Music resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. No Ordinary Story is the gospel message, told through music and drama in a fresh, compelling and objective way. The vision for this musical is to share the gospel message with music lovers and those who prefer not to read. We are excited at how far we have come in this project: the script, the scores and the backing music tracks have all been completed.
On November 29th, we had a very special event in Olds, Alberta. We were celebrating God’s provision of the funds to purchase the international office building. Together with friends and supporters, we gathered in the other part of the building that was currently being used by another business. We are deeply thankful for what the Lord has provided and are so grateful to all who have prayed, donated and shared the project with others.
In late October, GoodSeed’s songwriter Allan Ellingsgaard and special project consultant James Janzen, along with our video team, made a trip to Surrey, British Columbia, to record all the instrument tracks for No Ordinary Story. With the invaluable help of a professional recording studio and quality musicians, this goal was achieved over a span of nine days.
When asked about how he felt about the whole experience, Allan says that he entered this phase with a lot of nervousness. “Having just the piano until this point had made me feel sort of boxed in,” he recalls. “I knew I wanted something but I didn’t know exactly what.” The idea of working with professional musicians was a little intimidating. Would they appreciate the musical for what it was?
Mike and MaryAnn were a couple in their 40s who through hard work had accumulated some financial security that allowed them to live a pleasant lifestyle.
Writing a Will had never been a high priority for Mike and MaryAnn. They had never had children, so knowing that if one of them died, the other would inherit the assets was comfort enough for them.
But then one of their favourite charities suggested they meet with a representative from ADVISORS with Purpose. They were encouraged to consider how the assets they were accumulating could take on more meaning both now and after their deaths.
We live in a world where spirituality is in and the Bible is out. God is anything we make him out to be and a growing majority believes that he is nothing more than an impersonal force.
Utilizing a seldom used, but solidly biblical method, By This Name powerfully sets apart the God of the Bible from all other forms of spirituality, all the while answering two questions: “Who is Jesus?” and “What are the cross and tomb all about?” It establishes the authority of Scripture and gently compares the biblical worldview to other worldviews in an objective, non-arm-twisting way.
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I realized how much the world really has changed… we really can’t just assume people are biblically literate—even those who attend our church every week. I’m going to talk to church leadership about how we can use these tools for outreach… and also with everyone who is already in our church.” – Fletcher, 2015 TERM participant
Fletcher was enthusiastic as he shared with us his evangelism plans. Having finished the one-day TERM Seminar in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, he had caught the vision of how it was possible for an ordinary believer like himself to reach the people in his community with the gospel. He had come to see that in today’s world, believers needed to rethink how to share the unchanging gospel in a way that makes sense to people with little or no knowledge about the Bible.
Fletcher was among 100 attendees who were at the first of our seven seminars being held across the USA this fall. Some of the participants lived right in town. Others came from as far away as Libby, Montana and Seattle, Washington. But the ones who travelled the farthest were those of a church group from British Columbia, Canada!
It is with real joy and thanksgiving to the Lord that we can inform you that, as of June 30, we were able to deposit in the bank the balance needed to purchase the office building in Olds, Alberta. In the last two years we have witnessed an outpouring of generosity that has amazed us. You have been part of this project and we want to say a heartfelt thanks. We look forward to the Lord’s continued leading as we use this building for His work.
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Martin has always ensured that his family would be financially provided for in the event of his untimely death.
He had a significant life insurance policy in place that would allow his wife to stay home and raise the family. His wife passed away a few years ago and his kids are now grown and independent. That policy is now paid up and while its original purpose is no longer relevant, a generous death benefit is still in place. One of the charities that Martin has long supported suggested he meet with an estate specialist from ADVISORS with Purpose.
The lady on the phone said in a firm voice:
You need to understand, the musical was incredible. I’ve people I want to bring to this. They need to hear this message. I’ve a list of elderly people who go to church but I know they’re not believers. Even for me, there are a few things that I’ve never understood even though I’ve been going to church most of my life.”