UPDATES & REPORTS
RIVERVIEW NEW BRUNSWICK CANADA
Greetings, fellow saints.
This is our current and active church family in Riverview N.B. Canada. Because of your love, prayers, and support. We remain strong and encouraged. We continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Even through difficult challenges. Thank you.
For all Family. Friends. Neighbors. Co-workers. And community citizens. Be our warmly welcomed guest. We would be honoured to have you come worship and study with us. "For we determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."
We had a good turnout for mid-week studies. And got to say "happy birthday" to our widowed sister in Christ (80 years young).
Because of your love and support these moments of encouragement are taking place. We pray that your health and prosperity continues to seek compassion in our faith here.
The untapped challenge found within Canada's East Coast can be greatly overbearing. Yet still in moments of joy we recognize our spiritual blessings.
We stay the course and teach the Bible for all willing to seek truth. From all walks of life, language, and skin colour. Widows and seniors. Little children and young adults. The gospel saves (Rom. 1:16).
Thank you :)
Weather is nice and warm. Beautiful greens. Flowery landscapes. Mowing the lawn is once again a weekly event. Been teaching my eldest to serve with the outdoor work. He’s also been helping me mow the church yard. He’s a good boy. Smart boy.
Got my blood test results. Looks like I’m on a diet. Cholesterol and sugar way up. Time to bring it down and stay on earth a while longer, Lord willing.
CURRENT DISTRESS: Our progressive liberal government continues to try and make life difficult for us in this Country. Power grabs and overreach. They’ve initiated “gun grab” procedures. Risen taxes. And are now creating race divisions, partnering with known rioters. I’ve been speaking to employees and employers in the community. Civilians and the like. They all have a sense of frustration and anger against current leftist socio and political climate. Perhaps civil war is on the rise. Time will tell. We continue to pray for peace so as to share the gospel.
GOSPEL PROGRESS: We remain in study with a few non-believers. Also in study with a few who have since drifted away. Slow and easy. Time and patience. Courage and love.
We continue to create and share the good news outdoors and online. Our social media platforms are growing each day. Numerous Bible questions are being answered. Some have obeyed the gospel. Others renewed to Christ after years of rebellion. It is encouraging.
We meet weekly at the church house. We have a multicultural assembly. Members from all races and language. Now that we have a strong upload internet set up at the meeting area. We will be able to share our pulpit sermons into the community.
We continue to go through the gospel of Matthew on Wed. evenings and Sunday evenings. I share a topical study on Sunday AM classes after the sermon. We have also begun devos, sing-a-longs, fellowship meals, ladies and men's meetings and classes.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We remain blessed for the compassion many of you Christians have towards the much needed work of the gospel in this area of the world. The opportunity is always active for your participation. We rely on your commitment and thank God for your love. Please share this talent to all saints interested.
Nice and warm weather has kicked in the East Atlantic Coast. Approx. 85 to 90 F. Birds are playing their morning songs. Blessed to be alive in Christ with a mountain of spiritual responsibility. Our daughter has turned 8 this week. We love her so. Her grandparents came for a visit. They were so happy to finally see and hug their grandkids.
CURRENT DISTRESS: Our governing dictatorship has now allowed us to meet 50 and under. We are only a few so that was good news. We now once again meet at the building for studies and worship. All businesses have to wear masks and practice “social distancing.” We respect those who are more sensitive to the pandemic and withhold any physical connection if requested (i.e. no hugs, hand shakes, close interaction).
Our communist admiring government is also currently deciding to make COVID vaccines mandatory. They are also pushing for the removal of homeschooling. Please pray that those things will not come to pass for it would make our work here that much more challenging. We would like to think that most Canadians would stand up against these laws. Time will tell.
GOSPEL PROGRESS: Efforts remain active. We teach the Bible and proclaim Christ at every opportunity. We continue to reach out to individuals for religious discussion. We have potential visitors this coming Sunday. We’ve been inviting and working on several.
We’ve held our first men’s meeting. We decided to try and purchase a portable baptistery. Because of the price we settle on an inflatable “sauna.” This would allow individuals to be saved both in summer and winter time.
We also discussed our great faith towards planting a Bible school. I am currently in the works finding out what legal actions we must take. Also, we’ve been recruiting teachers willing to commit to the work. The idea is to train men and allow them to plant congregations in this untapped land. It has been my prayer that God would allow His Word to flourish in this Nation.
We minister to our members and try our best to serve their physical and spiritual needs. I teach Wed. Evenings, and Sunday mornings and evenings. I also produce daily podcasts and write material for the several platforms we administer.
The ladies are having a fellowship meeting this coming Sunday. My wife is happy to be back with a familiar sisterhood.
We counted almost 10 potential kids invited thus far to come. We are trying very hard to make this congregation family friendly with Bible classes for youth. We pray their parents will attend and allow the blessing. Children are the future of the gospel word being proclaimed. We must cultivate their hearts towards the love of Christ.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Our support remains short $2k/per month. It is our prayer that more Christians will be able to partake with us in the coming months and years. We remain most thankful to God for all who are currently dedicated to helping. Without the compassion of many of you this work would struggle more deeply.
Pictures coming soon of the members and our efforts.
Encouraging news. The governing authorities of this land finally allowed us to congregate at the meeting house 10 members and less. So we designed two services to accommodate 20 souls in total. We met at 10AM and also at 3PM. The congregation was truly joyful to have been able to see each other in person form. I proclaimed a sermon on "comfort." And how we need to be there for each other during this time of distress. So as to persevere through the challenges we currently face.
There is hope for the future in this work. We have the potential of having 8 kids from different ages to attend. Also 2 young adults. We've cleaned and prepared classes for when we are allowed to regain our past freedoms. Pictures will be coming soon. Family friendly and inviting to the community.
We remain in contact with religious discussion towards several who have shown openness to learn. This takes much time and patience for the traditions of most run deep in the ground.
Online evangelism remains effective and far reaching. The Riverview church of Christ FB page which I now administer has reached over 160k souls this week alone, and has over 35k souls engaged with the content we produce. We have many non-believers paying attention (i.e. family members, friends, neighbours, co-workers).
Because of the current distress we've had to cancel several gospel events I had annually planned. We will reschedule for 2021 (i.e. gospel weeks, guest speakers, seminars, workshops, door knocking campaigns, etc).
The Maillet family remains healthy. We appreciate your prayers and continued support. Without your love of God and compassion for this mission, we would have greater difficulties. Know that we truly love you all and keep you in our prayers.
Nice sunny morning here in N.B. Canada. Birds are signing songs. 6:30 AM and the Maillet family begins to awake. I’m already in the office writing this update & report. We pray you are all doing well, healthy, safe, and growing in His Word.
CURRENT DISTRESS: The COVID-19 mandates are still in effect and we are told to “get used to it, this is the new norm until all citizens receive the vaccine." They have also since been releasing hardcore criminals from jail. And they have also now banned many guns and have begun confiscating methods. Of course this only affects the law abiding citizen.
We have not had any new case of the virus its been almost a month. And from the ones we’ve had (118), all have survived. And so, they are now as of this week allowing religious bodies to meet in numbers of 10 and under in so much we are “socially distanced” 6ft from each other. And so I’m going to try and have two services on Sunday. Which will accommodate all members of the congregation. Dividing them in two parties so that everyone has a chance to meet.
The police will be paying attention to us. They have labeled us a “terrorist threat, right wing extremists.” Many branches of Socialism are very difficult to live under. But we’ll keep sharing Jesus till we are removed.
GOSPEL PROGRESS: I continue to produce daily gospel podcasts. Midweek Bible studies. Sunday studies and sermons. This generates spiritual fruit.
We continue to work the community. Neighbours are friendly. We invite religious conversation. We’re in contact with the members of the church and have been able to meet several in the parking lot of our assembly area. We’ve been going to the congregation house to clean up and get it ready for once we can finally all be there. Kids rooms, teen rooms, adult classes, etc.
We currently have 6 names in our prayer list in which we are in religious conversation with. 3 of them have been willing to listen to gospel material for the purpose of starting a study. We shall see how it goes. Naturally I will keep you all informed.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Our support still lacks $2k/m. Yet we are so very thankful to God for the many who have decided to partake in this work financially with us. Because of that we’ve raised more than we thought would be possible at this time. We pray God will bless you with the continued ability to help. For we know you will use it for kingdom growth.
Amidst this current time of distress. This governing authority has slowly begun to open up daily life again. COVID cases in this Province are minimal. They now allow church members to meet in the parking lot within our vehicles. We did that this past Sunday, and a few showed up. Was encouraging to finally say “hi,” in person. They also allow one chosen family household to come visit. My parents came for hugs from their grandkids.
We currently have 6 souls in contact for religious conversation. 3 of them have said “yes” to study and learn. That is very good news. We shall keep you posted. Please pray for opportunities and open hearts.
I continue to live stream a Bible class on Wed. Evenings. We’ve been going through the gospel of Matthew. We are currently in Chapter 11. I also continue to share a live sermon on Sundays. And to add, next week, beginning Monday May 4th. I will be going live each weekday morning @ 8AM ADT for a podcast from the Riverview church of Christ page on FB. This will be uploaded to all other venues we currently use for the further growth of the Kingdom.
Your continued prayer and support is needed, warmly welcomed, and appreciated. The Maillet family along with the congregation in Riverview remain thankful to God for you willingness to partake in this mission effort.
We are much closer to our necessary support goal. Only $2k per month remaining to raise. We are confident God will provide.
Greetings, fellow partakers of this mission.
The morning is grey and rainy. Damp and lukewarm. Different from the sun and warmth of yesterday. East Coast Canadian weather. Freezing today, warm tomorrow.
COVID-19 mandates and precautions are still being enforced. However, there is rumor that such might begin to relent since cases of the virus are diminishing. We fear this pandemic being used for political power grab will not go to waste from the far left government we currently have in authority. Most of our freedoms have been removed and I forecast more in the near future. None the less, the gospel remains active and I will share it till they force me to leave.
The Maillet family wakes between 6 - 7 AM. The day begins. Running a few errands. To return at the house where my wife will teach the children and I will prepare for classes and create material. Respond to emails, texts, PM’s, and phone calls. Remain active and engaged with our online Nation. Check in with members of the church. And also follow up with individuals from the community who are good soil for study. We find great joy and purpose when we can find but one soul willing to have religious discussion, this at times can take a year to find. How blessed we are currently having already found numerous studies being here but a month. I believe these current times of distress have softened many hearts to ask religious questions they would not have allowed themselves prior.
The East Coast has once again been shook from its foundation this week. What is setting to be the most prolific murder string in the Country by the rampage of an evil man, has everyone in sorrow and uncertainty. Who knew, that the strictest gun laws would have no effect on the wicked? Insanity to continue with what has never worked before. Yet this is exactly what our communist government will do. Only leaving neighbors helpless and vulnerable. The results of godlessness, hatred for Christianity, removal of justice and defense. Where the law abiding citizens are demonized and rejected. The innocent are slaughtered.
Yet with all this death, life still has hope in Christ. For this life is temporary. And it is my duty to tell this community they need to repent and return to God. For God will forgive us our sins and bless us. Thanks to “social distancing” I was able to publicly say such to a neighbor across the street the other day where all could hear.
Our support has grown since the last update. Because of His grace. Through the mercy and compassion of His faithful followers. We now have but $2k per month remaining to raise until necessary funds are accumulated. This for 2020.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, please feel free to share these updates and reports with whoever would be willing to spiritually invest in this work.
Maillet family on our 13th day of quarantine. Ends tomorrow with our 14th. We have no signs of illness thus far. We’ll be allowed to go for a drive and get things like groceries. Yet what was so expedient before will now be filled with strange new laws. Lines. Masks and gloves. Precautions enforced. Only certain people at certain times for certain items. Yes, the “social distancing” mandates are still operational and will be for many months, if not years. This means we can’t go spend time with family. This means only one of us at a time can enter a store (if it’s even open). That means we can’t congregate at the building. And this socialistic government will not relent until all its citizens have received the vaccine they plan on creating. Please understand that all this is legally enforced and many have been receiving steep fines. Threatened with incarceration. They aren’t “playing” around with this virus procedure.
Yet still with this “new world order” we currently live in. The gospel continues to be shared. And as a result studies in the community are growing digitally.
In the coming days I plan to put a sign in my front yard stating my website to welcome Bible studies online.
Wife and kids are in good spirits but sad that the law is currently stopping us from visiting anyone. Again, this could be the “norm” for years to come.
We’ve been keeping in contact with the members of the congregation via digital and phone calls. And I also continue to go live with Bible studies and sermons during the week.
We continue to be thankful to God for your compassion and support. It is well received, needed, and appreciated.
Our support has grown these past weeks. We now have $2,860/m left to raise in order to achieve the necessary living amount.
Thank you all and God bless.
We've made it safely to our East Coast mission destination, Moncton New Brunswick Canada. Our journey consisted of 1800 miles, 6 days driving through the States. We crossed the Border at Saint Stephens, from the State of Maine.
The movers had not packed our belongings properly in the U-Haul. This resulted in broken, badly damaged, items (i.e. love seat, computer desks, book shelves). There is no coverage for such a thing but on a positive note, those things are replaceable. Our lives are healthy and safe.
We are almost done unpacking and making this our home for the following years. I've contacted the congregation and we are in good spirits.
The quarantine has us locked inside the house for two weeks. And the community lockdown will last for a minimum of 3 months. This of course has already caused challenges for us to receive our legal license, registration, and plates. We will do our best to manage.
I've set up my office/studio. It makes me so happy to work for God and create gospel material. I'll need to upgrade my macOS sooner than later. Once that is done I'll be on track once again. I've already got Bible studies set up and evangelistic visions to administer once this virus goes away. Till then we shall proceed digitally.
I will continue to produce Bible studies and sermons for the Spencer church of Christ via their Facebook page (i.e. Wed. evenings and Sunday mornings) until their new evangelist makes gets there. This also allows the Riverview congregation here in NB Canada to follow along also and learn with us all.
My wife is preparing the homeschooling section of the house. She does a wonderful work teaching the kids. They are good kids and learn quickly.
Kids love their "new" home and can't wait to see their grandparents again.
We still are far from the necessary financial support, and so I might have to build tents. Which is not possible at this time because of the virus no one is hiring. If you know of any Christian (or congregation) willing to spiritually invest in this mission field. Please share the opportunity.
We continue to be grateful to God for all of you who partake of this labor along with us.
Thank you. God bless.
"May we stay loyal to one another without deceit, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence."