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Bookmark July 7th to 8th 2023 at TWU

Remember to bookmark the date in your calendar for the hybrid July 7th to 8th 2023 BC Christian Ashram retreat. It will be held at TWU and online with Dr. John Roddam, Rev. Dr. Rod Ellis, and Rev. Matt Henson. The Theme is from the Lord’s Prayer is “On Earth as in Heaven”. You can register today by clicking on this link.

Dr. John Roddam was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He served parishes in Eastern & Western Canada and in the Pacific NorthWest USA. He has been active with the United Christian Ashram Movement for over 40 years. John has a strong prophetic anointing and healing ministry.  Dr. John comments that “God’s Kingdom is bursting forth in Earth as it is in Heaven. We are to pray and partner with the Lord as His Kingdom Purposes expand in and through our lives, impacting God’s world!  We are privileged to work with God, NOT for God.  Sam Shoemaker began his day with this prayer, “Thank you, Lord, for this new day!  What are you about today?  I want to be part of it!”

Rod Ellis, called into service by our Lord Jesus Christ as Pastor, Bible teacher, church builder, and ambassador! Married to Lynne for fifty years, father, and grandfather. Still active after over forty five-years of kingdom ministry in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa, and Victoria, BC. Served twenty years as Rector of Church of Our Lord (COOL) and presently co-pastoring with Lynne, a mission branch of the Table Church in Brentwood Bay. A sports and fitness enthusiast, avid pickleball player also involved in pickleball politics.

What does “on earth as it is in heaven” mean? What is it like in heaven, and how does this relate to us and our God-given commission here on earth? What is our starting point and end game in how we view what is going on around us? What is the Holy Spirit saying that we need to hear and doing that we  should follow? How can we be heavenly ambassadors for Christ here on earth in these days? 

Rev. Matt Henson serves as the Executive Director for the United Christian Ashram International Ministry. Matt has previously served as the International Committee Chairperson, a member of the Board of Directors, and as a member of The Four. Matt also serves as the Executive Director and Lead Evangelist for Living the Adventure Ministries, a ministry he founded in 2007. Matt leads revivals, renewal events, and Christian Ashrams, while also leading teams on mission trips to Haiti, Zimbabwe, Guyana, India, and domestically in the United States. Matt works with our staff to communicate with our local ashrams and to help expand the UCAI vision internationally. Matt lives in rural Southern Illinois with his wife, Nancy and five children (Elijah, Micah, Judah, Isaiah, and Sarafina).

One of the most beautiful waterfall in the world,Bigar, Romania

p.s. The Registration Deadline is Thursday June 22nd 2023.

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Down in my heart…

Down In My Heart to Stay
by Brother Matt Henson

“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart. Where?” This song brings back so many memories of camp, Vacation Bible School, and Sunday School. The excitement and volume with which we would sing these words proclaimed our understanding of God’s joy being alive in our hearts. That the joy was “down in our heart to stay.”

It seems as we mature into adulthood that our joy becomes muted with the weight of the world and our loss of focus on what is most important. We become busy with all the responsibilities of adulthood and in trying to discover joy in a new hobby, new experience, or in our job, we forget the Truth that joy is not something we discover, but it is something we receive from God. In Galatians 5:22 we read, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” Joy is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives.

E. Stanley Jones in his book In Christ writes, “Happiness is dependent on happenings, and is therefore occasional; joy is dependent on relationship with Christ, and therefore permanent.” When we surrender our lives to Jesus, he works his joy into our lives as we depend on him. No matter the circumstance, whether happy or sad, we can still have the joy of the Lord in our hearts. Nehemiah, after Ezra the priest read the law of God to the people, spoke to the people, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Do you have the joy of the Lord in your heart? Have you found yourself trying to conjure up joy? Today is a great day to surrender our lives to Jesus, putting our focus back on him. When he is our focus and our purpose for each step of our lives, we will discover his joy welling up in our heart once again. We will discover joy in our good times and in our bad times because we know God is with us.

Prayer: Lord, when I lose my focus on you, I realize my joy is missing in my life. I surrender my life to you because I want my heart to overflow with your joy at work in me. Come Lord Jesus and renew me. Amen.

Join us in praying this week for Brother Matt Henson, Executive Director of the United Christian Ashrams International Ministry. Matt lives in Illinois with his wife, Nancy and four of their children.
Our mailing address is:
United Christian Ashrams
904 Deville Lane
Ruston, LA 71270

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Could there be a better way to reduce opioid deaths in BC?

Letter to the Editor, Peace Arch News
B.C. safe supply advocates rally to mark 7 years of toxic drug crisis – Peace Arch News

‘Without a regulated supply, everyone just dies’: Parade marks 7th year of toxic drug crisis – Peace Arch News

Dear PAN Editor,
We hear a lot lately about an attempt to reduce opioid deaths in BC through more government-funded ‘safe supply’ of free hard drugs, and through drug-friendly housing. Sadly, this policy is not producing the desired results, as things are getting worse in BC, not better.
When might we be willing to learn from Alberta’s successes in drug treatment and recovery? We hear little if anything in the BC media about how Alberta has reduced the opioid death rate by half while BC’s opioid death is now double the Alberta rate per capita. Genuine compassion requires genuine solutions.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

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ISIS in Surrey BC

Letter to the Editor

ISIS Terrorism charges laid in Surrey bus stabbing – Peace Arch News: 

We need investigator reporters to find out how the throat-slashing Abdul Aziz Kawam got into Canada. How long has he been part of ISIS? What is his previous criminal record? We read in Global News that he was already facing four counts: attempted murder, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and two assaults with a weapon causing bodily harm. Vancouver Sun said that he was dealt with by Transit Police in 2019 for a “mental-health-related” incident. What does CSIS and Trudeau know? Was he part of the disastrous Federal ‘catch & release’ bail program?

Rev Dr Ed Hird

Terrorism charges laid in Surrey bus stabbing


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Another transit tragedy

We need the media to do the investigative reporting that tells us whether this tragic incident of a transit throat cutting is related to the ‘catch and release’ policy of our federal government. How many previous times was this suspect arrested? Were they, like so many nowadays, ever released on bail after previously committing violent crimes? Was the suspect high on hard drugs recently legalized by the provincial and federal governments? Surrey needs to become a safe place for families to take buses to work and school.