Archive for January, 2016

Dear friend and benefactor of Lift Jesus Higher

January 6, 2016

January 4, 2016

Dear friend and benefactor of Lift Jesus Higher

As I look back on the year, 2015, I am struck by the faithfulness of God. He has kept us going as a community for over 18 years. We recently had a gathering to review our history, and I am amazed at how the Lord has led us into the areas of outreach to the poor, via our annual Peru missions, and outreach to other churches, via our Fire and Fusion ministry. These have been areas highlighted also by Pope Francis, ever since he began his papal ministry.

This year was our 11th annual Peru mission. Since its tentative beginning, back in 2005, this ministry has grown to encompass three ongoing projects in different areas of Peru. We visited each area and brought along with the gospel, shoes, toys, clothes, food and toiletries. This year also we were able to bring 80 children from those different projects to a Camp of Faith and Prayer in Huanuco. They were able to enjoy teaching, ministry, fellowship and regular meals, all within a safe, inviting environment. This coming year we are hoping to bring that experience of a family camp to each of the three areas we are investing into.

When we held our first “Fire and Fusion” conference in August 2014, in an attempt to bring Catholics and Pentecostals and Evangelicals together in a closer unity, we were following through on an impulse given us by the Holy Spirit. Since then, we have branched out into monthly gatherings of pastors and leaders throughout the Ottawa area, for the purposes of praise and worship, fellowship, sharing and ministry. We believe the Spirit is bringing about unity in the Body of Christ, one relationship at a time. This led us to our second “Fire and Fusion” conference held in Ottawa this summer, which introduced us to the ministry of Fr Dimitri Sala, an American Franciscan priest who has been moving and teaching in the area of closer relationships between Catholics and Evangelicals for many years.

His break-through book,”Beyond the Stained Glass Curtain” expertly demonstrates how the teachings of the Catholic and Pentecostal and Evangelical churches on Salvation are virtually identical. We intend to maintain the “Fire and Fusion” momentum this year by continuing our regular pastors and leaders meetings, plus also holding periodic “revival nights”, the first being on Saturday 16th January at 7pm, at Peacetower church, 343 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa.

As well as the Peru mission and the Fire and Fusion initiative, Lift Jesus Higher has continued to sponsor this year the “Ancient Paths” seminars of Family Foundations International, led by Craig Hill, with sessions on “Empowering Relationships”, “Overcoming Anger” and “Biblical Principles of Finances”, which have provided tools for people to break out of their bondages in these areas. The Holy Spirit Healing Clinic, also sponsored by Lift Jesus Higher, continues to open its doors every Monday afternoon to minister healing to people’s brokenness  and each week brings fresh evidence that God is alive and well and continuing to set his people free !!

All these activities, plus our ongoing Sunday Mass and weekly Oasis prayer meeting, are only possible because of your continued prayer and financial support. I want to extend to you my deep appreciation for your generosity to the Lift Jesus Higher community and to ask that you continue to show your support of our ministry. As we move ever closer to our 20th year of existence, as a “Catholic community growing in spirit, truth and love”, I want to assure you of my continued prayers for you and your family, asking that God shower you with every joy and blessing in the year ahead.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Fr Bob Poole

Director of Lift Jesus Higher