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At Cornerstone we believe in the great commission... As such we believe that sending people out on mission and partnering with organizations who are living out the great commission is central to what we do as a church.
As a church we have chosen to allow our partnerships to go deep as opposed to wide. We support many different organizations but two have become our central focus. One locally and one internationally.
Hands On "is a registered charitable organization dedicated to serving the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Saskatoon’s inner city children and youth. On a daily basis we provide a safe environment, healthy meals, clothing, activities and entertainment such as books, videos, ping pong, billiards, foosball, board games, hockey, basketball, football, arts and crafts.
Hands On is the vision of founder and CEO, Rick Langlais, who opened the doors of the ministry in 1992. Today Rick, his staff, and the Hands On Board of Directors operate the centre exclusively with charitable donations and a vast network of hard-working volunteers. Hands On has proven to be a valuable practical training resource for students from local colleges, the University of Saskatchewan and various churches."
The work that Hands On does is amazing but in order to minister well to the kids and students they encounter there is always an ongoing list of needs. To see what Hands On's current needs follow this link.
"Marc and Lisa Honorat founded Haiti ARISE Ministries from a vision of planting a Bible College to help train godly leaders. This vision grew to encompass everything that Haiti ARISE is now endeavouring to accomplish to help the Haitian people. Marc is a native Haitian and has a desire to see change in his nation because he knows the peoples' plight so well as he experienced it himself.
Haiti Arise mission is to "raise up godly leaders, providing relief to poverty and creating hope for a strong future for the people of Haiti."
We are back in Haiti as of a week ago. The country is quiet for now. The demonstrations that shut down the country did an enormous amount of economic damage. Most of the non-government organizations from North America and other places have not yet returned and likely won't until the fall. Inflation has skyrocketed because of the lack of resources. The Haitians we talk to understand that the demonstrations did a lot of financial damage. The leaders of the movement seem hesitant to try again.
We have three small teams of people coming during the month of May, so we are looking forward to having a good month before we end this season.
Our church friends were very, very happy to see us back and are anxiously waiting for teams to come. They have been longing for a sense of stability.
It is good to be back for us and them.
Here are some things for you to pray about:
*Voodoo gets very aggressive at Easter time. Pray against the enemy and for safety.
*Wade is preaching on April 28th on the Cross and we will put a cross up in the church at that time.
*That God would establish Godly leaders in Haiti.
*Safety for the construction workers. We are still building the birthing centre and the autobody shop.
*Finances for Haiti ARISE -- The implications of having teams cancel due to travel restrictions is deeply felt.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Wade & Marilyn Fitzpatrick