Good-byes and Hellos

Link to September Update

Good-byes are never easy. This time leaving Bolivia would have been a lot harder if we weren’t planning to go back. It wasn’t really an “adios”, just an “hasta luego”.

Good-byes. It was difficult saying until next year to our home church where Janice has been playing on the worship team and where Bill has been doing some preaching. It was difficult saying good-bye to the OBADES (development) team whom Bill has had a class with every week. For me (Bill) it was especially difficult leaving my small group of pastors that meets weekly, and that has become my leadership team for Pastoring of Pastors. For Janice, it was hard to leave her music students who actually came to see her off at the airport. Then there’s our CBM team, the seminary staff, my badminton friends… It’s never easy but it was nice to know that it wasn’t for long.

Feeling good. We feel that our first two years have gotten us off to a good start: a good start in language learning, in building relationships, in finding opportunities to use our gifts. The Pastoring of Pastors ministry has been well received by the pastors. At our national retreat in July we had over 80 pastors attend. We have at least 13 groups going in 5 cities and plans for 5 more groups in the coming year. The denominational leadership is getting behind it and taking ownership of the movement. Janice has been really impressed with her students and enjoys her involvement in the worship team. So we left for our first home assignment optimistic about what ministry will be like when we return to Bolivia in January.

Hellos. On the other side of every good-bye is a hello. For us that was our son, Jonathan, picking us up at airport in Calgary, where he had watched us leave two years ago. This past Sunday we said hello again to many of our friends at First Baptist Calgary. The coming months will be full of hellos with family and old friends and supporters from Ontario to Vancouver Island, as well as an opportunity to make new friends. So, we’re looking forward to meeting many of you along the way.

See you soon. Here’s a quick overview of churches we’ll be visiting in the coming weeks: Lacombe, AB (Sept. 22); Wyoming ON (Sept. 26); Yorkminster Park, TO (Sept. 29); Elliot Lake (Oct. 6); Whyte Ridge Baptist, Wpg (Oct.9); Emerson (Oct.11); Willowlake, Wpg (Oct.13); Neepawa (Oct. 15); Strathclair (Oct. 16); Moosomin (Oct. 17); Moose Jaw (Oct. 18); Swift Current (Oct. 20); Asquith (Oct. 20); Nipawin (Oct. 22nd); Edmonton Prayer Group (Oct. 26); Red Deer (Oct. 27); Norman Dabbs Group, Calgary (Nov. 5); Banff Pastor’s Retreat (Nov. 5-6); FBC Calgary (Nov. 10); Claresholme (Nov. 15); Pincher Creek (Nov. 16); Cranbrook (Nov. 17); Penticton (Nov. 19); Ward Memorial, Vcr (Nov. 23); FBC Vcr (Nov. 24); Olivet New Westminster (Nov. 25); Comox Community (Nov. 26); Qualicum Community (Nov. 27), Mill Bay Fellowship (Nov. 28); Victoria (Dec. 1); Sechelt (Dec. 3). So, hopefully we’ll be saying hello to many of you in one of these places.
Good-bye for now. Hope to see you soon. Before we know it, we expect to be back in Bolivia.

Something to talk about. Check out CBM in Bolivia in general, so we’ll have more to talk about when we see you. Every year CBM sends about a dozen teams from Canada through the SENT program. They work on Chagas projects, visit Integral Mission Initiatives (IMI projects), help out at the Casa de la Amistad, teach at the seminary. The visits of those SENT would not be possible without the coordinating efforts of Patricia Nacho (CBM National Field staff), and fellow Global Field Staff, Tim and Kallie Hutton. So, we’d like you to check out the CBM website and some of the following links to learn more about what else is going on in Bolivia and how you could support these people and projects, or volunteer yourself.

Patty Nacho

The Chagas Prevention Project

Bolivia SENT Trip – June 2019


https://hopefulgifts.ca/ educate a child in Bolivia.

Some things to pray for.
Prayer Items: We have a lot of travel coming up, so please pray for safety, but also that the ministries we are involved in here in Bolivia thrive in our absence, that we will be a blessing wherever we go, that people will be fired up to get involved in God’s mission.
Praise Items: We had asked you to pray for permission to be out of Bolivia for more than 90 days, so that we wouldn’t lose our visa. After waiting over a month we received letters of permission on the last possible day—Friday, before leaving on Sunday. Thanks for praying. Also, everyone’s healthy for now.
Financial Support: Please continue to keep us and Bolivian projects and field staff in mind. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Bill & Janice

Contact Information
E-mail: bdyck@cbmin.org; jdyck@cbmin.org
CBM Office Contact:
Barb Keys, Partners in Mission coordinator at
bkeys@cbmin.org.

Note: Please send support to:
Canadian Baptist Ministries
7185 Millcreek Drive
Mississauga, ON
L5N 5R4
or visit the website at cbmin.org to support projects, or click on the following link to support us online.
https://www.cbmin.org/bill-janice-dyck/

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Celebration of Firsts

Celebration of Firsts

Firsts are just the beginning but can signify an important start…the first brush stroke of an artist, the first cut by a carpenter or surgeon, the first sentence of your newsletter. So, in this update we’d like to highlight some firsts from the beginning of this year.
First visit to Bolivia by our children, Jonathan and Marigan. We had a great time but missed Craig (our son-in-law); but there’s always the next time. We were happy to be together for a time and to have them see where we are.

First time for Janice’s piano students to see a real piano. They were enthralled. We took them to a classical guitar and piano concert. The intent was to inspire them in their lessons. I think it worked. Janice has also started playing regularly with the worship team at our local church. Of course, that leads to being invited to play for other events as well.

Firsts in the Pastoring of Pastors (PoP) ministry. In the past year we have set up support groups in four major Bolivian cities. On February 22nd we had our first national meeting of leaders and co-leaders. We organized the first follow-up meetings for each city. They also chose the first administrator for the program. In Cochabamba we held our first follow-up training event on April 15th. Other cities are following suit. On April 12th we introduced PoP to 15 church leaders from North Potosi. We are looking forward to another national retreat on July 26-27th. My intent is for PoP to be a sustainable national movement, so I’ve been working with national leadership in every event—putting others first, while remaining a catalyst.

First home assignment after getting to Bolivia. It’s already been almost two years since we came to Bolivia, and time for our first home assignment. We will be available to churches and supporters between late September and early December. So far we are booked to visit:
Yorkminster Park Baptist, TO: Sept. 29th
Elliot Lake, ON: Oct. 6th
Willowlake Baptist Church, Winnipeg, Oct. 13th
Swift Current Community Baptist, Oct. 20th.
Banff Pastor’s Conference: Nov. 4-7.
First Baptist Calgary, Nov. 10th.

Others First.  We’re not the only ones working with CBM in Bolivia. Ours are not the only worthwhile projects. Every year CBM sends about a dozen teams from Canada through the SENT program. They work on Chagas projects, visit Integral Mission Initiatives (IMI projects), help out at the Casa de la Amistad, teach at the seminary. The visits of those SENT would not be possible without the coordinating efforts of Patricia Nacho (CBM National Field staff), and fellow Global Field Staff, Tim and Kallie Hutton. So, we’d like you to check out the CBM website and some of the following links to learn more about what else is going on in Bolivia and how you could support these people and projects, or volunteer yourself. https://www.cbmin.org/patty-nacho/
https://www.cbmin.org/the-chagas-prevention-project/
https://www.cbmin.org/bolivia-sent-trip-june-2019/
https://hopefulgifts.ca/ educate a child in Bolivia.

First things last?
We’ll start with some praise items. This year has been off to a good start. Janice’s Mom’s health has been pretty good. We had an excellent visit with Jonathan and Marigan, and they’re doing well. The ministries we’re involved in are progressing. Our language skills are improving as we’re more involved in Bolivian lives. All in all, God is good.

Prayer Items: We have a lot of travel coming up, so please pray for safety, but also that the ministries we are involved in here in Bolivia thrive, that our colleagues manage well without us, that we will be a blessing where we go. Please pray for:
• A team retreat from June 1-8 in Guatemala.
• The Global Baptist Peace Conference from July 15-20 in Cali, Colombia, where Bill is to do a workshop.
• Pray for home assignment plans from September through December.
• Please continue to pray for complete healing for Janice’s Mom’s health.
• Keep praying for Goretty. She is fighting cancer. Janice works closely with her in her ministry to vulnerable children.
• Pray that our upcoming visa renewal process goes well and that we can get the necessary permission to be out of the country for an extended time this year.
Financial Support: Our level of support is typically low for the start of year. It has been finishing well, but we don’t want to take it for granted.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

E-mail: bdyck@cbmin.org; jdyck@cbmin.org
CBM Office Contact:
Barb Keys, Partners in Mission coordinator at
bkeys@cbmin.org.

Please visit the website to support us
online.  https://www.cbmin.org/bill-janice-dyck/

 

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Steady as she goes…

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Steady as she goes…

In the original Star Trek, which yes, I (Bill) am old enough to remember, Captain Kirk often uses the phrase, “Steady as she goes.” Usually that meant, “We’re on our way. Keep it steady.” But inevitably, there were surprises along the way. Steady as she goes would seem to describe our current course of action. A year ago we had finished about six months of language school and felt it was time to ease into more ministry. It was more like, “Here we go.” We didn’t go straight into warp speed, but it still felt like a jump. Janice started teaching music to kids in the “red light” district. I took my first concrete steps toward ministry with pastors.

Steady as she goes…2018
Throughout 2018 Janice has been teaching music to 11 students in three classes at the Emmanuel Foundation. The students have responded well and are so appreciative. Music lessons can build self-esteem, be a therapeutic diversion, just plain fun, and for a few, allow latent talent to flourish. I think Janice is finding all of these to be true for her students. Of course Janice had some other experiences along the journey in 2018, like: a benefit concert for a Brazilian missionary couple going to Paraguay; involvement in leading worship from time to time; evaluating a student’s thesis on worship as a part of his defense at the seminary. So, it’s steady as she goes for 2019, with likely surprises along the way.

Bill saw good intentions in relation to ministry with pastors turn into concrete results in 2018. Four days of training at a Latin America wide summit in Colombia in March, was followed up with a 3-day training event in Cochabamba at the end of May. In June we began the first pastoral support base group in Cochabamba. After further training events in La Paz, Oruro, and Santa Cruz, support groups began meeting in those cities as well. In November we held a 2-day retreat with 35 Pastors representing six cities. So, it’s been a year of taking training, giving training, and seeing pastoral support groups initiated.
In God’s timing, and with the help of a lot of Bolivian and international leaders, in less than a year, we now have base groups meeting in six major Bolivian cities. Additional involvements in 2018 included: doing some teaching in the seminary and with the PRAXIS team, being involved with our CBM team, and speaking at special events.

Steady as she goes…2019 For both Janice and myself it will be steady as she goes for 2019. Janice’s music students are progressing well. I have plans to spend time in Colombia and Ecuador learning from Dr. David Kornfield (an expert in the field), plans to share about our Bolivian experience in Peru, plans to be involved in follow-up training events for existing groups, plans to strengthen and deepen relationships with current leaders, plans to facilitate new groups in three more cities, plans to bring everyone together for another retreat, plans to remain open to how God will lead in this movement.

Detour…Home Assignment   As mentioned, steady as she goes, can mean surprises and detours. One of our detours, necessary for further strength on the journey, will be a three month home assignment to visit our supporters in Canada. We plan to do this from September to December. So we just might be coming your way. Barb Keys, at our CBM office, will be doing much of the planning for this.

On a personal note… This past year has had some difficult times. Janice’s Dad went home to be with his Lord in February. She also went to spend some time with her ailing mother in November. On the upside, her sister and nephew came to visit in October; our children are doing well in their careers and relationships—steady as she goes. Now in 2019, we’re looking forward to Jonathan and Marigan’s first visit to Bolivia! Hopefully others will follow. 

Personal Prayer Items: Please pray that we’ll have a good visit with our children as they come to visit us this month. Pray as well for Craig, our son-in-law, who can’t make it on this trip. Pray for the health for Janice’s Mom who struggles with pancolitis. Pray for healing and peace of mind for all.

Ministry Prayer Items: Pray for Goretty, who heads up the ministry of the Emmanuel Foundation. She is struggling with cancer while continuing to minister to about 45 vulnerable children. Our visas run out in June. Pray that the renewal process goes well and that we can get the necessary permission to be out of the country for an extended time this year.

Bolivian Prayer Item: Pray for peace and political stability as the country prepares for elections in October.

Financial Support: Personally, we finished 2018 with excellent support! Praise the Lord and thanks to you. However, many of CBM’s ministry projects need additional funding. Our Bolivian projects needing support include: Chagas, Casa de la Amistad, and Jireh. Please check out CBM’s website to see which project you might like to support.

Let us know how we can pray for you.

Peace be with you! Happy New Year!

Bill and Janice
Contact Information: E-mail: bdyck@cbmin.org; jdyck@cbmin.org
CBM Office Contact: Barb Keys, Partners in Mission coordinator at bkeys@cbmin.org.

Note: Please visit the website to support us online. https://www.cbmin.org/bill-janice-dyck/

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No More Training Wheels

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Do you remember learning how to ride a bike? I think I do. I remember a little red bike with training wheels. The training wheels were a great help but would also get stuck in the gravel if I turned too sharply. I also remember someone holding onto the back of a bike for me, letting go, and without really realizing it, I was on my own. In a way our time in Bolivia has been like riding with training wheels, speaking for myself anyway.

Training Wheels
About a year ago I (Bill) was one of the key note speakers at a theological consultation on reformed theology. I did it but had to rely on translators (training wheels) for pretty much everything. When they asked the pastors how the conference could have been improved on, someone actually suggested getting a speaker who spoke Spanish. Throughout the last year I have done some presentations, preaching, teaching, in Spanish but always very conscious of my shortcomings. Two weeks ago, it was as though someone let go, without realizing it I was on my own, and actually enjoying the ride. I spoke three times that week and felt good about how it had gone, every time. Like learning to ride without training wheels.

On Our Own
Two people whom we have really relied on are our Team Leaders, Bruno and Kathleen Soucy. They helped get us to Bolivia and get settled in, protected us from over-involvement so we could focus on language learning, and were our constant cheerleaders. After their current home assignment, they will be relocating to Guatemala, and performing their role from there. So, we’re losing our training wheels, our constant supports.

Riding Along
In our last update we reported on Janice’s ministry of building self-esteem through music, with vulnerable children from the “red light” district. That ministry is moving right along. She continues to teach two days a week. As she is inevitably drawn into the lives and struggles of children and staff, they are becoming friends and family.

The expectations around pastoral support groups have been exceeded. Groups have now been started in La Paz, Santa Cruz, Oruro, and Yacuiba. A retreat, that will bring all these groups together for a time of celebration and further training, is being planned for November 12-13, to which we’re going to invite potential leaders from three additional cities.

Bill continues to be involved in the seminary, teaching his first classes in July, taking part in Board meetings and an evaluation of the curriculum along with David Nacho, and has plans to teach again at the end of October. So, Janice and I a riding right along in our ministry involvements.

Riding Off? No. Riding together.
Of course the goal is never to be riding entirely alone. That would be a bit like helping someone learning to ride, only to have them ride off never to return. We’re looking forward to cycling as a team. Bruno and Kathleen will be back at key
times. We’re looking forward to Tim and Kallie Hutton’s return from home assignment and all that they contribute to integral mission initiatives and current programs. We’re very happy to have Patty Nacho on our CBM team, with her unique knowledge of the culture, depth of relations, and organizational skills. We’re looking forward to how we’re going to do God’s work together, here in Bolivia.

Praise and Prayer:
Things are moving along well but we really are still just getting going. The training wheels are off and we are starting to ride.
1) Six pastoral support groups are beginning at the same time. They need to learn confidentiality, transparency, accountability, trust…no small tasks. Pray that the groups gel quickly and function. Pray for Bill as he prepares for a retreat for the groups for November 12-13.
2) Pray for Janice as she continues to teach her music students and inevitably gets drawn into their lives. Pray for Goretty, the director of the foundation where Janice is teaching, as she battles cancer.
Thank you to those who let us know how we can pray for you. Peace be with you!

Bill and Janice

Contact Information
E-mail: bdyck@cbmin.org; jdyck@cbmin.org
CBM Office Contact: Barb Keys, Partners in
Mission coordinator at bkeys@cbmin.org.
Note: Please send support to the CBM address below
or visit the website to support us online.
https://www.cbmin.org/bill-janice-dyck/

P.S. Our support to this point in the year is just short of our expenses. 
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Believing or Seeing?

Believing or seeing? A Year Ago
Seeing or believing, which comes first? A year ago, we were in a situation of stepping out and seeing what God would do. There were a lot of uncertainties. What would we be doing in Bolivia? We could only vaguely answer that Bill would be working with pastors and Janice would do something music related. Would we be learning a new language at our age? Yes. The elephant in the room, what about Bill’s heart and the altitude? Bill had had a major heart attack and the final delay was because of a large blood clot in his heart. Has the doctor given you a clean bill of health? No.

Seeing that God is Good! A Year Later
We stepped out believing, but it wasn’t long before we began to see that God was at work. Days after arriving in Bolivia, we found a Christian Cardiologist with excellent international credentials. He ran every possible test. All the results were good—no blood clot, excellent stress and blood tests. I recently hiked and climbed to the top of Mt. Tunari, 16,600 feet above sea level, because I enjoy God’s creation, but also to see if it could be done. Seeing is believing. God is good!

Janice: Seeing Her Gifts Used
What would we be doing? We’re beginning to see things fall into place there as well. Music is therapeutic but also builds self-esteem, so when Goretty, who has a ministry to vulnerable children in Cochabamba’s “red light” district was given some keyboards, she invited Janice to give the children music lessons. Now, Janice teaches these special children music two days per week, in Spanish.
When everyone at our church was raising funds for a Brazilian missionary couple, Janice was wondering what she could do. Her idea? A private benefit concert in our home. About 30 people squeezed into our apartment for an evening of music (thanks to Janice), desserts (thanks to Bruno and Kathleen), and prayers and well wishes (thanks to all their friends and ours).

Bill: Seeing His Gifts Used
What about Bill’s ministry with pastors? It turns out that Bill didn’t have to reinvent the ministry. He has been able to learn a lot from David Kornfield, a missionary with years of experience in ministry to pastors in many countries and endorsed by the World Evangelical Alliance. The focus is not just on pastors but on transforming communities through churches transformed by healthy pastors. After training events in Colombia and Cochabamba, Bill has now started his first pastoral support group in Cochabamba. Plans are underway to form a national group consisting of our denominational leaders, and groups in four strategic cities, this year.
Bill also gets frequent invitations to speak. He has been asked to speak at the 113th anniversary service of First Baptist Church Cochabamba, at the annual assembly meetings of our denomination, at the seminary chapel, and about our experience in Indonesia. He is planning to start teaching in the seminary in July. Although our Spanish is far from perfect, we are beginning to challenge ourselves by using it.

Seeing is Believing!
A year down the road, we’re beginning to see what God is doing. Seeing is believing!

Praise and Prayer:
1) Praise for a great first year! Answered prayer regarding health, support, language learning, getting off to a good start with colleagues and national leaders, getting started in ministries, well-being of family in Canada… God is good!
2) Pray for Bill as he begins teaching at the seminary (July 7th and 14th) and as he facilitates the forming and leading of pastoral support groups on a national level and in the strategic cities of: La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, and Oruro.
3) Pray for Janice as she settles in to teaching her music students and all that entails—language, patience, creativity…
4) For whatever else God lays on your heart.
Finally, let us know how we can pray for you. Some of you took us up on this the last time. Thank you! Peace be with you!

Bill and Janice

Contact Information:  E-mail: bjdyck@cbmin.org; billdyck26@gmail.com
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Leveling Up!

Leveling Up!
I (Bill) don’t play video games, but I like this definition of “leveling up.” It’s “when a player of a videogame has earned enough experience points to acquire a new level in a skill or skills. Often is accompanied by the ability to wield new weaponry, access new places, or begin new assignments.” (Urban Dictionary) That seems to describe where we are at.

We’re leveling up in our Spanish. After six months Bill can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling, and recently did a devotional for about 20 pastors, just relying on notes. Janice is comfortable shopping and talking about things familiar to her. We still have a long way to go: realistically, two more levels. But we’ve advanced two or three levels. Until now we’ve focused mainly on settling in and language learning. In the new year we plan to level up by spending most of our time in ministry while still leveling up on language.

We’re leveling up in our ministry involvements.
We always knew that Janice’s ministry here would involve music in some way. Recently, a lady who has a ministry to children of prostitutes approached Janice for help. A kind donor had given her a number of musical instruments. She needs someone to help the children learn to play the instruments. So, this is what Janice plans to help with. This could easily spread to a similar ministry with prison children as there are children there with amazing potential as well.
Bill came to Bolivia with the intention of working with pastors. Plans are falling into place for this kind of ministry. He has had some good meetings with national and international leaders who are already involved in a ministry of pastoring pastors. He plans to attend a summit meeting in Bogota, Colombia in March, which will focus on starting and maintaining pastoral support groups. Too many pastors, their families, and churches are struggling. The idea is that healthy pastors will result in healthy churches, which will bring healing to our society.
Expectations are also on Bill to be more involved in the seminary and to keep doing consultations on potentially divisive theological issues.
We’re leveling up, from focusing mainly on Spanish to beginning to fulfil some of our visions and expectations around ministry.

On the Level, or Better?
Not everything has to be leveling up all the time. In the last update we had a good report on Bill’s heart health. We continue to be healthy, so we praise God for that. An added benefit is that Janice has had some needed dental work done at very reasonable prices.
At the time of our last update Bill was sweating over a theological consultation for which he had been made the key note speaker and which had grown to 80 pastors and leaders.
Around 120 pastors ended up attending and the presentations seemed well received and helpful to the denominational leaders and pastors. One consultation will obviously not solve all problems but we did seem to end up in a better place, with more understanding around the issues.

Levelling up in our support.
We’re learning to use the “subjunctive” in Spanish. It is used when addressing desires, hopes, expectations. Our supporters more than adequately provided for our start up costs, and our level of support was enough to get us to Bolivia, but our regular support remains low. We’re still hoping that our support will level up. With increased ministry involvements, some of which will involve more national and international travel, we will also need more support.

Ojala, Lord willing, and through some of you, our support will level up to an adequate level to keep expanding our ministry involvement.

Please pray:
1) For wisdom and focus as requests around Janice’s musical involvements could quickly become overwhelming, and as we can already see Bill being pulled in multiple directions that could all be full-time involvements.
2) For continued progress in language learning.
3) For family as we leave children and parents behind in Canada, but not easily
4) For increased financial support.
5) For whatever else God lays on your heart.
Finally, let us know how we can pray for you. Love hearing from you too.
Leveling up,

Bill and Janice
Leveling Up!      

Dyck CBM Update Dec 2017

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