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Abe Friesen - Visitation Pastor

In my family as a young person, my parents were really religious but they were not born-again Christians. I could never see myself growing up that way and going to church. But when I was twenty years old, I was visiting in the “old country” and my sister (who had gotten saved) wrote me a letter. As I read the letter I became really upset because I did not think it was necessary for someone to tell me how to be saved. Soon after returning home, I got married to Kathy in 1962 and it wasn’t until the following year that we were challenged again to accept the Lord by a minister named Jake Neudorf. He came over to our house and shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with us. I said to him, “I don't know how I will ever get rid of my sin.” And that evening he took the Bible and explained to us how we could have our sins forgiven. What a blessing that night was as we invited Jesus into our hearts and into our home some 50 years ago; and he still lives in our hearts today. If you have never accepted Christ as your Saviour, do it now before it's too late. (John 1:12, John 3:16, John 5:24)


The Lord has given us many opportunities to serve Him. I started a church and served as a pastor for about 25 years. Then I resigned to go to Mexico for about 6 – 7 years as part-time missionary. What a blessing to be able to lead souls to the Lord. Now, we are serving alongside of the leadership of Pastor Neil Sawatzky at Open Bible Baptist Church. If you have never been here before, please pay us a visit. I know you won't be disappointed. But know that the most important thing is to meet the Lord and that you will accept him as your personal Saviour. 

Pastor Abe and Kathy