We have had a full month here in Montreal…and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Here’s a quick rundown:
- October 4th we celebrated James’ 35th birthday…we are so thankful for his leadership for our family and for our ministry, we had a quiet dinner at home as a family of 5!
- On the 7th a group of Renaissance people traveled to Vermont to a partner church to help them in one of their community outreaches. Our Renaissance team spent the day splitting wood to help this community, that heats all their homes with firewood, prepare for the cold winter.
- One of our sweet church members, Meeling, invited us to spend Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct. 10th) at her house with her brother and a group of friends. It was a great time of fellowship and delicious foods!
- As part of our NAMB Church Planter training we are a part of a cohort called Boulevard (BLVD for short) which meets once a month. This is a great time of training for us as we learn the ropes of church planting and continue to seek God’s will and vision for Renaissance, along with getting to know some other NAMB Church Planters in Montreal.
- We had a free Saturday on the 15th and so we traveled as a family 3 hours north to Quebec City, one of the oldest cities in North America. It was beautiful and full of rich Canadian history!
- Also this month, we had the privilege of hosting two groups of pastors from all over the U.S. for NAMB Vision Tours. Although it kept James very busy two weeks in a row we were able to meet pastors, share our heart and vision for Renaissance and for Montreal and gain a handful of new partners for our church. What does this mean? It means more churches sending teams to work with us in the Spring/Summer, more churches focused on praying for Renaissance, and more churches giving their finances to what God is going in this city. Praise God!
- Last week we had the incredible opportunity to travel to Knoxville, TN to spend the week with First Baptist Concord at their GO Missions Conference. We cannot say thank you enough for their hospitality, their encouragement, and their passion for seeing the Gospel taken around the world. Our hearts were exploding to see how many people from this church are going on trips, giving finances, and praying for missionaries around the world. We had the chance to talk to senior adults, college students, elementary students, and the church body in both services Sunday morning. Praise God for churches who have a desire to partner with missionaries and advocate for the lost where we serve! We also got to visit the Great Smokey Mountains (top picture) and spend time with Abi’s mom who flew in to spend a few days with us.
We are so thankful for each of you who pray and give to us on a regular basis. Your prayers are felt and your giving is keeping us here. We are so amazed at the faithfulness of God shown in the faithfulness of His people partnering with our family.
Here are specific ways you can continue to pray for us:
- Ways to Pray for Renaissance:
- Unbelievers attending to accept Christ as Lord
- Growth & Strength
- Wisdom for James as he leads and develops strategy for the future
- For God to provide a worship leader
- Ways to Pray for the Copelands:
- Friendships to develop with neighbors & parents at school
- Anabelle and Mya in language learning
- Opportunities to interact and meet with people in our community
- Continued support raising (we are at 98%—Praise God!)
Our prayer for you is that God reveals to you your part in His mission, whether that be moving to a new country, planting churches, or simply sharing the Gospel with the unbelieving mom of your child’s friend at school. Gloria Furman describes our prayer for the lost well:
“We pray that light would dawn in their hearts. “Let Your light shine into darkness, Lord!” We pray that the Spirit would open their eyes. And we pray that the Lord would incline their hearts toward Him when they see Him.” Missional Motherhood
Join us in praying!