Saturday, September 15, 2012

Little Southwest Raised the Roof

The ANBC mini-home... our home... has a (much needed) brand new roof tonight. Thanks to the kindness and hard work of our friends at Little Southwest Baptist Church in the Miramichi. Darren and Tammy Goodfellow came out yesterday and began prepping the roof, the rest of the team joined them this morning! By 3 o'clock a new roof was on and we were packing up!

It is such a huge encouragement and blessing to have the church care for the ministry here in this way. We had a great day working together, I don't think I've ever worked with as much laughter and productivity at the same time!

Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Eastern Field Conference

This week we were refreshed to be able to be with the NCEM Eastern and Eastern Arctic fields for our annual conference. We all gathered at Greenhill Lake Bible Camp in Greenhill, NB. We were joined by the NCEM executive and Pastor Jake & Ruth Giesbrecht for the weekend, with special music brought by Todd, Eve, Zack, Brooke & Justus Nielsen. It was especially nice to have my mom join us for the week!

Liz and I feel so blessed to be able to serve with NCEM, and gathering with leadership and fellow missionaries is always so encouraging and refreshing. The messages this week, brought to us by Pastor Jake Giesbrecht, focused on 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 and admonished us to prioritize our lives in Christ. In the current climate of our Western culture, the all too common theme among those attending church is self. Humanism is a poison and is overcome in Christ alone.

It's been a challenging year, and a wonderfully rewarding and stretching year in which the Lord has shaped us and taught us a great deal about Himself and ourselves before Him. This conference was a great way to finish up our summer and step out into the Fall! We enjoyed the fellowship and time with friends very much and are grateful for the opportunity to be together.
The traditional game of Catan.

Liz & Lydia enjoyed a canoe around the Lake.

 We enjoyed a bonfire on Wednesday night.

We had a special visit from Watson Williams, and it gave the guys a chance to catch up.

The Nielsens brought some most excellent music throughout the conference.

NCEM honoured the Welches and Hills.

 Phil got new bifocals.

A group shot of the gang!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

ANBC First Annual Charity Golf Classic

This past Saturday, September 1st, ANBC hosted our first ever Golf Tournament.  The advisory team began planning the tournament this past Winter and thanks especially to Rob McCready and Joel Welch it came off! It was perhaps not as large a group of teams as we would have liked, but it was a successful day, everyone had a great time and ANBC raised approximately $3,000 to help us with our winter expenses.

We will be hosting another tournament next year, perhaps you'll come out to join us. Here are a few shots from the big day!

Baby Ivy came with mommy to cheer on the golfers.

John & Pete.

Pastor Andy tee-ing up!

Peter came within 6 feet of winning this trophy... so close...

Presenting: The winning team of the 2012 ANBC Charity Golf Classic

Presenting: Winner of the closest to the hole, Joel Welch

Presenting: Winner of the Gentlemen's Longest Drive, Jeff Alcorn

Presenting: Winner of the Ladies Longest Drive, Esther Alcorn