Update from Jordan McDonnell in Haiti



After a mere 15 hours of travelling I am able to say that I have arrived safe in my new home. I want to say thank you to each of you for the support and prayer you have given me during the preparation period for this trip. Thank you to Newlife Church for their amazing send off last Sunday, it was a huge blessing to have you all pray over me ‎and send me off.

Signup for Tommy Thompson Park on June 6, 2015

Beaver Pond in Leslie Spit

Come enjoy the “accidental wilderness” in the city. Originally Leslie Spit was supposed to be a space to dump our demolished buildings and debris dredged from the harbour. But, nature had other ideas. Now we can stroll through 400 species of plants, watch for 300 types of birds, capture breathtaking views of the city or collect shells and beach glass.

Thanksgiving Meal


We had a fantastic time celebrating Thanksgiving as a church family: there was a great amount of food, and a wonderful time of fellowship. We love these occasions where we gather together and enjoy each other’s company so keep an eye out for the next church meal!

Thanksgiving abundance--lots for everyone!
Thanksgiving abundance—lots for everyone!

Thanks to some great organization, everyone was able to contribute, and the different parts of the meal were brought by different people.

So many choices (and there was a choice of pies as well)
So many choices (and there was a choice of pies as well)

BBQ in Riverdale Park

We had a great BBQ on Sunday. The weather was perfect, the location worked really well, and almost everyone signed up to bring food contributions. We can hardly wait for the next one!

Here are some pictures:

Wow, these burgers are awesome.
Wow, these burgers are awesome.
Feeding frenzy
Feeding frenzy
Lots of great food contributions--thanks everyone!
Lots of great food contributions—thanks everyone!
Can you spot the veggie-burger?
Can you spot the veggie-burger?

Canada Day BBQ

Tue, 2014-07-01 - 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Fountains are hosting a BBQ to celebrate Canada Day!

All welcome!

  • Downtown East (Carlton & Parliament) at Andrew & Anne Fountain's home
  • Women's Breakfast

    Sat, 2014-06-28 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    It's the last Saturday of the month, which means it's time for the Women's Breakfast!

    We will be meeting at 10:00am at the Fountains, and Anne will be sharing on the topic of grace.

    These are always great times together for the women of Newlife, so make sure you come along!

    Please bring $2 to contribute towards food.

    Andrew & Anne's Sri Lanka Trip

    Arrived in Sri Lanka

    Just arrived at the pastor’s house where we are staying in Trincomalee, NW Sri Lanka after 30 hours travel in total. Passed a wild elephant on the way!

    Praise God for a safe trip. (The roads are crazy—lots of small motorbikes with large loads and 3-wheeled taxis.) Time for some sleep!

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    First full day in Sri Lanka

    There was no time to recover from jet-lag, we set off first thing in the morning for one of the orphanages. By the way, the time difference between here and Canada is 9.5 hours, so the timing of these posts might seem a little odd.

    Here is the outside view of the main building:

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    Day two in Sri Lanka

    The second day got off to an early start. Anne and the others went to visit some of the pre-schools to meet the children and teachers, and to do some teaching.

    I was taken in a three-wheeler to the Bible School to teach the pastors. The military are everywhere and our vehicle was stopped on the way and we were questioned.

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    Day three

    Today we drove to one of the areas hardest hit by the war, and then by the Tsunami, and then by drought.

    Around a third of the crops are lost to elephants, so during the last few months before the harvest, a man is posted to sleep up a tower in the fields. If he hears an elephant he will light a branch and try to scare it away because elephants do not like fire.

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    Sat, Sun & Mon (days 4-6)

    Saturday was a quieter day with less on our schedule. We were given the afternoon off and a man from the church with a three-wheeled “auto” gave us a tour of the city of Trincomalee.

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    A trip to the mountains (days 7 & 8)

    They said to me “You are the first missionary to preach in our village since the British built it 160 years ago”. Many of the children had never seen a white face before. But before we come to that, there was the city, the ocean and the wedding.

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    The Mountains and back home to Trincomalee - Days 9 - 11

    Growing strawberries in the mountains, the tea factory, plus lots more pictures. (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

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    The final two days -- Sunday & Monday

    Seeing an Elephant, our last Sunday, some thoughts about Sri Lanka (and Sri Lankan driving tips) and finally the trip back home.

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    Women's Breakfast

    Sat, 2014-05-31 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Ladies! Join with the women of Newlfe for a morning of food, fellowship and thought-provoking discussion.

    Newlife Cycle Ride


    Cycling to: High Park.

    Date: Aug 17, 2013

    Bring: lunches, water bottles, sunscreen, light clothing, and helmets.

    • Eva & Heather used the car to transport the lunch items and any other nonessential items to our rest and picnic spots.

    Tommy Thompson Park

    City Lookout Point

    • A time of worship and prayer for Toronto
    Tommy Thompson Park (Lesie Spit)
    Tommy Thompson Park (Lesie Spit)
    A great place to pray for Toronto
    A great place to pray for Toronto

    High Park

    Update and a few thoughts, plus what is coming next week

    There is usually an event on every week of the month—Women’s or men’s brunch or the prayer meeting.
    But this is the “quiet” week.

    Sometimes Christians call their times of daily devotions their “quiet times”, which is not a bad name as long as you don’t mean “boring and uneventful”.

    In my life, these have been the most powerful experiences I have ever had!
    So I would urge you to make this “quiet” week, one that is full of the glory of God’s presence in your life!

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