To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – December 2018
From this issue of News Update:
“CIM Canada would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and to thank you for all your support in 2018.”
This is the time of year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. If it were not for Jesus, there would be no gospel, no hope, and no CIM. At CIM, our goal is to share about Jesus Christ. Our mission is to promote and provide opportunities for cross-cultural missions and to obey the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. We do this year-round, spreading the joy of the gospel message to those who need to hear it. With Christmas approaching, we are excited to be sending a short-term missions team from Vancouver to Ghana over this Christmas season to continue spreading this message.
Biblically, missions should always be included in the Christmas message. In fact, it should be at the center of our Christmas celebrations because Jesus was sent to this world to save the people in it. Jesus is the greatest example of a cross cultural missionary. He crossed the greatest cultural divide ever by leaving the comforts of heaven to live on earth. He came from the glory of God into the womb of a human woman to give us an opportunity to have eternal live with God the Father. He lived with people for over 30 years before His ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross for our sins. Missions include crossing cross cultural boundaries and on that very first Christmas roughly 2000 years ago, Jesus did just that. Jesus came so that no cultural barrier could keep anyone from God. He came so that God can be praised in every language.
This past year, I was able to travel to Ghana 3 times, Togo and Ukraine once to share the gospel cross-culturally. We traveled to very remote villages, worked alongside fellow workers from different nations, helped run a youth camp to the Romas in Ukraine highlighting the fact that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to salvation.
I have seen the joy in people’s eyes as they commit their lives to Jesus for the first time. I have been blessed to witness people leave their tribal gods to worship the one and only true God. I have walked alongside STM members who have shared the gospel in settings very unfamiliar to them, and I have been encouraged at how God worked through them and the confidence they have gained knowing that the Holy Spirit is with them.
I have also been deeply troubled by the hurt and pain that many I know are going through. Depression, suicide, broken relationships, health crisis, financial problems, loss of loved ones and the list goes on. Many have even had their vision clouded and the hope of that first Christmas seems like a distant memory. But that hope is still there and we need to cling to it because that is what Christmas is all about and we as fellow believers must continue to share.
Ten years ago, right before Christmas, two Swedish men boarded a Cessna two engine plane in Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada. They were to fly back to Sweden for Christmas. Their route would take them over the Arctic circle over very rough territory. If there was bad weather or mechanical issues, they would be in big trouble. To make a long story short, they had engine trouble and crash-landed onto an ice floe. Miraculously, the men survived but the plane filled with water and sank. With no one nearby, chances for survival were slim in the harsh environment. For 18 hours the men stayed on the ice floe, but when all hope seemed lost, a fishing boat spotted them and they were rescued. When asked how they felt, when they were rescued, they answered “sheer joy”. They thought that they were going to die. There was no hope. Being rescued was the best Christmas present ever, they said.
Many centuries ago, a similar story took place. It is a story that also brought joy to the people who received it. It is a story about people who were also dying but were rescued. It is the story of the greatest Christmas present ever. It is the story of Jesus Christ coming into this dark world and saving mankind. Just like the two men on the ice floe did not have a chance to live unless someone miraculously came by, so was the case with mankind until Jesus came into the picture.
At CIM, we will continue to spread this good news. People need the Lord. People are dying without a relationship with Jesus. This Christmas, as we spend time with family and friends, as we enjoy all the holiday feasts, may we remember and reflect on what Christmas really means: Emmanuel, God with us. Let us share this news with everyone.
As 2018 draws to a close, we would also like to thank all our prayer warriors and donors. Without you, none of our work would be possible. Your prayers and financial giving have impacted people worldwide. It has helped people get to know Jesus and experience His power to change the world. We invite you to keep supporting us in 2019 and be a part of our team.
- Pray for Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol as he assumes position of general overseer for the Evangelical Church of Ghana. Originally, this was to have taken place in September and then in November, but because of health issues, the official handover ceremony will now be on January 27, 2019.
- Pray for the December STM team to Ghana which will be led by Rev. Xavier Law.
- Pray for the January STM team from Sydney, Australia, which will travel to both Ghana and Togo.
- Pray for peace as tension mounts with the Ukraine-Russia conflicts. Pray for the Lord’s guidance, direction, and protection for CIM’s Roma ministry.
Rev. Isaac Quan
Financial Highlights for the month of November 2018
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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.
Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001