To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – Sept 2019
From this issue of News Update:
Dear CIM friends,
In June of this year, a team of 6 from Burnaby Pacific Grace Church in Greater Vancouver, Canada plus myself travelled to Ukraine to visit different Roma settlements and help run a camp for the Roma youth. It was a wonderful trip where relationships were built and commitments were made for the Lord at the camp. This was the first time a team from this church has gone on a STM to the Romas.
In this month’s edition of the CIM Canada’s news update, read about the experience from two of the team members, Pastor ELiza Lai and Jocyline Ho.
One of the unforgettable things was visiting the Roma settlements of Perechin and Piragova. We visited the Piragova settlement twice for different programs in the Pirogova church. During the youth program in the church, because there were so many younger kids around, I played with the kids outside. We used sign language to communicate with each other and they taught me some different games. There was lots of laughter and we had so much fun. I showed them how to make signs of “God loves you” and “I love you” with our hands. They learnt it very fast. We practiced it and took pictures together. When I went to the Pirogova church service that Sunday, one of the kids ran out of his home and greeted me with a big hug. He showed me the sign that I taught him last time. The Roma kids are smart, beautiful and adorable.
The four day youth camp was held at the Mercy Camp. The Roma teens were wonderful and memorable. We ate together, played together and listened to God’s word together. They were very attentive during the time of workshops and talks. They were cheerful while playing games together. Overall, I am impressed by their cooperation and respectfulness. Some of the youth were converted to Christ in the summer camp last year. This year, when Pastor Isaac held a spiritual revival call after a talk, reminding the believers to follow Christ in their daily life, most of them repented with crying. Some girls even kneeled down on the floor. I praise God for them.
In this trip, I had a very positive and good experience for with the Romas, especially in the four day youth camp. We shared the bedroom with the Romas. We ate and played together. I found that they were well disciplined, considerate and polite.
Everyone is equal in God’s eye. I can see God has been working in them. As Paul says in Romans 1:16: “Because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believed…” Only God can transform lives.
The more the Romas believe in Jesus Christ, the more light shines in the community for the future.
After this mission trip, I learnt how to pray for the CIM Roma ministry in Roma and I know how to share with others about the needs and support of the Roma. I will keep the Roma community in my prayers.” – Pastor Eliza Lai
“I love STMs and I believe the value is in the benefits for both STM members and the people on the mission field. Our church has supported MB Ukrainian ministry for 6 years, but it wasn’t until recently when I visited Ukraine that my perspective changed from head to heart. Visiting the mission field really makes a difference. About 2 years ago, I heard about the Roma ministry in Ukraine through CIM. God gave me a passion to go and see His work there.
The following are some of my memorable experiences for this STM trip:
- I am thankful to CIM and House of Mercy (HOM) for providing us with transportation, a local ministry guide, a comfortable place to live, and warm meals with the HOM staff and kids. It is a blessing to see the wonderful services of HOM in Ukraine. To visit Mercy farm, get drinks from the café, and participate in delivering hot meals to a senior home and Roma settlements were a great experience.
- Connecting with HOM orphanage children and youth was one of my favorite parts of this trip. Their stories were heartbreaking but their misfortune turned out to be a blessing in their lives. The brokenness caused by their family situations eventually resulted in a multiplication of beauty in God’s grace and salvation that transformed their lives.
- All Roma pastors work as tent-makers while juggling family obligations and full-time ministry. Through visiting seven Roma churches and meeting five Roma pastors, we now understand their needs for finance and pastoral training.
- None of us were able to speak the local language, so we were thankful to have HOM and youth leaders to interpret the messages for us.
- “In all things God works for the good of those who love him.” We served two Roma churches with youth programs, ladies’ program and worship. I didn’t think any of our testimonies would be used in the ladies’ workshop but the Holy Spirit guided me to share twice, truly showing us that His presence is working within us.
- We had a wonderful team who worked well together. Team members would pray while the other team members shared the gospel.
- Running the youth camp was quite stressful because we had to preach the Scripture rather than just telling our testimonies. We also ran workshops and some activities that were very fun. We trusted that God would use our talks to touch people’s hearts. Thanks to Pastor Isaac for his leadership. We are so glad to see the spiritual revival amongst the Roma youth.
In Ephesians 3:7-8, it says “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
Through this trip, I give thanks to our great Lord again for every STM trip experienced. I can’t, but He is able! This was a fruitful and memorable mission trip. The unity of team members was treasurable and the team work experience was beautiful.” – Jocyline Ho
I always love the sharing from team members who travel on the STM trips with CIM. It proves to me that God is at work not only to those that we minister to, but also amongst team members. If you would like to know more about our ministries, join one of our STM teams, learn more about our prayer requests, or give financially to partner with us to share the gospel cross-culturally, please visit our website at www.cimcanada.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Isaac Quan
- Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries in Ghana, Togo and to the Roma communities. 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. Pray for the Ride for Refuge fundraiser. We are currently looking for team captains and riders. The ride will be on October 5 this year.
- Pray for the building projects in Yeji, Nkwanta, Subrini and Tinjase, Ghana. A borehole project in the Kpandai area still needs to be completed. Drilling will commence once the rainy season is over and the water table is stable. Pray that these projects may be completed soon. Pray also for fund allocation and management as well as the scheduling of these projects.
- Pray for the preparations for our CIM Canada’s board meetings on October 26 and 27.
Financial Highlights for the month of August 2019
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