“When Unexpected Challenge Meets God’s Graciousness”

As our team has begun to adjust to the Yukon lifestyle, we have witnessed much of God’s goodness through being here. Yet, along the way, we have also encountered some difficulties as the pace of ministry quickens. Between visiting the Catholic high school in Whitehorse 3 times a week, facilitating multiple retreats for different grades in the school, and organizing a night of adoration and praise and worship for one of our youth nights, our schedule has been packed. This has been overwhelming for the team. On top of this, many team members have encountered some injuries and illnesses (not covid, thankfully). More recently, the provincial government declared a state of emergency due to an influx of Covid cases, temporarily shutting down some aspects of our ministry. But even amidst the difficulty within these situations, God has continued to bring forth many blessings for which we are very grateful.

Many of these blessings were evident during the final parts of one of our retreats for the grade 12 and grade 8 students at the school. On both retreats, many students began the day seeming disengaged in the retreat. However, over the course of the time we spent with them, a lot of the youth became more receptive to what we were sharing with them. After we had an opportunity to pray with each student, many of them wanted to commit their lives to Christ that day! Praise God!

God showed us His greatness once again on a late night venture to see the northern lights. While our team supervisor was in town, we gathered together and drove out to a viewing point where we witnessed a spectacular display of the Borealis stretching from horizon to horizon. Hues of green and purple danced in the sky through the night until dawn. Many of the locals stated that they had never seen such a marvelous display in all the time they had lived in Whitehorse.

Although it has not been the easiest at times, God continues to show His graciousness to us and the community by bringing goodness out of this ministry. We know the road ahead will have some bumps as well, but we can trust that God will always see us through to the end by walking with us and gracing us with unexpected blessings.

Thank you for accompanying us on this journey. As a team, we challenge you to persevere in any difficulties you may be facing, trusting that God will show you His graciousness in your doing so. We also ask that you continue to pray for us as we do the same for you. May God bless you with His peace and joy.

Saints Vincent de Paul and Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!

Written by Michael Stupecki

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