BE ENCOURAGED

MARK SHELDRAKE NATIONAL DIRECTOR, PRECEPT MINISTRIES CANADA

It’s hard to believe that Fall has arrived and that we are half a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the last few months, I have been praying for our Bible study leaders and students across this country. I have been praying that God would give them wisdom and discernment in how to proceed with their classes this September.

Since the middle of March our focus has been to resource and equip our leaders to move online with their classes. We have offered support and tips for online platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype and our team has been encouraged to see many leaders, as well as students participating in our online classes and training workshops. In July we offered our first Precept Upon Precept Leadership Training via Zoom, and it was a great success.

With the arrival of September there are many decisions to be made when it comes to whether classes should start to meet in person or remain online. At our office we have wrestled with what we should do as well. Our greatest desire is to be studying in person, doing our training workshops in local churches, and engaging with people face to face. I am confident the time will come when we can do this again. Over the summer I taught through the book of 1 Thessalonians in online classes as well as through the podcast. One thing that was made clear as God opened my eyes to the truth of His Word is that Paul loved the church at Thessalonica. The letter is filled with references to his love for them, his desire to be with them face to face again, but he was hindered from seeing them. Paul’s words were speaking to my heart. My passion and desire is to be with you in person, sharing the word of God, hearing the stories of transformation in your local classes and seeing how God is using you to make an impact in the lives of others.

Kay Arthur in her book, “As Silver Refined” said, “what if things you call disappointments are re-ally HIS appointments.” This has been an encouraging thought over the last 6 months as many events and gatherings have been cancelled due to the pandemic, yet in the midst of these disappointments we have seen God move in ways we could never imagine. In the first 3 months of the pandemic over 500 new people engaged in the ministry through online training and classes. God stories from all over Canada have reached us about how our online classes opened opportunities for people from locations where there are no classes. We have heard stories of people who have ignited a passion for God’s Word in their lives and how they want to start leading classes with students this fall. Praise the Lord for how He continues to further the Kingdom in the midst of this pandemic.

I hope and pray you are encouraged by the stories you will read in this newsletter. God is at work and He is doing amazing things through our leaders and students.
Finally, I want to encourage you to join us for the Hold Fast Conference being held online from November 6-7, 2020. Kay and David Arthur will be sharing a perfectly timed message from 1 Peter. Our culture is changing rapidly and we as believers need to know how to hold fast and stand firm in our faith. If you attended one of the conferences in British Columbia or Ontario in 2019 or were planning to attend in Nova Scotia, Alberta or Manitoba this year, please register for this event. Also, we ask that you share the event with others who need encouragement from God’s Word. Do not miss the opportunity to be challenged through scripture by Kay and David. We are praying that this event will engage thousands of Canadians in November resulting in new students and classes across the country.

Blessings,

Mark

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