacob and Jeff's brother Justin


Please pray for this family. Jeff Hardy's son Jacob and Jeff's brother Justin are suffering from serious health problems. Mr. Hardy works with Kenneth Woodworth of the Halifax congregation.

Your intercessary prayers are appreciated.




March 14, 2021 Update - David Grant, GCI member, PEI


Received from his wife Beth on March 13th.

David came home late last week. He had to be rehospitalized yesterday as he began to suffer from a significant fever again. He is now a new antibiotics adminstered to him through an IV.

He appreciates your prayers very much.

If you wish, you can send him a card at: 160 MASON RD, BUNBURY, PE C1A 7J5




March 15, 2021 Prayer request from Ann Cumben (NS) for Dwayne Williams


"Dwayne William's (age 58) has had stomach pain for the past 5 days and is unable to eat.He has seen a Dr and is home awaiting tests. Dwayne is the sole care taker of his wife who has cancer and is in a wheel chair due to paralysis from a stroke. They are Christians who certainly appreciate our prayers. Please pray his pain will ease so he can eat and take care for his wife and also get the medical help he needs.

Thank you.

Ann Cumben"




March 18, 2021 Prayer update from Ann Cumben (NS) for Dwayne Williams


"Thank you for praying for Dwayne. Just to update you, (I always like to know how people are doing after being prayed for). He was admitted to the hospital for one night and was hooked up to iv meds for the pain. It helped and he came back home and is taking back food cautiously. Awaiting further testing. He was able to get a nurse to stay with his wife while he was away"

Ann Cumben




March 19, 2021 Prayer update from David Grant (PEI)


I am finally home from the hospital another change in plans got me home earlier then predicted. I have a medical pump pumping antibiotics into my body. The antibiotics have helped bring the infection count from 180 to 60 so they let me go home with the pump on. I have an appointment to see a surgeon for consultation only, as follow up to assess the condition of the swelling in my throat, to see if the anti biotic is all I require. Hopefully this will be the case. I am so very grateful for your prayers and thoughts during this time of physical stress ,,,,your prayers and their cards are very encouraging. Thank you YBIC David

If you wish, you can send him a card at: 160 MASON RD, BUNBURY, PE C1A 7J5




Prayer request from - Ivano Grimalldi, GCI Member Montreal congregation March 21, 2021


From Mr. Bill Rabey, pastor of the Montreal English congregation One of our members in Montreal, Ivano Grimaldi, was diagnosed the first week of March with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He finished his intensive chemotherapy treatment a week later. Now he is waiting a couple more weeks to see how well the chemotherapy has worked. He wrote the following email early this afternoon for the membership which I will read tomorrow at services. You will notice his request for the Canadian congregations to if possible join in this prayer for him. Ivano combatted a similar leukemia over 20 years ago but it was the chronic variety and was regenerating at a much slower rate. As a result of the treatments he had back then he has been cancer free for the past couple of decades. Thanks, Bill Prayer request as written by Mr. Grimaldi "I believe mentioning the most critical test coming up in about two weeks is the bone marrow biopsy. The results are so important as they will determine how well the chemo worked, if I’m in temporary or permanent remission and whether or not will need more chemo and a bone marrow transplant. I’m mindful God knows the details of our afflictions and our prayers even before we ask but nevertheless He still wants us to go to Him in prayer and ask everything that’s on our heart. Would appreciate if you can share these additional details with our Brethren so that we may all petition our God to grant me His favor for a complete and permanent healing so that the cup of additional suffering from more treatments and a bone marrow transplant can be removed from me, this according to His will, not mine.
Also, if you’re okay with it, would appreciate if you can ask this prayer request to all our Congregations across Canada.
Thank you very much
Ivano"




March 28 , 2021 Prayer request from Winston Jones – Moncton congregation


"Without going into too much detail, my doctor has recommended that I have a CAT scan to determine the cause of symptoms that I am having that are common to older men. Please pray that I will feel God's presence and Jesus' peace and the Holy Spirit's comfort as they help me to accept with thanksgiving whatever may come my way."




March 28 , 2021 GCI Canada – National Day of Prayer – Suggestions from Members


Suggestions; Day of prayer March 28, 2021

  • A prayer could be included for us to pray that people will act wisely with each other, and be self-controlled and not take things to the extreme because of the tight restrictions we’ve had over the past year.

    Ask God to enable us to be better followers of Jesus, more attuned to what he is saying; help us to be guided by the spirit of Christ

    Ask God to remove any stumbling blocks that may trip us up; to please shine his light on them so we can see them for what they are, to help us when we stumble.

    Humbly ask for your comfort for all people who are suffering around this planet. Please grant them the love that only you can give. We hope & pray that this horrible virus covid19 will soon be a thing in our past, along with all the other diseases. Please, Lord, comfort all who are grieving for lost loved ones wherever they may be. Thank you Heavenly Father.




David Grant Prayer Update April 4, 2021


David is back home now. He wants to thank everyone for their intercessory prayers and thank those who send cards which he found so very encouraging. He is still taking medication to suppress the serious infection he suffered and is still suffering from. Your continued prayers are much appreciated.




Prayer request for Mrs. Vera Abbott. April 7, 2021


“Vera asked me to let you know that she's in the Dartmouth General Hospital (Since Monday night) and is requesting prayers for her health.

When I spoke to her this morning she was being made ready for a 3 hour blood transfusion and was also fasting, for tests, to see if and where she is loosing blood. Also, her family Dr told her last week that her kidney function has dropped in the past year.

She's 87 years old and over the weekend I took her to get a hair cut and then shopping. On Sunday she went to a friends for supper and to play cards.

She's amazing despite her many ailments.”

She appreciates your intercessory prayers. If you want to, she would appreciate receiving cards. She gave me permission to share her address which is, "

116 KEIZER DRIVE

PORTERS LAKE NS B3E 1H6




Prayer Update request for Mrs. Vera Abbott. April 11, 2021


Mrs. Abbott continues to be in the hospital. She will be operated on Monday to remove abscesses attached to hernia in her esophagus. She knows and has faith that she is in the hands of our loving Father in our Lord Jesus Christ.

She is 87 years old. Please pray that God will give her the strength to go through this operation and that He will guide the hands of all those attending to her, including the operating physician.

She appreciates your intercessory prayers. If you want to, she would appreciate receiving cards. She gave me permission to share her address which is, "

116 KEIZER DRIVE

PORTERS LAKE NS B3E 1H6




Prayer for Mann Gideon Kananiro and for his related Burundi family waiting to come to Canada as refugees. (April 11, 2021)


Mann Gideon used to live in Edmunston, New Brunswick. He now lives in Québec City. He is sponsoring his sister’s family, a family of 9, who is living in Burundi Africa in a refugee camp. He is the main sponsor with the support of GCI New Brunswick. The family has applied to come to Canada several years ago. Their application is still on hold. It will not proceed until the government in Burundi in cooperation with the government of Canada gives permission. The government of Canada has changed some of the requirements for the main sponsor asking that he, the main sponsor, saves more money in the bank to assure a smooth transition as possible to a new life in Canada.

This family of nine is to come to Edmunston, New Brunswick, where they will begin their new life.

Mann Gideon is also requesting prayers for him and his family as they are facing a difficult trial.

Your intercessory prayers in God’s will for both requests are much appreciated.




Volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Sent forth by Mr. Bill Hall, April 9, 2021


From: "Robert W. T. McKinney” Date: April 8, 2021 at 10:09:14 PM CDT
To: Michael Rasmussen

Subject:



Warm greetings everyone. I just received a message from Paul Creese, our Pastor in St. Vincent. Here are excerpts from his note. "The volcano is on the verge of an explosive eruption. 20,000 persons will have to evacuate and be placed in shelters tonight. It is going to be a long night. We are making preparations. We ask for prayers for our country and its people. There is a difficult road ahead. God bless."

Please send your urgent prayers up for them all.

God bless you,

Robert




April 13 - Update Mrs. Abbott - from Ann Cumben


"No surgery for Vera again today. She heard that there's only one thoracic surgeon around.

They are having a hard time finding veins in her arms or hands. So much jabbing.

At least her fast has ended again for today.

Ann"

Thank you for your continuing intercessory prayers.




April 14 - Update Mrs. Abbott - from Ann Cumben


"Good Evening

No surgery yet, the OR is busy.

Vera was transferred to the Victoria General in Halifax yesterday evening. The surgeon visited her today and explained the downside of the surgery to her. It's not a complicated surgery but her heart condition may prevent her from surviving it, which we knew. She may wake up confused and that may or may not clear up. ( probably from the anesthesia) in the elderly.

She signed a consent form, today to go ahead with it when there's an opening. She's in good spirits despite the what iffs".

Thank you for your continued prayers!




April 17 - Update Mrs. Abbott - from Ann Cumben


"Just to let you know that Vera declined the surgery Thursday night and went home yesterday. A couple of friends stayed with her last night. She was nervous about bring home alone".

Also please pray that you will be able to receive proper medical support to help her at this time.

Thank you for your continued prayers!




April 15 - Prayer request from John Vey


Please pray for his brother Kevin. He is presently in the hospital quite ill. The medical professional do not exactly know what is the source of his problems. Also pray for N icole Dearing, his cousin, who is suffering from cancer. She has suffered from cancer several years ago. God intervened to give her more years. The cancer has now returned. Your intercessory prayers on behalf of both are much appreciated. God hears our prayers.




April 20 - Prayer update from John Vey


His brother Kevin was diagnosed with early lung cancer. He was told that it is quite treatable as it was caught early. Nicole Dearing, his cousin, does not have cancer. The pain she is having is from the scaring of the previous cancer. She is being treated for the pain in her back. Thank you for your intercessory prayers. God does hear our prayers!




April 26 Death of Mr. Alan Redmond, GCI pastor of Winnipeg congregation


Carolyn just called me to say that Alan died this morning. His family was able to be with him before he passed. A sad day. (from Mr. Bill Hall). Please pray for his wife and their family as well as the Winnipeg congregation. Address for those who wan to send cards:

3 MATTHEW BAY, WINNIPEG MB R2G 3L1




April 26 Death of Mr. Alan Redmond, GCI pastor of Winnipeg congregation


Carolyn just called me to say that Alan died this morning. His family was able to be with him before he passed. A sad day. (from Mr. Bill Hall). Please pray for his wife and their family as well as the Winnipeg congregation. Address for those who wan to send cards:

3 MATTHEW BAY, WINNIPEG MB R2G 3L1




May 12, 2021  Prayer Update David Grant


Again a blood test came back and again to our pleasant surprise the count is below 5 which is normal infection indicator everyone else has, Even so we are going with the stronger anti biotic and perhaps another week or two it will stabilise and I will be able to remove the pump.

Please share what ever information people are looking for. It appears many of the symptoms of swelling soar legs and others are due to the anti biotic, The congestion in the chest how ever is due to the infection and fluctuates from day to day. The sleeping problem causes me to need to sleep until almost noon to get a solid 6 hours undisturbed sleep.

Your continued prayer for him, his wife Beth and son Gavin are much appreciated.




May 12, 2021 a Prayer request from Michael and Joanne Cunningham


Please pray for Michael's twin brother, Murray, who is suffering from terminal cancer. The pain he is suffering is intense. Please pray for God's deliverance. Also pray for Kathy, Joanne's adopted sister, who is suffering greatly with severe emotional problems. Your intercessory prayers are appreciated.




May 16, 2021 for James Sampson - Halifax congregation


James has been suffering from excruciating pain for many years following a serious car accident. Please pray that God will release him from this constant pain. Also pray that God will continue to strenghtened him in the inside man through His presence in him. He has recently received some positive news. He has met a doctor who appears to be helping him. Thank you for your intercessory and continued prayers on his behalf and for his wife Betty.




December 5, 2021 Prayer Update for Mr. Boyd Stagg, NL


He was diagnosed with Diverticulitis which is a condition that causes small pockets along your intestine called diverticula to become inflamed or infected. This is caused by hard bowel movement, food, or bacteria that get stuck in the pockets. He is still experiencing much pain. This morning, the had to go the hospital again. He has had periods this week when he was pain free but it did not last. Your continued prayers are much appreciated for his complete recovery. Thank you.




May 23, 2021 Prayer request from Santhosh Joseph


Santhosh Joseph and his family have attended our worship services through Zoom on a few occasions. He is a minister and church planter in southern India. They are presently working on an outreach for children. They are asking for our prayerful support.The following is what he wrote: "We are 100 BIBLE STORIES FOR KIDS in India from the Old and New Testaments. We are planning to reach out thousands of kids through various platforms like Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp to send these videos. Please pray and support this project as it helps thousands of kids to learn Bible and experience the love of Jesus!" https://www.facebook.com/100030593611074/videos/530552347974548/ Thank you for your intercessory prayers




May 28, 2021 Prayer request Curtis Rowe, NS


Mr. Curtis Rowe, a former member of GCI, He fell and broke his leg above the knee. He was operated on in Halifax and sent back to the Kentville hospital. Mr. Rowe is in his 90's. His wife's name is Carol. Please pray for him, his wife and his family. Your intercessory prayers are appreciated.




May 30, 2021  Prayer request from Michael Melanson (GCI Moncton) for his mother and her sisters.


Prayer for my mother Mary Lowerison, who has extreme dry eyes, caused as a side effect of Sodergren Syndrome. She is currently taking eye drops 6 times per day which were prescribed by her eye doctor. Her condition is so severe that the drops are not working, and the doctor is advising a series of advanced eye treatments that are not covered by medicare. Her condition is so severe that the doctor says it threatens her eyesight.

Prayer for my mother's sister Alice, who just recently lost her husband Elliott King after 71 years of marriage. Elliott was a man devoted to his savior Jesus and to his family. Alice is quite frail and currently in a wheelchair. The family is mourning his loss.

Prayer for my mother's sister Geneva, who is suffering from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and mucus in her lungs. She is being treated with a chemotherapy drug for her arthritis, and puffers for her lung issues. They are having limited success.

Thank you for your intercessory prayers.




June 2, 2021 prayer request from Ida Chavarie (GCI Moncton) for members of her family


Prayer request for Nika and Channel, 2 young adults who suffer from advanced autism. As a result, they require constant care and attention. Both also suffer from narcolepsy. This is an exceedingly rare disease with fewer than 100 cases per year in Canada. Narcolepsy is a disorder marked by excessive daytime sleepiness, uncontrollable sleep attacks, and cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle tone, usually lasting up to half an hour).

Their father Terry also suffers from narcolepsy. He is still working but is feeling extremely fatigued. He also suffers from severe back problems. Consequently, he needs numerous and repeated chiropractic interventions.

Also pray for Cindy, wife and mother. These serious illnesses affect the whole family, especially the parents. Because of their daughter’s serious illness, they receive little relief. Their grandmother Ida has been and is a constant support.

Please pray for the whole family as this is an exceedingly long and trying trial.




June 2, 2021 Good News from India - GCI


Good News from India

Nelson & Joshila Philips

I am happy to report that Nelson Philips, our team leader in Hyderabad, was discharged from the hospital last night. I can only explain it as nothing short of a miracle. To have been given a hospital bed with a steady oxygen supply was providential. He had lung damage of 65% and was surviving on 20 liters of oxygen a day. He is immunosuppressed and may need a bit of time to recover.

Nelson and his wife Joshila take a moment to celebrate life and wanted to extend their sincere thanks to our GCI family for their prayers.

Blessings, Danny Zachariah GCI Pastor & Regional Director India Sub-Continent

Let us praise God for his intervention!




June 28, 2021 Prayer request for French Translators - GCI International Virtual Conference


Your prayers are appreciated for the following 3 French translators for the GCI International VirtualConference which will be held July 23- July 25, 2021. They are:
Betty Brunet - lead from Martinique;
Gyslain Norca - from Martinique;
Marie-Angélique - from Paris, France

translation requires a lot of preparation and much work. Please pray that God will inspire them and put his words in their mouth as they hear from the various presenters.
Thank you




June 24, 2021Prayer request from Josephine and James – Kenya


I have received the following email from Josephine and James, "As from 19th of this month the government has locked down the churches ,markets and by 7.pm everyone must be at home, wearing masks compulsory , meetings were cancelled ,and washing hands regularly , because Corona virus is rapidly increasing. So prayers for our county Kisii and the whole world.
God is able he would control everything for the better of our lives.
Be blessed abundantly, In his service,
Sister Josephine and James
Josephine is the pastor of a small church in the province of Kisii in Kenya. She and her husband take care of 17 orphans.
On the private initiative of Mr. Winston Jones, about 5 local church members have been providing monthly financial assistance to buy food to help them feed the orphans.This is a private initiative and not church initiated. This couple has been known for well over 10 years. They are also under the pastorship of Mr. Anthony Gachanja, regional minister/coordinator in Kenya and Uganda. As per her request, your prayers are much appreciated.




Jul 8, 2021 Prayer Update from Micheal and Joanne Cunningham


Please continue to pray for Michael's brother, Murray. He is still in hospital suffering from terminal cancer. His condition is worsening.

Joanne's sister Kathy who was suffering from an emotional illness has improved significantly. She is now back home and functionning normally!

Thank you for your prayers for both of them.




Jul 6, 2021 Prayer request for Frank Gough, GCI pastor in Newfoundland.


Received from Mr. Bill Hall, GCI Director

"I wanted to pass on a prayer request from Frank Gough, our pastor in NL. Frank has been diagnosed with Parkinsons and is experiencing some of the symptoms of the disease. In addition to the tremors, he is having difficulty sleeping which aggravates things even more."

Please pray for his wife Linda also. Thank you.




Jul 11, 2021 Prayer update regarding Shirley Fanjoy - GCI Moncton


Shirley has been able to find a nice apartment in Moncton. She is now settled! Praise be to God for directing her steps and providing for her!




Jul 9, 2021 Prayer request from Michael Melanson concerning his mother Mary


"My mother just returned from a medical clinic, as she has little to no circulation in her toes on one foot, especially the big toe. She has had a severe amount of leg and foot pain, which keeps her from getting around very well or sleeping at night. They told her that she has hardening of the arteries, and that she may be in danger of losing her big toe. She is to contact her family doctor right away, as she needs to see a cardio-vascular surgeon immediately. They will probably want to put in a stint. Prayers are appreciated.




Jul 17, 2021 Prayer Update Kevin Vey from John Vey, GCI member Grande Prairie Alberta


He has completed his treatments for cancer. He has appointments to be evaluated on August 6 and August 20. He wants to thank everyone for their prayers. They mean a lot to him! Your continued prayers are much appreciated.




July 29, 2021 Prayer Update for Nancy Vey


John Vey, who lives in Grande Prairie, AB asked prayers for Nancy. She is suffering from terminal cancer. She is soon to be admitted to palliative care. Your prayers for her her, husband and family are much appreciated.




August 6, 2021 Nancy Vey, John Vey's step-mother died early this morning.


Nancy Vey died peacefully at around 1:00 am this morning. She died peacefully as she passed from this world to the next awaiting the resurrection. Please pray for her husband Laurie, Nancy's daughter Kim and for all her step-family.




August 5, 2021 Prayer of thanksgving regarding Kevin Vey.


John Vey's brother Kevin was tested following cancer treatment. John wrote, "His tests all came back negative, lungs and brain are clear. They are going to do some further treatments on the brain just as an extra bit of caution. They told Kevin that if the cancer returns it is usually in the brain". He appreciates all our prayers on his behalf very much.




August 14, 2021 Fires in BC from Mrs. Nicole Posiak, wife of GCI pastor Stephen Posiak.


She wrote, "It will be 2 weeks on Sunday since we have been evacuated and this is what our area looks like at night . so far our houses are still safe . but this weekend high winds will be a test , please pray for the firefighters and for rain (which is still not in the forecast) . So many peoples and animals have been affected the fires in BC ." For a picture of what they see, see August 15th bulletin on this website. Thank you for your heartfelt prayers on their behalf, on behalf of other GCI members and others living that dangerous area caused by the fires and extreme heat.




August 11, 2021 Update regarding Michael Melanson's mother Mary


Michael wrote, "She is waiting for her surgery; she has a blockage in her leg from the hip to the knee. This causes poor circulation in her lower extremity and pain when using the leg. They will do a bypass in early to mid September. Recovery is expected to be 3 weeks. She was told that if the pain gets severe to call and they will schedule the procedure some evening after normal surgery hours. She is better than when first diagnosed, she does not have any pain in her thigh, but will get pain in her lower leg if she tries to walk too far. The leg is very discolored due to poor circulation. The pneumonia has been successfully treated, as verified by two x-rays". Thank you for your intercessory prayer on her behalf.




August 20, 2021 Death of long time GCI member, Mr. Bruce Coulson, PEI


Mr Coulson died on Friday 2:30 p.m. He was 102 years old. He died peacefully while holding the hands of his daughter Sharon. He was healthy until about 2 weeks ago. He suffered from an infection that took his life. He died in the faith. We look forward to seeing him again in the fullness of the Kingdom. Please pray for his daughter Sharon and other loved ones during this time of grieving.




September 19 , 2021 Prayer Update - Mrs. Vera Abbott - Halifax


Mrs. Abbott, long time church member in Halifax, whom we prayed for last Sunday is doing better. She wants to thank the church. After we prayed for her, the pain in her eyes went away. She writes in a letter dated September 14, "I say thank you very much to you and all the brethren who ask God for my I healing. He listened, as he usually does and took away my pain and I slept throughout the night but the pain came back and I was prompted to call my eye surgeons. He asked me to come before 11 AM (after that he had surgery (yesterday 13th). That's intervention!" The doctor gave her some drops as he found there was a scratch in her new artificial lens which she received in July 2020. It may have to be replaced.Your continued prayers are appreciated.




September 26, 2021  Prayer request for Montreal GCI church (from Mr. Bill Rabey, pastor


As far as prayers for our congregation, the main area to focus on is when we start back to church either on the 17th or October or the 24th—God willing. I believe I mentioned that we will be combining our worship time and fellowship time with the French church. We would ask for prayers that this transition goes smoothly. And that the physical mis-steps are accepted as “growing pains”. Also to pray that we have a strong majority of members who are comfortable to come back in person for services. I will (Roger Labelle as well (French GCI pastor GCI churches in Quebecl) be taking a survey to find out how many people are planning on attending so that we can make sure proper protocol will be administered. Thanks to you and your congregations for praying for us.




September 26, 2021  Mrs. Dorothy Nordstrom, long time GCI member and elder


Dorothy Nordstrom of the GCI Calgary congregation passed away at 4 am early this morning Saturday, September 25, 2021.

Please pray for her husband Al and their 2 adult children, Jonathan and Becky and their family.

She attended the GCI congregation in Calgary.




Delphine  Moraa Swanya  Orphan from Kisii Kenya living with Josephine and James Nyaboke - GCI church members  September 26, 2021


Her full names are Delphine Moraa Swanya.She is from a family of 4 children her father was hijacked and after two months he was found in the bush death and he left behind a widow who is mentally disabled who we a gain care for her.The child went to street to beg for food and everything she needed ,from here we found her stranded in the street and we a dopted her.

We a dopted her in 2012 when she was 5 years and she has stayed with us for about 9years and she is in class 7 in primary school even though she is supposed to be in a higher level than where she is. she is 14years old

I thank God that since the girl started staying with us she is transformed in several ways She immediately started attending church with us.she started attending school on a regular basis.The girl is well behaved,she performs well in school, she is very strong in health and she is promising to be a nurse in future and help others as she has been helped.

Indeed its so challenging as we are not able to educate them in high school and colleges to meet their dreams!! that is[ school supplies] are so challenging.

Its our prayer to the Almighty God that God open ways and mean they get well wishers to sponser them for their schooling to meet their dreams for the brighty future.




October 2, 2021  Orphan from Kisii Kenya - Maribina kerubo oirere


Josephine Nyaboke, a GCI member in Kisii, Kenya. She and her husband have an orphanage of 17 children. The following is what she writes:

"Again another orphan's full name is Maribina kerubo oirere,

she is from a single mother who is practising prostitution in her whole life and she left the child behind in the street eating from the rubish bits and was with jiggers everywhere in her body. (Jiggers are a six-legged usually red or orange mite larva (family Trombiculidae) that feeds on skin cells and causes intensely itchy reddish welts)

We adopted her in the 2014 while she was 6years old and she has stayed with us for about 7years and she is in class 6 in primary school, she is 13 years old.

Our God is good Maribina has improved her health , she is without jiggers now we used to wash her and removing the jiggers from her body she is getting the food she was missing ,she is attending school and is performing well , she is attending church.

she is well behaving girl and promising after her schooling to be a teacher and help others.They are challenged with school supplies.

We are praying God to open ways and means for them to further their education to high school and colleges evan universities so that they may meet their future dreams.




October 2, 2021Prayer request for Betty Melanson from her husband Michael - GCI Moncton


I wish to request prayer for Betty. For a couple of months now, she is having difficulty with her back and legs. She often wakes up at night with tightness and spasms in the back of her legs, and we believe this is due to lower back issues. She often has to get up in the middle of the night and walk around to get the stiffness and pain out. It gets better when she is walking during the day, but comes back when she is in bed at night. She also is having great difficulty finding a comfortable position when in bed. She is seeking medical advice for this. Prayer for healing would be appreciated.

YBIC Mike M.




October 10, 2021 for 3 minister's family


Please pray for Mrs. Caroline Redmond, wife of Mr. Alan Redmond who recently died. He was the pastor of the Winnipeg congregation. Please pray for God's strenght and encouragement as she is living through the grieving and mourning process.

Please pray for Mr. Al Norstrom, whose wife Dorothy died in the last 2 weeks. Mr. Nordstrom has been a long time GCI retired pastor who has worked in the western provinces.

Your continued prayers are appreciated from Mr. Frank Gough and his wife Linda. Mr. Gough is presently hospitalized in Saint Johns, NL. They are experiencing a very difficult trial at this time.

Your prayers on their behalf do make a difference as God hears the prayers of his people.




October 10, 2021 Orphan from Kisii, Kenya Edger Osiemo, Orphan


From Josephine Nyaboke - GCI elder and member who is taking care of 17 orphans. Josephine writes:

"Full names are Edger Osiemo,he is a total orphan,his parents died of HIV/AIDS.

He is from a family of two sibling,when their parents died they were taken by one of their relatives,here they were mistreated child labour ,they were beaten daily by the relative.

So they decided to go to streets to look for their living,such as food and shelter,they were staying in drainages and pits.

We adopted him when he was five year old and we have stayed with him for seven years and he is in class six.

We thank God that since the boy stayed with us he has been transformed in many ways; he is attending school,he is attending church and he is working hard in school to achieve the best. so that he will have abrighty future if supplied well with school fees and

other school needs which are a challenge to him.He is promising to be apostor.

We are praying God to open means and ways to meet their needs."

Your prayers for these orphans are much appreciated. Winston Jones, deacon in the Moncton church, sends money once a month to help with the purchase of food with the support of a few other members in the Moncton congregation. Should you want to give support, you can write to Winston Jones for more information @ jwinston1225@gmail.com




Oct. 14, 2021 Prayer request from Carl and Mona Peddle GCI members NL


I would like to add a prayer request for my wife, Mona, who has had trigeminal neuralgia for about 3 years. From this, she has severe pain usually multiple times per day on the left side of her head, jaw and neck area. She is waiting to see the specialist again soon, however, none of the attempts at resolving her problem with medication, botox injections or acupuncture in the past, have worked. As you can imagine being in pain for this long is having its toll on her overall physical and mental health.

I also have a prayer request for myself. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with melanoma on the left cheek of my face. The dermatologist has prescribed a chemo cream which I am using now but it does not appear to be working. If the chemo cream does not work I will require surgery on my face. Please ask the brethren to pray that the cream works so surgery is not required.

We would really appreciate your prayers.

Thank-you and God Bless!




Oct. 15 2021 Urgent prayer request for James Sampson, GCI member Halifax


James has been suffered from chronic severe pain for many years. He was given Tylenol 3 to control the pain. Unfortunately, he has become addicted to it. This medication cannot be stopped quickly because of the severe withdrawal symptoms. He is in the process of gradually reducing the dose he is taking to eventually be addicted-free from this medication.

He is solliciting our prayers because he is very depressed. He is also battling with severe suicidal thoughts. It is a major battle for him.

He called this evening asking for prayers for both himself and his wife Betty. Please pray for God's healing and that he will be given the strenght to endure. (He gave me permission and requested to share this prayer request)

Your prayers are much appreciated.




Oct. 15 2021 Urgent prayer request for James Sampson, GCI member Halifax


James has been suffered from chronic severe pain for many years. He was given Tylenol 3 to control the pain. Unfortunately, he has become addicted to it. This medication cannot be stopped quickly because of the severe withdrawal symptoms. He is in the process of gradually reducing the dose he is taking to eventually be addicted-free from this medication.

He is solliciting our prayers because he is very depressed. He is also battling with severe suicidal thoughts. It is a major battle for him.

He called this evening asking for prayers for both himself and his wife Betty. Please pray for God's healing and that he will be given the strenght to endure. (He gave me permission and requested to share this prayer request)

Your prayers are much appreciated.




Oct. 23  2021 Prayer request for James Sampson, GCI member Halifax


Please continue to pray for James as he is continuing his battle with his addiction to prescribed medication, pain, depression and anxiety. May God continue to strenghtened both he and his wife Betty as they are going through this difficult trial.




Oct. 23  2021 Angelica Kwamboka, orphan who lives with James and Josephine Nyaboke in Kisee, Kenya, Mr. Anthony Gachanja being their regional GCI pastor.


Josephine wrote:

"Angelica is a total orphan,, she was from a single parent who died and left Angelica behind

So Angelica remained behind staying with her grandmother who is very old and she was not able to care for her. she heard of our orphanage and she brought Angelica to be in our care.

She is seven years and in class two.

Since she came to our care she is attending school as well she is attending church with me and her health is improving . Angelica has now known Jesus as her saviour and we really thank God for that.

Among the challenges we are facing are;lack of enough school materials that can enable her improve in her studies .

We persistently pray to our Almighty God to open ways for Angelica to get as well as well wishers who will help her to finish her studies that can help her to brighten her future ."

Your prayers for her and the other and the other 16 orphans Josephine and James Nyaboke love and care for are much appreciated.








October 31, 2021. Robbie Macauley, Saint John, NB


Robbie is a 51-year-old man who suffers from epilepsy and other physical problems. Friday, he had to go to the outpatient hospital as he became very agitated. The doctors have changed his medication in the hope that he would be calmer. He lives with his elderly mother who is over 80 years old. His sister Vanessa who lives not far from them as a pillar in their life. Please pray for Robbie, his mother Marcia and his sister Vanessa as they go through this difficult trial. This family are long-time members of GCI. Thank you for your intercessory prayers on their behalf.




October 29, 2021. Mike Farrell, GCI member Moncton New Brunswick.


The following is what Mike wrote: "Looks like I have about another 2-3 weeks of lower back pain. The doc at the hospital said the meds were not at the right dosage. He changed it to 4 pills a day this week then to 6 pills a day next week. Each one is 25 mg.

I guess I’m on pills for at least a month. Please pray for me as this is at times excruciating pain. Walking is the only remedy and then it only temporary.

Thanks

Mike




October 30, 2021. Michael Cunningham, GCI member St-Stephen, New Brunswick prayer update


Murray Cunningham, Michael's twin brother, died yesterday at the St. Stephen Hospital. Please pray for Michael and his wife Joanne as well as Murray's family during this time of mourning - his wife, Joyce, his daughter Suzette and her family . Murray had been suffering from cancer for quite a while. His death was expected. However, together with the hope of the resurrection, there's always grief and sadness at the loss of a loved one. Your prayers are appreciated.




October 30, 2021. Prayer update Ann Cumben GCI member Halifax congregation.


The following is an update from the prayer request sent to all members regarding Ann's surgical intervention this last Friday to remove a melanoma from her face. The following is what she wrote: "As far as I know it went well. It was a bigger surgery than before and I have bandages from near top of my ear to my chin.Its stiff and swollen and my eye is pulled a bit with the swelling. I was relaxed during the procedure and I felt comforted by the many prayers that were offered for me." Thank you for your intercessory prayers on her behalf.




November 6, 2021  Prayer update and request from James Sampson


Mr. James Sampson is presently in the hospital in Halifax after an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Miraculously he survived. He has decided to live. He asked and he gave permission to publish this prayer request. His wife Betty agreed. James has been suffering from depression and chronic pain for a very long time. In trying to manage his pain, he became addicted to prescribed medication. He is at a place where he can now receive help. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who walks with us in the "valley of the shadow of death", Ps 23, to bring us home. God is a blessing and a loving God. Please pray for both James to be healed and for both he and Betty to be strenghtened during this most difficult trial. God hears the prayers of His people. Thank you for your loving intercessory prayers on their behalf.




November 5, 2021  Prayer update Re: Robbie Macauley (GCI St-John, NB)


Hey sister Vanessa reports that he is doing better. Thank you for your intercessory prayers. He certainly needs our continued prayer support.




November 5, 2021 Prayer request for Matthew McEachern from Michael and Betty Melanson - GCI members Moncton


Matthew, who is my stepson is dealing with extreme anxiety and panic attacks. He has had suffered from anxiety for a long time now, but recently it is to the point where he has gone to the hospital to see a doctor for it. He has a lot of issues going on in his life at the moment one of which is a major concern about his snow removal business this winter. We are asking for prayer on his behalf. Thank you in advance for your intercessory prayers.




November 14, 2021 James Sampson


Please continue to pray for James Sampson and his wife Betty. James is presently in hospital in Halifax. Thank you in advance for your earnest prayers on their behalf.




November 21, 2021 Prayer request for Deborah Gesare, orphan Kisii Kenya


Deborah also lives with Josephine and James Nyaboke Omari in their orphanage.

Deborah Gesare is 11 years old.her father is a prisoner and her mother passed away due to HIV/AIDS disease.She has lived with me for six years . she is an orphan since her father was jailed forever .

I thank God that since Deborah started living with me ,she has been transformed in many ways.She soon started attending church where she met christ as her personal savior.She started attending primary school and she is very sharp in school.she performs well in school and well focused in her studies .she can be a good nurse in future as per her needs if she successfully completes her studies .

Thank you for your prayers.




November 17, 2021 Update Carl and Mona Peddle - GCI Connerbrook congregation


Unfortunately, the chemo cream did not work. I got a call today to book my surgery for next Wednesday afternoon in St.John's. Please pray for everything to go smoothly.

Unfortunately, the new prescription Mona is taking has not worked. A couple of days ago she was instructed by her doctor to double up on the daily dose and as of yet, there is still no improvement.

See initial prayer request below

Thank-you and all the brethren for your prayers. It is greatly appreciated.




November 14, 2021 Prayer request for Griffin Kombo, orphan Kisii Kenya


The following is the biography of another orphans who is living with Josephine and James Nyaboke. They are members of GCI and look after an orphanage of 17 children. The following is what she wrote about Griffin Kombo:

"Griffin is 12 years old.He is from a single mother and the only child ih his family.

her mother is a drunkard and she has been living with Griffin in the streets.I adopted him when he was seven years and now we have stayed with him for 5 years.

Much thanks to almighty lord that since Griffin is living with me ,he has been transformed in many ways he soon started attending church services where he met christ as her personal saviour.He is attending a local primary school on a regular basis.He is very clever in school and performs excellent in his studies .Griffin can be a good mechanical engineer if he successfully completes his studies.the challenges we are facing in schoolimg Griffin are ;lack of school items and school fees.

We pray that may Griffin get well wishers and sponsors that will help him complete in his studies successfully to meet his dreams for a bright future to better his life."

If anyone wants to support Josephine and James and the orphans, you can contact Mr. Winston Jones: jwinston1225@gmail.com , deacon in the Moncton congregation. A few members help by sending money monthly to help. This is a private initiative initiated by Winston Jones. This couple has been know to the Moncton congregation for over 10 years. We are also in contact with the regional GCI pastor, Mr. Anthony Gachanja.

Winston keeps copies of the receipts she sends for what she and her husband buy - the money is spent for food. Lately, because of additional donations, she has been able to buy some school supplies.

Thank you for your prayers.




November 20, 2021 For Shawn Ross (requested by Michael and Joanne Cunningham)


Here's a bit more information: Shawn lives in Alberta, at least for about the last 20 years or so. After falling 10 feet off of that stag-gen about 3 or 4 months ago, the Doctors discovered , about 6 or 7 weeks later, that he has bone cancer, as well as, some kind of blood cancer. He's 55 years old. Right now, he has great difficulty in walking.

Now whether that prognosis will hold up or not, time will tell. Shawn's trying to leave things in the hands of Jesus.

PS Shawn attended church a few times in both Saint John, NB and St John's NL.

Thank you for your intercessory prayers.




November 28, 2021 Continued prayers from James and Betty Sampson


James is asking to we continue to support them in our prayers. Your prayer support is much appreciated knowing that when we pray to God in His will that the prayers of his people do make a difference. This is a participation of what God is doing in their lives.

They are going through a difficult time right now consequent to serious health problems.




November 28, 2021 Continued prayers for Mr. & Mrs. Frank and Linda Gough


Mr. Gough is still hospitalized in Saint John's NL. Please continue to pray for them both as this is a very difficult trials for them.

Your continued prayer support and intercession on their behalf is a blessing to them from our loving God.




November 29, 2021 Prayer Update for Mr. Boyd Stagg, NL


Last week, a prayer request was sent to the NL Brethren to pray for Mr. Stagg by request from him. He was in extreme pain. Since then, he has improved although he said last Sunday that he was still feeling some discomfort but nothing like he had experienced during the previous week. He was diagnosed with a severe instestine obstruction due to bowel movement problems. He was prescribed medication which has been helping.

Thank you for your intercessory prayers on his behalf. God hears!





Archive

Rheal Hebert - May 27, 2018


May 27 Prayer Update: Please keep Rheal's family and friends in your prayers. He did not survive his battle with cancer and passed away May 23rd, 2018.

Obituary for Rheal Hebert Rheal J. Hebert, 67, of Shediac, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Born in East Shediac, he was the son of the late Valmore and Yvonne Hebert. Rheal was a loving father; a great lover of music. He loved to laugh and tell great stories, but most of all, he had an uncanny ability to connect with people, and in doing so, touched the lives of many. Rheal is survived by his daughter, Meadow Bachalo (Steven). In keeping with Rheal’s wishes, there will be no visitation hours or funeral service. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858–1995). Memorial donations may be made to Grace Communion International. Online condolences for the family can be shared at www.fergusonsfuneralhome.com

Letters & Emails Pastor Eric Vautour received showing the love, respest, and admiration of the people Rheal knew......

1. As much as we all wanted Ray to be spared, if God was not intending to heal him at this time it is better that he did not languish and suffer terribly as some have done. I’m happy in the sense that his journey in frail human flesh is done and the next second of his consciousness he will meet Jesus in eternity, but he will be missed terribly. Everyone loved Ray a lot, and I’m glad he was not alone, as he deserved to be with friends and family. He leaves a hole that cannot be filled by anyone else.

2. Sad news about Ray Hebert. He is such a great example of the miracle of change in one's life when accepting God's calling and way of life.

3. I will surely miss his presence whenever I have the chance to visit Moncton for services. Such a pillar and fine example and you mentioned.

4. Thanks for the update on Rheal. Indeed, he has been a very faithful member and his service to the church – in particular, running the sound system has been such a blessing. I’ve always appreciated his genuineness, sincerity and faith.

5. Rheal, it was my great privilege to journey with you in the past over a six year period. Intelligently, cheerfully and faithfully, you worked your way through many transformational changes putting your emerging convictions into action time and again. I was an honor to baptise you into the name of the Father, Son and Spirit in the pool in the backyard of our rental house on Amirault St. in Dieppe. You went on to serve faithfully with your multifaceted talents and life experience in the congregation, fitting in wherever there was a need. You lent your multimedia experience to give a talent show at Matthew Martin High School a professional look and sound. I still pass on stories anonymously that you told me. Some funny, some sobering, but inspiring. You introduced us to your mom and dad. Your mom became a trustworthy babysitter and surrogate grandparent whom Brian and Shannon called “grandma Hebert”. Thank you for contributing significant richness to mine and our family’s time in Moncton. I look forward to seeing you again on the other side. The world tried to overcome you, but you won: 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe
that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4,5 (PS This email was read to Rheal during his stay at the hospital).

6. I loved Rheal!

May 20 - Prayer update: Rheal Hebert, Moncton GCI congregation, has been hospitalized. Please continue to pray for him as also.

April 22 - Prayer update: Please continue to pray for him as the illness he has is critical.

April 13 - Update from Rheal Hebert “ I had a consultation with Dr Salem, at the Oncology Center, who confirmed I have a cancer in the area of the Bile Duct, and that has spread in the area of the stomach. Dr Salem has described the cancer saying it is very aggressive and in an advanced. We d iscussed options for treatment. He also explained to me that Kemo was an option but the most we could expect was a few more months. Th ey have given me time to consider my options. I appreciate the prayers and the care and concern expressed to me. All pray ers are deeply appreciated. ”




Owen Willis - June 24, 2018


June 24 Update from Mr. Owen Willis: I am deeply grateful for all the cards and kind concern from all over the world regarding my eye injury. I am making good progress in a slow recuperative process. The eye will not see again (without an unprecedented miracle!) and the main decision up ahead may be whether to keep the eye or not. I have low-grade, bearable pain, need to sleep every five or six hours, and am extremely light-sensitive (necessitating wearing two pairs of sunglasses outdoors). I have struggled for many years with my eyes, and the vision in my “good” eye, which has had two corneal transplants, is quite compromised. I hope to return to church before the end of the year. My wife Tina has been an angel. Without her, I cannot imagine what the last month would have been like. Cards may be sent to: Owen and Tina Willis , 5845 St. Margarets Bay Rd. , Head of St. Margarets Bay, NS B3Z 2E3 June 10 - Continued prayers for Owen Willis, pastor of the GCI Halifax church, who is continue to have serious problems with his eyes following an accident a few weeks ago. Also pray for the congregation that he is lovingly pastoring. June 3 Prayer Update: Please continue to pray for Owen Willis, pastor of the GCI Halifax church, who continues to have serious problems with his eyes following an accident a few weeks ago. Also pray for the congregation that he is lovingly pastoring. May 18 From Mr. Gary Moore: Owen Willis, our GCI pastor in Halifax, Nova Scotia had a freak eye accident on Sunday evening and underwent emergency surgery overnight. The doctor handling Owen’s case will be doing everything he can to save the eye. They are in a waiting period to see how the eye is going to respond in the next few days. Owen, and his wife Tina would greatly appreciate your prayers. Tina told Bill Rabey that Owen is in positive spirits, and trusts God’s wisdom in the outcome. Thanks in advance for your prayers, and those of the brethren in your congregations. In brotherhood, Gary




Kylie M. - April 22, 2018


April 22 - Prayer for Kylie M. Michael M.’s (Moncton GCI congregation) 17 year old niece is suffering from very severe asthma. As of yesterday, she was still in the hospital needing oxygen to help her in her breathing.




Josephine & James - May 6, 2018


May 6 - Prayer update regarding Josephine and James, a pastor and his wife from Kenya with whom we have been associated for many years is continuing to face challenges feeding the orphans that they look after. Email dated May 4th: “Greetings in Jesus Name, The floods has affected us greatly for it has flooded on the gardens which we had planted already and has affected food plants and some their houses have already been swept away”.In Christ Sister Josephine.




Haiti - July 15, 2018


Also pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. We have brothers and sisters in GCI and other congregations who live in the nation’s capital. Haiti is a very poor country, one of the poorest in the world. Haiti is a country in which nearly everything needs help. There is and has been a serious revolt because of a steep increase in gasoline prices. The president of the country has just resigned. The country is in chaos. Please pray for our brothers and sisters safety.




Canadian Ministerial Conference Aug 9-11th


Please pray for the success of the Canadian ministerial conference which will be in Toronto on August 9 to August 11th




Bible Distribution - August 5, 2018


This past week a group from the province of Québec distributed Bibles and other materials in Elsipogtog (Big Cove) and Burnt Church. Please pray that God will bless this outreach so that more people will accept their reconciliation to God in Christ. (2 Cor 5:18-21). They also distributed 1000 copies of a book called “MICAH A Father Survives the Suicide of His Son” in Moncton this past Friday. The book is available for download as a PDF at http://www.petitsgroupes.org/en/media/Micah_ang_Rev.%202018.pdf




Hurricane Florence / Typhoon Mangkhut - Sept 16


Please continue to pray for all those devastated by hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina as well as Virginia as well as for all those affected by the powerful typhoon, Mangkhut which has also caused untold suffering in parts of the Philippines, Hong Kong and mainland China.




Philip Ward's Brother - September 30, 2018


Philip Ward (Saint John) called this morning to say that his brother Bruce has died peacefully a couple of days ago while in Hospital. He had been suffering from cancer. He died peacefully. Bruce was an Anglican minister and faithful to our Lord. Philip is requesting our prayers for his wife, for their family and for himself during this time of grief.




December 20,  2020  Prayer for Edna Vautour's brother, Leandre


Léandre suffers from multiple health very serious health problems. He is still able to work as he is only 63 years old. He can only do specialized duties. Recently, the dentist and doctor discovered lump in his mouth which are of great concern. He will go for a biopsy shortly. Your intercessory prayers are much appreciated. Léandre is believes that Jesus is his Savior. He is very young in the faith.