SPRING NEWS from DONALD & LORRAINE – WP missionaries in Quebec

NEWS FROM OUR NEIGHBOR WHO HAD CANCER:
Our neighbor Audette died. Lorraine was able to meet her at her request before she died last saturday. Knowing us, she asked for prayers from our prayer groups. Lorraine was able to tell her about Reconciliation with God – the most important. Then two days later, we met Audette who was pushed in  a wheelchair to take fresh air outside.  She thank Lorraine for everything and declared that she had peace with God. We are grateful for this privilege to be able to share the hope that the Gospel of Jesus brings for everyone who is open. Thank you for praying for us in this adventure with our neighbor Audette.

ZOOM on FOLLOWING JESUS!

Donald & Lorraine got started on ZOOM to conect one on one, with individuals and couples. Lorraine got on ZOOM – PRO /classrooms for Celebrate Recovery training and coaching groups Very helpful.

 

Lorraine is in touch with 3 women who have mental illness: Anita, Anna, Sylvia, making Bible Study with 2 of them teaching them to be accountable daily. Phone calls, texting and email are appropriate and very helpful tools. Then pray for Claudia who has a thirst for God and staying connecting with Lorraine. Pray for Odette a neighbour hos is fighting an aggressive cancer – she asked us to have our prayer network to intercede for her. Pray also for Nathalie another neighbour open to us and to hear fro God.

 

PTL for new converts: Yanick,and Martha (a couple). We are teaching them to follow Jesus: Lorraine/ Martha and Donald/ Yanick. Also Pray for Christine – a new convert who was attending Celebrate Recovery women Bible study before Coronavirus step in…

 

Josée. L , and Michèle (have cancer), both non convert yet, preparing to do a Bible study on the Gospel of John. Lorraine is coaching Pierrette to do Bible studies to follow Jesus with her friends and relatives. Pierrette who is  a “natural” evangelist, although she has no computer she is not paralysed; in fact, she  actively uses mailing and phone calls to evangelize and to make disciples.

 

Lorraine is coaching – ZOOMING – with 3 groups of Celebrate Recovery, preparing to implement CR large groups: Quebec, Montreal and Sherbrooke where their Axe 21 Church CR group was meeting with 17 people in their last ZOOM CR meeting. Lorraine is coaching Diane, Withnie, Dominique, and Christiane. We need “prayer intercessors” to pray for implementing Celebrate Recovery,  a vital link and missing in the province of Quebec. 

 

Pray for Donald’s friend and believer, Denis who is under cancer treatments. Pray for his wife Louise who is walking through this amazing challenge with solid leadership in the midst of coronavirus context and also moving in a new home recently…

 

Pray for our new neighbour Daniel L. and his wife who bought a house close to us. We met them the other day while taking a walk. From their balcony, Daniel stopped us and asked me if I remember him as he did some renovation work 15 years ago on our house. He reminded how he was touched when I prayed for his mother who was very sick. He said something very interesting: it is not by chance that we bought a house close to you. I remember seeing in your window “stuff” on JESUS and being on Mission. He concluded that they look forward to meet once we can go back to normal. God is at work.

 

Pray for JP Grappin, a former costumer of our sports business before we came to Christ – March 22nd, 1986. JP was a member of our Family Bicycle club going in the 1980’s that was on tour every Sunday during Summer. In January, Lorraine met him and his mother when at hospital when she went for her wrist treatment; they were both open to talk about God with Lorraine. Donald is Following up with JP. Grappin. Pray for Mrs. St-Mathias who wanted the title of the book Lorraine was reading at hospital in the waiting room and also for Julien and Serge she met.

 

Our children and grandchildren doing are doing good although we cannot visit because of physical confinement. Pray they might see and experience God in a special way in their heart through this Coronavirus Adventure… Our daughter Claudiane is in the reconstruction of her house that burnt before the new year; it is slow  in the context of the Coronavirus… Her husband François is electrician contractor and was stop working with construction on hold mode. Our son’s family Martin and Annabelle goes well too; he works as a “computer specialist” with IBM – very busy providing help for essential service, communication and front line business. 

 

Donald & Lorraine.

 

 

We saw the hand of God in the tragedy!





The reconstruction work is progressing for the house of our daughter Claudiane and her husband François.

 

There is a beautiful spiritual application to make here: before rebuilding, you must uproot, clean, purify to secure the foundation and then rebuild. The passage from the book of Jeremiah chapter 1, verse 10 tells us: “Look, I have established you this day on the nations and on the kingdoms 1) to pluck up, and to demolish, and to destroy, and to overthrow, 2) to build and (3) to plant. “

 

Thus, this biblical passage is teaching us the way to deal in such cases. Whether for a couple, a family, a church, a community, or a nation, when we are experiencing a crisis, a drama or a tragedy, we must face adversity and conflicts with transparency and without denial. It is essential to 1) make sure to uproot what is wrong and clean it (sanctification), to secure the foundations (reconciliation and restitution and healing) 2) to then be able to rebuild on solid foundations 3) so that the structure plays its role fully to carry the fruits for which it was built for (restoration).

Practical example in the news

This biblical teaching can help us to better understand the tragedy of the recurrent conflicts in Canada between the First Nation, French, Anglophones and also with immigrants. These days, the news give us another concrete and striking example with the “blockages” of the railway tracks by native people.

We must first understand where we come from!

 

After the 1760 British Conquest, doing business and negotiating rights definitively marked the canadian relationships in the canadian blended family. In fact, it must be understood that the “very beginning” of the family was built on the basis of endless negotiations. From its foundation, French Canadians, First Nation people and the English have been looking at opportunities to ensure their survival by initiating and maintaining trade & deals through political relationships between them. We therefore did not build the Canadian family on the foundation and values like “Learning to love and to care for each other.” On the contrary, material, commercial interest and the thirst for political power for the land were omnipresent in our reports. We have come together and united only to counter the threat of a common enemy (the USA) who wanted to invade North America. And, we have succeeded to the point of ensuring Canada’s survival. This is crucial to understand: this type of relationship gave birth to the “Canadian blended family.” Between these wars with the USA, the three “founding” peoples lived isolated from each other: French Canadians in Catholic parishes, Natives on their reserves and English in the cities busy with doing business. They came together mainly and only for business relationships to improve their status in the family by negociating ongoing new deals.

 

There is a cost for “Living in denial”

 

Then, after the war of 1812-14 with the United States ended, the “British parents” showed no interest in settling the 200 years of wars, conflicts and murders and offenses between the “members of the family” who still lived isolated and whose children struggled painfully with the tragic memories of the Conquest of 1760 and earlier. The family mixture was formalized in England following political gestures here in Canada by the Act of Confederation of 1867. But these political initiatives never settled the offenses and the wounds between the children called to cohabit in the same ” family “… It must be understood here that Canada was built more on the tradition of claiming our individual rights. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom came to confirm and legalize later how much this Canadian tradition of “claiming our rights ” would mark our future relationships – thus giving more weight to individual rights and freedoms than to responsibilities in our relationships with each other and with the Canadian community.

 

The DNA of our relationships in the Canadian “family”.

 

In short, the archives of this troubled “blended Canadian family” clearly show that we have come together, as opportunists, to negotiate and bargain for new territorial, material, financial and political arrangements to ensure our survival and resistance to assimilation. This type of bargaining has built the DNA of our relationships in which we are again committed to practice today because we still believe the illusion that life will work well for us by doing so – and that’a all we learned… Instead of Learning to love and take care of each other, to work for reconciliation, restitution, healing and restoration, we hurried to build Canada and we fell into the performance trap to produce economic projects, material and financial deals. Doing so, allow us to nurture a mentality of denial to deal and to care with our heritage of past relationships. Historically, we have learned to limit ourselves to maintain relationships with each other only as a mean to bargain and to buy peace. No wonder why new deals are never enough and fail to bring satisfaction and come back over and over…

 

The children of the family are still suffering!

 

The children in the family still suffer from injuries and offenses from the past.… Canada, what exactly is going on in your family? I have heard it said, on the Fête nationale du Québec, how much the heart of Quebec would like to live in a “loving” family that takes care of the well-being of each child, while another part of him would like to leave the family because he thinks he doesn’t find his real place there and that business relationships with other children and repetitive financial negotiations do absolutely nothing. I hear the same feelings and the same words from many of my First Nation friends. English children who, for their part, seem to have obtained the status of children a little more “legitimate,” even if they have acquired a stronger position in the family structure and that this feeds relational tensions, it must be understood that also suffer in this whole story…

 

Denial of unresolved conflicts: a weight that the Canadian family still drags …

 

Gal 6: 7 “Do not be deceived; one does not make fun of God; for what a man sows, that also he will reap.”

Canada, you are a blended family that is suffering because you have not yet had the courage to face the real problems and repair the wounds and offenses rooted in the past. Canada, do you really believe that the deployment of projects, “popular festivals,” of music, culture, sport festivals, interminable financial expenses including indebtedness, to negotiate new financial arrangements, and to approve smoking marijuana to please Canadians, will heal the wounds that your children carry from generation to generation? 400 years of history prove it to us and, as we can see, we cannot heal broken relationships and rebuild trust by working on projects, trying to buy peace, or by making social, financial and economic concessions as beautiful and as attractive those deals might be!

 

Build on solid foundations:

 

Canada, the one who builds on false foundations ventures to build on the sand and reap repeated failure… The Gospel of Matthew chapter 7, verses 24-27 says: “Whoever hears these words and puts them in practice, I will compare him to a prudent man who built his house on the rock; the rain fell, and the torrents came, and the winds blew and gave against this house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on rock. And whoever hears these words, and does not put them into practice, will be compared to a foolish man who built his house on sand; and the rain fell, and the torrents came and the winds blew and beat this house, and it fell, and its fall was great. “

Whether in your relationship, in your family, in your church, in your community, in your nation, if you do not take care to settle the conflicts and the offenses that have been experienced among your people of your network, you are helping to nourish a mine field which could explode at any time. It is therefore up to everyone to examine themselves and put the hat that applies in the respective unit where you live…

 

Epistle to the Romans, chapter 12, verse 18: “If it is possible, and as much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”

– Donald Gingras.

 

Only God can write such stories…

Fredérique and Anna stories.                                                                                                           Lorraine: “ I received a phone call from a friend Annabelle working for “Aujourd’hui l’Espoir – Hope for Today” a Gospel radio – TV ministry broadcast in the province of Quebec. The phone call was about a lady from Montreal who was showing interest to know more about the Gospel. March 7th, I got in touch with Frédérique and made an appointement to meet in my home for coffee. She has already contacted by another believer in her area. I explained to her what was important was to meet Christians that would encourage her to read the Bible and follow Jesus, and to make sure what is being taught to her is from the Bible.
DSC_0017 (2)We met on the following Saturday, March 9th. She explained to me that when she heard a song on radio, her heart was so moved and touched that she began to cry,  feeling her heart being torn and empty. She then felt the desire to know more about God. She went to see on the internet and listen to a Gospel program. At the closing of the program the phone number of “Aujourd’hui l’Espoir” was given. She called right away. This why we got her reference.
I had 3 phone conversations with Frédérique. I I listened to her story, answered her questions, explained the good news of the Gospel to her. Visibly, she was ready to pray and to invite Jesus into her heart and commit her life to follow Jesus. I gave her a Bible and a practical study on the Gospel of John. The next day, she attended a service at Nouvelle Espérance – New Hope Church in the area where she lives, north of Montreal, with pastor Jean Lépine, someone we know. This is also the local Church of Diane, a close friend. She was warmly welcome at Church although my friend Diane was not there that day for cancer testing.”

” I persued faithfully my relationships with Frédérique. One day she invited me to her house to meet her friend Anna; she also asked me to bring a Bible for her friend. Frédérique had already told her friend about her experience with Jesus and explained the Good News to Anna. We got to know each other and shared about our background. Then we discussed about Jesus and the Gospel. Interestingly, we were reading from 3 different Bible translations: Louis Second (Lorraine), Word of Life (Frédérique) and (NIV) for her friend Anna (I gave an NIV because she is Italian and English speaking) but  the truth of the Gospel came out clearly. Anna was also a ripe fruit who prayed to invite Jesus in her heart. We enjoyed our moment together. We prayed together to close the meeting praising God for the ministry of Reconciliaton.

Frédérique and Anna are studying the Bible with me. We are starting by a special study reading four times the Gospel of John each time with a different focus and with practical applications. I have also invited Frédérique for  Vie Renouvelée – Celebrating Recovery groups that will soon start through my coaching  network, Eastern of Montreal. Pray for transportation – this might be an obstacle. We will see what the Lord has in store for them.”

Story of Anita.
“I am coaching another lady. I met Anita at our local church. I observes how she looked “alone” in the crowd. I became intentional to take interest in her and to get to know her more through hospitality. She was raised as an Anglican pastor’s daughter. We started to do Bible study on a weekly basis. As we met and discussed more about personal issues, she told me she was not sure about her faith. While we were making practical applications in the Bible about her life, she was touched deeply. We are encouraged to see the work of the Holy Spirit as we dig in the Word of God on a weekly basis. Anita is now walking in a new spiritual Journey being transformed by the work of Jesus. “

“This is to say that are single women, in their fourties, who long to get out of their problems and to grow… And you know what, Jesus is just there waiting patiently and faithfully to meet and to care for them…”

“Thank you Jesus for the privilege and opportunities to share about you and to invest in the lives of people with the Gospel, the living power to heal their heart and transform the lives of people for God’s Glory. (Luke 4: 18-20)”

    –  Lorraine

 

 

Donald & Lorraine on a three weeks Tour Western Canada speaking on RECONCILIATION

20190120_163429DONALD & LORRAINE SPEAKING and GIVING SEMINARS ON THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION AT MISSION CONFERENCES IN MILLAR BIBLE COLLEGE IN PAMBRUN, SASK. AND MILLAR CAMPUS, IN SONNYBRAE, BC. ALSO ON TOUR IN REGINA, CARONPORT, SWIFT CURRENT AND CALGARY.
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God is showing us that the message of Reconciliation is a powerful message, vital and indispensable for our country, our communities, our families, our couples and also for our churches. When people are open to work on reconciliation, it’s like making an invitation and a special place for the work of the Holy Spirit … and it’s really edifying to see Him at work. In Canada we try to resolve tensions by “buying peace” with negotiations and so-called “reasonable” accommodations: this is called maintaining business relationships. But that does not solve anything because the problem is deeply rooted in the broken relationships and unresolved wounds that the different groups of people carry in their relationships… Unfortunately, the relationships are not meant to “take care of each other” but to dealing and settling things with a business mindset, using people instead of serving people … Canada is a big, blended family of several groups of children – French, English, Aboriginal and all new adopted immigrant children – and that’s a family that suffers deeply because it has never resolved its broken relationships since its origin …
On the other hand, the gospel does not ask us to have business relationships between us, but rather to take care of each 20190118_115511other. Our Survey of over 400 years of history shows that in any organization, any group, when relationships are unresolved and the focus is put on accommodations, business, dealing, programs and structures, we fall into the trap creating and feeding  “power struggles” and it produces additional tensions that agitate and complicate relationships even more … (a favorable and ideal play ground for Satan to start a spiritual war and destroy). In such case, we also find that it saddens and limits the work of the Holy Spirit.

That being said, when we see cracks appearing in the walls of our house, family or local Church, it is not the time to make rénovations because it will only cover up the look. To the contrary, it is a clear sign (red flag) that we must dig deep in the foundations of the house to find the root so to understand what is causing the real problems and to discern appropriate measures and steps to correct the situation (Jeremiah 1: 10 biblical process). Therefore, when we do not practice the instruction of the Word of God, we pay the price and the conséquences are inevitably tragic … This is what 1 Corinthians 12 evokes for our reports because according to the text all the members are important: 1Co 12: 24-25 “God arranged the body to give more honor to what was lacking, so that there was no division in the body, but the members also took care of each other. ”
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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!!
Canada, it’s your Day on July 1st. But wait a minute, what exactly are you celebrating? Do you remember, Canada, on what basis did you build your family? Yes, you started a “family” with three main groups of children … the Aboriginals, then the French, and a bit later those from Great Britain? Oh, and since then, all the newcomers from everywhere!

The beginning of the Canadian family
In the historical record of the family, we can see that, a little after 1760, there was a real and growing possibility that the stronger British colonies to the south probably would separate from British rule. They might eventually want take land to the north. The British were figuring out how to manage their newly conquered French colony, and looking for ways to deal with the original peoples. They also started to bring in English speaking settlers. So it was that in this expansive land, three unrelated families would live. How to manage them and ensure the survival of British North America’s territory?

ENGLISH POSTER DONALD'S BOOKA challenge to manage this blended family
That would be a challenge. The British immediately began to negotiate with the French and the Aboriginals their loyalty to form a united group who could stand against the American colonies. In this spirit, our French religious leaders negotiated the right to live in their Catholic parishes and continue in the French language, culture and Catholic religion, working as farmers, lumberjacks and homemakers. In the same way, the native chiefs were able to bargain for the right to live in their great reserves in their language, and continue in their religion and culture to live by hunting, fishing, agriculture and homemakers. English settlers came to both Quebec and the territory to the west of Quebec, “Upper” Canada because it was further up the St. Lawrence River. Many obtained land grants to farm, but some had trade and business skills, so could establish themselves in service and other commercial occupations in villages, and towns that eventually would become cities, including Montreal and the less important Toronto.

Children living isolated from each other as a family lifestyle
Because of language and culture differences and a fair amount of physical separation as well as the British skill in dealing with each group uniquely, the three “families” lived quite separately and were strangers to each other, or worse. When I traveled across Canada for several years to give lectures on the subject, one question always came back over and over: “Why are Quebec, Aboriginals (now known as First Nations, Metis and Inuit) and the English still living so apart from one another and always negotiating to get more for themselves?”

Bargaining is the mean and the way to relate to each other
In fact, it must be understood that the Canadian family was built right from its beginning on the basis of negotiation. Since 1760, we have created and mainly maintained business and political relationships as a way to live. We have not built the Canadian family on the foundation and values of caring for each other. Moreover, once the war of 1812-14 with the United States ended, the British parents showed no interest in settling the 200 years of wars, conflicts and killings between the still isolated “families” of children who struggled with memories going back to the 1760 Conquest and earlier. Later, the blending was formalized in England after being arranged by political overtures here in Canada that culminated in the 1867 Act of Confederation. The records of this struggling “blended family” still clearly show that we came together to negotiate and often haggle over new territorial, material, financial, and political arrangements. This type of traditional bargaining has built the DNA of our relationships in which we still believe that we can make life work for us today by repeating the same manners.

The children are still hurting from the past
Canada, what’s going on in the family? I heard the other day, on the National Day of Quebec, how much of the heart of Quebec would like to live in a loving family that sees to the welfare of each child and cares, while another part of him would like to leave the family because he thinks he does not find his true place there. I hear the same feelings and words from my Aboriginal friends. The English children, for their part, seem to have obtained the status of somewhat more “legitimate” children and to have achieved a stronger position in the family structure that creates relational tensions. Canada, you are a blended family who suffers because you have yet to fully face or settle the wounds of the past. Canada, do you really believe that the deployment of parties, music festivals, culture, sports, ongoing financial spending and now marijuana will heal the relational wounds that Canadians still carry from generation to generation?

New children adopted: same vision, same lkifestyle, same relational pattern…
Canada, on what basis do you adopt the newest – the fourth – group into our “blended family”? Are you adopting this latest batch of children to use as labor to make up for the economic shortcomings and deficiencies of a troubled, failing system? And what kind of relationship do you have with them? Do you care to develop one? Will it be limited to business relationships and political negotiation like it always been with the French and the Aboriginals? One fact remains obvious: It is not on the foundation of “the love we have for one another” that dominates our relationships but rather what we can extract from each other. It often seems that history is repeating itself…

Where are you going to find happiness?
Canada, does this marriage of 1867 make you a true family? How can you turn the page believing that time will forget the wounds? Canada, how can you persist in promoting happiness in the temporal, material and financial values that have poisoned the relationships between your children and mortgaged their future? Canada, you gave your children a charter of rights to guarantee them full access to all freedoms, but why did you willingly leave aside the “charter of responsibilities” of your children that could have helped to harmonize and balance their relationships? Canada, why did you delegate to a handful of jurists the ultimate authority to determine our values and beliefs and to change our way of life? Canada, despite the fact that you have so much criticized bishops and religious leaders for having dominated our way of life in earlier time, is it much different now as you entrust all the responsibility of the Canadian family to a handful of Supreme Court justices?

Canada, what to celebrate?
Canada, what are all these Canada Day “parties” for when your children still show the symptoms of a “blended” family suffering … Canada, what spiritual legacy will you leave to your children? Canada, what will you really want to celebrate in this July 1st, 2018?

Canada! Here is Good News I long to celebrate:
When I read and inspire myself from the following passages of the word of God, like the Apostle Paul, I can say for myself: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God in salvation and in reconciliation for whoever believes.” ( Romans 1:16; and 2 Corinthians 5: 18-20)

God’s plan for the Canadian family
“ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luc 10 : 27) « God, in his plan of love had proposed beforehand to adopt us for love as his own children by Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1: 5) “To all those who welcomed Jesus, who believed in him and who put their trust in who he is, to all those, he gave the power to become children of God, regardless of their race and blood, and it is by the intervention of God. (John 1: 12) “There you are no longer strangers or guests. You are full fellow citizens with all the other children of God, you are the people of God, set apart for him; you are part of his family. (Ephesians 2:19)”I give you a new commandment: Love one another. Yes, as I have loved you, love one another. It is the mark by which men will recognize that you are my disciples. “( John 13: 34-35)“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5: 18-20)

“ O Canada… God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee… “

READ: “Window of Hope … and Reconciliation”
Author: Donald Gingras
To order the book: (514) 353-1131
or:  donald.gingras@videotron.ca

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June 24th – Quebec National Day: What to celebrate?

The National Day! What are we celebrating?

“June 24th is my birthday. For some, it’s the Saint-Jean Baptiste, for others it’s the national holiday: two worlds representing two very different stages of my life where, in turn, those around me promised me an unequaled happiness . I introduce myself: I am Quebec. I left the family home (France) around 1600 to emigrate to America to build my future. Since my arrival, all those who have been in authority above me have tried, in turn, to make me swallow blindly that life would work for me if I endorse their values. They promised me that I would find happiness guaranteed.

Today, 400 years later, I still live the same scenario. How can I say that I have found this happiness so coveted in the temporal, material, financial and political values I have so much praised? At the moment, I face the reality of my life and where these values lead me … The statistics say a lot about me! These results, however disappointing they are, do not lie and push me invariably to ask me a lot of questions. Yes, it’s my birthday, but what a funny party! What is wrong with my life? Do I just have to walk in the street and party to evacuate my distress and express my discontent? What will I leave to my children just as inheritance? Just asking me the question hurts me a lot. ”

ENGLISH POSTER DONALD'S BOOKQuebec is the child whose historic wounds have tragically damaged his heart. Quebec is torn and exhibits in its relations attitudes that reflect a heart overwhelmed like a volcano ready to spit fire and the lava suffering that have pressed for so long. Quebec questioning who seeks his way through the racket of pots and pans on the streets or “parties” or sports or in the religion of hockey but still does not find satisfaction once the day come to an end … Quebec in search of identity, which tends to drown its discomfort and his troubles in denial by venerating his culture, his songs and his humor under the fires of countless and endless summer festivals … Quebec, what is this void that haunts you so much? Quebec, what are you trying to fill? Quebec, 400 years have passed, but it’s the same thing. Quebec, what spiritual legacy will you leave to your children?

Donald Gingras, author of “Window of Hope … and Reconciliation” Quebec, a 400-year overview of a revealing story where Quebec lives in Canada, a hurting family…
EMAIL: donald.gingras@videotron.ca
Tel: (514) 353-1131

25th anniversary of Ministry: our best season ever!

Ministry highlights

dsc_0247– From 1991, after biblical training in Briercrest Seminary (1988-91), Saskatchewan, our main focus has been to play a support role to local churches in Quebec through disciple making disciples by caring and investing in people and families.  We have been involved in six Church planting expériences in Québec with the same ministry emphasis.

– From 1993 – 1997 Donald was teaching, counselling and being a principal in a Christian High School when Lorraine was counselling, discipling and mentoring women in our local Church in Québec city.

From 1997-2001 Donald was taking the role of interim pastor in Farnham, QC and starting at the same time Church plaiting Eastern Montréal.

– In 2001 God led us to travel six years across Canada to speak the message of Reconciliation between French, First Nation and English and to mobilize prayer for Québec, the most unevangelized mission field in North America. Donald’s book came out in 2008 as a result and was published at the 400th anniversary of Québec. Donald did a lot of interview on Christian TV. The book is a best seller in English with 5 000 copies and in French as well with 3 000 spread across Canada.

– Since September 2011, God directed us to take an additional training in marriage counselling and enrichment with Caring for the Heart Ministry, Colorado Springs. With the reality that Québec lost about 50% of his evangelical pastors in the last 15-20 years, God gave Donald a burden to work with pastors and ministry leaders. Since our training, God brought over 60 pastoral and ministry couples in our home to take one week of counselling and life transforming experience. As a result, a coaching network has developped with the need to share and to implement tools for caring, counselling, disciple making and training leaders in the local churches.

– We put together a GPS Group training for the local Church as part of caring ministry to train leaders to lead couples and individuals to emotional, spirituel and relational maturity. In the last two years, we have reproduced our GPS groups and training leaders with four (4) local Churches. Donald is also coaching about ten pastors to do pastoral counselling with couples.Donald & Lorraine Gingras - missionaries in Quebec

–  We have translated the EMCC coaching guide “The Way of Jesus” into French. We work at implementing this “one on one” disciple making journey in Québec context. We seek God’s direction to open our home for a weekly Life Group meeting for people of our neighborhood and to give opportunities to introduce “Way of Jesus.”

– In May 2016, God lead us into a new local Church that has a heart for lost and needy people. Ou local Church serve 75 to 100 baskets of food weekly; help immigrants to adjust in Québec culture; provide help for homework; teach “English” as a second language; help families in several ways; is closely involved in the community in partnership with many other non profit organisations. Lorraine and I arrive at a time where there is a need to train leaders in counselling and disciple making in order to care and to lead the new people and believers into emotional, spiritual and relational maturity. Our main focus is to train, coach and mentor ministry leaders and couples.

–  During Summer 2016, Lorraine and I took a training with Celebrating Recovery Ministry. We also visited two churches in Waterloo, ON and also Cross Road Church, AB who worked with the CR Ministry for a decade.  Then, we have introduced Celebrating Recovery Ministry to six local churches of our pastoral network. Including our local Church, four have decided to start on CR Journey and two others are showing major interest to start the Ministry soon. This Ministry is a blessing for Québec mission field and context.

– For five (5) consecutive years, Donald has been invited as conference speaker at Concordia University in a class of psychology to talk about his book “Window of Hope… and Reconciliation.”  Each of the 100 students must read Donald’s book and write a paper on the subject. Invitation has been given for this Fall as well, October 20th (please pray). Each time Donald had full freedom to share his faith and new values that led him to write the book.

Through Alpha program, we developped a 8 years relationships encouraging and coaching Jean-Philippe Auger, a Catholic priest in his spiritual journey. He attended several of Donald’s conference and training on Disciple Making.  He also took one week retreat of counselling with Donald. His interest for this subject with Donald’s coaching led him to take his D. Min. at Laval University on Disciple Making.  As a result of his dissertation, he wrote a book: ” Jesus coached twelve ordinary men to make them extraorinday leaders.”  He is now teaching at the Grand Catholic Seminary of Montréal  and training young catholic priests. The Dean of Seminary said: “We need to train our young  priets in a new culture of Disciple Making in order to fulfil the Great Commission Mt. 28-18020.” Donald was introduced by Jean-Philippe to the Dean with the project to speak to the students about “Window of Hope… and Reconciliation” and to teach them on the spiritual reality of Québec.

Looking back at 25 years of Ministry in Québec, we realise it takes time, perseverence and faithfulness in the ministry. Apostle Paul wrote in Ph. 2:19-22  “I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel With this generation that is shaped by “fast food” and “tech” and “speed,” we really need to teach and value that making disciples and training leaders takes time and quality. Lorraine and I have observed over the coarse of our 25 years of ministry, that most people we had a long term caring, discipling and coaching relationships with are actually involved in the Ministry.

 

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NOTE:  ON THE PHOTO (map of Québec), each BLUE flag represent a pastoral couple or a ministry leader that took a week of counselling with us in our home. This map gives demonstrates how God has been using  us to plant seeds of REVIVAL across Quebec by implementing and reproducing DISCIPLE MAKING and CARING & TRAINING LEADERS. It is with praises and great expectations that we see God leading us in this season, the best ever and most fruitful time of our ministry life. Keep praying for us to be sensitive and to discern Holy Spirit leading in this amazing journey and movement designed by God for our mission field of Quebec.

Thanks for your faithful praying, finaicial support and encouragement.

Donald & Lorraine.

 

Training life group leaders on “how to care” for disciples.

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Donald speaking with pastor Benoit during the training. Leaders are part of Donald and Lorraine’s disciple making network from Montréal, St-Bruno, Québec, Roberval, and Trois-Rivières.

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Pastor Benoit and Christina Lavergne with Lorraine and Donald

Training leaders at Église de Trois-Rivières, QC

Discipleship at heart level!

DSC_0026Donald & Lorraine spent the last week of October with Encounter Discipleship School staff at Bible Camp des Ïles , Québec, training 13 young adults in a journey to  build emotional, spiritual and relational  maturity. Those young adults are potential Bible Camp leaders recruited and trained by Hope for Canada – former Canadian Sunday School Mission.

Testimonies:

” Hello Donald, Thanks so much for coming and sharing with our group once again. I received some really good feedback from our team on how they were able to see growth in some of the students as a result of it! Thank-you once again for allowing yourselves to be used by God in this.”  Barry, director Encounter Discipleship School.

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“When I heard about Québec the ‘Grown up Orphan child story, living in Canada, a hurting blended family…’ that changed my understanding about Québec and Christians in Québec.

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“I learned about how Godly relationships should work. I came here hoping I would learn that because I was absolutely clueless before. Thank you!”

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“This training really help me discovering my pain buttons.”

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“I truely enjoy being able to learn how to focus on the heart and asking God to show proper healing to the heart from the past. “

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“This week the Gingras teaching has helped me ro recognize and let go past hurts by giving them to Jesus. I can really feel God’s love for me and open to loving and to being loved by others.”

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“This week has been really good. I liked the teaching a lot. It has help me to learn things about myself I did not know before and provided new insights to things I have been struggling with. Thank you so much!”

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“I have experienced healing in a area of my heart that I did not know I was hurting broken… I looked inwardly for the first time in my life…”

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“I have discovered things about myself I did not realise before. I really enjoyed the teachings all together.”

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“The teaching brought light on the cause of some of my problems and tendencies. Really appreciate.”

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“I have learned how broken people, especially Christians, and how we all need Christ.”

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“Teaching help softening my heart, recognise the baggage and being free from darkness…”

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” I have learned that all pains have a root and how you can run painfully from the roots for ever…”

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” I kew that God loves me in my head. But I realise through praying in my heart that God’s love for me. What a difference and new reality.”

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“I have learned through praying how to take my burden to Jesus and to allow Him to take care of my heart.”

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Thank you Jesus for your faithful presence and caring ministry once more! Luke 4: 18-20

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Testimonies from our GPS diciple making groups

 

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A “GPS” is a tool that provides direction to get to a chosen destination. In the same way, our GPS is a guide that leads the disciples  in three relational directions  of his life.

•  A guide to grow toward spiritual and emotional maturity (with God).

• A guide to learn how to relate and to take care of each other (relations with others).

• A guide to learn how to be the bearer of the Good News in his life and to make disciples like Jesus did. “The Way of Jesus Training” becomes a “key window”  in this process of disciple making.­­­­­­­­­­­

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Thank God that he provides for all my needs at the time. Personal meetings following the current GPS are the perfect example. They allowed me to discover the healing of my savior from a new angle. Freed from my past hurts, I can now continue with my growth, hand, arms against doubt, fear and discouragement.

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 Thank you Lorraine and Donald, Tamar and Luke, and Whitnie for your commitment, your dedication and transparency. God bless you. “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Prov. 11:25

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 When I heard the announcement of emotional healing courses in order to be usable in the hands of God and blessing to others, it was clear that I had this opportunity. However, I felt myself quite exceeded; I would have had a full time week to digest each lesson … I did the readings, the Lord showed me many of my hurts (I was surprised), but I could not make a synthesis and see the central node in relation to which I would ask Jesus a specific issue, my duties were often incomplete, I could not. I also had serious discouragement of time before the extent of my misery… GPA LEADERSD FEMMES Before our final evening, I set aside a full day to ask God to show me what I should ask him to intervene, I asked the “solution” I struggled with what to me to first appeared distractions, then I realized that the songs that arose came from The Holy Spirit: God wanted me to take time to listen and to enjoy his love. I put aside my search for a solution, and I am left “rocked” by the love of Jesus.

 

 

GPS leaders for women: Witnie, Lorraine and Tamar.

I am very far from having exhausted the subject and GPS tools. I just started … I feel not having “done the homework.” I have to accept that it takes time. I can say though, I see that healing has already begun on many of the injuries I realized my bad reactions are shorter and less intense. I am very grateful to God.

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 Having attend the first course GPS, has been beneficial for me. I needed to take care of me before taking care of other people. I have learned about myself, now I have a different perspective on the problems that arise: I see them come and solves otherwise.

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Thank you for the GPS group. At first I was nervous, not knowing what to expect. It allowed me to better know and understand me. I enjoyed the interaction with other participants of the group. I could see that everyone has their struggles and, listening to the stories week after week, I found that you can get out and look for victory. GPS course also really helped me better know Jesus and how he wants to have a relationship with each of us.

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With GPS group, I learned to openly express my emotions and hurts. I had never experienced this in the church and I’m in church since I was young (26 years in the church). GPS LEADERS HOMMESI was able to flourish by finding the words pain I was experiencing and to address them. Now I can watch the recurring sins to another degree, than simply addressing the sin itself. Why did I respond so? Will he one source to this recurring problem? I now have the tools to address sin to cope.

 

 

 

GPS leaders for men: Richard, Donald and Luc.

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 In summary, this ministry was a great way to grow and review the concepts of emotional wounds while continuing work to give all to Jesus. It was an excellent material and we learned to use by ourselves. As part of the group, we were able to see Jesus at work in others. Through sharing and openness of each participant. As for us, this is what we would like to live in a church; we pray for a spiritual family like the GPS group, spiritual healing and that they can in turn make disciples.

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I would like to express my appreciation for the GPS group. I understand the struggles that I lived and I could not find a solution. At first I did not know what to expect. I had fears because I had often heard the following speech, “Trust in the Lord! “But I did not understand how to do this pratically. When my struggles reappeared, I was ashamed, and I sank further into isolation. With GPS group, I saw that I was not alone in having experienced this and I appreciated the formula of the group which allowed us to open up without fear and respect of confidentiality. With GPS course, I could learn how to practically entrust my pains, my wounds, concerns Jesus in prayer of the heart. I have the tools now to face my struggles, and thank you Lord, I am no longer helpless and I can get out of my isolation.

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My Christian life was daunting and I had almost lost hope. The GPS group seemed to me a risk but I was strongly attracted. I trust the leaders, which helped me. I saw that I was not the only one fighting. I was surprised especially built through transparency of the leaders. It allowed me to open up more easily without fear of being judged as I  experienced before in church. I see a light at the end of the tunnel. With GPS group I get hope for my Christian life and for others. I am far from victory over all, but my way is more encouraging.

 

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