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Jésus’ heart is longing for Quebec – Mt. 9.35-38

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Lorraine et Donald

Donald & Lorraine Gingras

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.

 

I invite others to follow Jesus!

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Lorraine and Palmyre walking in “The Way of Jesus.”

2016!

Bonne Année!

Happy New Year !

Although Donald lost his Dad (94) in March 2015, he had the joy to see Lorraine leading him to reconciliation with God. In November, Donald also led his good friend Bernard to God through Luke 23 before he died of an aggressive cancer. We have a Good News and Hope for people! We are learning to never give up to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus! Our physical health is stable. We enjoy skating, walking and spending good times as a couple. We praise God for our children and grandchildren for their love for Jesus and their Christian walk.

NOEL 2015 DSC_0689We thank you for walkling alongside of us with faithful prayer and financial support.  Recently, we received special & generous financial gifts from supporters. Thank you so much for investing faithfully in us and our ministry in the mission field of Québec.

We continue to open our home as a place of care and counselling for pastoral and ministry leaders couples through monthly “five days at the time” retreat. The need is great. Since 2010, we have meet over fifty couples. Recently, God brought several young leader couples for one week of pre-marital counselling in our home. What a delight to take part of training and coaching a new generation of leaders for Jesus!

Last year, we have developped « GPS » disciple making groups to train for emotional, spiritual and relational maturity. We are now starting to reproduce GPS groups in local churches with pastors that attended our retreat for couples and GPS training. In Discile Making ministry, we are now translating and adapting « The Way of Jesus » for Quebec context, a great need in our mission field.

As we  observe God working in different ministries across Québec, we believe He is preparing a foundation for revival and spiritual awakening. We are excited to be part of this work while we enjoy watching Jesus healing and transforming lives of people through our ministry of counselling and disciple making. In this season of our life, we believe we are probably living the most exciting and fruitful time of our ministry!

We want you to know you are « special partner » in the work the Lord in Québec mission field.

Que Dieu vous apporte la joie et la paix!

May the Lord bring you joy and peace!  

Be blessed,     Donald and Lorraine. (Num. 6 : 24-26)

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Merry Christmas!

 

Jesus: the reason for the season!

Since we came to a personal knowledge of Christ in 1986, Christmas is stirring up some sadness in our heart when we witness so many spotlights on gifts and so little attention given to Jesus. Who is the real reason of Christmas?

Jesus was born in this world in the middle of miserable people like us who were trapped in their pain and where war had settled in the home. Jesus said He has come to set the captive free, to open the eyes of the blind, to heal the broken hearts (Luke 4: 18-19). Today, too many believers are still feeling they live like captives experiencing a miserable life…

We praise God, Emmanuel, who is with us for the new insight He gave us In His Word and how He led us one step further in our spiritual journey. How can we be intimate as couple and become a cord with three strands with Jesus? We realise that many of our prayers were from head knowledge while Jesus longs for our hearts to connect intimately with Him and with one another. When we experience pain, we tend to become self-protective, self-sufficient and to avoid others and excluding God as well. At this point, we become like two blind persons reacting foolishly to their hurting hearts that are driven by sinful lie based beliefs looking for broken cisterns!

God is the Light and there is no darkness in Him. He came to set us free to allow us to walk in the light with our spouse and with others every day of our life.

We are learning to go to Jesus in prayer (Mat. 11:28) to ask Him to put His light on the darkness of our hurting hearts and to show us how we are blind, captive, oppressed and damaged in our hearts (1 John 1: 6-9). Jesus is teaching us to listen to each other, to understand the pain and hurts that He exposes and wants to heal. From there, we learn to become intimate with each other and with Jesus for God’s glory.

He is the Light, our peace and Joy.  

 While He is blessing and transforming our couple, we have a renewed hope for the Disciples that Jesus wants to bring on our path for ministry. We long to share the blessings He has given us and to lead them into Jesus  presence for a healing touch. Since 2011, we met with about (55) fourty pastoral couples and single leaders for one week at the time counselling in our home. In partnership with those pastors and leaders, we are now at the stage to reproduce our ministry into their local churches through disciple making one on one through The Way of Jesus, our GPS Disciple Making small groups and helping couples and families ministries.  

Thank you for being part of our ministry by your prayers and financial support. Remember, we like to read from you as well. If ever you plan to drive to Montreal, we would love to open our home for you!

May this Christmas finds the real reason for the season in your heart and home…

In Him, Donald & Lorraine


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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