33 Salvations & 4 Staff Baptisms - Update from Gardom Lake - Week 7

33 Salvations & 4 Staff Baptisms - Update from Gardom Lake - Week 7

Saturday August 19, 2017

Greetings from Gardom,  Week Seven: We were blessed with another full week with a total of 165 campers. Day camp has also been going well week after week, with a total of 10-20 campers each day.  Our staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty week in and week out. Yes, we have our bumps along the way which become rich learning experiences to help us fall forward.

Our second team of junior staff (ages 15-16) completed their three weeks of service. A high percentage of these young leaders came with focus and a heart to serve. Many individuals took initiative to be involved with campers and work projects that exceeded our expectations. 

I am thankful for Dave McVety, our speaker for main camp, and Brian Dennis our speaker for Encounter both returning for their second week of speaking. Dave McVety also took time to connect and share with our staff every morning during our staff meetings. It was well received and gave them an extra boost to their day.  We had 33 first time decisions for Christ and 75 recommitments to going deeper with their relationship with God. Some campers shared on their survey that this was the first time they had heard about truths from the Scripture, and they expressed a desire to read the Bible and learn more before making a decision for Jesus. 

We had 4 of our staff going deeper with God through Baptism. It is such a great way to end the week as we have friends, family, and Church communities come around the lake to see staff take their relationships with God to the next level in a public act of obedience to Him. 

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Baptism in Okanagan Lake - Sunday September 17, 2pm @ Rotary Beach

Baptism in Okanagan Lake - Sunday September 17, 2pm @ Rotary Beach

“What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized.” Acts 22:16
Baptism is an important step in the Christian journey, and we are inviting you to take it with us on Sunday September 17th, 2pm @ Rotary Beach. This is our first lake baptism in a while, and it's a powerful opportunity to walk in obedience and identification with Jesus. Interested? We'd love to meet with you, just email [email protected] and we'll let you know about a class we'll be having before baptism Sunday. Questions? Talk to one of our Pastors and we'll help you move forward. 250-763-6553
Sowing Seeds Matters!  Baby Bibles & More

Sowing Seeds Matters! Baby Bibles & More

We loved hearing this story and wanted to share it with you.  Keep sowing seeds in your life. . it matters!

My wife Emily and I attended KGF for 3 years from 2013 until the spring of 2016 while I was attending Okanagan College. After I finished school we moved up to Prince George to be closer to family, so we are no longer involved with KGF. 

While we were in Kelowna we had the joy of welcoming our two daughters Eva and Teija into our lives and I remember that KGF kindly gave us two illustrated children's Bibles. I just wanted to share with you that Emily and I have been reading these stories often with our oldest daughter Eva, who is now four years old, and she loves them. We plan to read them to Teija as well as she gets older. We just really wanted to say thank you to everyone at KGF for these kind gifts that are making a big impact in our children's lives. 

Thanks and God bless you guys!

Sincerely, Tom and Emily Lahdenranta

Premiering "Arctic Light" in Greenland with Errol Martens

Premiering "Arctic Light" in Greenland with Errol Martens

IMPACT OF ARCTIC LIGHT FILM IN GREENLAND

& OTHER GREAT NEWS

"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." Ps. 23.  
  

 
MINISTRY TRIP JUNE 13 - JULY 5, 2017
IT TOUCHES PAIN AND REVEALS THE PATH TO FREEDOM

The film was well received in Greenland. Each time it was shown people related emotionally, and there were tears.

One man asked from the crowd, 

" HOW CAN WE GET THE DVD SO WE CAN SHOW TO OUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES?"

And that is exactly what I was hoping the film would be used for, an outreach tool.

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Gardom Lake Bible Camp Week 6 Update - Rikk Kieft

Gardom Lake Bible Camp Week 6 Update - Rikk Kieft

Greetings from Gardom Lake, August 13

Week Six: Hot, smoky, tough, great, growing, challenging, needing God’s strength and wisdom. As camp moves deep into the second half of summer we are feeling stretched. This week was filled with challenges that required us to be rooted in God, and it has been a rich learning time in dealing with difficult campers. Our staff were great in the energy they had for this point in the season, and I am very proud of them.  Our Jr Staff are a real blessing this session, they have been working hard with moving wood, pouring concrete with buckets and laying a tonne of bark mulch to keep the dust down on our encounter trail.

Our speaker for main camp was Spencer Coers from Enderby a long-time speaker and Gardom Lake connection. Monica Ward was our speaker for the all-girls Encounter week. She poured into the lives of our campers through message and one-on-one connection. We continue to be amazed at the work of God and His Spirit as we had 48 first time commitments to Jesus and His life-changing grace and Love. We also had 62 recommitments to going deeper with God, His word and engaging with His Spirit. We love it, and are thankful to our community of support and prayer.

A note on camperships, we have supported many campers this year that could not afford to come to camp. So far we have supported approximately 86 families with funding for a total of $15675.00. We have received $9,006.00 in campership funding to date, so we are short just under $7000.00. Please pray for campership funding to come through before the end of summer, and consider a donation to this worthy cause!

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When Fear Trumps Faith - My Story, Daylon

When Fear Trumps Faith - My Story, Daylon

Daylon TilitzkyPastor Mike asked me to share about a time where my fear trumped my faith.

I have a great example but it takes some explaining. For the longest time I thought my biggest fears were the brokenness of my past. See, I wasn’t raised Christian. At all. I maybe went to church two times in 18 years. I started questioning just as I went off to university in Halifax. It was there where I first heard God call me to pastoral ministry. Now if that sounds crazy, just imagine how I felt. At that time in my life I was battling suicidal depression, addiction and dealing with the fact that my parents were getting divorced. In the midst of all that God tells me I’m going to lead his people. Sure. Sounds good. 

He let up after I freaked out and I didn’t feel the call anymore, besides a faint itch in my heart.

In second year, I was still very hurt and angry and lonely. I wanted friends and so I tried to fit in. And fitting in university meant drinking. And drinking some more. And the drinking a little more. I won’t go into detail but let’s just say one morning after a night of no sleep I realized just where my life was leading. I pleaded with God for forgiveness. I begged Him to take me back. He said of course. And you’re going to lead. Again? Really? My giants of brokenness, addicition, depression were too big, too scary.

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Celebrating our LIT's - Leaders in Training

Celebrating our LIT's - Leaders in Training

The Kid's Ministry team wants to acknowledge the amazing work our LIT's (leaders in training) have done with our kids during their Summer of Service. Each Sunday, instead of going to their small group classes, they have been giving their time to care for our kids in their classes. These are just a few of you pictured here, but we are so thankful for all of you and have been greatly encouraged by watching your growth in leadership! Well done!

Awesome Tour of Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center

Awesome Tour of Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center

We took time August 15th to visit and tour the Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center, one of our key mission partners.  It was a great time for the two dozen people from KGF who showed up to get a better picture of this amazing ministry.  We encourage you to faithfully support the Pregnancy Care Center through the Baby Bottle Campaign.  You can add coins / cash / checks to the baby bottles and return them by August 27th.  Together we can help save the lives of babies, and impact families forever!  So good.  More online, www.ovpcc.com  

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Pregnancy Care Center Open House - Tuesday August 15, 10am - 11am

Pregnancy Care Center Open House - Tuesday August 15, 10am - 11am

Nothing beats an on-site tour of an incredible ministry partner like the Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center. Join us Tuesday August 15th, 10am - 11am, as we get a first hand look at how God is using this dynamic ministry to impact hundreds of women / men & families. We'll have a chance to tour the facility, ask questions, and pray together. All welcome! More online, www.ovpcc.com

Insider's Perspective on Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center - Karen Haugen

Insider's Perspective on Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center - Karen Haugen

It’s baby bottle season in support of the Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Centre!  Please pick up a bottle from the Foyer, fill with coins / cash / checks, and return by the end of August.  We asked our friend Karen Haugen, who works 2 days @ KGF and 3 days with the Pregnancy Care Centre, to share her experience on this ministry from an insider’s perspective.

Working at the Pregnancy Care Centre has been nothing like I expected. I was envisioning babies and bellies. What I should have taken into consideration was that this is a Crisis Pregnancy Centre. The men and woman who come through our doors are dealing with unplanned pregnancies. Unsure what their next move is and unaware of their options. While working at the Centre hasn’t been what I expected, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences. It’s been an incredible blessing walking alongside woman as they navigate these big life decisions. Watching them overcome fear and do things they never believed they were capable of.

This has been my first experience working at a non-profit. It will never cease to amaze me that our Centre exists solely because of generous donations from churches, corporations and individual people within our community. Our Baby Bottle Brigade is our largest fundraiser of the year. The money raised allows us to offer material support, including maternity clothes, baby clothes, car seats etc. as well as the opportunity to teach parenting classes and offer post abortion counselling. Thank you for partnering with us as we create a caring, supporting, liberating learning environment that restores hope to all who are facing unplanned pregnancies, dealing with pregnancy losses or exploring sexual integrity as a lifestyle.

Karen Haugen

www.ovpcc.com

Baby Bottles 2017