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 January 19, 2020

     Pictured: Derek high fives an arbutus! Some friends of camp had an arbutus tree fall in a windstorm and we're turning it into sweeet merch for Missions Fest and beyond!  

    Camp: Thankful for all the logistics coming together for the coming months. We'll be doing seven promotional events in the next two months. Thanks God, for this opportunity to share the story of what you're doing here on Pender Island!

    Broughtons: "I’m thankful for the snow that we got to enjoy as a team and as a family this past week. But also, I’m thankful that the snow is gone and we now get to enjoy the green grass and more temperate weather. Also super stoked that Luke is here. It’s going to be a good year!!!!" -Derek

    Lockharts: "Awesome medical procedures available in this country and for how well I’m recovering. Clearly I’ve been covered by prayer. I’m all so very thankful for Bobby Cooper and for all he has done for the camp and for me and our friendship which has developed over this past year. I’m also thankful for my new and present team, and look forward to the year ahead."    -Randy

    "I am thankful for my funny husband" -Diane

    Allison:  "I'm thankful Ray and Judy Neil. I've had the opportunity to visit with Ray recently and hear about his work he used to do here at Hope Bay. Judy is faithful to pray for Hope Bay consistently and is such an encouragement to me, and everyone at camp. So thankful for these faithful, loving people as examples for me."

  • Week of January 12, 2020

     Pictured:   Welcome back Ken, and welcome here Luke! It's great to have Ken Lea back from his trip away for Christmas and great to have Luke here for the internship!

    Camp: Thankful for a busy start to the new year with the internship, getting ready for missionsfest and the Februareuion! We're thankful that Luke is here and so so excited for the gifts and skills he brings to the team. 

    Coopers:  "Great ecumenical service Sunday. Thankful for a snow ball fight last night in my tee shirt with my teenage girls. And great to have pancake supper with the Fehr’s." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "Lately I've had some food for thought on God's faithfulness. Often I think, yes I know God is good, but I bet it won't feel good in the moment. But God says, just trust me, withhold your judgment and see how good I am. Then I'm ready to be looking for his goodness in any moment that feels difficult.

    Ezra says "just trust me" too, before he Dutch ovens you." - Sarah

    "I’m thankful for the opportunity to soak in God’s word at a Bible course this past week. Really cool to get to connect with the folks at Miller and Sunnybrae: to experience the hospitality and kindness and to dwell on what God wants to say to me through His word."    -Derek

    Lockharts: "I am thankful that spring is just around the corner lol 😆" -Diane

    Allison"I'm thankful for Divine Mercy." 

  • Week of December 29, 2019

    Pictured: More of a Blue Christmas than a White Christmas, but we won't complain! 

    Camp: We're thankful for the Christmas season, for friends and family, and getting to celebrate God with us with our community on Pender!

    Coopers: "Thankful for having a little shed/workbench taking shape in the backyard And thankful for nice moments by the fire with all my ‘little women’. It’s been a very busy Christmas, but also so many moments of peace in between which are a great balance and so special." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I’m grateful for a few days off to enjoy this season with my family, time spent with Sarah’s side of the family, and fast internet in Vancouver to have a proper call with loved ones in Israel!" -Derek

    Lockharts: "You [Allison]!!!!! This wonderful season of remembering who came to earth to redeem us. Family and friends Our new Pender family who have loved us so much." -Randy

    Allison: "I'm thankful for the new decade and all the excitement and potential that it has. It's so fun to think about." 

  • Week of December 8, 2019

    Pictured: Randy and Derek share a high five! We're so happy Randy is back after his hip surgery and recovering nicely! 

    Camp:  Thankful for a great board meeting last Wednesday. It is so good to have so much wisdom and experience on our board and we are so thankful for each of them and their unique gifts. 

    Coopers: "Thankful for the music on the Island and chance to see my kids singing and fiddling. Enjoying the Christmas festivities on pender. Also grateful for supporters who have walked with us for the last four years. Thankful for faithful people in our lives who are such an example of grace." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "For the way Naomi says hi to herself when she looks in the mirror :D ! Also thankful for Ezra's interpretations of Christmas carols. "Hockey the herald angels" "Long lay the world in sin and error pine cones" "In egg shells day oh" "We love you deer Jesus and ask you to stay"" -Sarah

    "I’m grateful for the generosity that we get to see at Christmastime—from the community of this island as well as from individuals. It’s a good reminder of Who this all points to!" -Derek

    Lockharts:  "I’m so grateful to be back among my Pender family and wonderful staff at camp. I’m thankful for the blessing of a beautiful caring wife to care for me during my recovery I’m also grateful for the medical system we have in this country" -Randy

    Allison: "Thankful that God put me in this community and for the way they take care of me. Thanks, Pender family, you are a miracle." 

  • Week of December 1, 2019

    Pictured: A little throw back from the summer.

    Camp: Thankful for good vision and great discussions with our staff this week. Also so thankful Randy was able to get his hip replacement this week! 

    Coopers: "Decorating my house for Christmas!" -Lyn

    "I love the Christmas season. It’s my favourite time of year and just a blessing to have family and friends around as it seeps in..." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I’m thankful for all of the interest that Ezra is showing in the Christmas story, and the good questions he’s asking that make me think deeply as I try to answer them at a three-year-old level. God wrote a really good story, and it’s so cool to see the intricacies come to life!" -Derek

    Lockharts: "I am thankful for Randy getting a new hip replacement! The prefect timing of God’s provision in all of the details! I am also thankful for the wonderful Christmas dinner we were able to attend at our church ⛪️ in Squamish yesterday on the 2nd week of advent. I so love the Christmas season because we are constantly talking about Jesus 💖" - Diane

    "I’m thankful for the medical system for my beautiful wife and all her help and love ❤️. I’m thankful for the Christmas season especially the reason for the season" -Randy

    Allison: "I’m thankful fires and coffee (and that wet winters don't last forever). "

  • Week of November 24, 2019

    Pictured: Allison and Diane High Five for Christmas! They had such a great time decorating the dining hall with Sue this week! 

    Camp: We're thankful for the start of a wonderful Christmas season! 

    Coopers: "Wood stove. Vehicles that run. Great team of people. Solid church community growing together. Lovely home filled with lovely ladies who (it would seem) still love the only man in the house (other than Ringo, who has my back when he’s not sleeping)." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I’m thankful for crisp wintery days that remind me I’m still in Canada, and for a big ol’ care package for our kids from the grandparents!" -Derek

    Lockharts: "I’m thankful for all the amazing ladies we have here at our camp who can decorate our dining hall so beautifully for Christmas. I’m also very grateful for our healthcare system in British Columbia" -Randy

    "I am thankful for family and friends and a lovely day of decorating the church for Christmas 🎄 Jesus is the reason for the season 💝"-Diane

    Allison: "I'm thankful for friends that listen to the Holy Spirit, solo adventures, and the color pink!" 

  • Week of November 17, 2019

    Pictured: Naomi and Mickey give a high five! 

    Camp: ! 

    Coopers: "I’m thankful for our great team here st Hope Bay who are so willing to serve Jesus and trust him for strength and joy as we serve our Island together. Also thankful for the Christmas season starting to emerge. Super fun!." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I’m grateful for how much our kids adore each other, and the time I get to spend with them.  It’s so fun to watch their personalities and enjoy their stages." -Derek

    "And I'm thankful that Mickey and Naomi are friends. She's the first person I've ever seen him be patient with!" -Sarah

    Lockharts: "I’m thankful for the future and Gods great promises." -Randy

    "I’m thankful for getting to live on this beautiful island and sunshine." -Diane

    Allison: "I'm so soo thankful that I can connect with summer volunteers in the not-summer seasons on Pender. It's so beautiful to get together and share our hearts and check in with how everyone is doing. I still can't believe I get to do this as my job!" 

  • Week of November 10, 2019

    Pictured: Our team (except Derek who stayed home to hold down the fort) headed to Manitoba for the One Hope Canada Equip Conference for new missionaries!

    Camp: We're so thankful for such a wonderful team here at Hope Bay and nationally, for alumni who come visit (thanks Amanda and Jono!). We're also thankful who have given their lives for our freedom in this country; may we never forget them. 

    Coopers: "Thankful for our team. For my girls’ joy and humour and bravery. Thankful that God has been so faithful and his mercies are new every morning...we can trust him." -Bobby

    Broughtons: "I’m grateful for a warm wood stove on cold mornings, for a wife is so good to me and in tune with what our kids need, and for this special place on earth where we get to see eagles, herons, geese, deer, otters, crabs, and jellyfish up close--essentially in our backyard.  What a cool gift of nature.."- Derek

    Lockharts: "I’m thankful for my wonderful staff that I get the pleasure to work with and the opportunity to spread Gods love to those in our community. I’m thankful for God bringing me to Pender Island" -Randy

    "I am thankful for family, community and church on the beautiful island of Pender and I am thankful for rain ☔️ instead of snow ❄️ lol" -Diane

    Allison: "I'm so thankful for people who live by faith. So many times this week I've seen people listening to God in their lives and going out of their way to bless me or others whether it be giving a random ride to strangers to the airport (thanks, Al!) or being a really good soundboard (love you Chanda!). It is amazing how God knows exactly what I need and provides for that."

  • Week of June 3, 2019

    Pictured: Derek and Abby share a powerhouse high-five! We're so thankful that Abby is here early helping us with all the preparations before camp starts! What a gift! 

    Camp: "Thankful for a great hope bay team. Thankful for people that stepped up to volunteer this summer and make camp possible, without the sponsors, cooks, cabin leaders, programmers, speakers, prayer warriors, and the support people all around, all this would not is a testament to energized love in action!!" 

    Coopers: "Thankful for all my adventurous girls!" -Bobby

    Broughtons: "This week, we're thankful for Ciara. She has been such a blessing in our lives and we'll be sad to see her go, but excited for what God brings her next." -Sarah

    Lockharts: "I am thankful for Dan cutting the beautiful pieces of cedar for us that are in the shop. I am also thankful for local doctors and wonderful accessible medical services and contact lenses to see God's beautiful creation better." -Diane

    "I’m thankful for the beautiful weather and a wonderful family staff that God has given me. Also thankful for the opportunity to gather as a group of men on Tuesday night." -Randy

    Allison: "I'm thankful for tie-dye, niiiiice weather, that camp is in only 18 days, for the Hope Bay Family, for people carrying me through prayer."

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!