Message from Father Bob


January 5, 2017

Dear friend and benefactor,

First and foremost, I wish each and every one of you a joyful and blessed New Year. I also want to thank you for the generous support you continue to give to Lift Jesus Higher. That support has enabled us to continue in our mission for twenty years! It seems hardly possible that we have managed to achieve such longevity. Most of it has seemed like a wild whitewater raft ride, and we have wondered at times whether we will still be around much longer. But God has continued to remind me that he is in charge of the ship (or raft!) and as an octogenarian friend of mine keeps saying “The Lord keeps me going!!.” The Lord has kept us going and here we are, looking forward to celebrating our twentieth year of existence. We are busy arranging special events to mark this milestone, and will soon publish a list of activities to spread throughout the year. But alongside this, our regular schedule of Sunday and Wednesday Masses, Oasis prayer meetings, and bible studies and War Room meetings continue to punctuate our week.

Next month, we will be embarking on our eleventh straight Peru mission. We usually do these in July, but due to severe illness to our organizer, Maria Palomino, we had to postpone going to Peru last summer. However, praise God, Maria has now fully recovered, and so from February 13th – 25th, a team of seven of us will be once more going out to Peru to bring the love of Jesus , along with suitcases packed with shoes, clothes, toys, toiletries, educational material, etc. to the three projects we have taken responsibility for : a shanty community in the heart of Lima; another one in Huanuco, in the Andes, and one up in the mountains several hours outside Lima, in a place called Huangascar. We are planning on holding children and youth camps for the three communities during our mission trip, plus looking at some land Maria owns, where we have plans to build a mission base for future trips.

Since our inception, Lift Jesus Higher has always seen itself as called by God to build bridges with other Christian churches and communities, and this is now part of our overall mission, vision and values. This led us to host two big conferences in past years, called Fire and Fusion, which has spawned several “revival” meetings in the last year and a half, plus monthly gatherings of pastors and leaders from different churches for fellowship, intercession and praise and worship, intended to build relationships between us. I am pleased to see that Pope Francis has led the way in this, by calling together leaders from various Pentecostal, charismatic and evangelical churches for a series of meetings in the last couple of years, with his vision of helping build a “reconciled diversity. It makes us feel we are “on track” with what God wants to do, to unite the Body of Christ, and we are grateful to be a small part of that.

At the same time, we also are focusing on reaching out to our Catholic community in the diocese of Ottawa. Members of Lift Jesus Higher have been very active in helping me as pastor of St Philips and St Clare’s parishes, to facilitate Life in the Spirit seminars, prayer group meetings and bible studies. It is a case of freely giving what we have ourselves freely received.

None of this would be possible without your continued generosity for which, once more, I thank you, and assure you of our continued prayer for you and your family. Here’s to the next 20 years!!

Fr Bob Poole

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