Our Background

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"We need a Vacation Bible School this summer!" Those words weren't from a churchgoer, but a frustrated mother whose children were bored with not being in school. She vaguely remembered enjoying a childhood VBS and now, she thought, a VBS in her northern Alberta oil town of Red Earth Creek could help her offspring. When she made her suggestion in the hearing of a Christian lady — who offered to teach the lessons if others would organize the rest — that mother had no way of knowing how God would use her words.

VBS was just the beginning. A Sunday school grew out of that endeavour. Then a small group of believers began meeting for worship as work schedules allowed. In April 2008, One Hope Canada was invited to take over the work and help find a pastor.

The Municipal District (MD) of Opportunity, which governs the hamlet of Red Earth Creek, was pleased to see a church. The MD gave a one-third price reduction for two acres and the Lions Club donated a double-wide mobile home (formerly a play school) for services. One Hope Canada purchased another mobile home for the pastor's residence. Hundreds of truckloads of earth were donated to level the site, and volunteers donated heavy equipment to set up the facilities. On dedication Sunday, in November 2011, a local businessman gave a very generous donation to the church's start-up. God provided Abe and Martha Wiebe as a bi-vocational pastor couple to feed the flock and keep things together during this initial stage, and they continued until the fall of 2014. Pastor Lyle and Anita Wahl came to serve with us in June 2017.