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Asking Good Questions

It made so much sense to me!  Why hadn’t I thought of it when my daughters were in school?When children return home from school, parents often ask, “how was school today?”  to which children usually respond, “okay”, and the conversation ends there.  However, this parent has a different approach. He asks, “Did you ask any good questions today?”   He wanted his children to be thinkers and not simply sponges, absorbing what they were taught.  He was trying his best to help them develop the skill of critically thinking about what was said to them, what they read, saw, and heard.

The Covid-19 pandemic blatantly exposed how rarely we use our thinking ability. It wasn’t uncommon for many of us, to have received WhatsApp messages about the origin of the Covid-19 virus and then, without questioning them, shared them with others.   We did not stop to think about it.  We did not ask ourselves any questions, much less ‘good questions’—those that have been carefully considered and demonstrate sound reasoning.  We simply believed what we heard and made potentially life-impacting decisions based on it.

When good questions are not asked, we make ourselves vulnerable to the control and manipulation of others. Politicians throughout history have gained power and control over unsuspecting populaces because they know that people generally do not think carefully about what they are told.  Sadly, some religious leaders do the same with the purpose of maintaining their religious structures through the control of their adherent’s beliefs and behaviour.

I’m convinced that Christians should be skillful thinkers. Christians more than anyone else should consistently demonstrate that we are honouring God by using the ability He has given us to think and to reason. Wasn’t it the Creator Himself who said, “Come, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18)?  God Himself, invites His people to use their intellect, to examine, consider, and think things through.  Ellen White argues, “It is the work of true education to develop this power, to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men's thought."—Education, p. 17.

As a schoolboy in the UK, whenever I was asked why I couldn’t play for the team on a Sabbath, my answer was always, “It’s against my religion.”  I had not been taught to reason or think for myself, and so give an account of why I chose not to play.  Instead, I repeated what my parents and church said.  Some of us still operate as school children.  We do not question what we see on YouTube videos and elsewhere or even what are told from the pulpit, in the Sabbath School class, or what we read.  We don’t arrive at a carefully considered conclusion.

Since God gave us the ability to think, does it not make sense that we honour Him by thinking and by asking good questions about what we accept as true and why we believe what we do?

Halsey Peat,
Communication director



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Ontario Conference will hold virtual ministry leadership training for all new and returning church officers on January 21 and February 11, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“As newly elected ministry leaders take up their responsibilities we want to immediately provide them with training and resources,” explained Pastor Halsey Peat, assistant to the president.  “It will also be an opportunity for them to learn how their ministry can align with the vision of their church to connect like Jesus.  Any leader, new or returning, who wants the best for his or her ministry will definitely want to attend this free training.”

The virtual training will take place on Sabbath afternoon, January 21 and on February 11, 2023, starting at 4:00 p.m. Ministry leaders will be to attend two different workshops on each of the two days.  Most workshops will be repeated, allowing leaders with more than one office to attend up to three or even four workshops.

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On your training day(s), visit Virtual Ministry Leadership Training 2023 - Adventist Ontario Conference Website.

Missionary Leads 45 People to Baptism in Indigenous Community in Brazil

Work began with house-to-house Bible studies, then continued with evangelistic programs in the local Adventist church

Brazil | Jackeline Farah
19 January 2023
Tamires Flores, 29, is a native of an indigenous community in Sorocaima, Roraima, Brazil. A university student, married, and mother of one child, she is also the director of women's ministries in the community's Adventist church. As she began planning the 2022 evangelism program, she was surprised with a challenge that changed her life forever."I was present at the Women's Ministry training for evangelism … when the praise began, it was at that moment that God spoke to me. I thought, 'Lord, I am here singing, asking [You] to use me,' and I felt called to preach for the first time," says Flores, with great emotion.

From that moment on, Flores began to pray more intensely that the Holy Spirit would enable her for mission. "My first challenge was to think about how to do a 14-day evangelism initiative in a very rainy period in the region. Our community suffers a lot during this period because it floods a lot, and everything is full of mud, which could harm us during the services," she recalls.

It was during this prayer that Flores sought guidance on what to do to overcome the obstacle of the weather. "Then, a group of women and I thought about forming missionary teams to visit and share Bible studies to the people in the community." she details.

Tamires and her missionary team in a Bible study
with a family in the community. (Photo: personal archive)

Multiplication

As a result, 19 pairs of women missionaries were formed who went out and gave Bible studies for seven days. Afterwards, these families participated in the program at the church on the following seven nights.

Nevertheless, another challenge lay before the university student: what would she talk about in her sermons?

It was Flores’ first time as a preacher, and once again, prayer made the difference. "I fasted; I prayed hard to hear what God wanted me to bring to those families, until He showed me: 'Talk about the water. ' It was enough for me to start studying that I was able to put together the seven nights of studies on water and its benefits, and how Jesus is our water, the source of life."

Flores had traumas to overcome. In 2021, her first year as Women's Ministries director, even with so many invitations and visits made, only two women participated in the evangelism program. "I was crying with sadness and despair. I wondered why more people were not coming. But on the last day, seeing those two women giving themselves to Christ, I see that it was worth it to do everything just for those two women. Today, they help me in the women's ministry," says Flores.

There were seven days of preaching on the theme Water,
the source of life. (Photo: personal archive)

Answering the Call

In 2022, she faced many challenges. However, another difficulty arose regarding language. Besides preaching in Portuguese and Taurepang, her native language, Flores had to speak Spanish, since there were Venezuelans in the study group. Notwithstanding, her dedication, prayer, and faithfulness—putting God first in her life—meant the week of evangelism ended with 45 people baptized.

Flores says two parables moved her during this period of challenges: the ten virgins and the great supper. "When I read these passages while preparing the sermons, I understood that I need to be prepared for when Jesus returns, and this is only possible with faithfulness, prayer, and love for my neighbour. And that, without a doubt, was the secret to the success of the women's evangelism in Sorocaima.”

As a result of the outreach, 45 people gave their lives
to Jesus through baptism. (Photo: personal archive)

Adventist News Network: https://adventist.news/news/missionary-leads-45-people-to-baptism-in-indigenous-community-in-brazilThe original article was published on the South American Division Portuguese-language news site

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CHURCH EVENTS

Although Toronto is the wealthiest city in Canada and has a world class GDP, regrettably it still has many homeless individuals who suffer every year in the harsh winter months. Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church is leading an initiative called Operation Deep Freeze, a donation collection for care packages intended for homeless people in downtown Toronto. Other churches are also joining the cause as you read this!

Click here for a brief PDF with more information.

Collection Dates: January 14 - January 28
Distribution Start Date: January 28

To donate, contact Pastor Kirk Dunchie at kdunchie@adventistontario.org or Samanta at bereacommunications@gmail.com

What's Happening at New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church
Oshawa, Ontario
Urgent Request
The New Life Neighbourhood Centre urgently needs your help. There has been a sharp decrease in donations and an increase in the number of people accessing the food bank. This has resulted in a significant shortage of food and hygiene supplies to serve those less fortunate in our community. Your donations of any of the following items will be greatly appreciated: peanut butter, canned meat (tuna, salmon, sardines, corned beef), canned vegetables, canned soups, Kraft Dinner, pasta and sauce, rice, cooking oil, crackers, cereals, snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, 2 in 1 shampoo, or body wash.

NLNC Productivity HUB Winter RegistrationAre you interested or do you know anyone that may be interested in constructing a new future? Going back to school, starting a new career, or maybe starting a new business? The NLNC Productivity HUB is now accepting participants for our 2023 Winter Semester. We are starting with a self-empowerment workshop titled, Self-Empowerment & Livelihood Improvement Project (SLIP), on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. For more information, please call Karen Bell at 647-282-0050 or send an email with the following information to karenbell.ph@gmail.com or Ann Thompson at annthompson0613@gmail.com. You can also go to our website nlncproductivityhub.com and fill out the online form.Additional Workshops
During our Winter session, The Productivity HUB will be offering the following additional workshops to anyone who would like to participate:

Resume Writing Workshop - February 1, 2023, 1:30 pm
Mental Health and the Workplace - February 8, 2023, 1:30 pm
Resiliency Training - May 3, 2023, 1:30 pm

Registration for the Self-Empowerment workshop scheduled to start February 7 is still open.

If you would like to attend these workshops and activities please contact Ann Thompson at 905-922-6633 or Eduardo Flores at 289-939-3757 by January 18.

New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church and the New Life Neighbourhood Centre is located at 33 Olive Avenue in Oshawa.


2023 Programs for Kids, Families & Individuals
We’re excited to be able to offer a wide range of activities in 2023 from sports camps to drop-in games nights, to fitness programs! Check out some of the activities we have going on this month!Sports Club for KidsOur Kids Sports Club (shown above) is back up and running! Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 8 pm kids (ages 6-12) are welcome to drop in for rock climbing, dodgeball, inflatable games and obstacle courses, and more! (not all activities will be available every night). The admission cost is a $5 suggested donation that helps us maintain all the equipment used for these activities.

Active Living Boot Camp

If you've been contemplating making your physical health a part of your New Year's resolution, this is the perfect opportunity. Although this winter season has already begun, we have 13, 1-hour sessions of Active Living Boot Camp remaining! These strength and cardio training sessions happen at Really Living on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm. Use code: 1875BC during registration to access a prorated registration fee.

Depression Recovery Program

Did you know that major depression is the most common mood disorder worldwide? If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety or depression, this professionally instructed 8-week program may be just what you need. The cost is $25 per participant. Visit our website for more information.

Soccer Camp for Kids

Do you have a child who is interested in soccer or just needs some after-school physical activity? Our Kids Soccer Camp is open to kids ages 9 to 11 and launched Thursday, Jan 12. The cost is $50 for 8 weeks. Online Registration is required.

Boxing Workout Class

Are you looking for a new way to get fit? Get ready to punch and sweat your way to a more active YOU with our Boxing Classes. This program begins February 6 and continues every Monday from 7 pm to 8 pm. Online registration is open!

Saturday Night Games

Looking for some family-friendly fun on Saturday night? Every Saturday at 7 pm we’re open for games, rock climbing, sports, and activities. Feel free to come out and join us for our Drop-in Family Night! There will be no drop-in games night on January 21st. Check our online calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Really Living Seventh-day Adventist Church
is located at:

2060 Upper James Street
Mount Hope, Ontario L0R 1W0



OTHER/MISCELLANEOUS

Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities
The following positions are currently available
with the Ontario Conference Office of Education:
High School Substitute Teachers for Crawford Adventist Academy (secondary school)
Substitute Teachers (ongoing hiring) for Brampton, London, Mount Hope, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pickering, Toronto, and WindsorVisit this link for details on the above job postings with Ontario Conference Education.

Kingsway College, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding high school in Oshawa, Ontario is seeking applicants for the following position:

  • Piano Accompanist for the Kingsway College Choir

Applicants should be a member in good standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and able to work legally in Canada and have a current vulnerable sector police check. Three personal references are required. Please email your resume to Lee Richards– leerichards@kingsway.college. Please visit the Kingsway College website for job descriptions for these positions: www.kingsway.college/careers.

In 2023, ADRA Canada will explore in depth the theme of justice. What does justice look like in God’s eyes? How can we be a part of making the world a more just place while we wait for Jesus to come and accomplish the work fully?
Each month we will focus on an area of ADRA’s work through the lens of justice. In January, we are highlighting how justice is ensured through the development of economic opportunities for the poor. To learn more about this area of ADRA’s work, click here for articles, videos, and a podcast!

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