Hope After Devastation

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Before it turned Halifax upside-down, hurricane Dorian made landfall on September 1st on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. It then moved on to the Grand Bahama Island for the next couple of days, finally departing on September 3rd. Dorian hit each island as a category 5 hurricane. The extreme wind, flooding, and loss of life has made it one of the worst recorded hurricanes in history. A large number of towns and communities were evacuated shortly after the storm and the devastation has resulted in communities being almost entirely cut off from each other – and out of reach from aid. Airports, airstrips, and roads are covered with rubble and debris and therefore unusable. The harbours are filled with sunken boats and debris blown into the sea from the wind or pulled in by the storm surges.

World Hope International (WHI) arrived on the scene with the first wave of responders on September 5th. One of the main ways they have been able to help is by meeting the critical need for water amongst people still scattered by the storm and those who have returned to their devastated communities. WHI sent two teams with portable solar-powered reverse osmosis units capable of purifying water from fresh or salt water. This method ensures that the supply of clean water is sustainable, and more economical than shipping in limited quantities of bottled water. With this quick response time and effective method, they were able to supply water to many Bahamian communities, and they move to new areas as the needs change.

WHI has also helped by shipping in large amounts of emergency supplies, and by clearing airfields and harbours to support the opening of the traffic into the Abacos. They also set up 4 water points and are now establishing fuel depots. 

Deep Water supports WHI through our ReachOut initiative. As a congregation we are able to be a part of this critical and life-saving work. While many of us lost power for days here in Halifax, many of our Bahamian neighbours lost everything- their homes, their communities, and their lives. Thank you Deep Water, for giving faithfully so that we can have the privilege of supporting those who extend their hands to help both now and in the days to come.

GymPact for Our Youth


Youth Unlimited is a multi-faceted organization that started up about two years ago in Lower Sackville. It operates under the parent ministry, Youth For Christ, which is actively involved in over 100 countries around the world (more on the global organization here: https://yfci.org/). The new Nova Scotia chapter is led by Mark Baker and includes programs like a drop-in centre for youth, basketball clubs, a drama group, youth Alpha, and one-on-one mentorship between youth and Youth Unlimited’s team of dedicated volunteers.

Last month, Youth Unlimited launched a new program called GymPact. These were pep-rally type events that they were able to bring to the public school system, a challenge for any faith-based organization. They started with one of the highest-needs junior high schools in the area and ran three sessions in the span of a week, one for each grade. The reception from students and staff was overwhelmingly positive and has already opened doors to more events at more schools! Youth Unlimited leadership and volunteers will continue to run GymPact in the coming school year, and branch out to bring them to even more junior high schools. They even have an opportunity to plug into one of the biggest high schools around in a new and exciting way, so stay tuned for updates on that! These programs work to make connections, find leaders from amongst the students, and build into their lives to help them develop leadership skills. They will also increase Youth Unlimited’s influence and visibility in the community, and can help direct the kids to their other programs, such as youth Alpha. Deep Water was an integral part of funding and supporting GymPact financially and prayerfully, and a big thank you goes out to the congregation for helping to bring more troubled, unchurched, and seeking youth into a community of love and support.

Serving in Our Own Backyard


Deep Water’s ReachOut initiative supports churches, ministries, and individuals literally all over the world- from Northern Canada to Haiti, Nicaragua, Mongolia… the list goes on. But we are also committed to serving right here at home. Last week we did just that when we served the kids at Joe Howe Elementary, a school literally a stone’s throw from our front step.

Joe Howe is home to 265 students and 50 staff and volunteers. This includes a group of twelfth grade youth from a Christian school that come every year for a week. The school is located in one of the most low-income areas in the city, and many of the children attending come from refugee families. It is our mission through our partnership with Joe Howe to serve these kids and the staff from the school. To let them know that they are seen, valued, and loved. So last week a team of over 25 volunteers showed up at the school armed with all the fixin’s! They cooked over 500 hotdogs and served over 300 people, and just made the day a great one for everyone involved. 

Without the generous gift of finances, time, energy, and prayer from the congregation at Deep Water, these types of events would not be possible. A big thank you goes out to all who sacrificed for the sake of these kids, you really do make a difference!

Coming Together as ONE


Earlier this month, youth from Deep Water attended the One Conference in New Brunswick along with thousands (yes, thousands!) of other leaders and teens dedicated to one God under one banner. ReachOut supports this event prayerfully and financially, and to say it was a success is an understatement. Check out the summary of the event below, these numbers say it all!

“ONE 2019 by the numbers:
3057 registered participants who were made up of...
1099 middle school students
1164 high school students and
794 leaders.

Plus we also had...
80 volunteers 
15 partner organizations
24 ONE Team Members and their Interns
3 CBOQ Youth exchange leaders
2 First Aiders

9 denominations represented: Baptists (of various stripes), Wesleyan, Pentecostal, Independent, Christ Church, Anglican, Church of the Nazarene, Disciples of Christ and Presbyterian. Plus a Camp and a Christian school! Hey friends from the United Church, Catholic Church, Salvation Army and other denominations - we'd love for you to join us in 2020!

$6626.20 raised by ONE to launch our ONE Mission and help partner with a church & community in El Salvador to (a) build latrines through Ready to be Sent (b) sponsor kids through Compassion Canada and (c) send a ONE team through Ready to be Sent in 2020.

94% the number of people who were at ONE who admit to having a nap on Sunday afternoon.

ALL united under 
ONE God as
ONE Church on
ONE Mission.

THANK YOU Atlantic Canada!”

Big Things for the Kingdom

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ReachOut 2018-2019 Progress Report

As ReachOut wraps up its second year, we are amazed at all the incredible work God has done through our community and international partnerships. Many of the projects we began in our first year are continuing and thriving, many of our partners have undertaken new projects, and we’ve made some new connections and partnerships. What follows is a report on what ReachOut does, and all the ways we have had impact as a church throughout this past fiscal year. 

ReachOut maximizes Deep Water’s effectiveness in building God’s kingdom through partnerships with incredible people, ministries, churches, and organizations. 10% of the offerings at Deep Water are allocated to ReachOut. It is our top priority to maximize the effectiveness of every dollar and every volunteer hour with which we are blessed. We are careful in our selection of partners, and specifically seek to amplify the impact of those who are doing great work serving the poor, evangelizing, and/or are planting new churches. Our partners work closely with ministry Champions from within the ReachOut team to ensure they are remaining effective and that their goals and missions line up with those of the church. We are therefore confident that we are, together, maximizing the impact for the Kingdom in ways that none of us could do alone.

Why do we focus on evangelism and church planting? We believe that Jesus changes lives. Our mission, as Christians, is to spread the word of Jesus and spread His love. We best do that through building up churches and loving the poor. Jesus was very clear.

This year, our time, energy, and finances:

  • provided playground and gymnastics equipment to a centre that serves kids in one of the most low-income areas of the city

  • started and continued to support the Child Survival Program in Nicaragua that helps equip parents with the skills to help their children survive and thrive, and works to keep families together whenever possible

  • supported presentations about sex trafficking in local schools, often 10-12 presentations per week

  • provided meals and volunteers to serve a free monthly dinner to guests who need it in the Halifax area

  • created a safe, fun space for kids and caregivers to come play and connect with each other, with toys, games, snacks, songs, and stories each week

  • helped fund counselling to youth being sexually exploited

  • provided resources in support of the launch a church in Truro that has seen such success that they are expanding less than a year after their inaugural service

  • supported a church plant in the South Shore that is set to start in September 2019, but has already seen seven people come to Christ in their preview services

  • provided the food to serve a Christmas pancake breakfast and field day BBQ to kids in a low-income area close to the church

  • provided the means by which a Christian organization can reach into public schools to make connections and provide mentorship to potential attendees of other, Christ-centred programs

  • helped support the purchase of a new, bigger church in Haiti where our partners looking to expand their congregation

  • started up the Celebrate Recovery program in our partner church in Haiti

  • sent a trained volunteer to Southeast Asia to work undercover and fight human trafficking directly in the brothels

  • supported church leader development in Mongolia

None of this work could have been done without you, Deep Water. This is what YOU have done this year- what WE have done together. Thank you for blessing so many people, locally and internationally, and for coming together to shine a light into a world that can sometimes seem so dark. Let’s enter a new year encouraged by what we’ve accomplished so far, and with renewed passion to see more work done in the name of Jesus!

Local Partners

Open Arms

This year we’ve been able to bless Open Arms with some new play equipment, games, and toys.  The centre has been booming lately, and there’s always a crowd of kids from all different ages and walks of life.  The centre is vibrant and growing and impacting their community for Jesus as well as making significant contributions to the health of community in Uniacke Square.  One of the kids favourite new activities is tumbling and some amateur gymnastics.  We were able to provide them with four new professional quality tumbling mats.  We dropped the first one off recently and within minutes the girls were doing cartwheels! They’re very excited for the delivery of the rest of the mats.  Because of ReachOut’s partnership with Open Arms and Deep Water’s generous young families, we’ve also been able to bless some families in the community with much-needed baby items such as strollers and cribs as they need arises.  Recently, a family at Deep Water was looking to donate a stroller to someone in need. Our staff contacted the director at Open Arms.  She texted back immediately and said that someone had been asking if Open Arms had any strollers just that morning, and we were able to make that connection. Deep Water’s connection to the Open Arms Centre continues to bless and show Christ’s love to kids who, in many cases, had never even heard of Him before! What an impact!

Come Play

Come Play is entering its fourth year, and they continue to see new faces walk through the doors! Not only that, but newcomers usually come back week after week, and many of them have started attending Deep Water through the regular connection on Friday mornings. Come Play’s dedicated volunteers show up every week to serve coffee and snacks, read stories, sing songs, and set up a large play area for kids ages 0-5. 

Come Play is also a place for caregivers to come and connect with other adults. Here they have formed friendships, helped each other through struggles, and loved and served each other’s kids. It has become a community, and one that warmly welcomes new faces and gives them a place to sit, chat, relax, and feel at home. Come Play is truly a blessing to the community of children and caregivers both from inside and outside the walls of the church.

Open Door/HEY

The two arms of the Open Door Centre, UP (unplanned pregnancy) and HEY (Helping Exploited Youth), have been busy this year meeting critical needs for youth in our city. They had 326 visits in 2018 and so far 2019 is far busier than last year. They did almost 100 pregnancy tests last year, helping youth make critical life choices and supporting them after their decisions. They are seeing exponential growth in HEY; in the past two months they have had over 20 appointments helping trafficked youth. They are also speaking in schools every week on sex trafficking awareness as well as sexual consent. Sometimes they are in up to 10-12 classrooms a week talking about the issues that are deeply impacting our youth.

Deep Water’s support has been an integral part of funding to do the school presentations! What a privilege to have this opportunity as a faith based organization to have this voice of truth in our schools. 

They have a growing staff team, and the ReachOut support this year enables them to have high calibre HEY staff and a computer to do their work on. They are so thankful for the way ReachOut ensures that they can offer free services to all their clients through its ongoing support. Every week they see so many youth begin to make healthy decisions that literally turn their lives around. As a result of coming to the Centre for a few of months, they recently seen two clients make the biggest decision of all - to surrender their lives to God. This is when true life change often takes place!

Soul’s Harbour

Souls Harbour Rescue Mission remains an active and important ministry in Halifax. This year, the funds from ReachOut have been used to provide a monthly dinner, which will continue

to be served on the first Friday of every month. Each month they have been getting an

average of 10-15 volunteers from Deep Water to help serve the meal to guests.

Souls Harbour has expanded their ministry in a couple of different ways over the past

year. They opened Mission Mart in Bayer’s Lake, a thrift store where 100% of the

proceeds go to supporting their ministry. They also began construction of a Life Recovery

Shelter at their Cunard Street location, which should be up and running very soon. The

shelter will offer a recovery program to up to 10 men at a time who are in the margins,

either just coming out of prison or recovering from issues such as addiction,

homelessness, or joblessness.


Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA), run by Halifax Community Chaplaincy Society, works with men and women who acknowledge responsibility for their crime and desire to discover their true identity, allowing them to live crime-free, healthy futures. They see hope flourish and healthy relationships blossom where previously only despair and isolation reigned. Deep Water has and continues to play an integral part in their ability to carry out this vision. Our steadfast support has given them hope and confidence to continue, and for that they are very grateful! They continue operating 10 circles and their volunteers, and regularly receive requests for new circles. One need that has been addressed by volunteers and staff alike is continued volunteer training. With the demographic that CoSA works with, volunteer competence, integrity, and emotional health is of utmost importance.

Marten’s Falls

ReachOut has had the opportunity over the past two years to be part of the team that is supporting a unique work of God in the Marten’s Falls area. Marten’s Falls is a native Canadian community north of Thunder Bay. Members of the community band reached out to a new church in Thunder Bay, Transformation Church, requesting help in starting a Christian community in the area. Transformation Church began working with them, including flying people in and out of the community, to begin the work. Through an Alpha program, training and an ongoing Bible study, progress in the area has been slow but God has been working in lives. As Transformation Church has funds and now other groups supporting this work, ReachOut is finishing up our committed giving to this project yet keenly and supportively standing by our partners in this mission as they continue to work to reach this community.


Since their launch in the fall of 2018, God has been doing big things at Groundswell Church in Truro! Groundswell, led by Pastor Tammy Giffen, is a no-pressure space and atmosphere where people are encouraged to come as they are and free to explore faith at their own pace. They are a church for both the seasoned believer and the unchurched. Their excellent mission and leadership is reflected in their success, and they are currently working on plans to launch a second location in East Hants in October. There are 15,000 people who live in this area and it is the youngest and fastest growing municipality in Nova Scotia. Their hope is to have a portable location in one of the schools.

Groundswell has expressed deep appreciation for the support and encouragement they have received from Deep Water over the past year, and we are thrilled to be able to help them grow and spread the Word throughout Nova Scotia! 

Coastal Church

Coastal Church is church plant set to launch in Barrington, NS in September of 2019. It will operate under the umbrella of sending church Yarmouth Wesleyan Church (YWC).

Barrington is one of the regional hub communities without a strong gospel presence, and Coastal Church will be the first church plant in the area in decades. There is a group of people from YWC leadership as well as Barrington, Woods Harbour, and Pubnico locals who have been meeting weekly to prepare for their September launch. 

Coastal had had two preview services to date, with 188 attending the first service and 278 attending the second. There were also seven first-time decisions to follow Christ between the two services. YWC and Coastal leadership sees this as confirmation that the mission field in the area is ripe, and is excited to partner with Deep Water both financially and through prayer.

Joe Howe School

Deep Water’s relationship with Joe Howe Elementary School is unique, in that is it a relationship rather than a partnership. Simply put, we just want to love on them! This school is home to many children coming from low-income families and a large number of Syrian refugees, and we consider it a blessing to be able to show them love through acts of service. This year, we provided and served the kids a Christmas pancake breakfast. It was our second year doing this, and we were thrilled to see so many folks from Deep Water come out and serve these kids. We also headed up a school BBQ in June, and served them hotdogs, chips, juice and treats on their field day. We had a large team of eager volunteers serve the kids and staff. In the coming year we hope to hold more events like these and to keep serving the kids in the school just a stone’s throw from our church building.

Youth Unlimited

Youth Unlimited has seen a big year as it works to build a ministry from the ground up. They work primarily in the Lower Sackville area and have offered a drop-in centre on Wednesday nights, a weekly basketball group for teen boys, and recently started up a drama program for youth. The basketball and drama groups have seen lots of success, with many youth coming through the doors and finding a safe space to spend time with amazing volunteers willing to pour into their lives. These events also offer the opportunity to make connections with the youth and parents, and invite them out to other, Christ-centred events. One such event is Youth Alpha, which was very successful early in the year and will be run again throughout the upcoming year. Right now, Youth Unlimited is regularly connected to around 50 teens through one of their existing programs. 

On the horizon for the next few months are youth events, called GymPact, in public schools. These will start with one of the most challenging school, AJ Smeltzer Junior High. These events will have a “pep rally” feel, and work to make connections, find leaders from amongst the students, and build into their lives to help them develop leadership skills. They will also work to increase Youth Unlimited’s influence and visibility in the community of Sackville. This opportunity to reach into public schools is rare and Youth Unlimited leadership can’t wait to get started and bring more troubled, unchurched, seeking, or any other group of youth into a community of love and support!


Multiply is an organization, lead locally by Chad MacDonald, which equips new churches in Canada. ReachOut has begun a partnership with them to help build the network of effective churches in Atlantic Canada and throughout the country.



This year, Deep Water helped to solely fund a Child Survival Program in Nicaragua through Compassion. This program focuses on promoting development and survival of the most vulnerable babies in the area. Though the program, they provide education and support for the mother or primary caregiver, and encourage families to stay together. Below is an update from the partners working at the program in Nicaragua:

“This past year, working with pregnant mothers and babies has been a great blessing. We have

been able to provide personalized attention from the heart of their homes, illuminating for them

lessons necessary for the proper development and growth of children from the womb. It has

also been an opportunity to sow in the hearts the seed of the kingdom of heaven. The prayers in each home have given fruits of blessing, healed children, and homes that have been restored. We are working to unite families and couples in marriage. We have contacted a lawyer for those couples who wish to join their lives in civil marriage. Our challenge is to make this a reality so that homes are legally recognized. We see each mother motivated to dedicate her children to the Lord, through a ceremony of "Dedication of Children". With the help of the Lord, this year we will present about five children. I ask for your prayers for our safety in each visit we make and for God's support to be with us. Our Church will be praying for you that God will prepare you in all your goals, plans and help you in every challenge you face.”


Our partnership with people and churches in Haiti is where ReachOut began (as luvHAITI). We are thrilled to continue to see the fruits of those first seeds sown years ago. This year, eight participants were approved for micro loans for their business ventures. The micro loan program continues to function self-sufficiently and provides people with the means to kick-start their businesses and support their families. On top of this, four students received sponsorships through the Petionville Scholarship program for their post-secondary studies. 

We also continue to provide financial support to our Missionary Partners, Carl & Maya Gilles, as well as support for EquipHaiti, which is a youth leadership/ ministry program. Our long-time partner church in Haiti, Petitionville Wesleyan, is growing and would like to expand. They have excellent leadership in Pastor Jeannot Chataigne, and this year we sent funds in support of their goal of purchasing a larger church building. 

Petitionville Wesleyan is interested in bringing Celebrate Recovery to their congregation. Initial conversations were held in the summer between Pastor Jeannot and our CR leadership. Pastor Jeannot has identified a team of individuals to lead CR and we are currently sourcing training materials in French so that the launch team can begin to prepare.

Anti- Human Trafficking (Chris Jones)

Chris Jones, a Deep Water member, works with The Exodus Road organization as part of a team of undercover operatives investigate sex trafficking involving underage girls in Southeast Asia. Chris and his team go into brothels wearing hidden recording devices to gather evidence, then write reports and put together evidence packages to give to local law enforcement agencies. This allows the authorities to conduct raids, make arrests, and give these girls the freedom they deserve.

The work to which God has called Chris is hugely challenging, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He sees girls treated like cattle, given numbers, and completely dehumanized. These girls are abused by customers in every way imaginable. We are honoured, as a church, to support Chris in his mission financially, through prayer, and through emotional support and community. 

Chris has been working with the Exodus Road for several years, but this year his mission saw a change. Due largely to the success that the Exodus Road and similar groups have had, the traffickers are changing how they do business. His last trip was largely about exploring how they can best change their approach to stay effective and keep the traffickers and abusers in retreat.

Evangelism and Church Planting in Mongolia

The Ellisons who moved to Mongolia in 2018 to help build up churches and church leaders in the country. Mongolia has a small, young Christian community and is often overlooked by missionaries due to the extreme difficulty of the local language. The Ellisons are working hard to make connections despite this language barrier. They are learning Mongolian and working on getting camps up and running to teach the locals some English skills. This will open the lines of communication between the groups of people and help spread the gospel to many Mongolians who have never heard about the love of Jesus.

Other partnerships include:

World Hope International - Canada (Disaster relief and international anti-human trafficking)

Global Partners - Church planting in Nicaragua working with Ryan Schmitz

Deep Water Benevolence

One Conference 

Opening the Door


It was great to hear from Heather Harman from Open Door Centre this past Sunday! She shared about the impact the centre has had on the community and the many ways Deep Water has been a part of that. Check out the blog below for more information from Heather:

Incredible times at Open Door. We have seen significant growth in both divisions of the Centre:

UP (unplanned pregnancy) and HEY (Helping Exploited Youth) are meeting critical needs for youth in our city, we had 326 visits in 2018 and so far 2019 is far busier than last year.

We did almost 100 pregnancy tests last year, helping youth make critical life choices and supporting them after their decisions. We are seeing exponential growth in HEY, in the past two months we have had over 20 appointments helping trafficked youth. We are also speaking in schools every week on sex trafficking awareness as well as sexual consent. Sometimes we are in up to 10-12 classrooms a week talking about the issues that are deeply impacting our youth.

DW support has been an integral part of funding us to do the school presentations! What a privilege to have this opportunity as a faith based organization to have this voice of truth in our schools.

We have a growing staff team, and DW support this year enables us to have high calibre HEY staff and a computer to do their work on. We are so thankful for the way DW ensures that we can offer free services to all our clients through its ongoing support.

The truth is, we can’t really measure success in numbers, at the Centre we celebrate changed lives! Every week we see so many youth begin to make healthy decisions that literally turn their lives around. As a result of coming to the Centre for a few of months, we have recently seen two clients make the biggest decision of all - to surrender their lives to God. This is when true life change often takes place! We offer emotional support, material support (a boutique full of new items) and spiritual support to everyone who walks through our door. Thank you for partnering with us and enabling us to reach vulnerable youth at a critical time in their lives.

Prayer for Haiti


A letter to Deep Water from Carl and Maya Gilles following their emergency evacuation of Haiti:

Deep Water Wesleyan, 

Today February 15th, marks Day 9 of lockdown. Travel Advisory went to 4 (the highest level - DO NOT TRAVEL TO HAIT DUE TO CRIME AND CIVIL UNREST). The President's speech aggravated the protestors. They were rioting at midnight and through the night last night. This morning we drove safely to the airport and we are now waiting to board our plane to the USA.


When I first heard we were being evacuated, i cried. My voice trembled and I riposted : “No. Not us.  We can’t leave. We are safe, we have supplies, we have to stay! Evacuate all the others, but not us!“ I was in disbelief! I wanted to believe that those protests will quiet down, just like the hundreds of those we’ve experienced previoulsy. For hours, I debated that decision …until I realized, it wasn’t ours to make. 


Evacuation is not pleasant. It’s confusing. It’s unsettling. It’s disrupting. It’s frightening.  It interrupts our lives and hits our very core! Yet, that decision is made for our protection.  At times, when we are so close to a situation, we can’t see clearly. Someone objective needs to come in… and speak responsibly. We are thankful for Global Partners for being so proactive in seeing this coming.


When the decision finally settled in my mind, my brain went a million directions a minute. Should Carl stay? Should he fly with us? I booked a flight, canceled it. I re-booked, canceled it again. Then we were asked to re-book it to expedite our departure… But, Where do we go? Are we returning in a week, a month? How do we pack? Summer clothes for Florida. Winter clothes for Canada? Or both? Is a back pack enough? Do i bring all of our important papers, pictures, precious treasures we’ve accumulated in our 10 years in-country? Will the girls return to their school? Should we register them in Canada? Will we make it to the airport with the barricaded roads? Will our airline cancel the flight? Should we have a 2nd one just in case? How do we leave our house? Will we return to a house damaged by a civil war? What will happen to our dog? Is he safe, should we bring this 120 pound mastiff with us?  How can the girls say proper goodbyes to their friends? How do we even prepare them for what’s ahead?


Then there is:

How can we leave our friends who have “no way out”, Who live on a day-to-day basis? They have no appliances to keep supplies for those lockdown days. No electricity, no propane to cook, no water to drink or bathe, no food. No open bank to get some cash! Wait, they don’t have savings anyway! No way to get in the hospital in the event of an accident or illness. How are T-H-E-Y going to survive? Then guilt sets in. I could make a difference staying here!  I want to go through the hard and the ugly with the people i’ve come (and been called) to love and serve. I want to bear witness of the Great Love God has for them, despite the corruption shown by their government, the violence made by opposition groups or peers, and the poor living conditions they have to endure each and every day. I want to hug them, feed them, reassure them of God’s faithfulness and shower them with God’s promises. I want to tell them: Let’s just wait, pray and be faithful and show them one small act of kindness at a time. I know God will redeem this beautiful country that was once called "the jewel of the Caribbean". He will come through! But how do I communicate this message when I’m not even there… 


Evacuation is hard. Hopelessness is harder. Will you pray for this nation that has already suffered so much from poor leadership, corruption and from power hungry people? Will you pray that somehow, God will expand His grace and show each and everyone of them (deserving or not) His undeniable and unconditional love? May all find the courage to surrender and may they find freedom & hope in the One and Only God.  


Continue to pray for us as we process the last few weeks, 


Thankful for you!


Carl and Maya 

A Big Year for Souls Harbour!


Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is a growing Christian ministry located on Cunard Street

in Halifax — just a few minutes away from Deep Water Church! It was founded by Rev.

Ken and Michelle Porter, who have spent 20 years working with hungry, homeless,

abused and addicted populations in Canada’s inner cities. Through the Drop-In centre,

Souls Harbour serves up to 100 hot lunches every weekday, with locations in Truro and

Bridgewater as well.

In February of last year, Deep Water Reach Out partnered with Souls Harbour to fund

an evening meal at the Halifax centre on the first Friday of every month. These dinners

are served to the guests entirely by volunteers from Deep Water, and each month we’ve

had a group of around 10-15 people show up to help. For December’s meal, the

fabulous Riptide youth group took over the night!

Serving a meal at Souls Harbour is a great opportunity to connect with other people

from the church, and show love to those in our community who are in need. So gather a

friend or two (or your entire small group!) and sign up through the Deep Water Events

page. The next dinner will be on Friday, February 1st, and you can contact Andrea at

andrea.ewer@gmail.com with any questions.

There are also opportunities to serve lunchtime meals at the Souls Harbour Drop-In

centre throughout the week. The shift would be from 12:45-3:30 on weekdays, or 11:30-

1:30 on Saturdays. This would be serving food at tables and helping to clean up

after. Check out the Souls Harbour Facebook page for openings, which is updated

every Sunday evening. With so many meals to prepare, food donations are always

welcome at the Drop-In centre.

Along with their meal program, Souls Harbour runs Mission Mart, a newly opened thrift

store at 265 Susie Lake Crescent in Bayer’s Lake, where 100% of the proceeds go to

support their ministry. Volunteers are always needed here, to help sort donations,

restock racks and shelves, or work the cash. If you’re interested in helping out, fill out

this application and Souls Harbour will get back to you about scheduling a shift.

Donations of clothing, household items, and furniture can be dropped off at the Mission

Mart during open hours.

Last year Souls Harbour was excited to announce the construction a Life Recovery

Shelter at their Cunard Street location, which should be up and running very soon. The

shelter will offer a recovery program to up to 10 men at a time who are in the margins,

either just coming out of prison or recovering from issues such as addiction,

homelessness, or joblessness.

It is clear that Souls Harbour is an active and influential ministry in Halifax. As a church,

let’s join hands with them and be a small part of the meaningful work they are doing to

spread the love of Christ in our city.

“You’re here to be light. Bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to

be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-

bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you

on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep

open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people

to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16, MSG)

Reaching Out with CR


During a visit to Deep Water, our missionary partners in Haiti, Carl and Maya Gilles, were very interested to hear about the Celebrate Recovery (CR) program and how it was being implemented here at Deep Water. Discussions began on how they might introduce Celebrate Recovery to the church they are working with, and how Deep Water could provide support. 

A few months later, we kicked off our LuvHaiti Christmas campaign with the focus of raising funds to help Maya and Carl to launch CR in churches in Port au Prince, Haiti. Our congregation responded empathically and our campaign was an incredible success. Some of the funds were used to send an initial shipment of CR materials, which Carl and Maya used to bring CR to two local churches. 

The excerpt below is from Carl and Maya’s 2017 Annual Report, detailing this process:

With the help of Deep Water church, we’ve introduced CR to two churches in Port au Prince this past year (Carrefour-Feuilles and Cité Soleil). “Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. It is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life”. We look forward to introducing this amazing, God’ sent resource to more churches this year, starting with the churches that have international partnerships.   

One Friday in March, a participant in a CR introduction meeting asked the question: “how can I be vulnerable and genuine, freely sharing struggles in those meetings without being afraid that the leader would put me on church discipline afterward?” This question points-out a very sad reality in the Haitian church where leaders often respond to vulnerability with judgment and punishment. Grace, love, and acceptance are not natural responses. Surprisingly, one of the pastors responded to the participant saying: “You are right! A few weeks ago, a member of our church shared his secret with me. Before I attended the CR training the first thing I would do is to tell the board and arrange to put that person on church discipline. But through the CR training I learned that we all have struggles, in need of support. I therefore decided to help him with his struggles and today he has overcome it and is still a very active member in our church.” This was a powerful testimony. Little by little, people are being transformed. 

(To read Carl & Maya’s full annual report, visit https://www.globalpartnersonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/LH2017-AnnReport-3.pdf)

Earlier this year, our focus turned to investigating whether Petionville Wesleyan, our partner church, would be interested in receiving support to adopt CR in it’s own community. Through emails and Zoom meetings, Pastor Jeannot had a chance to ask questions of our own CR team, and to discuss how the program could help members of his own community to find healing and freedom. 

Presently, Pastor Jeannot is reviewing introductory materials, and is also beginning to identify key individuals within his congregation to champion Celebrate Recovery in Petionville Wesleyan. LuvHaiti is excited by the deepening of our partnership and how we will be able to work together to further the Kingdom. Let’s continue to pray for Petionville Wesleyan, and the leaders that God will raise up and use through Celebrate Recovery.

In Cahoots

As members of the professional, academic, social, or online world, most of us are intimately familiar with the feeling of competition. Whether we recognize it in a moment or not, the “me vs her” or “us vs them” mentality can easily creep into relationships if left unchecked. If you’ve grown up in church, you may have your own story of a time when you’ve seen this ugly beast rear its head within the body of Christ. Deep Water is committed to swimming against this current, and we are passionate about working with other churches and supporting them as they help more people find their way to Jesus. As Pastor AJ said in a sermon earlier this year, “We’re not in competition, we’re in cahoots.”.

Groundswell is a new church plant in Colchester County that is dedicated to fighting against this same pressure. Their website states, “So many people feel like life, God, or even church is against them. We want them to know that there is a place that is for them.” As a church, Deep Water is thrilled to be able to support Groundswell through our ReachOut initiative. Led by pastor Tammy Giffen, they had their official kick-off on September 16 at the Cineplex movie theatre (sound familiar?!). With 200 people in attendance, it was a wildly successful first week, and we hope to see them grow and thrive as they serve the people in their community.

Groundswell is a no-pressure space and atmosphere, where people are encouraged to come as they are and free to explore faith at their own pace. They are a church for both the seasoned believer and the unchurched. Children are welcome to attend, and they have full children’s programs for kids from birth to grade 5. As a church, let’s come together and pray for the success of our brothers and sisters as they embark on this new journey. Let’s pray for Jesus to work through them to transform lives, families, and  communities. 

We’re in your corner Groundswell!

Come Play (And Connect)

Come Play is a free, semi-structured play group that offers a fun, interactive environment for caregivers and children 0-5. The group meets Friday mornings at Deep Water Church and has been averaging around forty people. A number of those who attend are unchurched or new to Deep Water. 

We believe in the healthy and positive growth of children, and we engage with them through fun playtime, creative crafts and meaningful stories. Funds from Reach Out provide refreshments and snacks for caregivers and children and enable this weekly event to be free of charge. In addition, funds ensure a colourful variety of programming. This has included craft instructors and materials, balloon art, Easter activities, and Christmas items for caregivers and children.

Come Play helps to forge and strengthen relationships among caregivers from all different walks of life, many of them unfamiliar with the Christian faith and otherwise unlikely to engage with Deep Water. Some unchurched caregivers that began coming to Come Play are now attending worship gatherings at Deep Water. Others who began attending are now volunteering in order to help make Come Play even more effective. Come Play will be entering it's fourth year and continues to provide a warm, open environment for community members and others to engage with Deep Water. 

This year we will be offering a quarterly small group for caregivers to support and encourage each other in our roles as parents, as well engage with scriptural truths. This would be at time without children. Topics of meetings would health, parenting, crafting, giving back to community, etc. 

Join us with your kids and invite others to our kick off Friday Sept 21 at 10 AM!

Fighting Trafficking Internationally

Fighting Trafficking Internationally

Deep Water is steadfastly dedicated to the fight against human trafficking. We consider this to be one of the greatest injustices in the world today. Along with our partnership in the fight against trafficking at home (by helping women, by education in schools, through prevention, protection & partnership), we are partnering with an organization that fights this evil abroad. World Hope International (WHI) has been a leader in anti-trafficking and anti-exploitation work in West Africa for over a decade. Their workload is heavy, as an estimated 43,500 people in Sierra Leone are currently enslaved through some form of sexual or labor exploitation. WHI is also the only service provider in the country serving victims of trafficking with comprehensive and confidential services.

WHI has seen huge strides in their ministry in the last year, and we are thrilled to be able to partner with them. Here are a few of the highlights from WHI’s last year:

  • Survivors were given medical treatment.
  • Survivors were supported in their emotional and psychological recovery process through individual counselling.
  • Survivors were provided educational instruction in First Aid Arts, life skills, and personal hygiene.
  • WHI Recovery Centre staff received training on trauma from a psychotherapist and on the Sierra Leone Sexual Offences Act, so they are better able to help Survivors know their rights.
  • WHI supported investigations and prosecutions to bring trafficking perpetrators to justice
  • Assessments and bonding sessions between survivors and their family members/caregivers were done to prepare Survivors for reintegration
  • WHI worked with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) staff on intake approval, data collection, referrals and reintegration/assessment activities
  • Trafficking In Persons (TIP) training was provided to police officers
  • TIP training was provided to staff answering the “Childline” hotline

WHI believes in God’s desire for freedom and justice for the oppressed and the violated.

'We envision mercy and compassion for the disempowered, healing for the abused, and recovery for the victims of exploitation. These convictions are our passion; they are the reasons why we work so hard every day to serve victims of human trafficking and gender-based violence, and why we are committed to doing all we can to prevent such crimes from happening in the first place.’ - World Hope International

Thank you, Deep Water, for your commitment to fight human trafficking by supporting WHI.

A Big First Year

ReachOut Funding 2017-2018

ReachOut serves to build God’s Kingdom outside of the walls of Deep Water by investing in local and international ministries that serve the poor, reach the lost and plant new churches. Deep Water commits 10% of offerings received; through ReachOut we find partner organizations that are doing great work and provide financial and in some cases volunteer support to amplify their mission. These partners are outstanding in their work - they accomplish their mission with excellence. 

This year we launched ReachOut, initiating partnerships and finding Champions to represent them throughout Deep Water.

As you can see from the mix of organizations and impacts detailed below, together we were able to do more than any of us could do alone. The sex trafficked are freed, the poor are fed, the kids who have come as refugees have play equipment (and juice boxes!), those far from God have new, effective churches in their area, and other kids have hats, mitts and school supplies. 

We do this because we believe the God who created and loves everyone uses disciples in churches to serve the poor and spread the good news. We do the work of building God’s Kingdom, and we help plant more churches that will do the same. 

In short, this year through ReachOut you:

  • Partnered in planting 5 churches (Halifax, Truro, Ontario, Nicaragua and one other international location)
  • Provided playground equipment in Halifax
  • Sponsored a child in Nicaragua
  • Launched Celebrate Recovery in 2 churches (and counting) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Funded a clothes boutique for at risk mothers in Halifax
  • Provided disaster relief support to the Caribbean
  • Fed hundreds of hungry people in Halifax
  • Provided trade school scholarships to 4 students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Provided a great drop-in opportunity for parents in Halifax
  • Fought against human trafficking internationally
  • Provided subsidized sports camp in Halifax
  • Supported the education of a future church planter in New Brunswick
  • Supported the efforts to reintegrate parolees in an effective, supportive community in Halifax
  • Provided for missionaries doing youth leadership training throughout Haiti
  • Provided in-school anti-human trafficking education to 2197 students and 585 adults students in NS and NB 

This report is longer than most ministry reports. I want everyone at Deep Water to understand which organizations we’re supporting and what results they are seeing as a result of our support.

Below is a list of the various ministries that ReachOut supported over the 2017-2018 year, and a summary of what was accomplished with the funding that was provided. 

Local ReachOut Ministries

Open Arms Centre

The Open Arms Centre provides a safe and comfortable gathering environment for women and children in the Unique Square area. They provide scheduled activities for women including Bible study, sewing class, budgeting and other life skills programming. For children, aged 5-12, Open Arms offers seasonal programs including summer and March Break camps as well as an after school drop-in program that provides healthy snacks, fun activities, homework help and occasional outings.

Open Arms’ close proximity to Deep Water and their effective work with potentially marginalized individuals made Open Arms a natural partner for us to amplify. Their centre has been especially busy since newly arrived Syrian refugees have reached their 13th month in country meaning they no longer receive the same level of government assistance. 

Through our relationships at the Centre we learned that juice boxes are a big deal at the centre. Having a juice box to include in children’s snack bag is very helpful and the kids consider them a special treat. With that in mind, we bought juice boxes for the many field trips Open Arms took over March Break. In addition ReachOut supported the purchase of playground toys (a basketball net, soccer nets, playgroup balls, countless jump ropes, hula hoops and a whole bunch of other fun stuff) and equipment to furnish Open Arms’ new playground.

Come Play

Come Play is a free, semi-structured play group that offers a fun, interactive environment for caregivers and children 0-5. The group, averaging around 40 people, meets Friday mornings at Deep Water Church. A number of those who attend are not part of any church or are new to Deep Water.

Funds from ReachOut provided refreshments and snacks for caregivers and children and enabled this weekly event to be free of charge. In addition, funds ensured a colourful variety of programming. This has included craft instructors and materials, balloon art, Easter activities, and Christmas items for caregivers and children.

Come Play helps to forge and strengthen relationships among caregivers from all different walks of life, many of them unfamiliar with the Christian faith and otherwise unlikely to engage with Deep Water. Some unchurched caregivers that began coming to Come Play are now attending worship gatherings at Deep Water. Others who began attending are now volunteering in order to help make Come Play even more effective. Come Play will be entering its fourth year and continues to provide a warm, open environment for community members and others to engage with Deep Water.

Open Door Centre

Open Door Centre is a judgement-free space offering support to empower young people in making critical decisions around sex, pregnancy, abortion, and parenting. These topics can be a challenge for many young people to talk about. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the clients of Open Door feel welcomed, supported, and valued during their visits to the centre. 

One of the key elements in achieving this goal is a boutique where returning clients can select much-needed items to support them in their journey of pregnancy, parenting, or escape from sexual exploitation. Before partnering with ReachOut, this boutique was essentially a large closet with items stored in plastic bins. With Deep Water’s investment the centre purchased and installed shelving, cupboards, storage units, and better lighting for the boutique. They also purchased storage units for other areas of the centre so that non-boutique items could be moved out and stored more efficiently where they are needed. As well, they purchased some high-demand items that were in short supply, such as bus tokens, phone cards, and clothes. The boutique is now a beautiful, well-stocked space that is both efficient for the staff at the centre as well as a place where clients feel valued and supported. 

Since the installation of the boutique, feedback has been 100% positive. The staff and volunteers are thrilled with how it organizes the essential items that are donated. The improvement in organization has meant that staff and volunteer time has been maximized, as they can find items they are looking for quickly and easily. 

The first client to visit the boutique was full-term in pregnancy and about to give her baby for adoption. She did not have the means to buy her baby girl an outfit for the hospital, and she was deeply touched to have the boutique available to her. It meant that she was able to pick out some clothes and blankets for her baby as she gave her to the adoptive family. The boutique has only been up and running for a few weeks, so this is only the beginning of the impact it will have on clients of Open Door Centre. It is an investment that will keep giving and blessing both the young people of Halifax and the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to serve them. 

Says Open Door Centre’s Executive Director, Heather Harmon “With the help of Deep Water Church and Reach Out we were enabled to serve our clients in new ways! Thank you for extending your love and the funds to meet the needs of the Centre and our clients. You are truly a blessing to us!”

Helping Exploited Youth (H.E.Y. - Part of the Open Door Centre)

Through H.E.Y., Open Door Centre is dedicated to eliminating sex trafficking by empowering individuals and communities with protection and prevention knowledge and skills. They hold awareness sessions in schools, churches and other places within communities.

During the past year they were privileged to help Ashley*, a young woman looking for help with her pregnancy and trafficking situation. They helped her find a place of sanctuary to heal and raise her child in a loving, safe environment. 

Trafficked teens still need help: Nearly weekly, parents, youth workers, or family members call us desperate for help with a young trafficked person in their life. Every victim must overcome many obstacles to reach out for help: fear, shame, exorbitant "leaving fees", or their love for their trafficker. Many brave exploited women and men have taken the major step to reach out to the Open Door Centre for help through the H.E.Y. program.

Over the past year, 2197 students and 585 adults were provided training in anti-human trafficking education. They reached 15 schools and equipped all Halifax school guidance counsellors, from both the French and English school boards.

Souls Harbour

Souls Harbour is a drop-in centre that provides a place of community for men and women facing hunger, homelessness, poverty, abuse and addiction. Souls Harbour serves local families, as well as seniors from neighbouring affordable housing blocks. They also offer free food, clothing, toiletries and household items.  

Up to 100 hot, nutritious lunches are served every weekday at Souls Harbour Rescue Mission.

Reach Out donated $4,000 to Souls Harbour to fund an evening meal on the first Friday of every month. Without this money and hands-on help from Deep Water, this evening meal would not have been feasible for the ministry. Volunteers from Deep Water help to serve the meal to guests, clear tables, and clean up afterwards. Guests have been grateful to be greeted with warm smiles, friendly faces, and many are happy to have someone to talk with during their time at the centre. A couple of the guests mentioned attending Celebrate Recovery, and Deep Water’s presence at the Friday dinners has demonstrated our continued love and support for our community. We are excited to continue to build relationships with the guests and the Souls Harbour staff throughout the next year. 

The Souls Harbour team have told us they are thrilled with the new partnership with Deep Water, and are grateful to now be able to offer Friday dinner service to the community. 

ReachOut International Relief

This year ReachOut contributed $1,000 to disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean. As well, $1,500 has been provided to World Hope Canada to support their newly launching efforts to provide clean water to disaster areas in the immediate aftermath of catastrophic events. 

Nova Church

Through ReachOut, support was provided to Pastors Mike and Nancy Miller as they launched Nova Church. Nova is doing a great job in presenting the gospel to many in our city. To date, nearly 100 people have indicated that they are going to start following Jesus through this ministry. By selecting and supporting Nova in their launch efforts, we chose to work in cahoots with them in spreading the message of Jesus throughout our city.

The Halifax Community Chaplaincy Society (HCCS)

HCCS enables healing within individuals and communities by compassionately facilitating the reintegration of ex-offenders using the best of evidence-based practices. Each year, through extensive collaboration with both law enforcement and community stakeholders, they assist approximately 60 people in the HRM on their journey towards restoration. ReachOut has partnered with HCCS in the initial stages of their planned House of Hope, which will establish a place of belonging and restoration for our brothers and sisters as they transition back into society.

Amanda Oicle

Support was provided to Kingswood student, Amanda Oicle, as part of a matching grant program. Amanda is a Deep Water member who is finishing her studies to become a pastor, focused on church planting. We look forward to seeing this investment pay off through her ministry!

Ground Swell Church Plant

Groundswell is a new church plant led by Tammy Giffen in Truro.  Tammy is a gifted, smart, and experienced leader with a deep burden to plant churches that connect with people who are far from God. Groundswell will launch in September and momentum is growing as new people join the launch team and God provides in incredible ways for the financial needs of the church. We are so excited to invest in this incredible opportunity for Kingdom growth in the Truro. 20,000 people live within a 20 minute radius of Truro and many, many of them have yet to find new life in Christ. Groundswell is starting in a movie theatre and so in addition to direct financial support we have also been able to give them a couple of high end carts and some excellent speakers that we no longer need but that will help them get all geared up for being a theatre church. AJ had the chance to meet one of their team members recently and they went out of their way to thank us for our support - moral, financial, and equipment - and how encouraged they were by it.

Marten Falls (First Nations Fly-in reserve) Church Plant

ReachOut provided $8,000 to support Transformation Church’s efforts to build a church in Marten Falls, Ontario. Transformation Church is a 6 month old church plant in Thunder Bay, lead by Nathan Maskery. Marten Falls is a First Nations community located 400 miles North of Thunder Bay. It overlooks a body of water where the Ogoki and Albany rivers meet. It is a fly-in only reserve and has a population of approximately 200 people. However, there are six to seven hundred people who call Marten Falls home and are registered in the band office but choose to live in Thunder Bay or other cities.

There are only a handful of Christians who live in Marten Falls. Alcohol and drug abuse is rampant in this community, with deadly effects on many of the families who live there. Members of the band requested Transformation Church to come and the Band Council are open to the idea of establishing a church. They will be engaging in setting up an Alpha program, a concentrated period of work along with setting up weekly services.

Joe Howe School support - (Relationship, not a partnership)

It’s been about 7 months since we began to intentionally build a relationship with Joseph Howe Elementary School. The school is about 200 paces from our front door and serves a high proportion kids from low income families including children from nearby low-income housing areas and a large number of Syrian immigrant children. We have been able to provide hats and mitts for every kid in the school almost 2 times over, we served a Christmas pancake breakfast to the entire school, have provided school supplies for kids whose families cannot afford them, and in June we will put on a year end BBQ for the whole school. When we first approached the school about serving them they were very happy for the offer but as we have continued to show up strong in support of their important work with these precious kids, we are becoming a more and more of a trusted partner.  There is an old question that asks “If your church stopped existing tomorrow would anyone in your neighbourhood from outside the church notice.”  We think the students and staff of Joseph Howe Elementary School would notice and we are going to make that all the more true over the next year.

ReachOut International Ministries


Over this past year, we have continued to provide monthly financial support to our missionary partners - Carl & Maya Gilles, who have begun to see the fruits of recent investments in new programming. Celebrate Recovery has been established in two local churches, and there is a great desire to continue expansion. Additionally, leaders were selected for training under the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) program.

We continued to deepen our partnership with Petionville Wesleyan. In November, we sponsored Pastor Jeannot and Pastor Myrtha to attend the Global Leadership Summit in Port-au-Prince. 

Through the Petionville Scholarship fund, we continued support for Weline’s medical training.  She expressed her thanks through a letter, which was shared on the Reach Out blog. In addition to Weline, we provided funding for three other students to begin their post-secondary studies in Translation (French to English).

Jesus Film

ReachOut invested $8,500 through Global Partners to spread the gospel and plant a new church. We are currently working with them on the specifics of which area of the world the church will be planted in. Showing the Jesus Film in areas that have few to no churches is one of the most effective ways to spread the message of the gospel. Since 1979 over 530 million people around the world have made decisions for Christ after viewing this film.   

International Anti-Human Trafficking

ReachOut provided support to World Hope Canada for their efforts in Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Philippines to assist the victims of human trafficking. Each of these 3 efforts have been lauded for their effectiveness yet face financial challenges in time periods between specific government grants. 


Upstream began support of Engel, a Compassion student in Nicaragua. 100% of the funds for his support come from the Upstream children!

For the upcoming year a significant project was announced of a Child Survival Project in Managua, Nicaragua. Details can be found here https://www.deepwaterchurch.com/reachout/2018/4/17/our-new-partnership-with-compassion

Nicaragua Church Plant 

$2,000 was provided to fund a church plant in Nicaragua. The ReachOut investment will assist in the development and launch of a new church.


In conclusion, it is only through your sacrificial and consistent support of Deep Water that we are able to provide ReachOut funding to amplify these great organizations and initiatives. In the upcoming year, more opportunities will be available to get involved in a hands on way, in particular for the local ministries we partner with. Through ReachOut we are just getting started in building God’s Kingdom in Halifax, Canada and throughout the world.


Our new partnership with Compassion!


This past Sunday, Deep Water Church had the honour of hosting Barry Slauenwhite, President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion Canada. 

We announced the launch of a new project which Deep Water will be supporting through our ReachOut initiative — Compassion’s Child Survival Program in Managua, Nicaragua.

ReachOut will be providing $10,000 in funding each year for the next 3 years to support the program. Donors from Deep Water have committed to support the remaining $9,800 for the first year to ensure we are fully funded for the project. As well, 27 children were sponsored in Nicaragua on Sunday morning. Amazing! 



Here is what the Child Survival Program is all about:

In 2015, 4.5 million babies died within their first year of life. The mission of Compassion’s Survival initiatives is to identify babies who are the most vulnerable and give these precious children a healthy start in life and to show both mothers and their babies that they are personally known, loved and protected. 

With the funding provided, Compassion trains and equips local church staff members and more than 1,000 churches to be the hands and feet of Christ for these women and babies during pregnancy and infancy, with the goal of children entering Compassion’s sponsorship program. 

This is what the program provides:

Home-Based Care — where mothers are visited monthly in their homes by a Survival specialist, who offers education in prenatal care and early child-rearing as well as one-on-one biblical mentoring with parents. 

Advocacy for Moms — that provides and secures funding for medical treatments, ensures mothers are treated fairly by local services and arranges for birth attendants to assist mothers during childbirth. 

Group-Based Learning Activities — that combat isolation through a supportive community of mothers. Parents can receive basic education and income-generation training to combat long-term poverty. 

Survival Centres — where staff coordinates outreach and care and offers a safe place for new mothers to learn and grow, all while monitoring and supporting healthy child development. 

The Child Survival project in Nicaragua will support about 20 mother's during their pregnancy and throughout the first year of the babies life. 

We hope you will pray for these families over the coming year, that bonds between parents and babies will be loving and secure, that mothers will be encouraged by the community of support throughout their pregnancies and postpartum experiences, and that the Survival staff will have continued energy and passion. 

This is an amazing mission to be part of as a church family. It is only through generous giving of people to the ministries of Deep Water that we are able to gather the money needed for this project. Thank you to everyone who gives!


Our work in Haiti


As part of Deep Water’s Reach Out initiative, this past November we were able to provide funding for Pastor Jeannot and a colleague to attend a Leadership Summit in Haiti. He recently sent us this encouraging letter in response to his experience: I am happy to send you this note today to once again thank you and your church for your collaboration with the Wesleyan church of Haiti, Petion Ville. God has made it possible for the two churches to do ministries together and it is a blessing to us. Recently, Pastor Myrtha, a young leader at the church, and I had the opportunity to attend the Leadership summit in Haiti and it was a good occasion for us to reflect on our leadership style and practices with many other local leaders.

The presentations were very instructive and impactful. Actually, there was a special presentation (in person) by a Haitian author named Daniel Jean Louis who wrote a book called "From Aide to Trade" and that was just the cream of the crop. He really motivated us to work together as the church and Christian leaders to prepare the minds of our fellows to produce as much as possible, because without production there cannot be development. I am sure that these presentations will have a good impact on our church in return.

I want to thank your church leaders for their partnership and I pray that this will grow more and more each day. Along with this great news, Reach Out has sent additional funding to the scholarship program at Petion Ville Wesleyan which will go towards helping three students who are undertaking translation studies (French to English) as well as continued support for Weline during her medical training.

A letter of thanks


As part of the LuvHaiti initiative at Deep Water Church, we have been working with our partner church of Petion Ville Wesleyan in Port-au-Prince to fund a scholarship program for post-secondary students. For the past three years, Weline has been one such student. She is entering her third year and final year of nursing studies which will be covered by funding from ReachOut. Weline sent the following letter of thanks to Deep Water: I greet you in the precious name of Jesus while hoping that you and your family members are doing well. I want to thank God first then you and Pastor Jeannot for your support. To be sincere, I want you to know how much I am grateful to you because it is not easy to find people like you in this world with such a loving heart and ready to help others. Therefore, I want to express my gratitude because your support means a lot to me and that has put joy in my heart.

During my first year of nursing I learned to do a lot of things like: giving immunization shots, doing blood tests, checking the heart beating, giving medicine to the patients or sick people, and I also spent a few months as an intern in a hospital. 

During my second year, I was to move to a different school to comply with the Haitian government policies. I felt more comfortable in that second school. I did well in all the classes and learned many other things like giving injections; preparing medicine or solution, checking the vital signs of the body. I also spent many months in a hospital for internship reasons in these services: ophthalmology, odontology, laboratory, general care; I learned many things through practice or experiment.

As of this October, I am going to start with my third year and I do thank you for the continuation of your assistance. During my first year, I received about $500 and during the second year I received $800 and I think I will need almost that same amount or more for the third year as each year the school becomes more expensive.

To finish, I want to count on you as I hope that you will find and read this letter. Please receive my warmest and best affection.


This year, along with Weline, two other students have received a scholarship to help them pursue their educational goals.

HEY continues to transform lives


If you've been attending Deep Water church over the past few months, you've most likely heard the pastors speak about our partnership with the Open Door Centre, and their Helping Exploited Youth (HEY) program. This week we were sent an update of the powerful work that has been happening through them. This month the Centre is helping three women who are being sexually exploited. These women are being supported as they make the choice to get out of the sex industry. The Open Door Centre asks that we pray for these brave women as they make life changing decisions in the face of danger.

In November, HEY reached seven schools through presentations on trafficking. 1052 students were taught what trafficking is and how to spot it among friends. HEY plans to continue to educate teens so they don’t fall into the traffickers' hands.

As people gain knowledge about sex-trafficking the community is better able to take a stand against it. Keep praying for the team at the Open Door Centre as they pursue  this important work in Halifax.

Over here you can learn more information on HEY, book a community presentation, or learn how to get involved.

Thanks Deep Water!

HEY is in our schools! And some other updates...


In Pastor AJ's sermon on Sunday (Nov.12) we were encouraged to hear the great things that are happening through HEY. Here's what the month of October looked like for them:

1. HEY is in the schools! Over 600 students have seen their presentation and 8 more schools are already booked before Christmas.
2. Awareness is growing. Christina Wheeler, the Program Development Coordinator for Open Door Centre, had the honour of sitting on a panel for Inspire Justice Halifax where more than 50 community members came out to learn how they can play their part to end sex trafficking. Pray for real action and initiatives to come from the event!
3. HEY is getting to help frontline workers. School guidance counsellors, from a local school that's been greatly affected by trafficking, sought HEY out to educate themselves on serving trafficked youth for their PD day. What an honour to resource the people working so hard to serve youth every day!
4. Victims and survivors are reaching out. Pray for those who have already reached out to the Open Door Centre. Perhaps even more pressing, pray for those who need help but must overcome great fear and danger in order to reach out for help!


Christina Wheeler had generous words for the Centre's Mission Partnership Team, of which Deep Water is a part: "THANK YOU. I've been in awe lately about what a privilege it is to have this incredible team standing firm behind me as I persevere in the mission God has put on all our hearts! Your faithful investment and prayers enable me to work opposing sex trafficking every day and, for that, I am grateful."


Let's continue to support and prayer for the Open Door Centre as they bring hope to Halifax (you can find a few specific prayer requests at the bottom of this post).

Here's the scoop


Hi Deep Water church! We've been posting for a few months now and thought we'd take a moment to tell you what ReachOut is all about. If you were in the service this morning (Nov. 12), pastor AJ gave a brief update on what we've been doing through this ministry. The church has made a commitment to give 10% of offerings to amplify and advance organizations and activities outside of ourself that spread the gospel, build churches and help the poor and marginalized both locally and internationally. We call this ReachOut.

We have cut back the charitable causes and campaigns that we present as fundraising options and instead, declare that we will do the work of the kingdom together in ways that none of us could do alone. Serving and reaching out is part of who we are as disciples of Christ.

We are researching and supporting with dollars organizations that are doing great work that we want to assist. As well, within ReachOut, we have volunteer champions for each organization who are going deep to understand and tell the stories of the organizations. This blog is where we share these stories with you. This allows you to know what impact your support of Deep Water is having and also allows us all to know what to pray for and how to get involved personally. We are amplifying the work and the message of these great organizations.

We are still supporting Global Partners in Haiti. Now we're also providing funding for disaster relief in the Caribbean. We are working on partnerships that will allow us to contribute to the sharing of the gospel internationally. Upstream has spearheaded the launch of a partnership with Compassion and we now have our own Mark Fletcher leading the way as the champion of that partnership.

Locally, we are working with great partners like the Open Arms Centre, Nova Church and the Open Door Centre to build God's kingdom in our city.

The division of the Open Door Centre that works to combat human trafficking in Halifax (HEY) has been working hard to bring awareness to schools in the HRSB. Our next post will give you an update on the great things that have been happening through them. Stay tuned!