By Tom Bergquist – Our team is safely back home in Minnesota. It’s hard to believe that the trip is over; the week went by so quickly. As we’ve mentioned in earlier posts, each day of the week Bible stories were shared with the children, from the Old Testament and the New Testament. The week culminated on Friday with the story of Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, and what this means for our salvation. Many of the kids really seemed to grasp the significance of what has been called the greatest story ever told. We pray that all of them will continue to seek this truth and that they will continue to grow in Christ. Friday ended with the parents joining us for lunch. It really was a blessing to be able to meet and talk with the parents of these wonderful kids, and hear their stories of coming to Montreal from situations which were more difficult than we can imagine. Many of their stories were heart wrenching. As with the children, we pray that their parents will also seek to know and follow the Savior who loves us so much that he died for each of us.

The picture accompanying this post is of a large cross built on the highest point in Montreal. There has been a cross standing continuously at this same point for over 350 years. Every night the cross is lit up and can be seen from miles away. What a powerful reminder to the people of Montreal and all of us of the role which Christ plays in our lives. 

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

By Tom Bergquist – We are half way through the week of VBS. We all feel so blessed to be working with these kids. Here is a little information about how we spend our days.   We are staying at the residence hall at the Presbyterian College,  a small college which is next to the McGill University Campus near downtown Montreal.  Each morning we walk from there to the nearest Metro (subway) stop, take the green line, transfer to the orange line, ride it to the final stop and then walk to the center where we meet the kids. We spend around 7 hours with the kids each day, then after cleaning up we then follow the same route in reverse back to where we are staying. Most nights members of our team make dinner for all of us and we eat together as a group. We end the day with devotions and preparing for the next day.   This trip has been tiring, but also very fun.   It can’t help but be fun to spend a week with a group of kids doing a wide variety of activities. More than being fun though,  we are exposing these kids to Bible stories which convey our Christian faith, something which has eternal rewards. Today they did a craft which taught them about these eternal rewards by pointing to their treasures in heaven. They each made a treasure box and filled it with several scripture verses.  “But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven….for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:20 & 21.  Please pray for our final two days with the kids, that we might be a blessing to each of them by teaching God’s word and demonstrating Christ’s love. 

By Tom Bergquist – Our first day of Vacation Bible School today went very well.   After some last minute uncertainties, we learned the lesson once again that God is in charge and we need to always put our trust in Him.  Today we got to see many of the same kids whom we met last summer and also met several others for the first time.  The day was spent singing songs, doing crafts, playing games, both inside and outside, and learning Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament. The kids really loved the craft for today, which was a manger scene related to today’s New Testament lesson about Jesus’ birth. Most of the kids with whom we are working, are refugees from Syria. They came to Montreal with their families to flee violence and persecution in the place of their birth. How much like the Jesus who as a young child also fled with his family from threats of violence in the place of his birth.  What a powerful reminder that we have a savior who understands our sufferings and cares for us so much that he willingly suffered and died for us.