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February 21, 2019

Please be praying for Trevor, Hannah & Amelia Martin.  Due to ministry stress Trevor is taking a temporary medical leave from his Power to Change responsibilities to focus on his personal healing and recovery.  This has been a difficult season not only for Trevor and Hannah, but for their extended families as they pull together.  Let’s surround this family in prayer that the LORD’s hand will be clearly seen since He is the one “who heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”



February 20, 2019

Praise the Lord for a successful vitrectomy on Les’ right eye on Tuesday. He can now read and will see the doctor in London next week for the results of the virus analysis and get an appointment for his other eye. Thanks to all who are praying. He didn’t even cough which was huge since he had been battling it for three weeks.

brian & ann martin and marvin & darlene brubacher
February 16, 2019

Please continue to pray for the family as they mourn the loss of their mother, Reta Brubacher, who passed away this morning (Saturday). Visitation is Monday, February 18, 4:00-9:00 pm at Dreisinger’s Funeral Home. The funeral will be on Tuesday, February 19 at 2:00 pm at Crystal View Mennonite Church in Floradale. For the full obituary please click HERE.

FEBRuary 15, 2019

Mom hasn’t had many visitors this week due mostly in part to weather. My brother talked to her tonight (Friday) and she was very discouraged. Please pray for some good weather so people can visit. Please also pray for an opening soon at Freeport or St Joseph’s for rehab.

bruce & diane reid
FEBRuary 14, 2019

Praising God that Diane’s (knee) surgery date has been moved up to April 9.


brian & ann martin and marvin & darlene brubacher
February 13, 2019

Requesting prayer for our Mom, Reta Brubacher, mother of Marvin (Darlene) Brubacher, and Ann Martin (Brian). Mom suffered a severe stroke and is paralyzed on her right side and is no longer able to communicate. We are cherishing our last days with her.


les & sharon frey
February 8, 2019

Today I (Les) was given a tentative date for the first of two eye operations in London for February 19. Pray it will be successful in removing the ocular liquid containing the virus, from one eye.

joanne vandenburg
February 7, 2019

Please pray for Joanne’s mom as she is in the hospital. They have detected an irregular heartbeat and will be getting this checked out. Depending on what the doctors find will determine next steps. Pray for both Joanne and her mother during this time of unknowns.


glen & verna shoemaker
February 7, 2019

Thanks for keeping us in your prayers. Glen is comfortable and dose not have much pain which we are thankful for. He is up and about with a walker. He welcomes visitors as the days get long for him to sit at home. Thanks for caring.


luke martin
February 6, 2019

Luke has just returned home after serving for several months on board the Africa Mercy Ship. Please pray for Luke as he adjusts to life back in Canada.


matt & roxie mullen
February 5, 2019

(Refer to Feb 4 post for background.) Matt’s dad is slowly making progress. They didn’t need to intubate him, which was a huge answer to prayer. The doctors are hoping to get an MRI done to see if there is infection on his spine as well, however Bob still struggles to breath when laying down. Thanks for praying we were very happy to see him awake and talking today.


les & sharon frey
February 5, 2019

I (Les) am waiting for the London Eye Institute to call me for my eye surgeries to remove the ocular liquid where the virus is that made me lose partial vision. As far as the slight stroke I had 10 days ago, I am fine. At present I am getting over a bad cold. Thanks for praying!

bruce & diane reid
February 5, 2019

Please pray for Bruce and Diane as they process the news that Diane’s knee surgery being cancelled at the last minute. The tentative rescheduled date is May 14.

wally & elaine remers
February 5, 2019

Please pray for Elaine as she had surgery yesterday (Monday). Doctors are pleased that the surgery went well, but it will be longer recovery than anticipated.  Elaine is at Grand River hospital until Thursday if all goes well. We are not alone on this journey. Praise the Lord for his peace and strength and healing.
Wally and Elaine Remers

brian & ann martin
February 4, 2019

*Refer to previous posts for more information.

Brian came home this afternoon (Monday). We are thankful for a successful lavage and recovery. Thank you for your prayers!

matt & roxie mullen
February 4, 2019

Matt's dad is in ICU in stable condition, however struggling to breathe so they will be int-abating him so he can rest easier. Doctors state there is some form of infection in his lungs and possibly heart, he already struggles to breath with having COPD. We are traveling down to New Hampshire today, Monday, to be with the family. Pray for safe travels, and for Bob's health to improve.

Glen & verna shoemaker
February 2, 2019

*Refer to post from January 30 for more information.

Praise God - Glen is home and resting comfortably. Please pray for healing and patience for him as he is not used to just sitting around. He will be ready for company after a few days of getting used to his new normal. Glen will be off work for at least 6 weeks or more - so not everyone should come in the first week! Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. - Verna

brian & ann martin
February 1, 2019

*Refer to post from January 29 for more information.

Once again the Lord has blessed us with a successful procedure. Brian is in the recovery room and still asleep. The surgeon was pleasantly surprised once again at how well it went. I don’t think he knows the power of prayer but we sure do! - Ann

Lets continue to pray for Brian and Ann during this time of recovery, that they would feel the Lord’s peace and strength through it all.

January 30, 2019

Please pray for Glen who had a work related accident last night (Tuesday).  He has been taken to Hamilton hospital for surgery to deal with a broken hip. UPDATE as of January 31: Glen’s surgery finally happened Wednesday at 7:00 pm. It went well and he was up in his room by 11:30 pm. Thank you to everyone for praying!

brian & ann martin
January 29, 2019

Please pray for Brian as he goes in for another lung Lavage in Toronto this Friday. Brian & Ann and their family appreciate the prayer support of the WBC family!

lydia reist
January 27, 2019

Please pray for Lydia as she goes for cataract surgery this Tuesday, January 29. Pray that she will know God’s peace and comfort each step of the way.

les & sharon frey
January 27, 2019

Please pray for Les Frey who suffered from a micro stroke on Saturday, January 26. He will be undergoing some more tests to find the cause of the stroke. Les is doing okay, but let’s be in prayer for both Les and Sharon, that they would feel God’s peace and strength through this time.

joanne vandenburg
January 26, 2019

Please continue to pray for my Mom - she is in the hospital. Pray not only for her physical healing, but also for her salvation.

richard haverkamp
January 25, 2019

For my praying friends. I saw a cardiologist in London today and he gave me the ok for my hip surgery. I was afraid that my aorta aneurysm might be too dangerously large, but he assured me that there is no problem and I am safe. The surgery on my hip, the third one, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb.26, my wife's birthday. So, she will have a party here at home and I will have my "party" in the operating room in the hospital, how nice! :-) Please pray that the specialist shall be able to fix the hip now once for all. Thank you.

January 24, 2019

Les’ visit to the eye institute in London on Wednesday confirmed that several weekends ago his eyesight was attacked by a virus. 

Some testing has been done. An angiogram of his eyes revealed inflammation which has been causing partial loss of vision in both eyes.  Blood is being analyzed to see why his immune system did not combat this virus.

In the next week or so they will perform 2 day-surgeries, one for each eye, to  remove the eye gel to analyze it concerning the virus. Fortunately there has been no retinal damage.

Pray for us as we  wait and go through this time. The hardest part has been to not to be able to read or drive.

Thanks for your love and prayers,
Les and Sharon Frey

bruce & diane reid
January 16, 2019

Thank you for praying for Diane who was hospitalized briefly while on a recent trip to Florida.  She arrived home safely this past Tuesday. 

elmer & vera martin
January 15, 2019

We want to praise God for the healing that has taken place (in Vera’s back) and trust Him for continuing the process. We have been truly blessed and are very grateful for the help and support we have received from our WBC family. We look forward to being more involved again soon.

ron bauman
January 14, 2019

Ron is planning to travel to Puerto Rico, Lord willing, with TeamWorkers (MSC) February 17 to March 2 to help with renovations at the camp. They are looking for additional participants either to go or to be supportive in prayer and/or financially. If more information is wanted contact

bruce & diane reid
January 10, 2019

Diane is in Florida with her mom, and has had unusual pain for a few days. She is in a Clearwater hospital on antibiotics while they investigate, but they no longer think it requires appendix surgery. We would appreciate prayer for understanding of the problem and for health to travel home next week.

rod & Jen clemmer
January 9, 2019

To our church family: Thank you for all the prayers, visits, food and support you have given our family this past 9 months.  It has been a hard journey.  But we are thankful for each one who walked with us. God has shown us His faithfulness through each one of you as you supported our family.  We ask for your continued prayers as we begin to figure out the ‘new normal’. 

calvin & tammy shantz
January 9, 2019

Please continue to pray for Calvin & Tammy and for Marty & Erika as they mourn the loss of Tammy’s father, Erika’s grandfather, Allen Martin who passed away early this afternoon.

Visitation is at Floradale Mennonite Church, 22 Florapine Road, Floradale, on Thursday, January 10 from 7-9 pm, Friday, January 11, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

A memorial service will take place at 2 pm on Monday, January 14, at Floradale Mennonite Church. A private interment will take place at Floradale Mennonite Cemetery prior to the service.

Allen D. Martin Obituary

darrell & liza brubacher
January 9, 2019

Thank you everyone for praying for Darrell as we've been awaiting his 2nd nasal surgery to correct his breathing and congestion issues. After two rounds of antibiotics, the Dr feels that a 2nd surgery is not necessary and a daily nasal spray to be used indefinitely will help to reduce the inflammation and congestion.  His next follow-up will be in 8 months.   Darrell is feeling some improvement  and hopeful for more. We are thankful for this news and for your prayers.  

doug & morven barnes
January 8, 2019

Doug Barnes has spoken at WBC many times over the years. We had hoped he would be able to join us again this spring, however, Doug has let us know that the leukemia which he has had for a number of years has worsened. He says “When I was with you last I was very ill and shortly thereafter began treatments. I am halfway through the 6 month regimen. I appreciate the prayers of the saints.”

dave & shirley brubacher
January 8, 2019

Shirley is pleased to share that her latest report showed no cancer in the lymph nodes. This means that she will not have to do chemo. She will likely start radiation treatment sometime mid-February. Thank you for praying for Shirley and their family during this challenging time.

calvin & tammy shantz
January 7, 2019

Please pray for Calvin & Tammy Shantz and family, as Tammy’s father, Allen Martin, is in palliative care. Pray that Tammy’s mom, Pauline, and the rest of the family would feel the Lord’s comfort during this time.

doreen shantz
January 5, 2019

Please continue to pray for Doreen Shantz's father who is home again after a three and a half week stay at Grand River. He is still weak but learning to get around with a walker. Pray for wisdom for the family as they care for their aged parents who are still living in their own home.

russ & meredith Martin
January 2, 2019

Russ and Meredith Martin and family have arrived safely in Singapore. Praise God that the journey went well. Thanks to all for your prayers. Continue to pray for the many transitions that are still ahead of them.

December 31, 2018

Dave & Norma wish to thank the church family for all of your support & prayers. The prayers have definitely been felt as we have walked this journey for the past few months.

joanne vandenburg
December 28, 2018

Thank-you so much for your prayers! My Mom is greatly improved! Her pain is under control, but they still need to find the cause of the pain. Please continue to pray for her salvation! (Refer to December 8 for original post.)

devon & christine stewart
December 25, 2018

Praise God for the arrival of Penny Mirella on Christmas Day!

tim & kerry shantz
December 24, 2018

Please be in prayer for Tim & Kerry Shantz as they mourn the loss of Kerry's father, Harvey Scott who passed away this morning.  Please pray that they would experience Emmanuel, God with us, in a very real way this Christmas.  Visitation is on Friday, January 4, 2:00-4:00 pm, 7:00-9:00 pm at Dreisinger Funeral Home.  The funeral is on Saturday, January 5, 11:00 am at Gale Presbyterian Church in Elmira (corner of Church St and Barnswallow Dr). Click here for the obituary.

December 23, 2018

Please pray for Wally as he goes in to Grand River hospital on Thursday, December 27 for a major test for his breathing. Please pray for God’s strength and peace each step of the way. Wally & Elaine appreciate the prayers and support of the WBC family!

dave & juli voogd
December 21, 2018

Praise God for the arrival of Maxwell Brian Voogd! (Born December 20th - via C-Section, weighing in at 8lbs 3oz). Max is in NICU for some breathing issues but is rapidly improving.  Please pray for Juli’s and Max's recovery and that Max continues to improve and can leave NICU in the next few days.  We thank God that we felt His protecting Hand surround us as a family during this time.

dexter & maria almendarez
December 21, 2018

María Almendarez ‘s father in Nicaragua has passed away. Maria and their daughter Gabriela are flying at 6:00 am tomorrow (Saturday) to attend the funeral this Sunday. They plan to return to Canada January 2. Please pray for protection as Nicaragua is quite unstable and it has been four years since Maria has seen her family there. Pray for all the family as they grieve their loss. Dexter, DexterJr. and Rachel are all staying here. 

rod & jen clemmer
December 20, 2018

Today marks the last of Jen's radiation treatments.  They are rejoicing that this journey is complete. God is good!

December 18, 2018

Thank you for the love and support you have given to our family by way of prayer, visits, food, phone calls and much more during Lloyd’s illness and passing.  It was five years ago in January that he had a stroke and you helped him bear his burden and filled his journey with joy. 

dexter & maria almendarez
December 17, 2018

As a church family lets surround Dexter and Maria Almendarez and their family in prayer.  Maria's father is in hospital in Nicaragua with multiple serious medical conditions.  It is heart wrenching to be so far away with travel into the country difficult at this time.  Lets pray that the God of comfort will surround this family and Gods hand will be Maria's father that he will turn to the saviour to meet his physical and spiritual needs.  

Brian & ann martin
December 16, 2018

Update to December 14 entry: Brian has been discharged at 11:00 am this morning and we are home. He is recovering very well. We are thankful and amazed once again at God's goodness.

December 16, 2018

My (Doreen's) dad had four serious nose bleeds which left him with a dangerously low blood pressure. He is stabilized and doing better but is still quite weak.  He has been in ICU at Grand River all week. Continue to pray for healing for him.

Brian & ann martin
December 14, 2018

Brian went into surgery at 1:15 pm today to treat his lung. They finished by 3:30 pm which was 2.5 hrs ahead of schedule!!! It's was a pleasant surprise to see the surgeon walk into the waiting room with a big smile on his face. He said everything went much better than they imagined it could go. Thank you for the power of prayer. He will be in recovery for approximately 2 hours. Thank for all the prayer support. We feel strong and uplifted.

Joy frey, darrelL & dale brubacher
December 13, 2018

*Refer to post from October 4 for more information.

Susanna Brubacher (Joy, Darrell and Dale’s mother) is scheduled for more surgery on January 3rd, 2019, after which she will start radiation treatment. Please pray for her continued strength as she undergoes treatment.

dave & shirley brubacher
december 11, 2018

Please continue to pray for Shirley as has just learned of the need for another surgery to treat breast cancer. She will undergo day surgery on Thursday, December 20.

joanne vandenburg
december 8, 2018

Please pray for my Mom. She is having some health issues, and has said she doesn’t want to be alone. She has a lot of inflammation and pain, she also had a fall last Sunday, she didn’t break anything, thankfully, but I think this just added to everything. Please also pray for her salvation.

december 7, 2018

Please be in prayer for the Marten’s family. Cornelius and Susana and the children have returned to Mexico for a couple of months. Susanna's father just passed away. They will be staying to help the family as they process their loss.

december 4, 2018

Thank you so much to the WBC Family for your prayers for Norm and I as we travelled to Sudbury last weekend to be with my mother, Anita, as she was suddenly very ill.  We are grateful that she seems to be recovering and is getting good care in the nursing home where she has been living.  We praise God that she has committed her life to Christ and pray that her relationship with Him will continue to grow.

November 30, 2018

As a church family let’s be prayerful for Lloyd Brubacher’s family.  Lloyd is very low and unresponsive and the doctor has indicated that his time on this earth is short. Pray for Candie, Kevin & Joyce and their family along with Rick & Cindy and their family that they would know the LORD’s strength during this difficult time.  The Lord is with them like it says in Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  The family is balancing keeping up their strength and being with Lloyd at Heritage House. 

elmer & vera martin
November 27, 2018

Update on Vera's back pain:  First - let me say a huge THANK YOU to those of you who have been bringing meals and praying and supporting us in various other ways.  You have been a special blessing during this challenging time.  The CT scan I had last week showed that the root cause of this pain is a slightly herniated disk in my lower spine.  So it will take some more therapy and patience.  God has been faithful in keeping our spirits up in ways that we did not expect.  We are NOT alone!!!

jessenia & raul espinoza
November 27, 2018

Raul (Jessenia’s husband) has received his visa, and Jessenia and Raul will be visiting us at Christmas. Praise the Lord for answered prayers!

dave & shirley brubacher
November 23, 2018

Thanks everyone for your prayers today. The surgery went well and I anticipate a good recovery. God is good! (Refer to November 5 note for background.)

November 23, 2018

Please pray for Carole’s mother who is currently experiencing mini strokes and also has pneumonia.  Please pray for her healing and for her salvation.  Norm and Carole left to go north this morning to be with the family.

ron & win seabrooke
November 22, 2018

Pray for Ron and Win as they are in Israel from November 28-December 10.

BRIAN & ANN martin
NOVEMber 21, 2018

We just received confirmation this morning for the rescheduled procedure date. It is scheduled for December 14. They will Lavage only one lung and the second lung lavage will be scheduled in the new year. We ask for prayer that Brian can stay healthy until then and that it doesn't get cancelled, otherwise it  will wait until mid-January.

isaiah demol & lindsay letkeman
November 15, 2018

Isaiah DeMol and Lindsay Letkeman are getting married at WBC next Saturday, November 24!

dave & shirley brubacher
November 15, 2018

*Update to post from November 5.

Shirley’s surgery date has been rescheduled for November 23. Pray for both Dave and Shirley during this time of waiting.

OLLie & elsie shantz
November 15, 2018

Ollie & Elsie would like to thank they church family for prayers and many ways of loving care during their recent health care issues.

Tiffany shantz & kyle laronde
November 15, 2018

Tiffany Shantz & Kyle Laronde are getting married this Saturday, November 17!

Dwight & cindy martin
November 15, 2018

Congratulations to Dwight and Cindy Martin on the birth of their son, Colton James, in the early hours of November 12!

rod & jen clemmer
November 13, 2018

*Refer to post from September 27 for more information.

I am currently beginning a 6 week schedule of daily radiation treatments, and am scheduled to end just before Christmas. Prayers are greatly appreciated for safety as I travel back and forth to the hospital, as well as for strength to handle this busy treatment schedule. We are so thankful for our church family that has walked alongside us through prayer and practical support.

Maynard & colleen Freeman
November 12, 2018

Please pray for the Freeman family, and especially Colleen, as they mourn the loss of Colleen’s stepmother, Annie Bauman, who passed away on Saturday, November 10. Pray for peace and comfort for the whole family during this time.

Visitation will be at Dreisinger Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 13 from 7-9pm, as well as on Wednesday, November 14 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. The funeral will be held on Thursday, November 15 at Crystal View Mennonite Church at 3:00pm.

November 5, 2018

I (Vera) have been dealing with severe back and leg pain for several weeks now. I keep thinking any day now it will ease off, but that doesn't seem to be happening. I'm having great difficulty doing even the smallest task. Since this is also adversely affecting Elmer, and I am not able to offer him the help that he needs, I am concerned that this situation should not last too long. However I'm totally confident that God is in charge, and want His will in our lives. Please pray for us as we muddle our way through. Pray for guidance in navigating the health care system to search out help and answers to this situation.

dave & shirley brubacher
November 5, 2018

Please pray for Dave & Shirley as they process the news of a breast cancer diagnosis for Shirley.  (Shirley has previously been treated for this cancer.)  She has a surgery date scheduled for November 15.  They are grateful that it is still in the early stages.

julie cluthe
NOVEMber 2, 2018

Update on note from October 21.

My husband Rick is booked for an MRI this Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 pm. His medication for the nerve pain are finally being effective, however, he still has a lot of pain while walking, sitting, well any movement really. However he's in good spirits.

Hopefully once the MRI is complete there isn't a long wait to see the surgeon. Thank you for all the prayers. God has certainly given me all the time and energy I need to get kids where they need to be and get work done and Rick looked after every day. It's been truly amazing. However I really could have done without this terrible head and chest cold (currently on antibiotics for a sinus infection).

ABE & Tina peters
November 1, 2018

Please pray for Abe & Tina Peters as they head out on a 2 week missions trip to Haiti with ‘Hands Up International’. They will be leaving November 2 and returning home November 16. While in Haiti, they will be working on building projects, such as a school, a church, and the pastor’s house, as well as distributing food. Pray that Abe & Tina will have a safe trip, and that they can be blessed by the work they are doing, and bless those that they are serving.

BRIAN & ANN martin
OCtober 30, 2018

Due to complications with the surgery prior to Brian’s, they had to cancel his.  They will reschedule his lung lavage ASAP.  It is very discouraging but we know the Lord has it under control.

dave & norma martin
OCtober 27, 2018

*Refer to post from October 25 for more information.

Dave is now home from the hospital. His brain needs a bit of time to heal, and he is not yet ready for visitors. Dave and Norma and family are thankful for all the prayer support. Let’s continue to pray for a smooth recovery and healing process, and for strength for Dave to face what is ahead.

dave & norma martin
October 25, 2018

*Refer to post from October 22 for more information.

The family is grateful for a successful surgery this past Monday which completely removed the tumor in Dave’s head. They are waiting for the severe nausea to subside before considering discharge from hospital. Please continue to pray for Dave as he continues a long recovery process.

Ollie & Elsie shantz
October 25, 2018

Thank you for praying for Elsie who recently spent several days in hospital as a result of experiencing stroke-like symptoms. She arrived back home on Wednesday and will be following up with her doctor in the next couple of weeks.

Bruce & Diane reid
October 24, 2018

*Refer to post from October 18 for more information.

Thank you for your prayers! Diane’s eye surgery is done and the surgeon happily told us he didn’t run into any of the concerns he had for this eye. He expects good results.

dave & norma Martin
October 22, 2018

*Refer to post from October 1 1 for more information.

Thank you to everyone who has kept Dave in your prayers. The surgery went well and they were able to remove the whole tumor. He is now in recovery and will remain in ICU until tomorrow evening. Your continued prayers would be greatly appreciated as he is recovering.

julie cluthe
October 21, 2018

*Refer to post from October 19 for more information.

An update from Julie regarding her husband Rick: I had Rick to the Doctor yesterday, and the Doctor has requested an emergency MRI and an emergency appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon. Rick has lost some function in his left foot, and the Doctor figures it is a herniated disc in the lower back. Hopefully we will have appointments in the next few days and get a surgery date soon. Once the surgeon has the MRI results, we will know how bad the disc is, and will have a few options on how to move forward.

Our prayers were answered in that the doctors are now agreeing to an emergency MRI, which up to today has been denied. Keep praying for answers for Rick’s continued pain, as well as peace for Julie and the whole family.

October 19, 2018

Julie Cluthe asks WBC to pray for her husband Rick who is in excruciating pain with a herniated disc in his back. He is scheduled for an MRI on November 23. She has asked Joy Frey to be the contact person for her at this time.

bruce & diane reid
October 18, 2018

Diane is having cataract surgery Oct 24 and Nov 19. The first one is more difficult as she has both anterior and posterior cataracts so the surgeon has not even been able to get a good look at what he will encounter. They would appreciate prayer for these surgeries and her continuing recovery from knee replacement surgery.

spirit of truth church
October 16, 2018

On October 7, 2018 (Thanksgiving Sunday), the STC hosted a Thanksgiving event. Around 300 adults and 30 kids attended. All of the attendees were coming from Muslim background, and 220 of them were still non-believers. Praise the Lord. Please remember STC in your prayers for more people to be saved, and for more faithful servants. Thank you and God bless each of you, your family and your ministry. - Pastor Siamak

brian & ann martin
October 16, 2018

To our church family,

As some of you  may know, Brian is a recipient of a double lung transplant in May of 2012, due to an invasive disease that attacked his lungs called Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis. His quality of life improved greatly after the transplant, until with in the past year, as the disease has returned and has now attacked his new lungs. Since there is no cure for this disease, it can only be maintained. As a result, he is scheduled for a Lung Lavage on October 30. The transplant team at Toronto General Hospital has never performed a Lung Lavage on a transplant patient before, and so there are new risks involved. The transplant team will Lavage only 1 lung at this time and if it is a successful procedure they will schedule for the 2nd lung in a approx 4 weeks. There are many many questions that we cannot answer right now and may never have answers for.  Brian has had 17 Lung Lavages prior to his transplant, so this procedure is nothing new to us, aside from the new risks due to being a transplantee. We were told that he could remain in the hospital for 3-10 days, as we do not know what his recovery will be. I will be staying in Toronto for approx 2-3 days until he is stable, and will commute after that until he is home again. We ask for your prayers as we we journey through this time. We know the Lord is with us now and will be then as well. The peace and comfort of the Lords presence that we experienced during the transplant was unexplainable and was an obvious result of prayers. 

We trust in the Lord to walk us thru this and have no doubt that He will be there with us again.

Thank you,

Brian & Ann Martin

Darrell & liza brubacher
OCtober 12, 2018

As long as there are no complications Darrell will be checked out this morning. He's feeling dizzy and has a headache.  He'll be off work for 2 weeks.  Due to complications he'll require another surgery.  We'll see his doctor in 3 weeks. Thank you for prayers. (Refer to October 1 update for background details.)

Dave & norma martin
October 11, 2018

Dave and Norma appreciate prayer for Dave who has been scheduled for surgery on October 22 at University Hospital in London. Surgeons will take up to eight hours to remove a noncancerous tumor behind the brain which has affected hearing in his right ear. Dave will spend about five days in the hospital and up to three months off work.

Joy Frey, Dale & Darrell Brubacher
October 11, 2018

Please pray for Joy, Dale and Darrell’s sister Marlene Martin, as Marlene suffered multiple broken bones due to a motorcycle accident last night (October 11) in Orangeville. She was taken by ambulance to Sunnybrook in Toronto. Pray for peace and strength for Marlene as she recovers, as well as for the whole family as they support Marlene through this difficult time.

gavin & shannon shantz
October 9, 2018

Praise the Lord with us for Ethan's continued health following his open heart surgery. He has been medication free since May, and we see no signs of his heart condition slowing him down. We are so thankful. "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26

bella duncan & ben wideman
October 8, 2018

Ben and I have a prayer request... I woke up this morning to about 3 inches of water all over the basement because a pipe blew on our water heater. Praise God Ben is a plumber (very thankful for that on this thanksgiving holiday!) our new home will need a lot of TLC and we could use all the prayers we could get as we work together to fix this! Thanks!

joy frey, dale & darrell brubacher
october 4, 2018

Please pray for our mother Susanna Brubacher as she has recently been diagnosed with cancer again. She is booked for surgery in two weeks after which a treatment plan is pending.

Darrell & liza brubacher
OCtober 1, 2018

Darrell is having Endoscopic Sinus Surgery on Thursday October 11th.  This will require a short hospital stay.  Our hope is Darrell will have excellent care and this surgery will enable him to breath clearly.  The doctor has suggested 2 weeks off work.  We appreciate your prayers.
- Darrell & Liza

the spirit of truth church
september 27, 2018

*Refer to post from September 26 for more information.

Ron Seabrooke received the following update from Pastor Siamak regarding his wife Mina:

She (Mina) is feeling less pain, with some pain still left in her stomach. They want to release her and asked her to take more antibiotics at home. They told her “your spouse should take care of you for two weeks”. Your prayers are appreciated. Thank you.

ROd & Jen Clemmer
September 27, 2018

*Refer to posts from June 1 and September 7 for more information.

On October 2nd, Jen is scheduled for surgery. They would love prayer for the surgery to go well and that it will be successful. Please pray for peace for Jen and the whole family as the time approaches.

the spirit of truth church
September 26, 2018

Ron Seabrooke received the following email from Pastor Siamak concerning his wife Mina:

Dear friends,
Since Saturday night my wife Mina got severe pain in the left part of her stomach. She got some pain killer and managed to come to attend our Sunday service. After we came back the pain was more sharper. On Monday she saw her Physician and he sent her right away to the North York General Hospital. Today Tuesday Mina is still there under different examinations (ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, ...). It seems there are some kind of blockage with infections in her big colon which they try to reduce the pain with antibiotics. Please have Mina, our son, Sina and myself in your prayers.

cleason & evelyn brubacher
September 25, 2018

*Refer to posts from September 17 and 22 for more information

A huge thank you to everyone for your prayers and practical support! We have been so blessed by the WBC family. Your care for us has been a very positive testimony to the insurance company and restoration team! On October 1 we will be moving into a rental home in Elmira (covered by insurance). The address is 4 Finch Place, Elmira.

They could still use the following: small dresser, gift cards for Walmart, Foodland/Food Basics, Costco, Dollarama.

If you have questions please contact the church office (519-669-2319 ext. 1) or call/text Evelyn at 519-577-1045.

cleason & Evelyn Brubacher
September 22, 2018

*Refer to post from September 17 for more information.

A big thank you for all prayers and to those people who have been reaching out to us this past week. God has blessed in so many ways through you as a church family. An update: we have been blessed with a short term rental home in Elmira as of October first, and it is approved by insurance. Praise God!

September 20, 2018

Please pray for Clayton & Anna as they mourn the loss of Clayton’s younger brother, Enoch, who passed away early this morning at Grand River Hospital. The family will receive relatives and friends at Crystal View Mennonite Church (2167 Floradale Rd., Floradale) on Friday, September 21, 7:00-9:00 pm and on Saturday, September 22, 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. The funeral service will take place at Crystal View Mennonite Church on Sunday, September 23 at 2:30 pm. Interment to follow in Crystal View Mennonite Cemetery. 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

We received a letter from our sponsor child Jose from Nicaragua asking for prayer for him and his family as their country has fallen into civil war. He can no longer attend school because of it. Please pray for their safety and for peace to return.

jasmine martin
September 20, 2018

Please pray for Jasmine and her family, as Jasmine flies out today to Ecuador to serve at the the Hope of Bastion School for 3 months!

alex & ellen shantz
September 20, 2018

Please pray for Alex and Ellen Shantz. Alex had a fall which resulted in the fracture of a small bone in his back. They are very thankful he is still able to walk and work. Alex is restricted to not lifting anything for 8 weeks. They are moving next weekend and would appreciate prayer for patience and healing.

perry & karen weber
SEPTEMBer 18, 2018

Please pray for Perry & Karen Weber as they mourn the loss of Karen’s father, Harry Eix who passed away on Sunday, September 16 at Grand River Hospital. The visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 19 from 7-9 pm at the Dreisinger Funeral Home in Elmira. The memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 27 Mill St., Elmira.

SEPTEMBer 17, 2018

Please pray for Cleason and Evelyn Brubacher and family, as they have had a house fire late Saturday afternoon/evening (September 15). Everyone got out safely, but please pray for the whole family in the coming days and weeks as they deal with everything that is to come. Pray that they will feel comfort and the love of both God and everyone around them.

Tim & Monica Jay
September 9, 2018

*Refer to post from August 7 for more information. 

We are so thankful to God for the news we received after Tim's moms last doctors appointment. Her cancer numbers have dropped from 48 to 4 (normal numbers are between 1.5-4). Her blood pressure is good and her cholesterol is great! She will continue monthly treatments until January but the doctors are very pleased with how well she is doing. To God be the glory!
- Tim and Monica

September 7, 2018

Congratulations to Jerome & Kirsten on the birth of their daughter Eliana Catharina on Sunday, August 26!

rod & jen clemmer
September 7, 2018

*Refer to post from June 1 for more information

Jen has finished her chemo treatments, and she came through them fairly well - Praise the Lord! Continue to pray for both Rod & Jen and family as they navigate this trying journey, and that they would feel the Lord's peace and comfort as they continue moving forward.


(See September 2 post for previous post.) 
We just found out that our sister-in-law Kelly passed away this evening.  Yesterday afternoon, we were able to partake of communion with Bruce (Dave's brother), Kelly, their pastor, and several others of our family at their house. Afterward, we were able to each say a few things at her bedside. She was able to actively participate in communion, and she understood who we all were and what we were saying. 

We are so thankful to have gotten to know Kelly over the past fifteen years. We are glad that her suffering is over, and that she is in heaven having a wonderful time.

Please pray for us as we go through this time of grieving. Pray for Ben (their fourteen-year-old son) who started high school today. Pray for Bruce as he grieves and also has to get used to life without Kelly.

Thank you,
Dave and Agnes Van Der Molen


Please pray for Marlene Bearinger as she mourns the loss of her brother Ronald Brubacher who passed away Saturday, September 2.  Visitation will be at Dreisinger Funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Interment at West Montrose Mennonite meeting House on Thursday at 1:00 pm followed by funeral service at Wallenstein Bible Chapel at 2:00 pm (refreshments to follow).


Please pray for our family and extended families.  Our sister-in-law (Kelly Van Der Molen, married to Dave’s brother, Bruce) was diagnosed with melanoma about 1 ½ years ago.  They have tried many different treatments and none are working.  The cancer has spread to her lungs and brain and there is nothing more the doctors can do.  She is currently receiving palliative care at home.  She seems to be slipping fast.  

Pray especially for Bruce and their son Ben (14 years) as they try to savor the last few days with their wife and mother.  Our hearts break for them.  

In spite of the sadness, we are grateful that Kelly knows the Lord and will soon be free of all pain and cancer. 

Thanks for joining us in prayer!

Scott & brittany albrecht
August 30, 2018

Congratulations to Scott & Brittany Albrecht on the birth of Lucy Marie Wednesday, August 29!

Bruce & diane reid
August 27, 2018

*An update from Diane. Please refer to post from August 20 for more information

Thanks everyone for your prayer support and care. I am starting to feel like the pain is being brought under control and that there is visible progress. I will see my surgeon for removal of the staples on Friday and a check on my range of motion. I appreciate your continued prayer for patience and endurance in this journey.

Brandon Wideman & Stephanie Clemmer
August 23, 2018

Brandon & Steph are getting married tomorrow (Saturday, August 24)!  

wally & Elaine remers
August 22, 2018

Please pray for the Remers family, as Wally's brother, Herb, recovers from heart surgery (August 21) following a heart attack last week. Pray that the whole family would find peace and comfort in knowing that the Lord's hand is in all things. 

Krystal Remers
August 20, 2018

Krystal left Saturday to return to Mercy Ships for a few months, and she has safely arrived at the ship! Please continue to pray for Krystal as she serves in this way, and that she will find the Lord's strength as the completes the work she has been called to.

BRuce & Diane Reid
August 20, 2018

An update from Diane regarding her knee replacement surgery (refer to post from August 9 for more information):

Surgery went well. I haven't been able to sleep in my bed since coming home due to pain, so I have been in the recliner. I would appreciate prayer for wisdom managing pain control since my body is having a hard time with the pain medication.

Please pray that the Lord would give Diane comfort and rest during this time of recovery, and that she would be able to look for the good, even through the pain. 

Wayne & Peg Hockley
August 18, 2018

We are grateful to begin to see a measure of recovery for my dad after very serious abdominal surgery to repair multiple aortic aneurisms. Recovery has been slow, the surgery more difficult than anticipated, but God's hand has been evident. Please pray for all of us as the new realities of life moving forward will require adjustment. Thanking the Lord for His strength and care through these past 3 weeks. 

August 18, 2018

Please pray for Brian (Ann) and Brent (Jan) Martin (and their whole family) as their father, Amsey, has been diagnosed with multiple myloma, a form of blood cancer that affects the bone marrow. The journey to get a diagnosis has been difficult and chemo treatments start on Monday. May the God of ALL comfort continue to walk with each one and especially Amsey through this difficult time. 

Bruce & diane reid
August 9, 2018

Diane appreciates prayer as she goes for knee replacement surgery this coming week (August 16).

Phil, andrea & Cara bauman
August 9, 2018

Please pray for Andrea and Cara as they depart for Niger August 12 for Cara to start classes August 14. Phil returns to Ghana on August 15, arriving about the same time as Andrea coming from Niger.

August 7, 2018

Tim's mother was diagnosed with cancer and a blocked carotid artery back in June.  She was scheduled to start chemotherapy this week.  Monica sent this update this morning:

Over the past week and a bit Margaret has been having dizzy spells. Yesterday things took a turn for the worse and she was taken to hospital via ambulance. On the way to the hospital the paramedics actually said her heart had stopped for about 3 seconds. She was admitted to the ICU for observation and is now going in for surgery today to insert a pace maker.

Thankfully most of the family was there when all this happened and we were able to take our boys to see her in the hospital as it was scary and confusing for them to see her leave in the ambulance. Tim is still in Peterborough with his family, but I had to come home for work.  Lucas is also still there as he starts 2 weeks of camp up there today. 

Her heart was never the problem, at least we didn't know it was, and now the chemo she was supposed to be starting today will be postponed until they can get her heart problems under control. 

Thanks for your prayers!

Wayne & Peg hockley
August 7, 2018

Peg and I would appreciate your prayers for my father who we are expecting will have a surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm this coming Friday morning (August 10). The LORD's hand has been evident in both the discovery and timing of tests so we know God's hand is with him. We pray that the surgery will do well and we can be a strong testimony for the LORD through this difficult time.

July 29, 2018

Please pray for Henry & Alicia and their family as their youngest, Kassidie, will be leaving soon to live with her biological mother.  They invite us to pray for Kassidie - for her safety and the transition of her not being with the other Boese kids. Also for Avery, Arianna and Abigail as they learn to deal with their sister not being with them as the have formed a special attachment with her.  And also pray for Henry & Alicia as they manage this transition as it has been pretty hard so far. Avery especially is going to be taking it the hardest.

keith & Lorraine Clemmer
July 26, 2018

Please pray for Keith & Lorraine as they mourn the loss of Lorraine's father, Henry Bauman, who passed away Wednesday, July 25. Visitation will take place at the Dreisinger Funeral Home in Elmira on Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 4-8pm (there will be no public service).

Russ & Meredith Martin
July 23, 2018

It was great to have Russ & Meredith and family with us at WBC for a few weeks! Please pray for them as they have began the drive back to Florida today.

gareth & katelyn martin
July 19, 2018

We wanted to express our thanks for your prayers, support and care for us as foster parents to baby D. Our time with her was truly a blessing from the LORD and we grew to love her deeply. D is now placed with family and for her we are believing that God has a bigger plan and we desire to faithfully serve him in whatever doors open as a result. Please continue to pray as this transition time is difficult both for us and our families.

ron bauman
July 19, 2018

Please continue to pray for Ron Bauman whose sister, Verna Frey, passed away Sunday, July 15.

Evelyn Hoffman
July 19, 2018

Evelyn came home from the hospital last evening and is slowly getting to normal activity. The heart issue has been narrowed down to atrial fibrillation needing to be controlled with proper medication. Thankfully the pain is gone but it is still mysterious what caused the pain. Continue praying that there won't be any more problems and that Paul & Evelyn can have a good family vacation at Wildwood Bible Camp in August.

Evelyn Hoffman
July 16, 2018

Please pray for Evelyn Hoffman who was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital on July 14 regarding pain and concerns all related to her heart. Thankfully Evelyn isn't having pain today, but will stay in hospital for more monitoring and tests until the doctors feel they have found the cause of her arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation. Although Evelyn isn't in pain, the hospital isn't a particularly pleasant place to be, so please pray for peace and comfort for Evelyn for the duration of her stay.

Leavea Wiens
June 19, 2018

Pray for Leavea as she is back in the hospital. Please pray for rest and that the doctors can find what is wrong quickly.

Kevin Kraemer
June 19, 2018

Kevin had back surgery on June 12. Please continue praying for healing of his back and for patience.

June 19, 2018

Pray for the family as they grieve the loss of Darlene's father, Amsey Bowman who died Monday morning. Details of visitation and funeral will be posted when they become available.

Nebraska Missions Team
June 19, 2018

"Nebraska was exciting, exhausting, bittersweet and filled with Jesus! We made it 16 hours with hardly any oil in our van, only to find out on the last hour! Got there safely, reunited with lots of people, and spread the word of God to some pretty amazing kids! Thank you for your prayers and support! The finances that were donated went to the church we stayed at, some families in need, and a gentleman in debt with hospital bills. We appreciate the love!" - Bella Duncan, Ben Wideman, Kelsie Freeman, Lisa Penner

June 19, 2018

James had surgery back in February to remove a small tumour from his bladder. He had a check-up today and the Dr's report was "Everything looks really good"! Another check-up is scheduled for the end of the year.

June 10, 2018

We had three encouraging baptisms this past Sunday! If you missed the baptisms you can watch them in the links below
Jordan Shantz
Jill Sebben
Chad Frey

Stephen Ministry
June 3, 2018

Please pray for our newest Stephen Minister graduates as they get paired up with people in the coming weeks. All of the ministers put in a lot of time and effort to helping those that are hurting in our congregation, so please pray that they can be motivated by the work that they do.

QUENCH & Junior youth Leadership
June 1, 2018

Please pray for the youth groups as Rod & Jen are stepping back from their leadership roles. Pray that God would reveal the right people to take over the position moving forward. 

Rod & Jen Clemmer
June 1, 2018

Jen has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Please pray for the Clemmer family and that the treatment would be effective and as painless as possible.