We invite you to join us each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for our regular time of Worship so we can get to know each other as we prepare to be a light to the world in the weeks ahead.
Pastor Leon is on a well deserved vacation, returning September 11.
We welcome Angela Outhouse as our guest speaker on August 28.
We hope to see you there!!
Kenaan Family Sponsor Updates for August
God continues to guide us as we (the Sponsor group and the Kenaans) move forward.
Summer has been a flurry of activities. The children have been enjoying YMCA camps, swimming, soccer, riding bikes, and playing basketball. They have been to the Theme Park and playgrounds to enjoy the sunny days.
The gardens that the Kenaans planted are flourishing under Rima and Shekrallah’s care. They very much appreciate the team members that helped build them. The Kenaans now have a TV. Some donations came in and Shekrallah saved to put some with them. Thank you for your help.
English classes are ongoing, both in Digby and Cornwallis, for both the parents and the children. The two youngest, Saadallah and Molham, are in childcare at Family Resource Centre while the parents are in English class.
A special thank you to Employment Opportunities for their help with Shekrallah. First time was a trial but with more English comes more opportunities.
There are still ongoing dental and medical appointments that we are catching up on. Vaccinations for the children are being updated.
With summer almost finished we are looking at school registrations and school supplies shopping for the four oldest (Aya, Ayham, Maya, Maysa).We have been busy with making arrangements for classes for Molham at Family Resource Centre to start preparing him for school in September 2017 .
The team continues to request government start providing translations of their driving manuals. Other provinces have a variety of languages available. Nova Scotia has two languages available. The team has been very fortunate to have translation services being provided via the phone for doctor appointments. A big thank you to the doctors that help out with this service. It allows us to us our local translators a bit less.
A member of the team attended a Workshop of Refugee Settlement, hosted by New Minas Baptist Church. Useful information was brought back to apply in our journey with the Kenaans. An online webinar, Supporting Refugee Mental Health, was available to the team on August 10. This brought to light many of the difficulties that are faced when transitioning into a new life.
The Kenaans are adjusting. They are thankful that they have a safe home. There are many conversations and questions. Some we can answer immediately and others take time. We pray God will steer us onward. Thank you for your continued support and concern. Please pray for the Kenaans and for the team!
Hill Grove Baptist Church Kenaan Family Sponsor Team
Walk Thin Exercise – ALL WELCOME!! Classes Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 – the Christian Education Centre
Please visit our link on the left: “Thoughts for 2016”. Each week we will be adding a new “Thought or Two” from Pastor Leon Langille. These entries provide us with some food for thought as we venture into the work week ahead.
To Let Go Takes Love
by Dr. Margaret J. Rinck
Several people expressed interest in the poem by
Margaret J. Rinck, used in last week’s message. Here it is:
To “let go” does not mean that I stop caring; it means that I
cannot do it for someone else.
To “let go” does not cut myself off, it is the realization that I
can’t control another.
To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural
To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the
outcome is out of my hands. It is in God’s hands.
To “let go” is not to change or blame another, it is to make the
most of myself.
To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about.
To “let go” is not to fix but to be supportive.
To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human
To “let go” is not to be in the middle making arrangements for
all outcomes, but to allow others to effect their own destinies.
To “let go” is not to be protective, it is to permit another to
To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.
To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead search out
my own short comings and correct them.
To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my own desires, but
to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to
become what I dream I can be under God’s guidance.
Blessings to you and yours this week
Pastor Leon Langille
You may have already seen on Facebook or heard about this information report/warning from Dawn Thomas, Digby and Area Seniors’ Safety Program. Please spread the word.
Dawn Thomas of the Digby and Area Senior’s Safety Program has let us know that there may be people going door to door soliciting donations for refugees.
“WARNING: There are no registered volunteers canvassing for money for the Syrian refugee efforts in the Town and Municipality of Digby. If someone comes to your door asking for money, ask for identification and call the police. 902-245-2579.”
ANY time someone solicits funds, make sure you ask for I.D. In Digby groups who are canvassing door to door are suggested to apply for a “canvassing permit” from the town. Ask to see it.
If you would like to donate to Hill Grove Baptist Church Refugee Sponsor Group, please: send by mail to Hill Grove Baptist Church 3301 Ridge Road, RR#2, Digby NS B0V 1A0, contact our Facebook Page or one of our core team members.
With how important this work is and the generosity that has been shown towards our efforts, it would be a shame to have desperately needed money diverted elsewhere. Thank you again for your continued support.