Friday, October 20, 2017

Autumn in Canada

Enjoying the beautiful October colours 
on the road to Truro, Nova Scotia.
After our big weekend in Moncton, we travelled to Saint John where we connected with friends and spoke at gatherings hosted by Lancaster and RiverCross Baptist Churches. We are so thankful to pastors Wayne Murphy, Rob Nylen, and John Knight, who are leading their churches to participate in God's mission in their community and around the world.

We are so impressed with how multi-cultural the Canadian Baptist of Atlantic Canada are becoming. In churches that we have been with from Charlottetown to Saint John have met people who have immigrated from across Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. In particular, we have been delighted to talk with people who come from some of the communities where we work in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Erica with Pastor Wayne Murphy and Women's 
Groups in Saint John, New Brunswick
Across Atlantic Canada, women's groups continue to be a vital part of local and global missions. We are so grateful for the members of the Hillcrest and Lancaster women's missionary societies that shared a wonderful afternoon with us in Saint John. These groups are helping their churches and communities to live generously in the compassionate way of Jesus.

Visiting with our friends Andrew and Kelly Myers
We are also thankful for the dear friends that have taken time to connect with us on our great Canadian road trip. Some of these friends have become family to us over our years of ministry. It has been such a gift to have an Autumn in Canada.

Great to see Jessie and Aaron at Hillside Baptist
in Moncton, New Brunswick
Wonderful to see friends in Saint John
This weekend, we are in Truro, Nova Scotia, to speak with the Colchester Pictou Association meeting and with congregations in Brookfield, New Glasgow, and Kentville. We are looking forward to seeing Tristan next week.



Monday, October 16, 2017

Moncton, New Brunswick

Great to see Bronwyn and Caleb Bustin, and Jane Weiler 
at Hillside Baptist, Moncton, New Brunswick.

It was a big weekend in Moncton as we shared with our friends at the Gunningsville and Hillside Baptist Churches during five different weekend events. It was also a gift to be near family and friends living in the Moncton area. 

Thanks to the gift of Facetime, we have been keeping in touch with both Tristan and Emma. They are doing well during this season of school mid-terms. 


Erica with the Taylors at Hillside

Pastor Jerry Reddy, lead pastor at Hillside

The over-40s take on the under-40s in a Tug of War

On Friday night, Aaron spoke at the Band of Brothers men's ministry of Hillside Baptist Church. It was a fun evening as 120 men from the church and community shared supper and fellowship together. Aaron challenged the group to be a voice for the voiceless and to stand in solidarity with the marginalized in their community and around the world.

Malcolm Card sharing about the power of having a community of hope, 
during the Friday night Band of Brothers, men's group.

Erica with Patty Card, who organized the Saturday night "Girl's Night Out" where Erica shared about the incredible impact of the self-help group program in Kenya.

So great to see our friend Rachel O'Brien

Our niece Emry packed her bag, grabbed her snake, and was ready to leave 
with us for the next leg of home assignment

We are now in Saint John, New Brunswick, and will be speaking at Lancaster and RiverCross Baptist Churches on Tuesday, October 17, before we travel to Nova Scotia. 

Thank you so much for keeping us and the ministries of CBM in prayer.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Have you visited the 323 Collective, yet?

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Erica and Ava wearing some of the beautiful treasures from the Collective

The New Hopeful Gifts of Change
Christmas Catalogue is here!

Take a look and find some incredible gifts that you can give this Christmas that will bring transformation in the lives of people who need some hope this year! You can visit the online version at hopefulgifts.ca

October 2017


A wonderful Thanksgiving Sunday with our family on
Prince Edward Island

This past weekend, we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with our family in Brackley, PEI. It was a beautiful few days of enjoying the gorgeous Fall colours of the season. We also appreciated the warm welcome we received at First Baptist Church, Charlottetown, where we shared during the two Sunday morning services.

We were thrilled to hear that our friends Kim and Bryan Burr prepared a "Canadian Thanksgiving" for our daughter, Emma, who has been studying in Nairobi this Fall. We are so grateful for such amazing friends and for the great semester that Emma has been having at Rosslyn Academy.
After being away in Ontario for almost a month, it was also great to reconnect with Tristan who travelled by bus from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to join us for the long holiday weekend.
Aaron and TK on PEI
Erica and TK picking out fall gords for his dorm room
Maria, Tristan, and Gabby
Tristan did not come alone. We were thrilled to have two other Rosslyn Academy grads join us for their first Canadian Thanksgiving. Maria and Gabby are both doing very well at Acadia. It was fun to show them around some of our favourite parts of the Island.
Cecile and Ava
Ava had a blast hanging out with all of her cousins. We have lots of October birthdays in our family, and so we had a party for Penelope, Ava, and Montgomery. 
Grammie and Tristan throwing in this winter's firewood
Another Autumn tradition in the Kenny household is "putting in the wood." We were glad to be home to help Grampy and Grammie to pack their winter firewood into the basement.
Twenty-five around our Big Thanksgiving Table
at Grampy and Grammie Kenny's house
Walking this afternoon with Cooper
We are back in New Brunswick this week with family and friends in Riverview, Moncton, and Sussex. We will be speaking at gatherings at Hillside Baptist, Gunningsville Baptist, Lancaster Baptist, and RiverCross Church over the next few days. You can see our October schedule Here.