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 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 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."

  • Week of June 11, 2018

    Pictured: Ezra gives the ferry hand a high five! 

    Camp: Thankful that Rachel is back with us helping us with all the program details. We're looking forward to having her here for the summer as program assistant!

    Coopers: "Family...getting to connect with my beautiful nieces and nephews, parents and siblings in Alberta. Thankful for their faithfulness. ALL of them are following the Lord (and there's 16 grandchildren!). I'm so thankful my kids get to have these amazing friend-cousins who inspire them to live lovely lives, and for my parents who pray faithfully for all of us." -Bobby and Lyn

    Broughtons: "I'm thankful for a life well-lived by my 102-year old Grandpa, who was a legacy of faith and faithfulness. He passed away this week, and I'm so thankful that we get to travel back as a family to celebrate his life. And this is only possible because of the awesome team at Hope Bay who are able to cover my absence. So many blessings in this time of grieving." -Derek

    Chanda: "We are just so grateful for a mild start to June. We've been able to run the machinery we need to wrap up a few major projects! But we're even more thankful for the glorious summer sun, homemade rose flower ice cream and the energy in the air!" 

    Lauren: "I’m thankful for an amazing trip down the Oregon coast with my mom. We had so many good chats and enjoyed some awesome adventures together. I’m grateful to have her as a mom and also a friend."

    Allison: "I'm thankful that Rachel is here! She brings so much joy and life to this team :)"

  • Week of June 4, 2018

    Pictured: Derek and Reuben give each other a fencing high five! En garde! 

    Camp: We're so grateful for the new mowers that were recently donated to the camp. They came at just the right time. It's amazing to see how God provides!  

    Coopers: "So grateful for our new home and all the help with moving!!!" -Lyn

    "I love whenever I can wear wool socks and birkenstocks. But more importantly I’m sooooo thankful for all the help moving into our new house! Grateful for the cleaning, hauling, and packing help we had. It’s so great to have more room!" -Bobby

    Broughtons: "We're thankful for supporters and friends. As we get the chance to connect with kids at Richmond Christian School this week, we also get to connect with Jerry and Renee Ritskes briefly as well. They're so lovely and hospitable! And for supporters who just nonchalantly drop finances our way without any pretence. God is good! Ezra is thankful for flower petals that feel 'zzhhoft!' :) " -Derek

    Chanda: "We are just so grateful for those in our community that take care of people in need. People with disabilities. People with illnesses and people house bound. Pender lost a woman suddenly last week who has quietly served in our community for decades in this capacity and the ripples are endless!"

    Lauren: "I’m thankful to have a roommate for the summer, and for divinely appointed conversations that feed the soul."

    Allison: "I'm thankful that my friend from Bible college, Natasha could visit me last weekend. It was a short time, but so refreshing and encouraging!"

  • Week of May 13, 2018

    Pictured: Katie and Ray share a high five by the fire pit. We're so excited to have them serve with us this summer doing facilities and cooking! 

    Camp: We're thankful that Ray and Katie Chamberlain are here joining us for the summer! Ray will be doing the facilities and maintenance around camp and Katie will be filling the role of head cook. Welcome Chamberlains!

    Coopers: "I’ve been reminded that God’s eternal nature means his promises flow from who he is. He is everlasting and faithful. Trustworthy in the midst of our trusting." -Bobby

    "~The "living" quality of God's word...there is always something new even in verses I have read a hundred times. 

    ~Peace. That God's Spirit brings peace even in the midst of chaos and busyness. He IS our peace, and dwells in us, so peace is always available." -Lyn

    Broughtons: "I'm thankful for the relationships that God has put in my life. My parents, my wife, and my child. This week weve been teaching on Godly relationships, and it's been a delightful reminder of the great joy and responsibility that I have to maintain them well. I'm blessed by my family--near and far.." -Derek

    Chanda: "We’re so grateful for the beauty that is all around us. The energy in the air is palpable and much needed to keep us going on our crazy house build!"

    Lauren: "Thankful for the way God writes our stories and for opportunity to share the truths he has been teaching me."

    Allison: "I'm so thankful that my friends Ray and Katie are here for the summer! It's so great to be doing ministry with such good friends."

  • Week of May 28, 2018

    Pictured: Ciara and Sarah give the new tetherball a couple of high fives!

    Camp: Thankful for some of the summer volunteers who will be joining the team in July! It's exciting to see how God provides the workers each year. (We still need several more, and would be grateful for further connections). 

    Coopers: "The beautiful gift of Jesus, bringing hope and life." -Lyn

    "Coastal beauty. Kind community. Almighty and loving God." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I'm really grateful for the good news of Jesus! I'm so glad that it's good news; not good advice, and my Saviour chooses to call me into following Him. It seems that whatever topic I get to teach on in the week, it is always such a refreshing reminder of the truth to ME!" -Derek

    Chanda: "We are just so grateful for our little church community. Summer potlucks at the beach and cliff jumping and paddle boarding and enjoying these friendships filled our hearts to the brim this week!!"

    Lauren: "Thankful for changing plans and unexpected times of rest, and also for the reminder to be still, even in the busy seasons."

    Allison: "I'm thankful that Jesus always takes care of us."

Prayer Needs

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

Like us on Facebook, where we'll post urgent prayer requests.

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!