Churches and Partnerships
Drawing Children to Christ with ‘no strings attached.’
The ministry of "No Strings Attached" has been around for the past 17 or so years, and most recently, in Dec. 2015 has joined up with Healing Hearts ministry to reach out to children and families across our country, and even beyond to places like Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico.
Carl and Brenda Ens travel throughout the year, but especially in the summer months to minister on First Nations reserves, at Camps where a mixture of both First Nations and other children attend, and in churches sharing Vacation Bible School ministry in various places
They use tools such as Black Light Chalk talks, Marionette plays, drama, object lessons, storytelling, etc. etc.
The gospel is shared to hungry hearts. The ministry also includes holding services in the little community of Aylsham, SK, where we are also finding people to be hungry for God's Word!
Another area of ministry includes sharing Dramatic stories of the lives of Biblical and Historical characters from whose lives many lessons can be learned.
David is the national chaplain for the Métis Federation of Canada and is an ordained pastor with the Anglican Orthodox Church. The Métis Nation is included among Canada's First Nations or aboriginal peoples. The Métis or half breed population was a direct result of the 'marriage' of two proud but distinct cultures. Primarily, adventure seeking emigrants from England, Scotland or France and the Native American women they took as country wives. Louis Riel was the product of such a marriage.Our Métis Ministry includes...
- Annual Métis (POW WOW) gathering at Big Valley, Alberta.
- Marriage rite at the historic Batoche 1885 battlefield in Saskatchewan.
- Baptismal rite upon request.
- Funeral rite upon request.
- Prayers or blessings at public gatherings.
- Pastoral (Biblical) counseling through social media or private consultations.
- Discipleship courses for Métis believers.
- Leadership development for Métis/First Nations men who may be eligible for ordained ministry.
- Church Planting workshops for those called to plant Métis churches in Canada.
The Native Fellowship Church of Loon Lake is situated on the Makwa Sahgaiehgan First Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan. The church was started in the 1980's; they acquired their own building in 1987. The church was on its own for awhile but later asked for help from other missionaries. Today the men of the church do the leadership with a missionary doing much of the preaching; men of the church preach at various times.
In 2013, a 72-foot mobile home was donated to the church; this has been very helpful in being able to start a children's church during the morning service with some of the women taking turns teaching the children. They are working on getting gas, electricity, water, and sewer hooked to the trailer which will also provide a kitchen and bathroom, since the main building has no water. Initially the church was mostly one extended family; it has been encouraging to see growth and have other families on the first nation getting involved.
Joni Taylor has served in this church under the umbrella of Healing Hearts since September 2010.
In 2009 a small group of Native Christian leader's got together to discuss the burden of providing a place of fellowship for the Native community in Nipawin, Sk. Bert and Liz Genaille had been living in Nipawin for about a year when the burden for this ministry was presented to them. The idea was that there were several churches in the town but for some reason they, by their own admission, were not having success in reaching out to the native community.
The native believer's from Prince Albert and Montreal Lake believed that there were several Christians in the native population in Nipawin who would surely come out for fellowship if there was a church that they felt was theirs. In 2010, Ken & Debbie Matthews joined the team. A building became available for rent and a grand opening service was planned for the spring of 2010. The native community was invited to attend and over the course of the next few years the building of relationships has taken place with ministries extended to families of all shapes and sizes.
The ministry team has become three full-time couples with two Cree elders maintaining a support role. Attendance fluctuates greatly usually forming around the school year. We are greatly blessed to have the involvement of some Nipawin Bible College students in the outreach to children overseen by one of our ministry team couples, Marsden and Mandy Giesbrecht.
An introduction pamphlet has been designed to hand out as we visit the native community; always with the intention of building relationships through which we can love people in Jesus Name. Our ministry mandate is to honour God and His Word, grow in worship and prayer, and Love people!
Healing Hearts Ministry Regina began when NAIM missionaries, Walter and Cindy Selke, who in response to needs expressed by Nick & Vivian Helliwell and their desire to minister together, formed a vision to see a spiritual hospital within the inner city of Regina, SK.
Over the years they saw this vision take shape because of the support of many concerned individuals and churches that saw the need to reach out to the hurting people of Regina.
The vision was in response to seeing the needs within the First Nations community in Regina, but as the vision grew it became an outreach to all - hurting is not restricted to the First Nations community.
Healing Hearts Ministries is a non-denominational church working primarily in the inner-city area of Regina.
Our focus is teaching people to develop a personal relationship with God, to bring healing to the sick (whether it is spiritual, emotional, psychological or spiritual), and to discipling people into using their gifts and talents in the service of our Lord Jesus.
We believe strongly that everyone has a ministry within the local church and needs to be encouraged to find it.
We recognize that wounds occur in relationships when trust is damaged. For healing to occur something must happen to overcome the damage. The aim of a Journey Group is to rebuild trust in the context of relationships. We believe in a group process that actively builds up one another in love. For this to occur, three things must be experienced: grace, truth and safe community.
A Journey Group provides an opportunity for participants (usually 4-7) to share damaging life experiences that have been damaging in an environment that is safe and guided by two trained facilitators. Biblical core concepts are taught at the beginning of each session, illustrated by the presenters own life experiences. Personal home-work and group exercises frame the small group sharing time. Participants learn how to respond to one another in ways that balance grace and truth and lead to emotional and spiritual growth.
A Journey Group is an emotionally intense small group experience coupled with Biblically based lessons intended to help train and equip participants to recognize and work on their own stories and how their story affects their lives and the lives of the people around them. We use material developed by Open Hearts Ministry which presents twelve 30 minute teaching sessions followed by 90 minute small group sessions under the care and guidance of trained leaders. This experience based model of teaching invites you to look at your own story (both the smooth and rocky roads you’ve traveled) before understanding more fully the redemption available to all. The Journey offers an understanding that can only be fully understood as you open your heart to all that God has.