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 October 14, 2018

    Pictured: Kiara and Alexa give each other a nervous high five before cliff jumping during our Preteen 2 camp! The weather's probably a bit too chilly for cliff jumping these days, but one can dream! 

    Camp: After the conference and travel, it's been good to be back in the same space as a team and collaborate again on direction and projects for the upcoming season. Thanks, God, that we've got this great group of people who work well together! 

    Coopers: "Thankful for an awesome day Sunday building a playhouse for my girls with dad and uncle Danny. Great weather and great memory. Thankful for friends around campfires again!!!" -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I'm thankful for a really unique weekend spent with my son. Sarah got to take in the women's retreat which was really refreshing for her, and I got ~48 hours to goof around and bond with Ezra. It's been really good for all three of us!" -Derek

    Chanda: "We are just beyond thankful for the extended Fall! The beauty of Pender and the warm weather has been such a welcome gift! The colours are just so spectacular!!" 

    Allison: "I'm thankful for the slowly changing seasons and the new rhythms that Autumn has brought to my life. I'm also thankful that youth group and Alpha have been going so well and I'm excited to journey with these young people as they get to know God." 

  • Week of October 7, 2018

    Pictured: Danny and Rachel share an air high five from across the circle during our first camp of the summer!

    Camp: We're grateful for our family of BC missionaries in One Hope Canada, and the conference we got to spend with them, catching up and sharing ideas. It's great to be part of something bigger than our own little ministry, and God's character shines through our friends there. 

    Coopers: "I’m thankful for my girls that bring fun and flavour to our life. But today on our 17th anniversary I’m especially thankful for my wife Lyn. For her faithfulness, wisdom, and passion for the kingdom of God. For her grace and patience being married to yours truly. Lol." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "It's fun to be in the north again for this visit! Thanks, God, for the sweet smell of maples, the crisp feel of autumnal days, and good people to share it with. Thanks for Sarah's family who are so welcoming and accommodating, and the abundance that you show through them!" -Derek

    Chanda: "We are both so thankful for a visit from some of our Alberta family! The weather cooperated and we were able to explore beaches and forests and even go sailing! Such a gift. We don’t know when the next time that the siblings will be together like that so we relished every moment!"

    Allison: "I'm so thankful to be able to reconnect with some good friends up north and have some good laughs with them!"

  • Week of August 26, 2018

    Pictured: Amanda gives one of our family campers a robotic high five! We had a great time getting ready for the "drive in" movie theatre night, making cars and other costumes out of cardboard! 

    Camp: We're so thankful for God's incredible faithfulness this summer. It was amazing to see Him work in so many lives in so many ways. We are also extremely thankful for the great team God built over the summer and their selflessness they showed day after day. 

    Coopers: "Thankful for a successful summer, for seeing God at work continuously in the lives of our team and campers. Thankful as well for a rest now and a chance to reconnect with our family!" -Lyn

    Broughtons: "This is our festivities week: two birthdays and an anniversary, all within about a week of each other! It's great to celebrate, and we're thankful for each other and the time we get to spend together!" -Derek

    Chanda: "We are so grateful for the moments we’ve been able to share with the interns and the summer team this year. So many beautiful Sunday mornings in worship and getting to watch them serve our community, each other and kids in need. Every summer has ups and downs but the difference being made is so incredible!"

    Lauren: "There are so many things I’m thankful for, especially when reflecting on what an incredible summer it’s been. I’m especially thankful for the community building that has happened at Hope Bay with the interns and the team (what an stellar group of people!) but also in the music community on Pender with lots of collaborating and sharing inspiration."

    Allison: "I'm soooo thankful of the beautiful summer it has been. It is amazing to participate in this wonderful ministry. I'm also super thankful that I get to stay on Pender and continue to love people here."

  • Week of July 22, 2018

    Pictured: One of our teen campers look for a high five while playing life-sized ghost-blitz!

    Camp: "We're grateful for an awesome teen camp with so many campers. God is transforming lives of young people and it's amazing to be a part of that here at Hope Bay."

    Coopers: "Time with my girls yesterday on the beach regrouping mentally and physically for the last leg of our 2018 summer camp journey! So thankful for an amazing summer so far as well" -Bobby

    "Paddle boarding!" -Lynn

    Broughtons: "Two days off!! And the kind neighbourhood construction workers who offered Ezra ride in backhoe.."-Sarah

    Chanda: "So grateful to be started our holidays! We have already experienced so many gifts along the way, not the least of which is a literal cello (that needs to be brought back to life) gifted to us by a famous boat builder on Granville Island. And this is ‘Day 1’! We’ve been needing this holiday so desperately and feel so blessed already!"

    Lauren: "I’m so grateful for a few days of camping by the ocean. It was a little chilly, but my mind and heart feel renewed from being outside and having space. Also thankful for my new job that I started yesterday at Ptarmigan Arts!"

    Allison: "I'm so thankful for my teen campers this past week. We had such encouraging chats. I'm so thankful that I get to live here and reconnect with these teens in the off season as well and get to watch them grow in their knowledge and experience of Christ. God is doing amazing and beautiful things on the island!!"

  • Week of July 8 and July 15

     Pictured:  Domi and Khan share a high five on the bridge! This is Khan's last night at HBBC as he goes back to England this week. We'll miss you Khan! 

    Camp: Record numbers at our Day Camps!  What a fantastic team who worked hard and invested so well in those campers this past week.  We’re thankful that we’ve got such a great team and that the community of Pender Island responds so well to what we’re doing here!  We’re also thankful for Viola who poured her heart and soul into sharing the message of Jesus in Chapel each day!

    Coopers: "Thankful for a great summer team, and for an awesome preteen camp! So neat to see God doing great things in our girls as well with their baptism and desire to grow. So encouraging." -Bobby

    "Thankful for teens thirsty for God's word who can't wait to share what they read the night before! Thankful for a home to come back to between camps where we can regroup. Thankful for this gorgeous island and getting to play on boats today!" -Lyn

    Broughtons: "I’m super-grateful to have my family back with me again!  Sarah and Ezra spent ten days on the mainland during Team Training, et al, knowing that I would be so busy during that time.  It was really good to not feel pulled in two directions during that time (ah, the wisdom of my wife!) but it’s also so nice to have them back.  I missed them dearly." -Derek

    "I'm thankful for picking fresh apples with a toddler from a trampoline today. He had so much trying to catch falling apples as they bounced away. It's tricky solo parenting but there are lots of beautiful moments :)" -Sarah

    "…and I'm grateful for those little moments of family time amongst the chaos. A walk to the beach, a meal together, and a quiet rest for a few hours on the weekend feed my soul."-Derek

    Chanda: "We could not be more thankful! Our washer and dryer are finally hooked up and after 6yrs we can finally do laundry in our own home!!! This is a huge game changer and blessing!" 

    Lauren: "I’m super grateful to get to live on Pender with such an incredible community. I’ve had so many “pinch me” moments lately that leave me in awe of all the blessings that this place brings."

    "I’m so thankful to have some days in Alberta to catch up with friends and family. I spent some time out in the mountains with my brothers and it is amazing to recharge in the beauty of God’s creation."


    "I'm super thankful that this is God's work. He is in control and knows and loves every camper that comes here. I get to participate in that. That is amazing."

    "I'm thankful for the opportunity to cabin lead again! I think cabin leading is the funnest job at camp and I'm so thankful that I get to share the love of Jesus through intentional, relational care with kids that come every week."

  • Week of September 2, 2018

    Pictured: One of our family campers a few weeks ago gives himself a high five to the face with a cup of water! We'll miss those warm, hot summer days, but we're thankful for the much needed rain. 

    Camp: We're thankful for the opportunity to rest and get back into the rhythms of Fall. We're also thankful that youth will be starting up again soon!

    Coopers: "Thankful for a quiet house, a chance to get back in routine! I'm also thankful for the week we had with our kids to do some adventuring."-Lyn

    Broughtons: "We're so glad to be a team again. Parenting together, traveling together, just doing life together again, after a busy summer. Vacationing is fun! Even when it's not in the sun." -Derek

    Chanda: "So thankful for family! This pass weekend we were able to surprise Dan's cousin and and fly out to his wedding! Such a blessing to reconnect with everyone. And after 2.5 years of casual at the clinic someone retired. So I now have a permanent position! Feels like such a blessing!"

    Lauren: "I’m very grateful that the summer weather has continued and for a bit more routine, and that Ciara (one of the Forma interns) has moved in with me! So many blessings in this season."

    Allison: "I'm thankful that I could spend the past week with my family. I'm so blessed to have family close by that I can visit often."

  • Week of July 2, 2018

    Pictured:  Some of our summer team give each other a hype high five! We're stoked to also have Andrew on the team taking pictures and making movies for us this summer! 

    Camp: We're so thankful for this team that God has put together this summer. Our summer missionaries are so amazing and we're excited to see how God will use them and grow them as they minister in the coming weeks!

    Coopers: "So thankful for this incredible group of world changing young people! So proud to watch them open their hearts to serve Jesus this summer. Thankful for our year round team as well providing leadership during this busy training week. God is good..." -Bobby

    "Thankful for our summer team coming together...God bringing so many unique individuals together with such diverse talents and skills. It's going to be amazing to see what God does through hope bay this summer!"-Lyn

    Broughtons: "This week I'm thankful for the chance to visit my brother's family while Derek focuses on team training. Cousins, toddlers dancing, coffee flavoured brownies and so much laughter." -Sarah

    Chanda: "This week I am so grateful for deep friendships. Today was spent with two of my closest friends sharing all of our collective triumphs and trials as artists. So many breakthrough moments and healing conversation. As one friend said, 'I would’ve chosen to have you as friends even if we were in a huge city. And yet somehow I was blessed to find my sisters on this small island.'"

    Lauren: "Oh man. I am so grateful for the goodness of God and the way He weaves all things together for his good and perfect will. It is so beyond my understanding, and I am constantly in amazement of His ways. The way our community has been woven together, kindred friendships, sorrow into joy, chaos into’s all quite incredible."

    Allison: "I'm thankful for the opportunity to explore this cool island with cool friends. I'm thankful for all the new cool friends that are here for the summer on the team and that training week was awesome!" 

  • Week of June 25, 2018

    Pictured: Katie and Rachel give each other a glow in the dark frenzy ball high five! We're anticipating an awesome program this summer!

    Camp: Thankful for all the volunteers coming and helping prep for the summer! We are beyond excited to see what God will do in and through us!

    Coopers: "Thankful for a great team of people with vision and desire to do camp well. Been really cool to see that. Also thankful for moments when I am gifted with timely, encouraging words. So cool how the Holy Spirit leads and provides those times. Thankful for people in my life that follow Jesus." - Bobby

    Broughtons: "We are sooo glad we don't have to move to camp this summer... because we're already here! Feeling so blessed to be able to grow plants this year because we're not moving. Derek has moved to camp every June for the past 15 years!" -Sarah

    Chanda: "We are so grateful for the way God provides for our every need. These last few weeks have been extremely trying for Dan with his job site managing a lot of humans. And just yesterday he was given a huge order of the supplies and tools and man power he needs for the next month to be sustainable! Such a huge answer to prayer!"

    Lauren: "I’m so grateful for a community of friends to share life with who encourage and challenge me in my faith!"

    Allison: "Pink skies and kayaks"

  • Week of June 18, 2018

    Pictured: Ciara and Allison (and Lauren) share a hype high-five on the trail down to mystic beach! The interns were able to go on a retreat on Vancouver Island this weekend before the summer camp season starts. 

    Camp: We're so thankful for the fundraiser on Saturday and the people that came and supported us. We are blessed to have people who care deeply about this ministry and want to partner with us. We raised $6,375! Thank-you so much to everyone who donated! 

    Coopers: "I'm thankful how our Heavenly Father knows our needs, big and little, and just takes care of us. Today a vehicle repair bill came in literally hundreds less than we were quoted! Like that ever happens! And he just put the right people in my life at the right times today in such a way that I KNOW He was showing kindness to me. He's so faithful." - Lyn

    "Thankful for people that stood with us financially at our fundraiser in Victoria. Even though the turn out wasn’t large, we were blessed to still be able to raise $6375! Rumour has it there is more coming as well, so we are grateful for Gods faithfulness." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "We're grateful for our little camping trip in my parents' backyard this week. Although the circumstances weren't great (the passing of my grandpa), our family really helped us out to make it a really quality time in Ontario. Especially my brother who set up his camping trailer in the backyard to give us some space to ourselves, and my parents who frequently played babysitters to Ezra. It was a blessed time to be there." -Derek

    Chanda: "There are so many things to be thankful for! But we are especially grateful for our neighbours. We live on a road where we can say and hi and wave at and chat with our neighbour. And they look out for us! Feels the way community is supposed to feel." 

    Lauren: "So thankful to have spent the weekend with the interns celebrating their growth and accomplishments this year. I’m grateful to have them in my life!"

    Allison: "I'm thankful for an amazing opportunity to explore Vancouver Island for the weekend with the interns. I'm thankful that I live in such a beautiful part of the world where I can take a deep breath and find joy in the creation that surrounds me. I'm also so grateful that Jesus goes behind, before, and with us. He has everything under control and we can trust him fully with the summer."

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 Staff - 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 that we're striving to (re)start in September.
  • 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!