Canada

News from the Regional Synod of Canada, as published in the winter 2015 edition of RCA Today.

Grace Dyksterhuis passed on to glory on September 9, 2014. Her life story is one of faith and serving the Lord! 

The Pan American Games will be held in Toronto and the surrounding areas in July 2015. A new partnership is working to build awareness of sexual exploitation at the games. 

My name is Sandra Dancer. On January 15, 1961, I was born into a dysfunctional family. I was to be the third daughter. My mother was a factory worker. My father worked for my grandfather in the sanitation department and was a practicing alcoholic, so I was quite familiar with yelling, screaming, and violence.

In August 2009, Monarch Reformed Church celebrated its centennial anniversary. Following the celebration the congregation wanted to keep the momentum going. 

Before taking Vantage I was in the group of people who had done church for a long time. I was growing but felt it was no longer enough. There had to be more…but I didn’t know what that was or what it looked like or how to get there. My Vantage experience has been an awakening experience.

By investing two years in weekly homework, readings (Bible and other books), meetings, and talking to a mentor, my eyes were opened and so was my heart.

I traveled to Cuba in January with a team of seven women, two of whom were pastors’ wives. We went under the auspices of Missionary Ventures and spent a week with two pastors there. We spoke at three one-day conferences for the women in the area churches; one of these was for the pastors’ wives. The women spent time in worship and listened to our speakers, who were told that they were an encouragement to them. We also visited some of the poor and sick in the community, bringing food and a gift.

(UPDATED: December 22, 2015)

It began as a journey of discovery in how to become more effective in leadership.

We didn’t just go there to see what beauty these lands have to offer but to see what trials they both face for peace.