News Update – December 2015

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From this issue of News Update:

Time has come for me to write my last News Update.

In the last Annual General Meeting in November, the board has accepted my request of retirement from CIM Canada effective January 2016.

Considering my “senior” age, the decision should not be a surprise to anyone. In fact, I have been praying over it for more than a year and the board was also notified a while ago. However, I still come to it with some mixed feelings.

Foremost among them is a deep gratification that, 15 years ago, my wife and I had responded to the call to move out from church ministry to commit to cross cultural missions in Africa. It has not been an easy path for both of us but through her faithful supports, I have come to harvest the most exciting and rewarding portion in my ministry life.

I am also deeply grateful to the staff whom I have enjoyed working with all these past years. The Lord has brought us together and blessed us to form a profoundly harmonious and efficient team for our ministry. They are among the best co-workers in my forty plus years of service in churches and para-church organizations. Leaving them, I can’t help but feeling a sense of loss though I know they still belong to CIM Canada.

The last person, of course not the least, I need to mention here is my successor, Rev. Isaac Quan. In our last AGM, the board has unanimously approved the promotion of Rev. Isaac to be the new Executive Director to lead the organization from 2016. Rev. Isaac was involved in our STM trips since 2007 while he was still the English pastor of a Chinese church. He has then joined us in 2012 as the Assistant Executive Director and later Associate Executive Director working closely with me at home and in the field. Through the years, Rev. Isaac has demonstrated clearly his passion and strength in cross cultural missions, which CIM Canada is called to commit. I am very thankful for him and that the Lord has prepared him to take the responsibility to lead this small but unique missions organization to further development in the years ahead.

May I urge you to continue support CIM Canada, in prayer, finance and participating in our STM trips.

My heart and prayer will continue to stay with the ministry and those laboring faithfully in it.

In Him,
Rev. Philip Leung
Executive Director

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This is the season that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is only through Him that we can have eternal life and a relationship with God. It is because of this reason that CIM Canada exists and our mandate is to bring this Good News to people and cultures all over this globe.

In my short time serving at CIM, I have clearly seen that this is the mission of the organization. It has been a pleasure and honor to work alongside Rev. Philip Leung, whom I have learned a lot from. Though he is retiring from his role as the Executive Director for CIM Canada, he will still be serving CIM in a supportive role. I look forward to continuing our working relationship together as we look to God’s guidance in the coming years.

As I transition to the role of Executive Director for CIM Canada, I humbly ask for your prayers. I know that God will continue to use our organization to reach the unreached.

Once again I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. Take time to reflect on how the Lord has worked through you in 2015 and how you can serve Him in 2016.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Associate Executive Director