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.

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  • Week of March 25, 2018

    Pictured:  Sweet Ezra gives himself a high 5, or maybe he's getting ready to blow kisses to his mom? Either way, he's the cutest kid around!!

    Camp: We're so thankful to have Varsity Church group here to help with work projects and be such a blessing to our camp! They're one of the highlights of our spring!

    Coopers: "For my good buddy Ryan Duford teaching grace and light this week. Soooooo good!" - Bobby

    Broughtons: "We're super grateful for the shed that Kevin has build in our 'backyard.' He put in a lot of hours into it, and it looks great, and has lots of room for a stroller and storage shelves for all the items we've been moving around this property for months!" -Derek

    Chanda: "We are so thankful to be playing the Starfields festival in Victoria this April. The impetus for the event is that what unites people is greater than what divides them, and that people need hope and inspiration to contribute to a better world! What an honour to be able to share a message of hope!"

    Lauren: "So thankful to get to spend the weekend away in the mountains with some beautiful friends. Sometimes a change of scenery is just what is needed for fresh perspective and energy, not to mention soaking up the beauty of pristine wilderness and God's creation!"

    Allison: "I'm thankful for Ryan's teaching this week. I'm so thankful that I can experience God with my heart, soul, strength, and mind."

  • Week of March 18, 2017

    Pictured: Amanda and Emmy, two of our interns, give each other a high 5 while cleaning the program office as part of their work with the Forma Internship. It's been an amazing few months so far with our four interns!

    Camp: Thankful for our friends in church and community here. It's so good to be able to be real and be sharpened by these relationships...and for pi. (We celebrated Pi day at our Wednesday lunch gathering!)

    Coopers: "Thankful for daughters who are old enough to cook supper, and being able to go out without paying a babysitter! Also these spring days: daffodils and snowdrops and warm sunshine!" - Lyn

    Broughtons: "Corn and eggs!!" -Sarah "That is: we're excited that Ezra has been eating corn and eggs safely!" -Derek

    Chanda: "We're so thankful for full time work as we navigate the strains of building a house!"

    Lauren: "Feeling very grateful for spring days and sunshine and working on my house creating a cozy and inviting environment!"

    Allison: "I'm thankful for this family here and that I don't have to carry my burdens by myself."

  • Week of March 4, 2018

    Pictured: I asked for a High 5 and all I got was this sticky note. Thanks a lot, Derek! ;) 

    Camp: We're thankful for sunny days, community, all the kids who have started registering for camp, and people who invest in what we do with their time, prayers, and finances!

    Coopers: "Thankful for my 3 smart, beautiful daughters. They're such awesome leaders and so full of life and faith. Proud of them." -Bobby

    "Chocolate, warm blankets, wood stoves, slippers, coffee, and a lovely ocean view out my window!" - Lyn

    Broughtons: "Thankful to be parenting this line backer together. It's so good being able to tap out and knowing someone else has you covered." -Sarah

    Chanda: "I'm so grateful for the incredible first responders and health care professionals we have on this island. Yesterday I watched a traumatic event happen outside my place of work and the selflessness of these workers was incredible. Hold the ones you love close."

    Lauren: "I'm so thankful to have my brother here for the week and for this busy season that is teaching me to enjoy the moments and that it's okay to say no. Those are good lessons to learn!"

    Allison: "I'm thankful for grace, chocolate chip cookies, and getting to reconnect with some friends this week."

  • Week of February 18, 2018

    Pictured: Some of the kids from our Sunday church gathering were learning about the ten commandments and shared a group high 5 with their ten commandment craft in Sunday School!

    Camp: Thankful for God's reminder of His plan to restore all things unto Himself with the gospel. We're part of a beautiful grand story of transforming grace and that's so exciting!

    Coopers: "Thankful for the good visit we had with Lyn's folks this month." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I loved the chance to teach this week. It was so encouraging to see the humility our interns have; coming here to serve and learn. And their excitement for our little fellow is such a blessing." -Sarah

    "A heated house on cold winter days. A home of warmth and love to come home to each day." -Derek

    Chanda: "We're so thankful for some sunny days that have come out during this crazy weather month! And beyond grateful for power this month because we've been able to plug in a heater for the first time in four winters!"

    Lauren: "I'm thankful for such a lovely birthday weekend complete with a Family Dance here at the camp and a wonderful birthday party that my friends threw for me. It means so much to be celebrated by one's friends and I'm forever grateful for all the kindred spirits in my life!"

    Allison: "I'm thankful for the opportunity to have the interns come over to the yurt for dinner. It's so fun to have a little space to have people come over!"

  • Week of February 11, 2018

    Pictured: Lauren and Chanda give each other a high 5 in the snow! We don't often get snow on Pender so when we do it's a momentous occasion!

    Camp: So thankful to have Ken Lea here to help us work on projects and keep things maintained. Ken has been a part of Hope Bay longer than all of us, and we're always so grateful when he comes to stay

    Coopers: "I'm thankful for my daughters who really shine their lights so brightly. Thankful to celebrate Nadia's 10th birthday this past week! She's a gift!" -Lyn

    "Thankful for the sun peeking out over the last few days and for my wife Lyn, being my Valentine 16 times now!" -Bobby

    Broughtons: "We're thankful for all our old Echo Lake connections. It was neat to have Elizabeth here last weekend, and it's always great to have memories and laughs with Allison each day. And we regularly talk about how thankful we are for her wisdom, humility, and investment here." -Derek

    Chanda: "I'm so thankful for a successful Valentine's concert. We really felt like it was a way to serve our community and lift people's spirits after such a dark winter. And there were so many conversations that came out of the concert about love and purpose! It's incredible!"

    Lauren: "I'm thankful for the reminder to stay present in each moment of life. Life is a gift!"

    Allison: "I'm thankful for church, pancakes, and sunshine."

  • Week of February 4, 2018

    Pictured: Two of our interns, Emmy and Ciara, share a high 5 on one of the beautiful sunny days we've had recently! 

    Camp: We're thankful for the sun, and for each other! 

    Coopers: "I'm thankful for flush toilets. Rubber boots. Wool socks. Compressors. Tie straps. Well pumps. 12000 gallon water tanks. Physics. Chimneys. Thumbs. Toques. And chinese checkers. Oh, and sushi." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I'm interested to hear the connection between all of those! I'm thankful for sunshine through the day, and that the days are lasting a bit longer! It's nice to come home from work in the daylight, even if the commute is only a thirty second walk. :)" -Derek

    "I'm thankful for Spring? Am I allowed to say that?" -Sarah

    Chanda: "I'm thankful for Lauren. Who always remembers to do the High 5 and is basically a rockstar juggling so many things!! <3"

    Lauren: "Thanks Chanda! :) I'm so thankful for a week long visit from my dad and for time to spend together and projects to work on. Family is such a gift!"

    Allison: "This week I'm thankful for the awesome echo spot in ma yurt! (#yurtlife) I'm also thankful to be working with and learning from people who are so clearly focused on surrendering to Jesus and inviting people to be more like Him."

  • Week of January 28, 2018

    Pictured: Our four fearless interns share a high 5 while attending the BC Camping Conference this week!

    Camp: Coming back to the BC Camping conference feels a bit like coming home. So many good people here to reconnect with, and share lights and struggles.

    Coopers: "Friends..." -Lyn

    Broughtons: "The chance to visit with family. So good to be with people who really know and love you well." -Sarah

    Chanda: "I'm so thankful for such an encouraging island. It is so encouraging to have people care enough to come out to shows and support independent artists!"

    Lauren: "Thankful for a covered vehicle on these rainy days (instead of a scooter!) and for the moments when the sun comes out to bring a bit of warmth and the hint of spring."

    Allison: "I'm thankful for really good talks with really good friends."

  • Week of January 14, 2018

    Pictured: Bob and Elizabeth give a fishy high-five. After delivering sixteen thousand chum eggs to the Hope Bay stream on our property, they are hoping to see a return from a few mature salmon some day.

    Camp: We're so grateful for a wonderful start to the internship. It's amazing to see the fruit of many months of labour start to blossom in deep relationship and learning opportunities with our students.

    Coopers: "Thankful for these interns and their passion and excitement to be here on Pender and growing in their faith and walk with Jesus. So great to walk with them on this new journey!" -Bobby

    Broughtons: "Thanks, God, for how you've been directing the start to this internship! So many good conversations and good insight has been coming. I'm excited to see how Your Word is impacting each of us powerfully, and I anticipate such good things for these students and each of us as we walk with You on this journey!" -Derek

    Chanda: "I'm so thankful that the sun decided to peek out yesterday! That was a much needed literal 'ray of sunshine' in the midst of all the 'Januaries'!" - Chanda

    Lauren: "I'm thankful to be able to go grocery shopping, get gas, or do errands of any sort and always run into friends and neighbours. I love this community and I'm ever grateful to be a part of it!"

    Allison: "I'm thankful for God's presence in every moment. I'm also thankful for the interns and their eagerness to learn and serve. It's gonna be a rad time!"

  • Week of January 7, 2017

    Pictured: Our camp staff got together for a meeting and belated Christmas party the other day at Lauren's house! It's always great to talk about our vision for the year and do wacky Christmas exchanges together! And a huge welcome to Allison who has joined us to be leading the Internship this year.

    Camp: We're so thankful to have Allison on staff, and all the great conversations, community, and forward-thinking she's bringing to this place, not to mention all the practical work she's been getting done in preparation for our internship students arriving this weekend.

    Coopers: "I'm thankful for warm weather and being able to see the sea every day. Such a gift. Also thankful for Lyn's yummy soups and biscuits. :) And for my special three 'little women' that keep life adventurous and full of wonder." - Bobby

    Broughtons: "Rubber boots, mud puddles, and lots of baths!!" - Ezra

    Bosches: "I'm so thankful that we had a warm place with warm bath to housesit while fighting a horrible lung infectious cold. And now that we're back in our cabin the power is all hooked up so we can plug in a heater!" - Chanda

    Lauren: "I'm grateful for a restful holiday season that I got to spend with my family, enjoying quality time and a break from routine. Also thankful for this upcoming year full of potential and new beginnings!" - Lauren

    Allison: "I'm so thankful to be here and to feel so welcomed by this community. I'm so excited for the interns to come and I'm beyond blessed that I can be a part of something that I am so passionate about. I'm also thankful for how bright the stars are here! They're a beautiful reminder of God's bigness and care." - Allison

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!