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From this issue of News Update:
My name is Andrew Syyong and I am currently on the board of directors for CIM Canada. It is a privilege to share about my experiences with CIM in this month’s newsletter.
I first heard about CIM and the opportunity to go to Ghana from a friend of mine. After some prayer, I took a huge leap out of my comfort zone and decided to send in an application. It would be my first time to Africa.
On my first trip to Ghana, I did things I never imagined doing. I went with my team door to door, evangelizing to people in front of their homes. I saw many people come to Christ as a result of our short interactions with them and the sharing of the Gospel and our testimonies. I preached my first message, outside to a rural congregation. I heard God speak to me through local pastors, affirming my recent call to ministry and seminary. I established relationships with locals, such as our driver, who I am still in contact with today.
Since that first trip over three years ago, I have had the opportunity to go on two more trips to Ghana and have had a variety of experiences. One trip involved going to the different village schools that are built and supported by CIM, to run workshops for the teachers and to interact with the students. I was also able to visit local organizations and network with missionaries during one of my trips when the ebola outbreak confined me to the capital city. On my most recent trip, I was able to return to the town I went to on my first trip and see people I had met two years prior.
My experiences with CIM and our friends of the Evangelical Church of Ghana, have been rich, to say the least. The cross-cultural experience has been invaluable. The relationships that have been formed are something I will always cherish. Even though I first wondered how Canadians and Ghanaians could relate to each other, I have been touched to see what God has done in this part of the world, through local people and the Canadians who have gone over.
Many people have this perception that short-term missions is simply about going overseas to help people see that they need Jesus. Some disagree with this because they think it will not be helpful to go in as outsiders for a short amount of time and leave. Speaking from my conversations with local pastors and leaders, the visits of Canadian teams are valued, because they give encouragement and hope to locals who struggle with difficult ministries. To see fellow brothers and sisters fly all the way from Canada to Ghana means a great deal to them.
CIM teams give local churches a great deal of support by helping teach Sunday school, preaching in services, visiting church members, and sharing the Gospel door to door. We have also hosted local soccer tournaments that included time to present the Gospel to attendees. God is doing great work there through this partnership between the local church and Canadians.
For the Canadian teams who go, there is equally as much to learn from the local Ghanaian people and I would encourage people not to underestimate how much God will speak to them and mold them through short-term missions. I learned so much from the local Christians there. I saw joy and perseverance despite hardship, a love for neighbours, and a deep love for the Gospel and for the Lord. Moreover, my trips to Ghana have further developed my dependency on God for all things, as I have learned to go to Him in prayer for anything and everything.
I sincerely request that everyone continue to pray for the ministries of CIM worldwide and consider supporting the important work being done, because none of this is in vain. The work is difficult but it is worth it, even if just one person comes to know the Lord. Please pray for the staff as they continue to uphold this organization despite their small number and the unstable finances. Finally, prayerfully consider going on a short-term trip to Togo or Ghana, and recommend it to those who may be interested. If you discern that God is calling you to go, be assured that God will provide the finances needed and that He will equip you with His power to go out and proclaim His love to the world. Please accept this invitation to be a part of the great things God is already doing.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
CIM Canada Board Director
Financial Highlights for the month of September 2016
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– All financial figures are in Canadian dollar and rounded to the nearest dollar.