Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to British Columbia for 4 days and visit classes in Abbotsford, Vancouver, Surrey, and Chilliwack. Over these 4 days I sat in these classes listening to the teachers and students working through Exodus, 1 Peter, Joshua, Revelation, and one of our Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids (D4Y) in the book of John. Over these days I witnessed hundreds of people with their workbooks open discussing and applying God’s Word to their lives. When I sat in these studies, I was humbled to know that what was happening in these classes was also happening in hundreds of other locations across the country.
The class that brought me to my knees praising God was the Discover 4 Yourself class. More than 30 children and their parents were gathered in the basement of a home with their books and Bibles open, and they were getting ready to discuss the healing at Bethesda in John 5. As the class started, the leader asked if the children would take time to pray for a child who was suffering in another country. One by one, the voices of these children called out to God for healing for this child, a powerful moment for sure. The class began to list the questions that came from the text, and they wrote their lists on God and Jesus. And when the class was done, they broke for the snack table knowing they satisfied their spiritual hunger and were now ready to get some sugar!
Friends, this is a tremendous picture of God at work in BC. Many of the classes we sat in were filled with young people and the next generation of Inductive Bible Study students. God’s Word is alive and active, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to be a witness to this.
Eight years ago I came on staff at Precept Ministries and remember the days of struggling to get training in BC. I spoke with many frustrated and isolated leaders who so desperately wanted Precept to grow in BC. We began to pray and now the fruit of these prayers are these classes and many more that are currently being held across the province.
Did you know there are more people studying with Precept Bible Studies in Abbotsford, BC than there are in Saskatchewan and Manitoba combined? Yes, you are reading that correctly. God is at work without a doubt.
As we close out this year, I want to ask you to consider two things:
- Firstly, would you commit to praying for Saskatchewan and Manitoba? These are two provinces that we know are currently holding a few classes, but we want to see these provinces grow. Would you also pray for the East Coast provinces where Precept has started to fade in some areas? These are great concerns for our ministry heading into 2016.
- Secondly, I would ask that you make a financial commitment this year to the spreading of Precept Ministries across the country. The ministry is growing very quickly; we are seeing many new students and new studies being started each month. All of this growth means that we need to engage more people in financial support so we can continue to support this growth.
The people of Canada are speaking loudly and clearly. They are looking for sound biblical teaching, sound Bible studies, and the loving support they receive from this ministry. Will you respond to this call and partner with us? Canada so desperately needs to encounter God, and people can through Precept Ministries Inductive Bible Study.
It is through your prayers and God's faithfulness that we are on the verge of expanding the work of Precept like never before in the history of the Ministry. God gave us a vision to reach 30,000 new Canadians with Inductive Bible study. And we can see that it is truly His vision.
Have we met our goal? Not yet. But we are well on our way, and I know God will continue to be faithful as we follow His leading. Thank you for hearing God's call and partnering with us in this incredible opportunity.
Blessed by your partnership,
Mark Sheldrake, National Director