Frequently Asked Questions
What is our hope?
New Story provides a safe and nurturing space for a small community of Indigenous women to begin or to continue their healing journey. Each woman will explore the truth of her identity both as an Indigenous woman and as a follower of Jesus. Each will be given opportunity to learn and to grow spiritually, educationally, socially, and vocationally. Each will have opportunity to learn many life & employment skills as well as to set and accomplish personal goals – and all this in a beautiful location surrounded by a supportive community.
Why Indigenous Women?
Before colonization, Indigenous women across North America were the wisdom keepers and key leaders in their communities. Today, Indigenous women are among the most vulnerable people in North America*. Many Indigenous women face a variety of barriers to the dreams they have for themselves. New Story Community is about removing some of those barriers. It’s about creating a safe, inspiring, and practical place for each woman to imagine a good future for herself, a New Story, and to have the resources and freedom to pursue that future.
Why Barnabas Family Ministries?
BFM was established in 1986 and has been a thriving ministry ever since. There are a number of working parts to the ministry: gourmet food services, generous hospitality in a retreat setting, a working farm (both animal and vegetable), immaculate gardens, and much more. The women will have an opportunity to work and be trained and mentored in a variety of areas - from learning culinary arts to making soaps & lotions, from roasting coffee to preserving jams and jellies, from baking artisan breads to learning bookkeeping and housekeeping, and much else. Each woman will explore her creative and practical giftings and talents and will come away with several highly employable skills.
Do Indigenous Peoples support you?
Associate Health Director Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre
Cowichan Tribes, BC
As a Cowichan member, I am beyond ecstatic that Mark and Cheryl are starting New Story. They not only have a heart for First Nations, but their prayerful life, passion and leadership will transform lives around them.
I personally have been impacted by their teachings and many times of prayer and have experienced my own healing journey through them.
It is with great joy that I support their upcoming ministry that I believe lives will be impacted for generations to come.
Muskrat Dam First Nation, Muskrat Dam, Ontario
Mark and Cheryl Buchanan have amazing hearts for Indigenous people. Their entire lives reflect and embody this love for my people. They are immersed in the lives of Indigenous women even now and they know first hand the pain that many of my people carry. It is only fitting then that, The New Story Community, a healing center for Indigenous women has emerged from this incredible love. This kind of healing place is much needed today where love, support, and community is created for the hurting as they heal from trauma.
As an Indigenous woman I have experienced much trauma in my life. As an Indigenous counselor for over 20 years, I have seen and heard the impact of trauma in my people. Hearing Mark and Cheryl’s heart and vision to walk alongside my people in this way is so exciting and encouraging. Creating a safe place to heal and grow is essential for healing from our trauma. I am so excited to see this much needed and vital endeavor emerge for Indigenous woman.
Clarence and Olivia Wesley
Stoney Nakoda Nation, Alberta
New Story Community will be a wonderful opportunity for young aboriginal women to share the gospel and love of Christ Jesus, also to reconnect with their inner selves and the aboriginal teachings that come along with it.
We have known Mark and Cheryl for 5 years, they are a blessing to us.