Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Greetings from the Wilds of New Brunswick

Hello friends,

It’s a cold rainy night. As I sit here, we have just returned from a few days away at our little cottage in Nova Scotia. We’ve put a great deal of energy into some thoughts over the past couple of weeks that we feel it necessary to communicate with you. We have not made it a typical part of our ministry to appeal for financing from our friends and supporters. Of course, we did a lot of that ten years ago when we first started out as missionaries, but we have tried, as best we can, to simply rely on the Lord and His provision, leaving the reality that we are Faith missionaries something for people to be a part of or not as they feel appropriate. It is not comfortable for us to talk about money, it is not something that we feel anyone “owes” us or that we somehow deserve. It is simply a reality of the nature of our work that we must live in financial reliance on the gifts that people see fit to contribute to the work we are doing for the Lord here at ANBC. So, thank you for reading this far, and please bear with me as I give you some context for this eMail.

We have lived at 619 Cox Point Road, in the Arrowhead Mission house for a decade. We rent this mini home from NCEM. Our rent has always been nominal - we pay $275 / mo plus utilities. The building is inefficient to heat and not especially large, but we are comfortable here and have justified the high electric bills and limited living space with the fact that our rent is lower than average. It is also a benefit to NCEM to have us living on the property. Two weeks ago I received an eMail from head office informing us that our rent would be going up to $400 in January and then to $550 in June. This will effectively increase our rent expense by 100%. In many circumstances you might think an additional expense of $275 a month is trivial - for us, it is quite a significant change. It is an additional financial burden of over $3000 a year. This is compounded by some financial losses we have had this past year, we have had some supporters with changes in lifestyle that has made it necessary to reduce our support and we have seen our support impacted by a church suffering internal conflict. All of these things combined have left us feeling a bit adrift financially.

A bit of good news is that after several years of requesting paperwork, the NCEM Board has given directive that as the director of the Bible Centre, they will furnish me with the appropriate paperwork to apply for the Clergy Housing benefit (for which I qualify). This will, hopefully, alleviate some of the financial burden of this rent hike.

Another burden I feel in relation to this situation is the Arrowhead Chapel Fundraising program. There are currently 700 beautiful colour letters sitting on my desk all ready to send out in the mail. Most likely you will receive one. It is a fundraising letter for the chapel project. I feel very conflicted to be sending out this personal appeal for financial support and then next week I will send out the letter for Arrowhead. Please understand that the timing of this is not mine. I trust the Lord will compel individuals as he sees fit, and I do hope you will understand that were it possible I would not have planned it this way.

Many of you receiving this message are faithful prayer and financial supporters, and we praise God for you and the care you have given our family. We are not wanting to ask you for more, or burden you beyond what you already sacrifice. We are simply wanting to clearly articulate our need. Perhaps you have not been a part of our ministry team and would prayerfully consider joining our support network. If you would like to contribute to our living expenses fund on a monthly basis, you can do so by visiting Everything you need to know you can find there.

I have such mixed feelings about hitting send on this message, but I have a very dear Christian Brother who gently rebuked me for never having given him the opportunity to say no (or Yes) to supporting us financially. So, here it is, your opportunity to know about where we stand. And please, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns at all - we really do love hearing from you.

Blessing & Peace,
Grant, Liz, Ivy & Willow

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Questions about Finances

We are often asked about our financial situation. It can be tricky to talk about and maybe even a little bit uncomfortable. As missionaries, we are open books, our financial situation is open to the public. And there are a lot of different ideas about the lifestyle that should be maintained by missionaries (pastors too). It is certainly not the perspective of us at Arrowhead to seek after wealth, but we want to answer some questions for you that we are often asked.

So I'm going to take a few minutes to help clarify just how we survive here financially. Liz and I serve in leadership here at Arrowhead Native Bible Center. We are full time supported missionaries with NCEM. As full time missionaries we have to raise our own financial support team. Our colleagues, Marcus and Kameron Cook work in much the same way, though they have another income source outside of their regular financial support.

The mission encourages us to strive to be at a support level that will allow us to live in the region we are in without the distraction from ministry that can come with financial burden. Our priority is not money, it is not fundraising - our priority is to serve the Lord fully and faithfully - and to be good Christian stewards of those resources God provides for us. NCEM has made recommended goals for both the Cook family ($5,000 a month) and the Fawcett family ($6,300 a month). These goals sound lofty, but these recommended levels include; all government contributions (taxes, CPP, EI, etc.), a 7% administration fee from NCEM, all planned savings for retirement, health and life insurances and living expenses.

Something that complicates things a bit in the mind of people is the fact that Arrowhead too operates by the generous donations of churches and individuals wishing to partner in ministry with us. Arrowhead is not subject to taxes and administration fees, 100% of money given to our general fund or project funds comes to Arrowhead. These funds are used for the stewardship of the facility, the function of programs and of course our beloved summer camp programs.

I hope this answers any questions you may have, but if not - please do feel free to drop us a line and ask. We're happy to answer as best we can.

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Little Road Weary

The last few months have seen a lot of travel for us. It has been fantastic to be able to visit and share with folks about the ministry at ANBC. Our most recent journey afforded us the opportunity to visit a number of places while we were on the road.

We pushed through the run to Gorrie on Friday, We hit the road at about 6am. Kyle and I picked up our friend Matt Peppard on the way. Eighteen hours later we landed at Marcus & Kameron Cooks home in Gorrie, Ontario.

Early morning selfie as we prepared to hit the road. 

Our first order of business was to host the volunteer training sessions at Gorrie Bible Fellowship. As always it was a great time—we're excited to see what the Lord will do this summer.

Sunday morning I was asked to give a brief update about the ministry at Arrowhead. It was a privilege to share about all of the exciting things coming this year at Arrowhead.

It was great to hang with old friends too! 

Sunday afternoon we hit the road for Jackson, MI to the Ethnos360 Bible Institute campus. 

I was privileged to have the opportunity to preach in chapel and share about the ministry of NCEM at Arrowhead. We are looking forward to have one of the students join us for this coming summer at ANBC. 

Our friends Austin and Jesse are students at EBI. It was great to connect with them while we were State side!

We have some friends in Peterborough, Ontario at Peterborough Free Methodist Church. They have been sending ministry teams on a missions trip to Arrowhead for almost a decade. They hosted a Pancake supper at the church while we were in the neighbourhood and we were so pleased to be able to attend and share about what the team will be doing this year when they come. 

We had a bit of a fender bender while we were on the road. We spent over 50 hours behind the wheel during this week long journey, we are thankful to God for His protection—even during this mishap. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

So long to an old friend

The time finally arrived for us to need to say so long to our faithful old Pontiac Montana. It had been given to us as a gift and has served us very well for almost 5 years without incident. Unfortunately the harsh NB roads finally made it a liability for repair.

In very short order a Ford Flex became available for a price that was sufficient for us. Although it is still 9 years old, it has a reasonable amount of miles on it and is in fairly good repair. We did have some unexpected work to put into the vehicle - but such is the nature of buying used. We are very thankful to have this new vehicle and hope that it will serve us for another 5 years.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Marcus & Kameron Cook

It is with great pleasure and much excitement that we are able to announce that Marcus & Kameron Cook have recently been accepted as candidate missionaries for Northern Canada Evangelical Mission (NCEM). They will be working directly with us here at Arrowhead Native Bible Center (ANBC).

It is their hope is to help Arrowhead expand as a Bible Center. Their plan is to be a part of the maintenance and upkeep of the property as well as working in the bookstore and social media aspects of ANBC to establish these new areas of ministry. Their passion and long term goal is to start up discipleship programs at the Center for Aboriginal believers. They are especially excited to be living and working more closely with the youth that they already have relationships with. They have been excited to see the ways God has been opening doors for them to be part of His Kingdom work among the First Nations People of Canada. Officially, their title will be "Facilities Manager and Outreach".

They hope to move to New Brunswick by the end of this year and are currently looking at housing options, developing a support team, finishing off their current ministries well, and taking Bible school classes to better prepare themselves for ministry. They are also expecting a baby near the end of April.

Please join us in praying for the needs the Cooks have as they prepare to come. We would love for them to be able to live on site with us, but that would require us to have a place for them to live in permanently and the funds to establish it.

First Ever Winter Staff Retreat

Well we did it. We held our first ever winter staff retreat. Our purpose was team building. I was pleased with our turnout and with the overall event. We had a lot of fun and looked at a couple of important aspects of camp. And certainly I furnished everyone with shiny new staff application forms before they left! We even made a ridiculous video - you can watch it below.

Had a good group out, had a good time. 

We did a workshop on Saturday afternoon to develop actions for some of our camp songs. 

Everybody took a turn in the dish pit. 

There was, of course, a snowball fight.  

It was a pleasure to have Marsha Boyd-Mitchel from the Christian Action Federation with us to speak to our teens about healthy God honouring relationships.
What Not To Do During Liftoff from Arrowhead Native Bible Center on Vimeo.

Tweakage 9

My friend Andrew Henderson is the director of Windcrest Bible Camp here in NB. He has ben asking me for a number of years to join him and travel to the Tweakage conference in the US. This year it worked out that I was able to go, and am I ever glad that I did. Kyle and I enjoyed a great time of fellowship with Andy on the road trip - that alone was an excellent part of the conference experience.

Tweakage itself is, without question, the best camp conference I've had the opportunity to take part in. There were 250 people representing over 50 camps from 4 countries in attendance. The conference took place at  High Point Camp near Reading, Pennsylvania. There were seminars covering many of the important aspects of camp ministry. Covering policies, maintenance, program, fun, discipleship, church submission and family; the conference offered sound input from people on the ground. I valued the conversations I was able to engage in and the free sharing of ideas and resources. The benefit to Arrowhead and to me personally is immeasurable. I hope to be able to attend this conference for years to come. And look out for some groovy new ideas that we brought home from Tweakage.

Had an exciting drive down, 16 hours one way, accidentally stuck to the i95, got to see NYC. 

had to hit up Cracker Barrel 

And of course, if you're near the worlds largest Cabela's you check it out. Pretty amazing statue out front.  

High Point Camp has an amazing coffee shop. 

High Point Camp has a beautiful property.  

Enjoyed the messages shared.  

Anyone who can weld, we'd love to have an arm wrestling table just like this. This one was fabricated from an old bed frame.