2014

Thank you for your support this past year in helping individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in our communities throughout British Columbia.

 

 

 

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God

in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:13-14

 

 

IN THE NEWS

 

A TIME TO GIVE and A TIME TO RECEIVE

Jody Siebert  Executive Director

 

As we approach the end of 2014, I am in awe of the many blessings God has gifted us with.  He placed a call on our hearts to serve, but in the end we receive far more from those we serve, than we could ever give.  I have been truly honoured to join Bethesda’s ministry and to serve alongside the many faithful staff and volunteers who live out Bethesda’s values and beliefs in very real, day-to-day, ways.

 

Can I share part of my vision for Bethesda?

 

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “I have a dream…”

 

  • Of an organization that demonstrates social equality for all people, regardless of perceived status or ability; of a community where everyone’s value is not only recognized, but seen as essential. A community where those historically seen as “less than”, are sought after for their God-designed contribution; a community where people with disabilities are not seen as broken, but created just God intended them to be.
    • “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be…those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable”  (I Cor 12:18, 22).
  • Of a community that walks alongside one another, providing a safe space for healing; where hope and acceptance are offered authentically, understanding we are all fundamentally the same – seeking somewhere to belong, to be loved and accepted as we are.
  • Of an organization that impacts the community because of the way we “live with” one another; the way we reciprocally care for and learn from one another.
  • Of an organization of people, emboldened by hope; who live in the future, not the present; who regardless of what is going on today, have a vision of what is possible and uses that as a governing sense of action.

 

It is so affirming to witness how you already demonstrate so many of these beliefs and values. Thank you so much.

 

 

DUSTIN is a charismatic  young man with a zeal for life and adventure.

 

He has  a big heart and is quick to notice the needs of others around him and lend a helping hand. He often takes the time to share a word of encouragement, a story or a laugh with others around him. He has a way of making people feel included and welcome where ever he is. Dustin's second passion is sports. Dustin competes in several Special Olympic Sports and competed Nationally in the Canada summer games  that were held at UBC this past summer.

 

One of Dustin`s dreams is to be a `working man` so we explored several potential job sites and looked at his interests and passions. Dustin is a huge Canucks fan and so naturally the first place we looked for work was at local hockey arenas.  Dustin is completing a work experience/coop program at an arena helping with maintenance and housekeeping. He looks forward to his shifts and enjoys telling his friends about all his new adventures.

 

 

 

 

WHEELS FOR GUATEMALA...  Bethesda Staff and Board Directors are raising donations to help Hope Haven Canada cover the cost of shipping containers of wheelchairs and special equipment to Guatemala.

 

 

BETHESDA PRESIDENT AND FRIENDS BUILD HOMES... Eight volunteers - 4 from Langley & 4 from Smithers - built 3 houses, gave out food hampers, and clothing to some very needy Guatemalan families. We also had some fun and visited an Orphanage in Antigua, where unwanted children with disabilities are abandoned.

 

 

FINANCIAL POLICY... Spending of funds is confined to Board approved services and purchases.  Each gift designated toward an approved service will be used as designated with the understanding that when any given need has been met, designated gifts will be used where most needed.  Gifts are acknowledged and receipted with a tax deductible receipt.  Bethesda is a charter member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.

 

 

QUALITY OF LIFE is regularly reviewed to ensure the well-being of individuals supported by Bethesda. Standard indicators include what the Bible has to say about this important issue such as the following verse from 2 Peter 1:5-7

 

"...make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love."

 

 

 

 

 

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