Thanksgiving retreat in Penticton

This report is from GCI-Canada director Gary Moore.

My wife Wendy and I experienced a most uplifting time at the Thanksgiving Retreat held recently in Penticton, Canada. About 80 people gathered for a lovely time of learning, fellowship and good food. The retreat’s theme was “God is on the Move,” and from what we saw and heard, there is no doubt that GCI is participating more and more in what Jesus is doing in our world and in our generation.

It was a special treat to have with us GCI President Joseph Tkach and his wife Tammy. During the opening service we ordained Debbie Minke as an elder, and later celebrated at an elders’ dinner at a local restaurant. Debbie (along with her husband Craig, who pastors our Vancouver–Surrey and Prince George congregations) has been serving in an elder capacity for many years. Her ordination was thus an acknowledgement of this reality, and a chance to celebrate her service to our church.

Debbie Minke (at center) being ordained by Gary Moore and Joseph Tkach (at left)
Elders’ meal celebrating Debbie’s ordination

2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving retreat in Penticton”

  1. Congratulations Debbie! It is a validation to celebrate of what the Holy Spirit has done in your life ministering to others. Continued blessings on you, your family, and all whom you serve.
    Eric and Sue Larison
    Syracuse, NY

  2. Dear Debbie,

    God’s blessings be upon your ministry in Christ, to the church and the yet unreached.

    God for us, in us and through us!

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