Today, we had a Bibles for Canada table on the University of Waterloo campus. The team was on this particular campus two times before without a table, each visit resulting in 23 Bibles distributed. Today was the first time we had a table and we ended the day having distributed 91 Bibles and about 150 tracts. Although it was midterms season, many students were willing to take the time to talk to us. A majority of the recipients were shared at least one verse with footnotes to show them how to use this free study Bible. A verse that was often shared was Phil. 4:6-7, on anxiety, peace, and how we can pray even while studying for midterms.
There was one appointment at the University of Guelph where two sisters met with a student there. The time was spent getting to know one another humanly and connecting her with a local sister. At the University of Waterloo there was one appointment where a newly saved contact was introduced to a local brother who also works on campus, which was followed by a mini Bible study.
Later on, we joined the Christians on Campus Bible study where we went over Gal. 5:1-6, followed by pizza and fellowship. Although there were many new faces, there were many good questions and mutual discussion about being freed in Christ.
There was a misconception that this campus was hard to breakthrough in. However, we were wonderfully corrected because of how open and seeking many of the students were. Jesus is Lord on this campus!
- Pray that the current students would be richly supplied and vitally built up
- Pray for further connection of the contacts to the local saints and existing students
- Pray that the great Shepherd would shepherd the saints and through the saints
- Pray that the Lord continues to preserve and operate in each contact
- Pray that the Lord would brood over and reveal Himself to the contacts through the word
- Pray that the ones who just received tracts would order a Bible online
- Pray for the enjoyment and continuation of the Bible studies on campus
- Pray for remaining fruit
On Tuesday, February 6th, during coordination we pray-read Acts 4:31: And when they had so besought, the place in which they were gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
Afterwards, two sisters on the GTCA team went to Conestoga College where they met a contact who prayed to receive the Lord. The rest of the GTCA team went to Wilfrid Laurier University to distribute Bibles on a one-on-one basis. Later in the afternoon we had rest, dinner, and fellowship at homes of local saints followed by the prayer meeting. 34 Bibles and 23 tracts were distributed.
On Wednesday, February 7th, during coordination, we enjoyed the matter of abiding in the vine and that apart from Him, we can do nothing. We were joined with one local sister to go out to the University of Guelph. There we continued the one-on-one Bible distribution and had three appointments in which the contacts were both receptive and encouraged. Later we went to another local saint’s home for rest, dinner, and fellowship. 20 Bibles and 25 tracts were distributed.
- Pray for our contacts to be properly connected to the local saints.
- Pray for the table at the University of Waterloo for Thursday, February 8.
- Pray for the weather on Friday.
- Depending on the weather, we may not be able to meet with the contacts we met last week at Conestoga College for follow-up.
Last week, the GTCA team distributed 210 Bibles over four university/college campuses. We had many open contacts who gladly received the free Bibles and we are making plans for follow-up this coming week. Currently we have about 1-5 contacts we are meeting for each campus this week.
Last weekend, the team drove out to southwest Ontario to meet the saints there at a community center. This group of saints recently came into the church life, coming out of Mennonite colonies and Christian denominations. On Saturday night, the trainees from the St. Catherine’s team joined us as well for some dinner, singing, and testimonies. It was amazing to hear what the Lord has done there in these saints’ lives. The Lord’s ways are certainly higher than our ways. Afterwards, the Kitchener team took hospitality in three of the families’ homes. Spending time with these saints in their homes was very sweet and intimate and we can tell how hungry and sincere they are.
The next morning, we had a singing and sharing time. It was organic and full of life. Afterwards we had a love feast together and got to know some other families. The team couldn’t stay much longer however, and left after lunch, even though the saints stayed longer for their prophesying meeting. We all left feeling fed and satisfied physically and spiritually. We are praying for them, that the Lord will continue to bless them and grow in them.
On Monday, the team went to University of Waterloo for some more Bible distribution. We made the same amount of contacts we had the first time we went to UW with a total of 23 Bibles given away via one-on-one contact (no Bibles for Canada table). One female student was saved and we are praying she will get connected to the Chinese speaking saints here.
- Pray for the students’ responses when following up
- Pray for the establishment of the appointments
- Pray that the students will be open to be connected further after the first appointment.
- Pray for students, who were not willing to give their contact information, would contact us
- Pray the seed will grow and the local saints will pick up the burden to care for the open ones
- Pray for the saints in Southwest Ontario, for their going on in Him
After prayer and coordination with the GTCA team in the morning, we departed for the University of Guelph, where we had a Bibles for Canada table. We distributed 100 Bibles and about 150 tracts, along with about 30 ministry books and booklets. We made solid contacts that we will be following up with and setting up appointments. Afterwards we went to a local saint’s home for dinner and fellowship.
This was the first time there was a BfC table at the University of Guelph and we were very well received. The strategic location paired with the general openness of students paired well for the word to go out. Thank you saints for all the prayers!
- Pray for the students’ responses when following up.
- Pray for the establishment of the appointments.
- Pray that the students who were not willing to give their contact information would contact us.
- Pray the seed will grow and the local saints will pick up the burden to care for the open ones.
Yesterday morning (January 30), we came together at a home where we had strong prayer and coordination. Afterwards five trainees, two saints volunteering with the GTCA, four local saints, and two students went to Wilford Laurier University to distribute Bibles. We set up a BfC table and were able to make some solid contacts with students there. We distributed 43 Bibles, more than 70 tracts, and some more literature.
Later the team went to a local saint’s home for dinner and fellowship followed by the prayer meeting at the new meeting hall. There we prayed for all those who received the Bible, the contacts we made that we will potentially meet for a second appointment, and for the upcoming days of Bible distribution.
This morning (January 31), the GTCA team (five trainees and two volunteers) had coordination, packed our bags with Bibles and tracts, and departed for a few hours of Bible distribution at the University of Waterloo. We did not have a table there, so we split up into two teams to contact students in strategic locations. Today we distributed 23 Bibles, about 70 tracts, and some more literature. Three students prayed to receive the Lord and some more were open for further contact. Later on we had rest, dinner, and fellowship about the day’s labor at a home.
Our highlight was the prayer meeting, where we were able to pray for the Lord’s move here in Kitchener/Waterloo. We shared about how encouraged and impressed we were of the history here and how the saints we read about in our orientation binders were sitting right next to us in the prayer meeting. All of the times of getting to know the saints here has been so rich and touching to see how the Lord can do anything to get what He’s after.
- The Bibles that were distributed would be opened and enjoyed by the recipients
- The proper follow-up of the open and hungry ones and for second appointments to be established
- The Lord would go before us and set apart His chosen ones at the University of Guelph and Conestoga College.
The Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph team arrived to Toronto on Friday, January 26, and have been blending and getting oriented for the GTCA here with two other teams for the weekend.
On Lord’s Day, January 28, we had the table meeting in Toronto and departed for Kitchener afterwards. That evening we attended a love feast where we were able to blend and familiarize ourselves with the history of the Church in Kitchener.
On Monday, January 29, we had a GTCA orientation that extended into the history of the churches in the area. We also went on a drive-through campus tour of the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University, followed by a quick look at the meeting place and property that was recently acquired. The team here consists of five trainees, two serving ones from different localities in Canada, and two local saints.
Although we stayed in most of the day, our highlight was beginning the day with strong prayer, learning about the rich history of the area, particularly the history of the saints with a Mennonite background, and sharing our past experiences out on the gospel.
Please pray for:
- The Bible distribution this week on the campuses: Wilford Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, and Conestoga College.
- The distribution and contact goals for this GTCA in Kitchener to be met, such as: 1) 2,400 tracts 2) 600 Bibles 3) 1,000 initial contacts 4) 25 unbelievers saved
- This will be our first time having a table on the University of Guelph campus so we are requesting prayers for a positive atmosphere and that we will leave a good impression with the university.
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