To download the original copy, please follow this link: News Update – January 2017
From this issue of News Update:
Happy New Year from CIM Canada!
Time flies. It is hard to believe that 2016 has come and gone. The past year has been a learning experience for me as I took over the Executive Director role from Rev. Philip Leung as he retired. We are pleased to announce that he has assumed the role of Advisor in 2017. It will be wonderful to receive advice from him as he truly has many years of experience leading CIM. I would also like to thank the Board of Directors and staff of CIM Canada for their service over the last twelve months. Praise God for the blessings they are to CIM and their commitment to their work.
As we embark on a new year, I would like to reflect back on 2016 and share how God has blessed us and used us over the last 12 months at CIM Canada. Each year is a little different, but God is always faithful, and as a result, lives are turned over to Him, and people continue to serve Him.
2016 was a slow year in terms of STM teams being sent to Africa. There is no one clear cut reason for this but it could be due to the after effects of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, press coverage of violence in neighboring countries, the poor economy in Canada, and many weddings in the churches that were considering sending teams in 2016. It is hard to say what the forecast will be for 2017, but a number of individuals and churches have expressed interest.
In 2016, CIM only sent 2 STM teams to Ghana, and 1 team to Togo composed of 17 STM’ers from around the world, including a native Ghanaian, who was first discipled by one of our teams in 2007. I had the privilege of being on both of the Ghana teams. The team to Togo was led by Pastor Matthieu Ayena. One of the teams was comprised of mainly Cantonese speaking seniors which was very exciting and proves that neither age nor language is a barrier to join our STM teams. Other than the 3 teams, there were more individuals that were interested, but for various reasons, could not go and deferred their trip to a later date. Through each of the trips I have been on in 2016, the Lord continues to bless and teach me, not only through the locals but each team member as well.
The teams that went in 2016 were:
May: Assorted team dubbed Team May to Ghana (6 members from Calgary, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Ghana)
June-July: Team SCCEFC to Ghana (7 members from Calgary)
August: Team Montreal to Togo (4 members from Montreal)
The May trip was comprised of 3 returning members from Vancouver, myself, a late addition from Hong Kong and a young man from Ghana whom CIM first met in 2007, helped disciple and now is one of the church leaders in Kpandai. The team shared the gospel in the Kpandai, Bimbilla, Tinjase, and Nkwanta areas of Ghana. They even crossed the border to Togo to witness to border villages. Two members on the team are from the supporting church for the Bimbilla church planter while another member is from the supporting church for the Tinjase church planter.
A team of 7 from South Calgary Chinese Evangelical Free Church traveled to Ghana in June and July. This was a Cantonese speaking team and most of the members were over 60 years old. It was very encouraging to see people of this age commit to a STM of this nature. In Ghana, the team traveled to Kpandai, Wa, and Kintampo. They presented the gospel message in Sunday services, visited a number of village schools where they were able to interact with many children and were able to observe the end of Ramadan in Wa amongst Muslims. Though the time was short in Wa, this team definitely saw the need to evangelize to the Muslims of this area. It was the first time in Africa for four members of the team and it was great to see how the Lord stretched them on the mission field and how each team member responded.
In August, a team of 4 from Montreal led by Pastor Matthieu traveled to Togo. Leadership training and church planting continued to be the focus of our partnership with the local Christian community.
The STM teams of 2016 not only had a positive influence in the areas they ministered in, but many have grown in their walk with the Lord as they see how great and powerful God is. For a number of the STM’ers, going to Ghana was the first time they left the comfort zone of their own church, and saw God work on a global scale. A large number of the STM’ers shared their interest to go back to Africa or other mission fields. For some it was a confirmation of their calling into the ministry or to the mission field.
I am very excited about the direction of our ministries in 2017. As you read this Update, I am leading a team in Ghana from Australia. It is great to partner with churches from around the world and with our sister CIM affiliates. During this year, CIM Canada will also explore the cross cultural opportunities of ministering to the Romas of Europe. We have been praying about this for the last few years and are looking forward to sharing the gospel with this people group.
As a new year begins, we know that God will continue to bless our ministries in 2017. I encourage all of us to serve the Lord wholeheartedly in whatever circumstance that we are in and if you feel called to go to Africa or want to know more about CIM’s mission, please do not hesitate to visit our webpage at www.cimcanada.org
Thank you for your continued support.
Rev. Isaac Quan
Financial Highlights for the month of December 2016
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1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– All financial figures are in Canadian dollar and rounded to the nearest dollar.
Canadian Registered Charity Registration Number of CIM (Canada): 896216207RR0001