Although our ministry is centered in Wikwemikong, inside Daystar Native Outreach’s Community Centre, the students and teachers are living in Manitowaning. Manitowaning is a small community which neighbours Wiky (Wikwemikong). Daystar owns a large, spacious home in Manitowaning. Here, we begin our days with personal and team devotions. Breakfast and dinners are also eaten in the home.
Our morning Bible studies have been exploring the topic of discipleship. We have looked at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus; what is the cost of being a disciple and what Jesus demands of his disciples. After breakfast and Bible study, we load up our two vehicles and make our way into the reservation.
We begin preparations for the day’s events when we arrive in the community centre. Some prepare lunches which usually consists of sandwiches. Others prepare their lessons and Bible stories.
Today after lunch, two ladies came and shared their testimonies with our group. Cheryl is a born again Christian woman with three grown children. God saved her from an abusive relationship and from the ravages of alcoholism. Margaret is an elder in the community who came in unexpectedly to the centre. She shared about her childhood growing up in a residential school. The abuse that she endured was horrific. By God’s grace, she is experiencing healing from those wounds.
We had a full house of children today. As soon as their respective schools are dismissed, the Daystar staff pick them up and drive them to the centre. First, we served them a snack of fruit and juice. After, they gathered together to learn the day’s verse: “I am God and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:5). Merna Soliman , one of our grade 11 missionaries capably and creatively taught the children this verse. If the children can recite the verse tomorrow, they will gain points towards a prize at the end of the week.
Rochelle Thevasagayam, from grade ten, was responsible for teaching the Bible story today. She taught about God’s act of creation from Genesis 1. She did an excellent job teaching the children about God’s eternality and His triune nature.
By God’s grace all are well and enjoying this opportunity to serve a group of people whom God loves and for whom Jesus laid down his life.
As you have opportunity to pray for us please remember to ask God to keep the members of the team holy both now and in the years to come. As we have been studying the cost of discipleship in the mornings, it is evident that unless we are willing to lay down our lives for the sake of Jesus and the gospel, we are not worthy to be called disciples of Jesus. Please pray that the 8 students and 3 teachers on this team would not simply hear these words of Jesus but that we would put them into practice.
Please pray that God would be pleased to raise up a generation of godly men and women from among the children who are receiving Biblical instruction through Daystar.
Please pray that among the leadership of Wikwemikong there would be a hunger and a thirst for righteousness.
Please pray that God would be pleased to raise up more PCA students to come into the harvest fields of our First Nations Peoples.
God bless you and thank you for your prayers.