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That’s Russian for “hello.” It comes 8,000km from your team in Novokuznetsk, Siberia.

The team has been very well received and greatly appreciated. North Pointe, you would be very proud of them.

Ministry At Teen Challenge

Peter de Jong and Zakk Baltgailis (with Bob and Jocelyn as willing aids) worked on the leaky roof, repaired a chainsaw, felled trees, cleared weeds, shared their stories and did everything that has been asked of them.

Its the perfect team to suit the needs of this ministry. The Lord knew exactly what he was doing when he called each one to be on the crew. In his perfect planning he included a crazy Canuck with a penchant for chainsaws.

A forest needs clearing? History.On our first night in Siberia, Pastor Bob preached and three men gave their lives to Christ.

Peter de Jong shared his story at a Teen Challenge meeting.

Zakk Baltgailis shared his story, translated by Oksana.

Pastor Joey (with Jessica Bantseev) taught three days of Social Media workshops and became an instant celebrity with the attendees. He visited an orphanage, preached at a youth service, attended a prayer meeting, and consulted with leaders about initial steps to start a young adult ministry.

Our team has enjoyed attempting to speak Russian (especially Joey).

The Teen Challenge Centre is located at an abandoned Soviet Union Youth Camp. The land and buildings were purchased by Edwin Rideout’s Fort MacMurray congregation.

Some of the men have shared miraculous stories of deliverance from HIV/AIDS, opium, heroin, and alcohol. Pictured below is Sasha with the team.

We participated in four weekend services, Jocelyn spoke at the Women’s Teen Challenge Centre and gave roses to each woman. We visited our church plant in Tocholino – which operates a gym as an outreach. God is so good.

The financial support of North Pointe has worked miracles in Siberia. Thank you.

APPLICATION: Please continue to pray for your team. We look forward to sharing on Sunday August 27th. Thank you.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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  • Cynthia Victor says:

    Praise the Lord. God definitely picked the right members to make this team. HE knows it all.Amen!. Can’t wait to hear the whole story on the 27th.

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