We were commended to the full time work of the Lord by the assembly at Highbury Gospel Hall in London Ontario in 2003. We are working here in Straffordville, where the assembly originally commenced in 1876 through the work of T.D.W. Muir and others. In recent years there have been a number who worked here for a short period of time. Our work consists mainly of mission type work including Home Bible Studies, teaching and counseling in the heart of a Mennonite population of 10,000 people who have a reverence and respect for the Word of God, but typically follow the traditions and customs of their religious systems. There is often bondage spiritually, morally, emotionally and socially, to which only a close relationship with Christ offers freedom from the ties of the enemy. Jesus said, “In Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.” John 16:33. Much of our time is spent working closely with the very personal needs of families that are hurting as a result of sin. This includes helping in struggling marital and teen relationships, as well as financial and legal counseling, providing meals and fellowship, donating groceries for empty refrigerators and putting gas in empty tanks. To many, we are a doctor, a nurse, a paramedic, an ambulance driver, a taxi driver, an officiator at weddings and funerals and grunts to do whatever is necessary to give a glimmer of hope in a dark world. The upside is there are many examples of God’s deliverance of these people not only from their burden of sin, but also from their bondage of religion. It is such a thrill to see them come to freedom that only can originate through a close bond and relationship with Christ. Many of these people have professed salvation, been baptized and added to the local assembly. Others have professed salvation and migrate from a traditional Mennonite Church to an Evangelical Mennonite Church. New believers often pay the very high price of being shunned, reproached and cut off from their family when they are obedient to the truths of the Word of God. Most in the assembly are young in Christ creating a need for a lot of teaching, guidance, mentoring and shepherding. Our work also includes some travel to other assemblies where our main focus is our relationship with God and each other. We are very thankful for those in the assembly here in Straffordville who are taking responsibility in different areas and without their fellowship and united efforts, it would not be possible to see God blessing in such a remarkable way. Please pray that God will continue to work and that the enemy will be hindered in destroying that which is of God.