September 2018

During a recent vacation on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Marjorie and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Esperanza Youth Camp, a unique community that has been serving First Nations children and youth for decades. We had been invited by the camp leaders back in June when I met them at a conference. When Marjorie and I arrived in this remote water-access-only location, we were welcomed into a community where people had known each other for many years. Many of the First Nations youth shared about how they had been coming to Esperanza camps since they were young children. Many of the staff either grew up at the camp or were campers themselves. In this supportive community, faith decisions were made and strengthened. During our meals together, we shared our stories and encouraged one another. Also visiting the camp were 87-year-old twin sisters, one of whom had lived at Esperanza as the onsite doctor for three years back in the 60s when the site was a medical outreach ministry to First Nations fishermen and longshoremen. We realized Esperanza has been a place of refuge and healing for almost 100 years on the remote west coast of Canada. Esperanza means “hope” in Spanish, and my hope for reconciliation, healing and renewal in this land was strengthened during our visit there.

As we returned home, I shared our experience of Esperanza with our Cree neighbor who has worked her whole life for healing among her people. Our prayer is that our home would be a place of Esperanza in our community and that our table would be open to whoever the Lord brings to us. Living on mission where we are prepares us for the remote places our God of Esperanza will take us. Where did God take you this summer? I’m interested in hearing about your stories of living on mission. Esperanza is meant to be shared!

Randy Friesen
General Director

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for our missionaries, who are daily bringing the hope of Christ into the darkest and most unreached places.
  • Pray for our team as we enter a full season of ministry - that we would be sustained and led by the Holy Spirit.
  • Continue to ask Jesus how you can live on mission today, and how we can make our homes and churches places of Esperanza.
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Physical slavery is prevalent around the world; it takes many forms. Individuals and people groups are in bondage. Guest speaker, Randy Friesen has seen the amazing power of the Gospel to bring freedom to the oppressed. In our own lives, we can find ourselves enslaved – to sin and to fear. How can we be free? Knowing who we are in Christ is vital to our freedom.
January 2015 at Central Heights Church, Abbotsford, BC Play Button PLAY SERMON