Cost: (After Nov. 1)

$10/Adult

This fee can be paid on Friday, Nov. 23 during registration (7:00p.m.) by cash or cheque.

Contact Jason Elford if you have any questions - (306) 862-5095.

See Who's Coming:

Name (Last) Name (First) Year(s) at NBI/NBC (ex. 97-98) Spouse Name (First) Year(s) at NBI/NBC (ex. 97-98)
Abrahamson Rod 97-98 Abigail
Andres SaraLyn 2015-2018
Barber Peter N/A Amanda N/A
Bear Eveningstar 2016-2017
Block Jalyssa 2010-2013 Levi 2010-2013
Block Timothy 2014-2016 Laura
Boucher Anita 95-96 Jason 95-96
Boucher Morgan 2016-2017 Madison 2016-2017
Breiter Camella 07-09
Breiter Carissa 2013-16
Bueckert Gary 1985-1990 Sarah 1986-1989
Coulson Nathaniel 2016-2017 Kenniston 2016-2017
Desharnais Julie 2015-2019
Desharnais Shelby 2012-2015 Joe 2013-2016 2017-2018
Diamond Riley Riley 2016-2017
Doerksen Sam 87 - 90 Pauline 88 - 90
Driedger Bryan 94-96, 01-12 Lynda 94-95, 01-12
Dyck Adam Eleanor 2007-2011
Dyck Ernest 76-77 Marlene
Dyck Kendall 93-96 Melisa 93-96
Dyck Randall 1982-83 Darlene 1982-83
Elford Jason 95-98 Lindsay
Enns Jennifer 2010-2013
Ens Carl 83-86 Brenda 84-87
Fehr Andrea 2014-2018
Fehr Caitlyn 12-15
Fehr Timothy 2015-2019
Fenske Elfreda 84-87
Fosseneuve Jordan 2010-14
Friesen Cyril 97-99
Friesen Menno 74-81 Barbara
Funk Julianne 2010-2011 Steven
Giesbrecht Harmony 2016-2018
Giesbrecht Quintin 92-95 Beth 93
Gilkinson Andrew 07-11 Heather
Gordon BJ 2008 - 2013
Gordon Hunter 2012-2013 Kristina 2013
Gruchy Joanne 2005-2008 Richard
Healey Benjamin 2012-2013
Healey Brent 82-83, 86 Marlene 82-83, 86
Hildebrand Luke 11
Hildebrand Rachel 13-16
Hildebrandt Bryan 1996-1997 Jamie
Hollands Joel 2016-2017
Houston Joel 2014-2018 Danielle 2014-2018
Kirby Joshua 2017-2018
Kirk Corrie 1996-1998
Knutson Jayme 2016-18
Kroeker Dennis 72-75, 82-95 Hannah 73-74, 82-95
Kroeker Tina 97-99 Doug 96-99
Kulas Xyla 2014-2017 Kyle 2015-2018
Larson Kyle 10-12 Raija-Liisa 08-11
Lees Joshua 15-18 Bryn 15-18
Lenko Timothy 2015-Present
Lepine Jordan 2014-18
Loseth Derek 2010-2011 Heidi
Løseth Wynona 2012-2015 Jeremy
Lytle Bradly 2011-2015 Christina 2012-2013
MacDonald Rob 94-97 Amanda 95-98
Mackenzie Angelle 2014-2015
MacKenzie Shelley 81-83
Mahoney Abigail 2013-2016 Craig
McArthur Brian 77-79 Judy 77-79
McGillivray Kaylee 2015-2018
Meyer Josiah 2003-2006 Anne Jisca 2003-2005
Neudorf Christopher 2011-14 Alexandria
Nickel Calvin 2009-2013 Keshia 2008-2011, 2013
Nickel Joshua 08-12
Pelletier Crystal 01-05 Donat
Piché Karissa 2008- 2010
Poetker Drew 2016-2018 Trisha 2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2016-2017
Poppelwell Jair n/a
Price Alvina Staff '69 Mel
Reader Ken '94 Karla '93-'94
Rempel Larry 1977-79 staff 1990-95 Gloria
Sawatzky Destiny 2015-2018
Schmidt Myra Staff 2012 -
Schroder Joanna 2016-207/2018
Schubert Rachel 14-16
Sherwood Justine 13-16 Jeremy 12-16
Shumlanski Shanel 2012-2013 Tyrell
Smith David J. 2011 - Elfe O.
Steppan Benjamin 17-18
Steppan Brad 82-85 Carol 82-85
Steppan Jay 2012-2015 Lindy 2012-2015
Steppan Wayne 84-87 Carol 84-87
Stodolka Tim 15-17 Olivia 15-16
Teichrib Emily 13-17
Thiessen Ashley 09-12 Matthew 01-09
Thiessen Charlotte 2008-2012
Thiessen Rebecca 13-15 Benjamin 13-16
Tieszen Campbell 16-17 Rebecca 15-17
Tully Blaze 2016-2018 Daniel 2017
Wahlstrom Hannah 2005-2010
Wahlstrom Noah 2014-17, current staff
Wall Jeremy 15-18
Witherow Karina 2002-04, 05-06 James 2005-06, 2012-15
Woodard Jonathan 2011-13, 2014-15 Deanna 2014-2016
Yadlowsky Susanna 2000-2002 Adam 2000-2003, 2007-2008
Young Kelvin 2005-2007 Jessica 2006-2007
Zacharias Hayley 2017-2018

(Updated November 12, 2018)

2017 Weekend Recap

Highlights of the weekend:

1)Raised a record $20,495 alumni projects for the year:
-Replacing the 57yr old main range hood and oven
-Replacing the 16yr old main Hobart dishwasher

2)Alumni bursaries ($500 per student):
-Emily Reimer, Myles Abrahamson, Colton Abrahamson, Benjamin Steppan

3)New Alumni Executive members voted in:
-Shelby Desharnais, and Joshua Nickel

4)Dave and Sharon Dyck were main speakers

5)Alumni of the Year for 2017:
-Manfred and Stella Neff for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry
-Dave and Marsha Reimer for Distinguished Service to NBC

6)Well attended and relevant workshops, incredible afternoon coffee house run by Reneil Larson and the overtime win by the NBC staff/students hockey team.

 

Alumnus of the Year Awards 2017

Award for Distinguished Service to NBC: Dave & Marsha Reimer

First, the 2017 Alumnus of the Year award for Distinguished Service to NBC.

Our mission is of course “developing passionate followers of Jesus Christ with a heart to serve”. This gentleman’s heart to serve has been evident since the day he left. Attending for 1 year as a 25 year old, he had only been out of NBI for 9 months when he let his name stand and was voted into the role of NBI Alumni President. A role he served in for 4 years, which inevitably lead to him serving on the NBC board for a stretch. During his time on the board he was a pioneer in the online dating world. Ironicially, his future wife, not an NBI alumnus herself, was encouraged to the same website he was on by another NBI alumnus in the Saskatoon area who’d met her spouse that way. Well, this gentleman married Marsha into our Alumni Association within a year of the initial email he sent. Shortly after I connected with Dave and Marsha in fall 2011 they were able to purchase an older farm house and put it onto a basement out on an acreage near Osler. I have always remembered clearly what they first told me about that home. “We want to be able to bless others with our home and whatever stuff God might give us here”. They have lived out their goal.

There is still no other home that I personally, or our NBC tour teams have been in more over my 6 1/2 years here. In fact, we’ve even had tour team members call them after they’ve finished attending NBC and stay at their house when they’ve been in Saskatoon for something like a wedding. You know you’ve felt welcome when you’re comfortable to do that. I can talk to students from 5 and 6 years ago, and they still all remember the Reimers. They remember the smoke alarm beeping as we arrived at 10:30pm at night to a late night feast of incredible appetizers and Marsha joking with them about how they didn’t know what they were in for. And the Reimers remember the students, they remember Jordan Fosseneuve and how he introduced himself as big chocolate, and how Jeremy Sherwood meticulously squeegeed and wiped every single drop of water from a shower that wasn’t even technically supposed to be used as a shower — they still laugh about that. All this hosting while their house has been a continual construction and renovation zone, while they’ve gone from one child to four, and while they’ve managed work and acreage responsibility on the side. In talking with them recently it struck me what compels them to their hospitality and all other forms of serving. They really love people. Like Christ loves people. In recent years they began an annual home-grown “spring donut drive” welcoming the warm weather. They make literally dozens of donuts, go out with the kids, and deliver them to all the neighbours building bridges and relational connections with even the most crabby neighbour who has no chance to be crabby with a little 3 year old smiling holding up fresh home made donuts.

Both live out their faith with their lives, in secular work places, or whether they are serving in the many areas they’ve served in their home church over the years. Crafts, music, Sunday School, youth group, kids club, serving on Boards, the list goes on. Just as they have incredibly blessed NBC, their home church, and whomever they have crossed paths with, may their lives be a challenge and an encouragement to each one of us, of how faithfully we can be a willing member of the Body of Christ, building each other up, as each one does it’s part. They continue to stay in touch with NBC, pray for us, are part of the Many Hands team, and the 2017 Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Service to NBC goes to Dave & Marsha Reimer.

Award for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry: Manfred & Stella Neff

Now, the 2017 Alumnus of the Year award for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry.

They’d been connected with community and a church in the Swan River area where he worked with seasonal carpentry and she with teaching/administration. He began to sense a tugging from God to invest in something more. And so it came to be they came as a mature couple to Nipawin Bible Institute. Even though they were almost old enough to be grandparents of their classmates, they embraced and enjoyed NBC community while this gentleman contributed much to his class. Leaving Nipawin in 2001 after 2 years, he wrote “I have learned so much, and now it is time to pass on what I have learned at NBI”. They moved to Grand Rapids MB, Stella’s hometown to do just that. With minimal denominational support, a church that was too small to pay them, and the challenges of serving alone, Manfred and Stella spent the last 15 years being intentional salt and light in a community desperately needing to accept the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Manfred’s roles have included regular preaching, small group Bible study and discipling men, performing countless funerals and being involved in many other community services where he’s had much opportunity to clearly share the gospel. Stella has served in largely supporting and enabling him to serve these ways, but has also been involved in music ministry and Bible studies, while together they have regularly hosted VBS’s with the help of church groups from Steinbach. Now in their 70’s, they have faced challenging health realities. In the last couple years, Stella has had heart failure issues, while 14 months ago Manfred was diagnosed with advanced cancer in his liver and was given only 8-10 months as late as this past September. The last 12 months for the Neffs have looked like this: Sunday evening drive 5 hours to Winnipeg, Monday receive blood work, Tuesday receive chemotherapy, Wed/Thu recover from the worst side effects of chemotherapy and then drive back to Grand Rapids Thursday evening so they can serve in ministry in whatever their bodies will let them do for those 3 days before driving back to Winnipeg Sunday night to start all over. With the short-life expectancy, Manfred and Stella’s hope is that the chemo would slow down the cancer enough to buy more weeks and months so they may be able to minister to the people of Grand Rapids for that much longer. James 1 starts out by saying “2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” and in verse 12 James gets to this fitting tribute. “12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

As Manfred and Stella live out last years, months, or perhaps even days, they await a glorious crown and the sweet presence of their Saviour. May we pray for their ministry in Grand Rapids, and hold them up in prayer, giving, or any other way as they finish their ministry on earth. May each one of us be challenged to live to our last breath faithfully sharing the love of Christ to those around us. The 2017 Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry goes to Manfred and Stella Neff.