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From this issue of News Update:
“What is different about CIM? What makes your missions organization unique? Why should I consider going on a STM with CIM when there are so many other missions organizations?” These are questions I often encounter when I go share about the ministry of CIM Canada. These are valid questions because if one were to attend a missions conference like Missions Fest in Vancouver, one would see hundreds and hundreds of different booths promoting their own missions organization to different people groups spanning the entire globe.
I thank God for all these organizations because He uses every single one of these organizations, along with the local church, and the global community of all believers, to spread His gospel to all corners of the world. We work, hand in hand, for His kingdom and His glory.
CIM Canada is just part of the piece of the puzzle to reach those who are hurting, needy, and lost without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. CIM (Chinese International Missions) was started in 1992 by the late Rev. Clarence Pi, mainly to outreach to migrant Chinese workers in South Africa. In 2003, CIM Canada started under the leadership of Rev. Philip Leung. What sets CIM Canada apart and makes us unique is our mandate to outreach cross-culturally. To my knowledge we are one of the very few, if not the only Chinese missions organization that is solely focused on cross-cultural missions. The Great Commission in Matthew 28: 19-20 states, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you …” It is our mandate as Christians to make disciples for the Lord. It begins in our own home, with those that are closest to us; our kids; our siblings; our parents. It continues to our immediate communities, of school, of work, of church, but it doesn’t stop there. We need to be motivated to make disciples of all nations. That means we need to send or go. As the body of Christ, we need to either go ourselves or develop and train people, so they can be sent to do the work of God.
Therefore, starting in 2003, CIM Canada started sending STM teams to Ghana and in 2010 to the neighboring country of Togo in Africa. Another distinctive of CIM Canada is that we believe in laity involvement. In other words, our STM teams do not just consist of pastors and clergy, but lay believers as well for The Great Commission was meant for all Christians. At CIM, we welcome people from all walks of life to be part of our team. We work in partnership with local churches and mission agencies to reach different ethnic groups. Currently we are partnered with the Evangelical Church of Ghana and Eglise de la Grace en Christ in Togo. As we look forward to God’s guidance in the future and other cross cultural mission fields He is calling us to, we invite you to be a part of our team too. In my time with CIM, I have learned much from my African friends.
If you would like more information about how to join one of our teams, or what our teams do on a STM, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Isaac Quan (Associate Executive Director)