December 2020

The Little Things That Matter To Us…

The past couple of weeks had been tough and by the end of the school week, I knew I was tired and worn out. Friday morning I thought to myself, “I wish I could treat us to something different for lunch and not have to cook it.” We’d been eating the same sort of meals daily as cooking was lower on my list of priorities and to-do’s. I also found myself wishing I’d arranged a visit from a friend that day, just to brighten my day, but in my busyness and tiredness I’d forgotten to call her.

As I sat at the table reading my bible, the door bell rang. In opening the door I was so surprised to see my friend smiling and holding out lunch that the Lord had impressed on her heart to buy for me! As we chatted, I shared how my week had been and how my heart was wanting encouragement through a yummy and different meal and the company of this friend to connect with. I was amazed to see how lovingly God had asked her to meet my heart’s desires!

As if this wasn’t enough though, …. as I shared these things with my friend, I began to realize how in my tiredness, I’d come to feel overwhelmed at the thought of cooking lunches and dinners for the family. Cooking was never something I enjoyed and invariably takes me forever to do. I told myself I’d take it a meal at a time and left it at that.

The next day, Saturday, another friend, seemingly randomly, dropped off biryani for us saying she’d made it for her children and knowing how much my 6 year old enjoyed it had brought enough for us all! It ended up being a treat enough for us all for 2 meals!

God was out to show me even more clearly how mindful He is of our circumstances and our needs! Last Sunday at church, another friend graciously offered to prepare and drop off dinner for us, along with curries that took us through a good part of the week. Over the course of this past week, more friends and family provided us with enough food that I haven’t had to cook at all!

It’s been an encouragement to me to know that God knows our hearts and is very mindful of the things that concern us, even if they may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things. I’ve also been encouraged to see and know the love of friends who have shown us God’s love in tangible ways this past week! God is good!

Leilani Kunanesam
July 2020

God Still Directs Weather

I had a major film shoot for work, that we put a lot of resources (money and people) towards. We were filming at three different locations, two of them outside. The night before the shoot, the weather reports said that there would be an 80% chance of rain and we started discussing calling off the shoot. Rain and wind are the two things that make it unsafe to do drone flights.

Due to budget constraints (I wouldn’t be getting any extra budget to reschedule), canceling wasn’t an option. So I told the team that we would do the best we could given the circumstances and try to steal a moment here and there if the rain let up. So I started the pray and ask the Lord for favourable weather for when we were at the outdoor locations, so we could get all the footage we needed.

I woke up the next day and saw that it was cloudy, but could see a little sun poking through. I checked our work Slack group and saw that our flight operations team hadn’t called off the shoot because of the weather. I drove up to the first location (about an hour outside of Toronto) and prayed the whole way up. The skies were overcast, but there was a little blue. Thank you Jesus! We managed to film everything we needed at the first location and no sign of rain and very little wind for the full 2 hours that we were scheduled to be there.

As soon as we exited the driveway, the rain came down in full force. We then drove to the second location and it rained the whole time. As soon as the whole team arrived, the skies cleared up and we even got a little bit of sun.

Throughout the entire shoot, the team was astounded that the rain was held off exactly when we needed. Thank you Jesus for caring about this marketer’s request for no rain and wind, and making it easy for me to do my job.

Joanne Pires
March 2020

Blessing upon Blessing

At the end of November, due to unfortunate circumstances, I had to start looking for another automotive apprentice job.  Over Christmas no one was hiring and by February, I was feeling quite despondent.  I sent my resume out many times with no success.  One thing kept me encouraged … I knew God had not forgotten me and that His timing would be right.  I prayed for a job where the environment would be joyful, honest and encouraging.  On February 9, a pastor from Southside sent my mom a message that a family in their church who owned a Car Dealership was looking for an apprentice.  I had an interview the next day and got the job!  God has not only given me a job where everyone is friendly, honest and encouraging, He has placed me in a job where they have morning prayer meetings for the staff.  God has given me more blessings than I could have asked for.  I am grateful for His favour upon my life.

Chad Parkes
February 2020

God is our Vindicator

Approximately 5 weeks ago, I was falsely accused at work, which led to my suspension until further investigation.  I was called into work 3 weeks later to speak to my boss.  The person who accused me had a video of me and of our 2nd interaction.  My boss told me that he will be bringing me back to work and that this will not be going on my record as the video played in my favour.  Based off my written testimony that I had submitted, this proved that I wasn’t lying and proved that the person had fabricated their story.  Thank you Jesus!

Vince Viapiana
November 2019

Prayer is Powerful

In May this year I applied for a Senior Investigator position at the Ontario Securities Commission which was a perfect role for my skill-set.  I went through two vigorous interview panels only to find out in the summer that I was not going to get the position.  I was really upset as I thought this job was mine.  I trusted that God had something better for me.

Attending Freedom Session taught me a few skills, one being to sometimes put yourself first, especially when praying and talking to God.  I created a prayer list with my name on top and one of the prayers that I had secretly been praying for was the Senior Investigator position, even though it had already been given to someone else.

On Tuesday I was contacted by the HR representative and asked whether I was still interested in this position.  I said YES!

She sent me some administrative work to complete and on Friday I was offered the job!  Effective January 6, 2020 I start my new position!

Prayer is Powerful and nothing is IMPOSSIBLE with God.  Thank you for all your prayers over the last year and to God be Glorified!

Trevor Parkes
October 2019

God has Good Plans!

We would love to share a testimony for our family. We are new immigrants and arrived in Canada on September 12th.  When we came here, we didn’t have any friends, family or a job here. Our church pastor from India gave us Harry’s contact details two days before our travel.  Harry was the one who introduced us to the church, and we were delighted to see a lot of families welcoming us to be part of this home.  Being jobless and with a family in a new country, we were very stressed! But God has everything planned for us and started to bless all our needs. On the first week when we came to church,  God provided by a generous couple gifting us a car. Just after 2 weeks from landing (Sep 26) God blessed us (Murugesh) with a Permanent Job in one of the MNC companies. It doesn’t stop there!  By week three, Daisy got her job in Canada. Within 1 month of our landing we were able to get our first month salary.  This first month seems to be a miracle for us, everything we worried about disappeared with ease. God brought us far from home and gave us a new home. We would really like to thank God and pray for every one in this church, The Bridge, who helped us during our hard times. We would also like to thank Harry and his family for their help and support, and the generous couple for the gift of the car.  Praise God!

Murugesh & Daisy Vellaiappan