The Weekly High-5

Our God is powerful and caring, and an abundant giver.  

Each week we share five high points so that you can praise and thank the Lord with us.  We recognize that some weeks are easier than others, and some are downright challenging, but this is a good exercise for us as staff to identify and proclaim the goodness of God as we experience it.

Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;

    let us exalt his name together.

-Psalm 34:3

Below you'll find our most recent High-5, 

along with those from the past couple of months.

Praise God with us!  You can click this link to learn more about who we are as staff.

  • Week of April 7, 2019

    Pictured: Our intern, Ethan, and Mark from Maple Springs high five at the work week at Maple Springs Bible Camp this past week! 

    Camp: We're so thankful that some of us had the opportunity to go to Maple Springs Bible Camp and get some work projects done! It was great to hang out with other camp-y people and exchange stories of God's faithfulness. 

    Coopers: "For supportive friends, for Jesus, for my family!" -Lyn

    "For prayer. For grace. Porridge. Campfires. Hugs (yes, I’ll stand by that one). Laughter. Tears. Brokenness and healing." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I'm thankful for all of the people who have been helping me process life these days. It seems like I'm in another stage of learning about myself, and it's been really cool to see how God is bringing friends and family into my world to help me grow in new ways."- Derek

    Lockharts: "Our fellow camp at Maple Springs and spending time helping and getting to know the staff there. Safe travels to and from peachland and our beautiful Hope Bay" -Randy

    "For Christ dying for me! That I am a daughter of The King of all creation ✝️" -Diane

    Allison: "I’m thankful for the Maple Springs trip and hanging out with some rad humans, the wisdom of others, and that Jesus is ma bff."

  • Week of March 31, 2019

    Pictured: A horse gives himself a high five. We love camp and all the goofiness in it!

    Camp: "We're thankful that people are applying to be on the summer team! It's really shaping up to be a fantastic summer!" 

    Coopers: "Thankful for Lyn and my girls who demonstrate such a love for people and love for life. Thankful for their faithfulness and joy.." -Bobby

    "I’m thankful for friends. And people with humble hearts who are teachable and gentle. And my husband who is so wise and trustworthy." -Lyn

    Broughtons: "Naomi is getting a double chin and the leaves are coming out on the trees :)" -Sarah

    Lockharts: "Thankful for the exciting times we live in and how God uses us each in his own special way to further his kingdom"-Randy

    Allison: "I'm thankful that God is faithful and trustworthy and with us." 

  • Weeks of March 18-29, 2019

     Pictured:   Derek gives Moses a happy high five! We've been loving that Spring sunshine here, especially during our busy Spring Break!

    Camp: So thankful for the varsity youth and their hard work last week!!! Pouring concrete, cleaning up the camp, painting the dining hall and so many more things. Always so encouraging to get a boost from varsity each spring. And very thankful for our team and their hard work hosting and leading this last two weeks.

    Coopers: "Thankful for visits from great friends and family and for the awesome weather lately. Pender is green and sunny. So amazing!" -Bobby

    Broughtons: "So glad that my parents came to help us out and spend time with Ezra. We are so blessed to have this little family :)" - Sarah

    Lockharts: "Thankful for the wonderful freedom and desire to study God's Word together" -Diane

    "So thankful for the week with varsity and the beautiful weather that God provided." -Randy

    Allison"So thankful that my friend Kirsten from Vanderhoof came and visited me for a whole week! She is such a gem and I'm so thankful for her ridiculous sense of humour and her many words of wisdom! Laughter is so good for the heart!" 

  • Week of March 11, 2019

    Pictured: Ezra gives his new little sister, Naomi Hope a tiny high five! We're so excited for this new little life!

    Camp: We're thankful that Derek and Sarah had their baby girl this week! Welcome to the camp family,  Naomi Hope! Can't wait to see who God has made you to be in this wonderful world! 

    Coopers: "Thankful for a Saturday at home to get work done on some outdoor projects and spend time with the girls. So good!" -Bobby

    "SPRING BREAK! Fun plans for spring break! Good friends visiting on spring break! Family visiting on spring break! Time for my kids to just play and not do schoolwork! No lunches!" -Lyn

    Broughtons: "We are SOOOO thankful for the safe arrival of our new little gift, a baby girl! Naomi Hope Broughton was born on March 15th, and we're all doing very well! Thank you, God, for new life!!!!!!!" 

    Lockharts: "Thankful for wonderful warm weather. Thankful for a lovely trip to Vancouver and visit with my aunt and revisiting my bible study groups" -Diane

    "Finding a truck for camp and for the beautiful sunny weather. Spending time with our son Keith, and hearing about our new addition to our Hope Bay family" -Randy

    Allison: "I'm thankful for sunshine and that maybe, it is finally Spring. I'm thankful for friends, and fun, and bonfires, and the moon." 

  • Week of March 3, 2019

    Pictured: Some of the youth high five at MCC warehouse. We had the opportunity to sort materials for their thrift store and back notebooks for their education packs which get sent overseas. Thanks for having us MCC! 

    Camp:  Thankful for the youth mission trip in Vancouver this past weekend. It was great to reconnect with New Beginnings Church and serve at Mennonite Central Committee in Abbotsford. Thanks New Beginnings and South Abbotsford Church for having us, and Friendship Community Church to sharing space with us. 

    Coopers: "Thankful for the youth mission’s trip that went well! Thankful that our youth group is just so awesome and uncomplaining and flexible! And thankful for the chance to go to the Chris Tomlin concert and just be so blessed by it!! " -Lyn

    "Thankful for a quiet walk in the sunshine yesterday when we got home from a fun and full weekend with the youth. Thanks Lyn and Allison for all your work on that!" -Bobby

    Broughtons: "Grateful for all of the folks who are helping us through our time here in Vancouver while we await the arrival of the baby. Joan D, Sarah's family, the Grants, and even BC Ferries employees! 😃 Thanks, God, for the people you put in our path!" -Derek

    Lockharts: "A fabulous church community 💒 and warmer weather ☀️" -Diane

    "The opportunity to lead in worship and walking around in the warm sun on this beautiful property" -Randy

    Allison: "Thankful for such an amazing volunteer trip with the youth group. They each have such kind, selfless hearts. What a privilege it is to be able to serve with them and learn from them. God has mega blessed me through them."

  • Week of February 25, 2019

    Pictured: Carlos and Reuben give an upside down high five a few weeks ago at the Februareunion! We miss these crazy goons already!!

    Camp: Thankful for all the sunshine camp's been getting lately. The golden glow reminds us that summer is almost here! 

    Coopers: "Thankful for our team at Hope bay. When I look at the compliment of talents and gifts and perspectives it’s a great mix. God is good." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "Oranges" -Ezra

    Lockharts: "Getting my support letter done and out there. Sunshine and spring flowers." -Randy

    Allison: "I'm so thankful for the friends God has put in my life. He knows exactly the kind of people I need to get me through life! These are quality people and I wish that I could throw them birthday parties all the time (especially when it's not even their birthdays) so they know that they are loved by so many, and so they get lots of presents and cake on a regular basis. Can that be a thing? Anyone else with me on this? Let's make this happen! "

  • Week of February 10, 2019

    Pictured: Sofia and Rachel high five while setting up the balloon arch for our family dance!

    Camp: We're thankful for such a good team reunion! It was great to reconnect with previous volunteers and see how God is working in their lives. We're also thankful for a wonderful family dance and for everyone who came out and had some 80's themed fun with us! 

    Coopers: "Dancing. Family day visits. Tortoises at the butterfly gardens. Feta cheese. Melting snow. Musical daughters. Good morning coffee. Faithful supporters. Good rubber boots. Lyn the lovely." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "Thanks, God, for the chance to connect with lots of our summer team at our reunion this past weekend.  Thanks for safety and a good time of fun events and good people!  It brightens my day when I’m reminded of all of the quality folks who are connected here!" -Derek

    Lockharts: "I am thankful for The Lord whose plans and timing is always perfect How Great is our God 🎶🙏" -Diane

    Allison: "I am SO thankful for my new nephew, Wesley Khit Leon, who was born February 12! Everyone is happy and healthy! I am soo happy to be an Auntie of a niece and a nephew now!" 

  • Week of February 4, 2019

    Pictured: Ezra high fives a snowman on one of our recent snow days! It's so fun to play in the snow and rediscover it through a child's eyes. 

    Camp: Thankful for safety and a really fun adventure to Saanichton to connect Hope Bay to the good people at Friendship Community Church! Lots of really great conversations, and a safe (albeit slooooow) trip home in the blizzard!

    Coopers: "Thankful for Lyn’s folks coming to visit from Alberta (even though they received the full blown wet snow, coastalpower outage weather while they’re here). Thankful to have a wood stove to gather around when power goes out. Thankful for Lyn’s hard work too keeping people fed and warm....." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I'm really grateful for the timing of the past few days. The fact that we just went grocery shopping, so we had food and hear to offer to the other folks here during this most recent power outage. And this snow day has been SO fun to get to spend with my toddler. I really enjoy teachng him about all the great Canadian winter activities!" -Derek

    "A snow day (or two!). So good to have mandatory rest days with friends when the power goes out. Love watching Derek and Ezra outside shovelling snow :)" -Sarah

    Lockharts: "Thankful for God's Word and provision in safe travels for our son and beautiful granddaughters 💖✈️ they just landed in Ontario 😘" -Diane

    "Thankful for my beautiful granddaughters and watching my son preach Gods word" -Randy

    Allison: "I'm thankful the opportunity to go to Friendship Community Church and connect with some of their young adults who are passionate about being like Jesus. I'm also thankful for the snow and being able to play in it and the beauty and stillness that it brings. And I'm thankful for trucks and boots and candles." 

Prayer Needs

We're thankful for your interest in this ministry, and your desire to pray for our needs!

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We would love your continued prayers for:

  • Campers - That our camps would fill up with many children from this region, to hear the Good News of Jesus.
  • Summer Volunteers - That God would provide all of the quality people we need to pour into our campers.
  • Ongoing Projects - such as the New Washhouse that we're building this Spring.
  • Year-Round Ministries - like the Church At Hope Bay and community involvement, as well as the Student Internship and Youth Group.
  • Full-Time / Year-Round Staff - including our workloads, missionary support, families, and spiritual/physical/emotional health.
  • Finances - That He would provide all that we need.  It takes a lot of resources to run this ministry.

We'd be blessed if you contact us to get an update and let us know that you're praying for us!