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From this issue of News Update:
In this month’s News Update, we hear from Janice Wong, as she writes what the Lord has taught her this summer when she was in Kpandai, Ghana on a short-term mission. She also shares the need of an anesthesia machine at the ECG (Evangelical Church of Ghana) hospital. I have known Janice ever since her teenage years and have witnessed her mature and grow into a “woman’s after God’s own heart.” She has travelled with me to Ghana 6 times. She has definitely developed a heart for the people there especially for the town of Kpandai, situated in Northern Ghana.
The presence of God changes everything. To know and experience His love – so personally spoken to our hearts – changes everything. This is the message I testify over all the Lord has spoken to me during my time in Kpandai this summer. The presence of God changes everything.
I feel blessed to have life giving relationships with many families in Kpandai. Every year, I learn more about the community, the history of the land, and witness many personal stories of suffering, triumph and God’s manifestation in people’s lives. I have grown to respect and appreciate the spiritual forefathers who have gone before my generation, paving a way for the gospel to be seeped into the land. I believe with all my heart and in my spirit that the presence of God is overwhelmingly at work in Kpandai. This is the presence that has the power to break the chains of bondage and sin. God’s presence brings healing and restoration. The presence of God reconciles us to Him, so that we can truly live in the fullness of His love.
This summer, God manifested His presence to me by revealing more of a characteristic of who He is. He is a being who grieves over the brokenness and injustices of our suffering world. When I see the many needs of the community and the repercussions of the lack of resources or the brokenness in systems, I wrestle with hopelessness. My heart desperately longs for heaven where earth and creation is restored to perfection; the way God intended us to be. Yet, God allows us to be a part of His kingdom work while we are here on Earth, until this time comes. He is not a God who is absent in suffering and injustice. He is a God who graciously calls His followers to respond as His hands and feet. He calls us to be a physical expression of God’s immense love for His people.
“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:14-16
During my time in Kpandai, it was apparent that an anesthesia machine is desperately needed at the Evangelical Church of Ghana (ECG) Hospital. The ECG Hospital treats on average 20,000 patients annually. I have personally witnessed how this ministry has been used to serve the community in providing life saving treatments, all for the glory of God.
A common example of when an anesthesia machine is vital is when there are complications with childbirth and labour. The medical team at the ECG Hospital is often forced to rush women in labour, traversing rural roads to “nearby” hospitals, which are hours away. Time is critical, and lives can be saved simply with the proper medical equipment.
We are boldly seeking God in raising $30,000 (Canadian) for an anesthesia machine and backup generator for the hospital. We look to God not only for the funds required, but also for the sustainability and overall improvement in systems that benefit the wellbeing of the communities in Ghana. We seek God’s wisdom in partnership with ECG to work together for the long-term benefit of self-sustainability as a thriving ministry.
The presence of God changes everything. Let us respond to God’s Spirit working in our lives. It is my prayer that we, as the body of Christ, will be a physical representation of God’s presence to those He has entrusted us to love.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
I would also like to draw your attention to our general fund which is located at the bottom of this update. As you can see, as of October 31, we are sitting at a deficit of $22,227 (Canadian). It is from this account that runs CIM Canada and helps us do cross cultural ministries in West Africa and now in Ukraine with the Roma people group. It was approved at our board meetings in October that starting in 2018, CIM Canada will officially be working with the Romas. More will be written about this ministry in future updates. Please pray about our ministries as we partner for the Lord, and if you feel blessed to give to us financially, instructions on how to do it can be found at http://www.cimcanada.org/donation/ (To give for the anesthesia machine, please indicate “anesthesia machine: Kpandai project”. To give to the general fund, please indicate “general fund”.)
Thank you for your interest in CIM Canada and if you would like to know more about our ministries, please do not hesitate to visit our website at www.cimcanada.org
Rev. Isaac Quan
Financial Highlights for the month of October 2017
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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