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Take Time to Pray

April 23, 2018

Over the past 6 months, diligent work has been done on helping One88 transition from a ministry of Eastview Community Church to an independent church community. We have been seeking partners to help with this transition. There are 2 significant dates that we invite you to pray into.

Wednesday April 25 we meet with the Board of our Manitoba Mennonite Brethren conference, asking them to be a transitional bridge for us for 2 years as we grow a core community to help sustain the work at One88.
On Tuesday June 5, Eastview Church meets for its annual Spring Meeting. At this point, the church congregation is being asked to support the transitional plan.

Pray for:

• A clear presentation and understanding on the significance of One88 in this neighbourhood.
• God’s prompting in the hearts of other churches and groups to partner and participate with us.
• God’s grace to cover the process and that we will be faithful to God’s leading in this process
• A clear sense that this is God’s work and we need each other in order to thrive as a community.
• The ongoing work at One88. Amidst all the meetings, the ministry carries on. God continues to move in people’s lives in beautiful ways.

Thank you for being willing to participate and pray into this important time. Feel free to connect with us for more information or conversation.

“For the love of Christ urges us on…” (2 Cor 5.14)

One88er’s share thoughts on church

In a day when people ask “Why church?,” people from the One88 community share their thoughts on why the church community is an important part of their spiritual journey.

Creating Safe Space (Stories from One88)

Many people come through the door at One 88 and you can see they are comfortable here. You can see it in their body language, the way they remove their packs, and the way they relax. They tell us with their smile and by their gratitude for a quick chat or light lunch. Not everyone can articulate what having this safe haven means to them, but this was not true for J. As she shared her story of abuse at the hands of her ex-husband and how she had to flee from where she lived and come to a place where she knew no one, tears welled up in her eyes. She was so thankful to Dave and Greg for being at One 88 and allowing people to come and just be. She asked me to make sure my church (Eastview) knew how important this place was. “If you’ve never been on the streets, it’s hard to understand how important a place like this is,” she said, “believe me this place saves lives.”

Its not about Us and Them (Stories from One88)

I thought for a long time this morning to come up with a story that told of someone in the 188 community whose life had been changed by the work being done there. The only person that really stands out for me is me.

The weeks we spent on talking about community and what that looks like were significant for me. I personally have never felt safe in community. There were many discussions on respect and non-judgement. I feel that 188 has become a place where people are not afraid to discuss their questions about God and their beliefs. The conversations never fail to be insightful. I never walk away without having something to think about in my own life. I often walk away thinking that the 188 community understands life a lot better than I do.

Recently we talked about how members of the 188 community are better able to give away possessions than many others of us from Eastview are. That they do not have the same attachment to things. It challenges me to think about that in my own life. There was a young man at 188 who had made a decision to give away all his things and try living on the street. I have thought of that often. How will I know if I have faith that God will provide for me if I have always had all the earthly possessions that I need. How does a person learn what is really important to have unless they have to start from nothing. How much energy do I spend just to protect the things I own.

For me it has not been about how much I can help the 188 community, it has been about how much the 188 community challenges me to learn and grow. It is not always pretty, and it can be uncomfortable at times, but somehow it feels like real life to me.

(submitted by Janine)

View from a Ladder (Stories from One88)

I was at the top of a step ladder in the hallway off of the main floor drop in area at One88 repairing a fluorescent light fixture recently when I witnessed something incredible. A young woman, one of the regulars at One88, walked passed my ladder totally engrossed in an intense telephone conversation. From what I could tell she was trying to have a heart to heart discussion with someone who wasn’t in a very good place. She was telling the individual that they needed to get clean, that carrying on with their current lifestyle wasn’t safe. The person must have asked where she was because she said that she was at One88. She was then likely asked what One88 was because she next responded that it was ‘ sorta like a church, Dave and Greg the pastors here saved my life, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be clean or alive right now’. At this point I was no longer working and was totally engrossed in her passionate appeal to this individual to come to One88 to get help. I had gathered that the friend she was talking to was a guy and that she had likely woken him up because she acknowledged that he was tired, that he wanted to go back to sleep and didn’t want to talk anymore. She agreed that he needed some more sleep but then she told him she was calling him back at 11:30 to continue the discussion! After she ended the call she finally noticed I was there; I told her I thought she was being a very good friend and she replied that her friend really need to come ‘here’ to get help.

The next thing I did was go to Greg and Dave and tell them what I had just witnessed and to let them know they are making a real difference in people’s lives. My ‘take away’ from this encounter is that I need to have just as much faith as that young woman that God can change lives through our ministry at One88. (submitted by Ron)

God wants the best for ALL of you…the church should want that too.

Sit in any church on any given Sunday and at numerous times throughout the service, you are asked to look at something in your bulletin/program or sing songs off the overhead screen or grab a Bible from the pew and turn to a particular passage. But what if you can’t read? What do you do then?

We often talk about God being interested in the whole person – not simply a person’s heart. God cares about what you fill your mind with, how you treat your body, and what you let your eyes focus on, etc. At One88, we try to take that seriously and so we spend time worshiping God with our body, heart, and mind but we also try to take care of how he has made us. One of the ways we do that is by encouraging people to learn to read, write, and generally move forward in their education. Many of us take for granted that we can fill out a form without too much problem, never mind read it. Or that we have the technological resources to type up and print out a resume. We see that God values the whole of a person and we think we should to.

This value of holistic ministry led us to start up a Wednesday evening study/mentor evening. Below is an article that our partner – the Canadian MB Conference – put together.  Come check it out Wednesdays at One88.

Follow this link: http://www.mennonitebrethren.ca/news/learning-and-growing-together-at-one88-in-winnipeg/

Responding to Tragedy with Ungrace

If you have been watching, following, listening to news media over the last couple days you will have heard of the tragedy in the life of the Rick Warren family. At first blush we might think that regardless of what you might think of Rick Warren, this is very sad and you would want to wish God’s grace on the family in this time. Unfortunately, there are those who do not think that way. The energy that Christians waste attacking each other is a tragedy in deed. Below is an article posted on Frank Viola’s blog. It makes me sad…

 

http://frankviola.org/2013/04/08/rickwarrentragedy/