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18 days in the Arctic – Report and photos

Les and Vicky have flown from Cape Dorset in the Arctic back down to Toronto. Their 18 days in the Arctic were very blessed, with moments of pure joy as different ones grasped the awesome truths of forgiveness of sins and the power of the cross.

They have had wonderful meetings in the small Inuit settlements, but on the second day in Cape Dorset they heard that a young man of 23 had committed suicide in the night. A lady from the community said that from his class in school all the young men and some of the girls have committed suicide.

It brings home the incredibly sad truth that these communities are so dark and spiritually in need. Many problems are drug and alcohol related, and they have the highest rates of suicide, drug addiction in Canada.

“It all makes me realise that our visits here are so important for the little flock of believers here,” said Les.

On the last night of meetings, there were some present who were deeply affected by the suicides. About thirty came forward with deep repentance and strong crying to God for mercy and help. It was a blessing to see tears of sorrow turn to peace with God. All the meetings were recorded with translation into Inuktitut, and will be broadcast on the local community radio. May their influence continue on.

On a lighter note Vicky and Les had a great ride out on the sea ice with a dog sled! Check out the photos here.

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Into the Arctic Circle For Bible Week

Vicki and Les are in Ottawa on their way to Arctic Bay some distance in the Arctic Circle, to have a Bible week with the Church there. They will be there for 2 ½ weeks and travel to three locations: Arctic Bay, Iqaluit, and Cape Dorset. They are taking their thick coats with gloves, scarves and Russian hats against the minus 15 degrees of the summer there. Temperatures will rise to near zero. Then they travel down to friends near Toronto for a week and then back to the UK at the end of May. Please pray it will be a significant visit for the believers there.

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More from Singapore and a photo!

Les and Vicki are in Singapore during some of Febrary and March. The first week of ministry was with Tung Ling Bible School where Les taught for four hours a day on the book of Romans and New Testament Survey. Around 75 students from SE Asia were enrolled on this 3 month School of Ministry. Les is also conducting seminars with the Marketplace Bible Institute on the Letter to the Hebrews.

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News from Singapore

We have now been in Singapore for one week. I have been teaching about 70 students in the Tung Ling Bible school, and the students were lively engaging and wonderful to be with. I came away from it feeling blessed and encouraged by the hunger and enthusiasm for God’s word. Thanks Tung Ling students and faculty for a great week!

We will be in Singapore for another two weeks holding a seminar on Hebrews and preaching in three more Churches. We have many friends here and it is a second home. Its also great to be in the warmth after the cold of Siberia!

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Second update from Russia / Siberia

This is the beginning of my fourth week in Russia, and my third week in Siberia. I have been travelling thousands of kilometers by train, and air. It took 40 hours from Omsk to Irkutsk on 23/24th January. Before anyone thinks I did it for the sheer punishment, the fact is that internal flights in Russia are irregular and expensive. To do the same trip by air would have cost about 600 dollars and would have been routed back through Moscow, making it a long and expensive flight. The train itself cost 200 dollars, which the Church here paid for.

The Churches are vibrant and full of hungry Christians eager to know more about the Lord and His Word. On some of the meetings there has been a fragrant spirit of revelation and a sense of God’s powerful moving. On some occasions I have felt drained and a little dry, in need of spiritual refreshment. The Lord is faithful and His friendship so matchless and sustaining. The days are spent with groups of 30-40 ministers or Bible students, sharing truths from Galatians, Romans, the work of the Holy Spirit and life in Christ. There are always special moments during these series when hearts grow still and there is a deep work done in many lives. It is very humbling to be a part of this great work even if it is for such a short time. Thanks to all who pray.

The weather has been mild this week around minus seven, but things are set to get colder this week as we travel again another 12 hours from Kansk to Bratsk on Sunday afternoon 6th Feb. Larry Hill will join me there for two weeks and will take a big load of the ministry. That will be a special treat.

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Update from Russia

I have been in Russia now for a week, having had a wonderful week of ministry with a precious Church in Sochi on the Black Sea.

Each day I sat with the leaders for a few hours and we shared around the scriptures. I have hardly ever seen such hunger to go deeper with God and such spiritual honesty and humility. Moreover these are mature men who have been leaders for many years.

Then in the evenings I shared the word with a congregation of several hundred, who wept and rejoiced and responded as the word was preached. My translator there was a close friend called Nick Markin who put all his heart into the matter. It was a great time and as often happens they have begged for another longer visit as soon as possible.

I flew last night (Sunday 16th Jan) from Sochi to Omsk via Moscow. Sochi was plus 10 degrees, while Omsk is minus 20. The brothers here all say it is so mild!!! I arrived and went straight into teaching a group of about 25 believers in a Bible school here. It is so inspiring to be with them and to share for a week about the life of Jesus. On Friday we take the trans Siberian railway east to Irkutsk, a journey which will take about 40 hours.

God is doing a great work in Russia.

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Itinerary for Beginning of 2011

January

  • Russia

February – March

  • Singapore

April

  • Cloverley Conference Prayer and Bible week
  • Word of Life Conference Dublin
  • German Conference

Please pray for good health, God’s hand over all the travelling and power in the preaching.

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Pictures from the Arctic

Pictures from Les and Vicki’s trip to Baffin Island can be found here.

Many thanks for those who prayed for them during their time with with Faith Turner, as she took them to the Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet and Cape Dorset communities.

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October Update

The later part of 2010 saw Les and his wife Vicki travel to many places including the Arctic where they visited three different Churches on Baffin Island.  Many thanks for those who prayed for them during their time with with Faith Turner, as she took them to the Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet and Cape Dorset communities.

The Bible week with the Anglican Church in Arctic Bay was very blessed with well attended meetings and a great hunger for the Word of God.  The CDs of the meetings have been widely circulated amongst the Inuit and broadcast on the local radio as Les was interpreted into Inuktitut – making the messages accessible for all.

The weather was certainly not as cold as Siberia, some days it was warm enough  for them to take their coats off!

In September Les started a long missions trip starting in Singapore, then on to China and then to India. The courses in Singapore with the MBI were very blessed.

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