URGENT PRAYER REQUEST
As many of you are aware, Travis Sukkau left Thursday morning to go hiking in the Pembina Hills and has not been seen since. There is currently a large search & rescue effort happening right now in the Hills; civilians have been asked to not join the rescue efforts at this time, but check pembinavalleyonline.com for updates. Travis is 19 years old and is the son of David & Connie Sukkau (Dave is our custodian at WMBC) and brother to Alison, Steven and his wife Kayla, our graphic designer at WMBC.
It is in these moments of fear of the unknown, when we feel helpless, even desperate, that we put our trust in God, our protector and provider. We claim God’s promises and we remember the church praying for Peter’s release in prison in throughout the night in Acts 12. To this end we are asking you, the church, to join together in prayer across our city at the beginning of every hour – to stop and pray until Travis is found.
Dear Heavenly Father, our strong refuge and strength, we ask that You would return Travis home safe to his family. Shelter him from harm, fear and evil intent. To those searching for him, give them keen insight, determination and wisdom – bless their efforts. For the family, give them endurance, hope and faith that will be reunited with Travis; protect them from guilt and despair. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Notes and nail polish
The power of intentional mentorship in a young girl’s life
What does investing in someone’s personal growth look like? Have you ever wondered? For Indigo Wiebe, it has been a relationship that started in grade 5 and has continued through to junior high, in the form of a youth leader who intentionally pours into her life.
“Tracey has made an impact on my life…. and has been one of the biggest impacts on my life since. She loves me so much and teaches me to love others in all ways possible,” Indi says. “She is a huge role model as I can't forget what she tells me and encourages me to do as I teach the kids I babysit about God. She cares so much for me and wouldn't forget my birthday or special occasions were she has spent extra time with me just catching up with me and praying for me.”
From little encouragement notes at school that speak of an aspect of Indi that Tracey admires, or a gift of chocolates to get through a hard day, “This always gives me a better week,” Indi explains, and is helping her become a better friend to others, “Encouraging them just as Tracey did for me.” As her life has been blessed, it has overflowed in Indi’s life to everyone around her.
“Her praying for me has taught me that the most I can do is pray in the worst situations. I pray for my friends a lot at school and encourage them to pray, but I want to push past that and not be too afraid to pray for people I don't know very well and to pray out loud,” Indi says. “I’ve been trying to make an impact on others lives by babysitting, helping in church nursery, and being on my school's leadership team. Throughout babysitting I've been teaching the kids how much God loves them and reading them devotions before they go to bed. I love reading the Bible to others and teaching them about God because I know through teaching them I'm learning. Remember that the mentor leadership is all about serving. Jesus said "For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45)."
For Indi’s mom, Bev, to see someone intentionally and purposefully put thought into blessing, encouraging and mentoring her daughter, “it’s huge,” she says. “To know others care enough to invest in your kid….It’s the extra focus that’s amazing,” Bev explains, like picking special nail polish for Indi and adding a message of love behind the gift. “Indi always looks forward to spending time with Tracey,” Bev says, adding that the girls don’t just have fun, but remain intentional about growing in their identity as a daughter of God and praying for others like their friends at school.
Bev adds that the old saying is true, it’s really a village that’s needed to raise a child, or in this case, it’s a mentor and discipleship that makes the difference in helping shape ourselves and others to become the people God intended us to be.
Brian Krahn, our WMBC Global Outreach missionary is driving back to Mexico starting today! Pray for safe travels and God's provision for Ancla de Amor.