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From this issue of News Update:
Dear CIM friends,
One of the things that I enjoy about my job is that I get to build relationships with people from all over the world. Not only do I have the opportunity to share the gospel message with locals, but I bring STM teams from different locations to western Africa and eastern Europe. Earlier this year, I was able to lead a team from Sydney, Australia to the western African countries of Ghana and Togo. For some of the members it was their first STM experience and also their first time in Africa. The trip opened their eyes as to how God is working in an area of the world and in a culture that is very different to what they are used to. In this month’s News Update, read firsthand from some of the STMers that went on the trip and what they learned.
Praise the Lord for giving me an opportunity to join the Short-Term Mission (STM). It was my first time in STM… I learnt that when you hear about something, it may not be the same as when you actually experience it. I was always wondering if spending hours traveling to Africa, and then many hours on the road to visit the people from villages was worth it or not. During the trip, I found the joy of sharing the gospel with people in the villages, experiencing God’s leading and protection, and team building within the STM team definitely overcame all fears and worries that I had before the trip, and the time and money spent was absolutely worth it for me.
I found that the pastors in Ghana and Togo are so faithful and humble. We have visited two pastors’ home, in Yeji and Salaga, Ghana. I would say we live in much better conditions than both of the pastors’ homes. They can only afford their basic living and will not have enough money for sending their children to university… amazingly no resentment from them. In fact, they were so pro-actively bringing us into the villages to share the gospel and encouraging people to learn more about God in church. The people in villages were so focus and concentrated to listen when we shared the gospel and our testimonies with them. I can see the people in the villages were seeking God; they were willing to know more about God. My thought was this is where we should help to build the church. May God’s kingdom build within their community.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” I am the disciple of God. I need to obey and act. I chose to leave my comfort zone and joined the Sydney team to go to Ghana and Togo.
In Africa, we went to visit villages. We visited a lady who became a Christian eight years ago. She told us how she was rejected by her parents after being a Christian and how her parents also became Christians before they passed away.
God is so amazing and the faith of that lady was so strong which impressed me a lot. Also, in the same village, there was a lady who had problems with her right knee. In fact, she had a very swollen knee. She found it very hard to walk and because there is no local hospital, she had to put up with the pain every day. Her house was less than a minute walk to where we were but for her, it would have taken a long time to get to us. That reminds me of how blessed I am whenever I need to see a physiotherapist. We also visited a family where the father was an alcoholic. He told us when he believed in Christ, God helped him to get rid of his bad habit and became a better person. It is such a beautiful thing to see what God has done and turned this person back to being a decent father and molding him to serve Him amongst the neighborhood. He took us to visit his neighbor and the whole family were sitting under a very simple resting area and only one child among the four children had clothes on and the rest of them had underpants on only. The whole family had seven people in total. They all looked so sad. After we had shared the testimony to them, the mother said she would go to church. I believe God will change them completely.
One of the family was so blessed. The father said to us “there are friends who come from far away and have told us the good news. Why not believe what they said and believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Saviour.” When asking his children if they would believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Saviour, they told us our father believes and we will all believe too. The whole family which included twenty people became Christians.
I’m not the person that express myself through words, especially not in English. But during the STM, there were many times that I needed to prepare and speak with others with words. During the trip we had to use English (my second language) to share our testimonies and the gospel, and each time the Lord gave me the words to say.
I can rely on Him to break through the weaknesses of myself and the external difficulties. At the same time, I can understand that our Lord keeps training HIS disciples to be more humble.
During my journey, I was deeply impressed by the difficulty of doing missionary work and at the same time getting the indescribable joy and happiness, satisfaction and richness, when you convey the Good news from God. This is such a wonderful and exciting process…
As usual it was a wonderful trip, not only seeing locals come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ or deepening their relationship with the Lord, but I was touched by how the members of Team Australia grew in their faith especially when it comes to allowing the Lord to lead their lives and in sharing the gospel.
At CIM Canada, we are sending teams to Ghana, Togo, and to the Roma people group to share the gospel cross culturally. If you would like to learn more about our ministries, join one of our STM teams, or partner with us through prayer and/or finances, please visit our website www.cimcanada.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Isaac Quan
- Praise God for the STM team from Burnaby Pacific Grace Church that recently returned from the Ukraine visiting Roma settlements and running a Roma youth camp. Continue to pray for the guidance for the Roma leaders and for the youth who made commitments to the Lord at the camp.
- Pray for the Togo STM team that will be traveling to Atakpame, Togo at the beginning of August. Pray that the Lord will use them to bring people to deepening relationship to God.
- Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Togo and Roma ministries. We thank God for donors who have been supporting CIM Canada in the past. May God continue to raise more donors to bless our ministry. Pray that we can find more effective and efficient ways to promote CIM Canada.
Financial Highlights for the month of June 2019
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