An Update from Josh + Miranda in PEI
What do learning French, performing kid-friendly object lessons and living in the maritime province that Canada’s favourite fictitious redhead calls home have in common?
They’re all part of an agreement to raise up leaders Josh and Miranda Perry to try new things and discern God’s calling on their lives. We are thrilled to be walking alongside Josh and Miranda as New Venture Apprentices. They have been with us for just over a year, being formed in ministry including learning how to make disciples and form small groups.
As part of his apprenticeship, Josh has been taking some French courses to upgrade his native French and be able to reach out to French-speaking Acadian villages near their home in Western Prince Edward Island.
For the uninitiated, Acadians are the descendants of French colonists who settled in Canada’s maritime provinces during the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as Indigenous peoples already living in the region. Due to war and misunderstanding, the Acadians have suffered a serious period of deportation in their history and often remain isolated. They are a people in need of the loving embrace of Jesus in their own language and cultural milieu! Josh and Miranda are an answer to prayer as we seek to reach the unreached within our own Canadian borders.
Together, Josh and Miranda make a living as supply teachers.
A recent highlight in their apprenticeship experience was participating in Converge, a one-day gathering of the Alliance for worship, encouragement, inspiration and networking. Josh and Miranda thoroughly enjoyed providing a children’s ministry for the children in attendance.
When asked to share one thing they are learning about the church and their involvement as leaders, Miranda responded:
We have been learning what it means to be kingdom-builders in every aspect of our lives. As supply teachers for the province we talk and see many other teachers and hundreds of students each week. It has truly been its own ministry field. We are seeing firsthand the brokenness our kids and youth face and we hope to be a small light in their very dark world. Our hope is our church and community will share in this same plea that these kids and youth desperately need Christ.
Please join us in continuing to encourage these Apprentices in their learning and growing journey.
Excited about the new things God is doing through Josh and Miranda?
Here are some ways you can join them on mission:
As school concludes for the summer, that Josh and Miranda are still able to connect with children and youth.
For relationships to continue to form and build within Lennox Island and the Acadian people.
For increased opportunities to connect with schools as they continue in their studies to become certified teachers.
For opportunities for Josh to teach French to children in Acadian villages.