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                  40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION    POSTPONED!

"O MAGNIFY THE LORD WITH ME, LET US EXALT HIS NAME TOGETHER" Psalm 34:3






A copy of our most recent newsletter, as well as archived newsletters, can be found here.


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all
liberally and without reproach and
it will be given him. James 1:5
February 2020
Our dear friends,
Although we still have 14-16 inches of snow pack here, the morning sun is rising earlier with
promises of brighter days ahead. We are all looking forward to spring. We also look to the Lord
each new day for strength and guidance. At our Christmas celebrations we focused on the gift of
divine wisdom which came to us in our Lord Jesus. In Isaiah 11:1-2 we read “the Spirit of the
Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and
might...” This we need more than ever in an age of so much deception and chaos. We find this
wisdom on the way of truth which is revealed to us in the Word of God. In Colossians Paul prays
that the Christians in Laodicea may “reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and
the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge.”
Concerned and praying for our country and its leaders, we trust that the Lord is sovereign over all
the disturbing news stories. May our leaders also have wisdom and discernment as they seek a
way forward in resolving the issues that have caused such conflicts over these last weeks.
As reported by the National House of Prayer www.nhop.ca our Christian faith is under attack.
Please pray that freedom of speech and religious freedom would be protected in Canada.
Recently we received an order for 20 copies of the booklet “Cross in the Crossfire.” This
message written by Sister Joela is very appropriate for the developments we see now in our
country.
Mother Basilea wrote many years ago her spiritual legacy book “Sown in Weakness, Raised in
Glory.” The chapter “Our Attitude Towards Natural Disasters” brings to light God’s clarion call
in such times as many are experiencing. Our sister house in Australia has just come through a
very trying time of natural disasters. Although the fires were turned away from the branch by the
brave firefighters so many in their country are still suffering the trauma and after effects. Their
February newsletter echoes this message and you can find it at www.marysisters.org.au
Whether it is the catastrophic bushfires in Australia, the New Zealand volcanic eruption and now
the Coronavirus which has been declared a global emergency, in times of distress and pain, even
tragedy,
There is Someone whose heart breaks with yours, the heart of God your Creator.
He is not a distant, far-away God, who doesn’t care. He is loving and
compassionate, and He cares about each one of us, yes, you too. Words can never
truly express how much God loves us. This is what gives us hope and security
when everything seems to be falling apart.
Jesus invites us to come to Him, and He will give us rest and support. He will
refresh our souls. We can say with the Psalmist, ‘My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever’ (Psalm 73:26 RSV).
Then suffering loses its power over us.
Satan, who tries to make us rebellious and to turn us against God in such
situations, is forced to give way. Our experience will be that even if we lose
everything else we can never lose God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
Having Jesus in our hearts is the greatest treasure there is, and no disaster or
tragedy can rob us of Him. If we have Him, we have all we need, for He has the
power to rescue us from our plight or to help us in it.
Adapted from When Disaster Strikes
We are enclosing a literature order form for some of the items which may be a help for us or to
share with others as we navigate these turbulent times.
This year marks the 40th anniversary (1980-2020) of the Canaan ministry in Canada. The first
sisters arrived in New Brunswick in January of 1980 and another group of us to Edmonton in
June of that same year. Looking back over the time it is amazing all that God has accomplished.
When we first arrived none of us had any idea how the work would develop and progress. We
truly want to bring Him all the praise and glory. Sister Verita will be joining us for this special
day. She spent many years working at the branch in Tracy and has until last year been one of the
leaders of our Sisterhood in Germany. She is now stationed with Sister Charis at our branch in
Ein Kerem, Israel.

This anniversary  unfortunately cannot be celebrated at this time due to COVID19.


For those living closer to the branch in Millet an Easter Sunday morning there is a “Sonrise”
service at 6:15 am with a shared fellowship breakfast afterwards. This service is sponsored by the
local ministerial association. Later during the warmer months you can, alone or with a group,
take advantage of a lovely walk on the grounds and a quiet time in the Prayer Garden. We also
invite you to join us here for a time of fellowship.

May our Lord continue to keep your hearts and lives in His peace that passes all understanding.
Your in His fellowship, the Sisters of Mary

Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, RR #1, Millet, AB T0C 1Z0 ph.780-352-4880 canaan@xplornet.com