Report – Ottawa Regional Meeting – Sept. 9th, 2017

You use steel to sharpen steel and one friend sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

We met in the sanctuary of Mount Zion Church in Ottawa at 10:30 and Dr. Mingardi welcomed everyone.

There were twenty-four of us gathered and once again we had a group of our Spanish- speaking members from Belleville join us.

After an opening prayer and an opportunity for each person present to introduce themselves and their ministry we were led in a time of anointed worship by Peter Hewer, a local worship minister. During worship a word came forth that we must see ourselves as God sees us – as sons – and exert our authority especially in these days when God is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh not just in the church but out in the world.

After our time of worship Dr. Mingardi shared that we have been working on a number of improvements that will be announced soon. He asked the members to pray for the coming meeting of the Board of Directors where ideas for addressing how ECAMFC can respond to the present needs of the church in Canada will be discussed. He encouraged all of us to persevere even if these are times of increased opposition to Christianity and Christian values because ECAMFC is well positioned for times like these..

We then divided into small groups for prayer and ministry.

We had a lovely light lunch and continued to fellowship until about 1:30. At this point everyone who could stay was invited to participate in the ordination of our newest member and very first candidate who had just graduated from Charis Bible College in Toronto, Maha Msiss.

It was a short but powerful challenge given by Dr. Mingardi that reminded us all of what the New Testament minister is and under what anointing we flow followed by the reading of appropriate scriptures. There was a time for the laying on of hands and commissioning and many words of comfort, exhortation and edification were given our sister,Maha.

We then went home greatly blessed and encouraged.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rev. George A. Desjardins