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Published 04-2017

See! I am Doing a New Thing!

"See I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19

As we enter this new season of resurrection life (in the natural with flowers and trees and grass coming back to life) we are also entering a new season in the supernatural. The Lord is calling us (Bethlehem) to a higher level of intimacy with Him, through PRAYER.

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Published 12-2016

Merry Christmas from BAF!

Our new Vision Statement!

To connect with our
North End Community
through experiencing and sharing
the love of Jesus to overflowing
so this neighbourhood is transformed.

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Published 09-2016

The Good Good Father

“Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of Lights who does not change like shifting shadows”. (James 1:17)"

We at Bethlehem Aboriginal Fellowship can testify to the goodness of Father God in our life.

He is Abba Father (daddy”) to the little flock at BAF, where many of us have not had fathers watching over us as we were growing up. He LAVISHES his love on us (1 John 3:1).

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Published 04-2016

Season of New Growth

“See! the winter is past ; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land”. ( Song of Songs 2: v. 11 & 12)

Just as we have entered a new season in the natural, Bethlehem Aboriginal Fellowship has entered a new season in the spiritual realm. It is now just past NINE months that we made our move from 294 Burrows, to our new location renting from Living Word church at 467 Manitoba Ave.

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Published 12-2015

Greetings from the Bethlehem Aboriginal Fellowship Board

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. For those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned." Isaiah 9:2

For over fifty years I, as a single woman, celebrated Christmas with my parents at their home. The first Christmas morning after they died was weird for me, very weird. There were no presents, no family, no traditions, and no scrambled eggs with raisin toast. I joined my siblings in the afternoon to celebrate, but the morning was lonely and I felt quite lost as to what Christmas would look like for me now.

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Published 09-2015

A New Day Dawns for Bethlehem Aboriginal Fellowship

Psalm 118: 24: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it."

A new day dawns for BAF. After 20 years of ministering to the North End community from the “lighthouse” of 294 Burrows, BAF has been released from the financial burden of the huge expenses for maintaining 294 Burrows. We have now journeyed over to 467 Manitoba, responding to the invitation of Pastor Paul Winter (Living Word Temple) to share his building.

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Published 03-2015

Great is Thy Faithfulness

God’s faithfulness in the story of Bethlehem Aboriginal Fellowship is unescapable. He is at work in our church family in so many different ways.

In the past year we have seen some of our aboriginal people begin to step into leadership. We’ve had deeply wounded people ask for prayer. It does something to one’s heart to see people put some coins into the offering basket even while they are trying desperately to make ends meet. It is life-giving as we celebrate small and large victories and stories of God‘s grace during testimony time.

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Published 12-2014

Gifts

For this Christmas issue of the BAF newsletter, we asked people to write about a gift they felt they had received from their involvement with Bethlehem Aboriginal Fellowship. The different perspectives that staff and leaders bring to the table are interesting and some are surprising.

For me, I would say the gift I received from BAF this year was watching the Lord work in our little church, reinforcing the fact that He is with us, no matter what.

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Published 08-2014

Sacrifice

“Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? (Mark 8:34-36)"
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Published 04-2014


When Love Came Down

For the Joy Set Before Him

“Who, for the JOY set before Him, endured the cross, scorning it’s shame and sat down at the right hand of the Father”. Hebrews 12:2

It is certainly not usual to think of joy when we think of the cross at Easter. Rather we think of pain and suffering. So why would Jesus, our King, have joy as He endured the cross? Could it be that He was envisioning you or I?
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Published 12-2013


When Love Came Down

When Love Came Down

Why would anyone want to leave a place of comfort, a place where one is adored and cherished, to come to a place where you are hated, beaten, abused and finally killed?

That is exactly what Jesus did!
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Published 08-08-2013


He is Risen

God's Amazing Mosaic of Love!

The Lord has been creating an amazing Mosaic of Love in our little congregation of Bethlehem Aboriginal Fellowship. According to 1 John 3:1: we read “How great is the Love the Father has LAVISHED upon us, that we should be called the children of God”. His Love is not just “trickled” upon us, but “lavished”. That is abundance!

Here at Bethlehem we have been experiencing this lavish love! I will touch on some highlights of the past few months and you will read more detailed accounts throughout this newsletter......
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Published 03-26-2013


He is Risen

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!

With this salutation, the early church greeted one another at the time of the Lord’s Resurrection. We are once again in the time of celebrating our Lord’s Resurrection, and we greet you, dear friends of Bethlehem, with this salutation as well.
At this time in the spiritual realm, we are entering a season of “new life”. The Lord is igniting the hearts of his people---knitting together the generations in unity so that His Kingdom can move forward in this earth. How does the Lord knit his people together? ......

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Published 12-03-2012


Merry Christmas from Bethlehem

As this year of 2012 draws to a close, we at Bethlehem want to express our deep thankfulness to our Lord for how He has brought us through many challenges. Despite not having a pastor or worship leader this year, our Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus has bountifully supplied us with the needed support, keeping the “door” open to the community. Thus we want to express our thanks to all of you who have supported us this past year. Without your gracious donations and your gifts of ........

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Published 8-22-2012


A Summer of Networking

Greetings to all of our Brothers and Sisters. We are very pleased to share with you some of the amazing things that God has been doing this summer at Bethlehem. God has been telling us to watch for “networking” wanting us to be involved with other ministries in our neighborhood. Some of those ministries include Angel. Angel runs a 24/7 daycare for children at risk in her home here in our community. The “Muffin Lady,” Jo-Ann visits her on the weekly Thursday outing into the neighborhood to distribute muffins and prayer throughout the North End....

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Published 3-1-2012


WorkForce Job Studio

Since starting with Work Force in August, my time with the Job Studio has been amazing! Job Studio is a 12 week employment training program for youth ages 16-20 from the area. It is held at BAF. From September to December, twice a week, I, along with 5 volunteers, gathered with anywhere from 8-14 youth, and while eventually we did write cover letters and resumes, practice interviews, and fill out application forms....

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Published 12-10-2010

 

Speaking Up with Boldness

Danielle was unusually quiet this particular Tuesday morning at the Conflict Group. The rest of the girls were engaging quite well with our topic of Bullying. Most of them had participated in the role plays or shared an experience they had, but we had hardly heard a peep from Danielle. As we were wrapping up the group for the week and the girls were getting ready to head back to class, Danielle asks, “Can I say something”?...

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Published 12-15-2009

 

Planted Seeds…

Melinda and her family lived with me for a while. Melinda, 13, was terrified her mom would be killed when she was drinking on Main St. She wanted to go look for her if she hadn’t come home by nightfall. The first time, I suggested we pray for her mom’s safety instead. I could tell Melinda didn’t know what to do with that. I suspect she’s never been inside a church before or prayed. But as she realized I wasn’t going to let her go down Main St, she agreed....

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Published 07-06-09

 

 

A House of Prayer for All Nations

There is a large yellow sign that spans the side of our church with this scripture. Our vision is to be a beacon of hope through prayer and good deeds among Aboriginal people. ALL NATIONS live in the inner city and attend B.A.F. The community experiences the church like a lighthouse in the storms of their life. We have also been known as an “oasis”, a place of refuge, safety, and refreshment...

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Published 04-07-09

 

 

Enlarge, Stretch, Lengthen, & Strengthen

As we look ahead to the next year we’ll need your prayers and support more than ever. Two and a half years ago CBM shifted their outreach policy. As a result we were directed to separate ties and they offered us a three year financial transition package. As of Dec 31, 2009 we will be financially on our own. Once CBM phased us out we experienced a series of our churches removing us from their outreach budgets. God has kept us going and is faithful....

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Published 02-01-09

 

 

I Like the North End

So I’m standing there, looking around, and a man on a bike stops in front of me and asks for prayer. I knew the guy since he occasionally came on Sunday and lives in the general area. But more specifically, I knew him for what happened to him a few months before, for you see, his teenage child was tragically murdered and left for dead outside the city. This event was front page news in Winnipeg, and brought to light (again) the stronghold of crime in this town. Numerous headlines hit close to Bethlehem, many times too close for comfort. I hope I never get used to it though…

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