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From this issue of News Update:
Dear CIM friends,
In this month’s newsletter, meet Pastor Karen Wong from Montreal City West Baptist Church. She shares about her experience as a board of director of CIM Canada, and how she has seen God work through this organization in her church, overseas, as well as in her own life.
As a young man, God prepared the way for him to attend University in China. He learned to speak in Mandarin. In fact, did you know that Pastor Matthieu speaks fluently in Mandarin? At that time, God moved his heart to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Chinese people. It was amazing that God would use a Togolese Christian to do cross-cultural missions in China. Would Chinese Christians be willing to bless the Togolese with the Gospel? Are we willing to get outside our comfort zone to go cross-cultural mission?
We felt it was a divine intervention. At that time, our church welcomed an international student in the English worship. He came from a small French speaking country in West Africa called Togo. This wasn’t a coincidence. God was calling us to respond to Pastor Matthieu’s invitation.
CIM has blessed our church with the opportunities to do cross-cultural missions and evangelism in Togo (in 2011, 2013, 2016), in Ghana (in 2018) and, by God’s grace, to the Roma people in Ukraine in 2020.
It has helped our church to fulfill the Great Commission in places where we would never have imagined.
CIM’s vision for churches to bring the Gospel to different cultures is really appealing to me because ethnic churches has always had a desire to bless their own people. It is quite natural to have affinity toward people who resemble ourselves. However, the Great Commission calls us to make disciples in all nations and we recognize that all tongues will worship together in heaven.
Today, I’m serving as a board member of CIM because I believe in the Kingdom work of fulfilling the Great Commission.
It’s not an easy task to make disciples in different cultures, let alone investing in building up new believers to become mature Christ-followers. The philosophy of CIM is to build partnerships with local churches and leaders who would nurture Christians and plant new churches in unreached areas. It is healthier and more sustainable for us to come alongside our ministry partners by providing the support and resources that is needed.
There are many benefits in serving as a director. We get access to the most recent developments and stories from the field, which is always exciting because God is working in amazing ways. We also hear about the pressing issues that requires prayer and wisdom. We are journeying alongside with our brothers and sisters in Togo, Ghana and Ukraine. When a death or tragedies occurs in their family, we mourn and grieve with them. Together, as CIM staff and directors, we lift them up in prayer on a regular basis. Although there is an ocean separating us, they are close to our heart.
Personally, I had the opportunity to be a director in a larger para-church organization. With a 30,000 feet view, directors were more involved in policy governance than in the daily ministries of the organization. It was an educational experience, but I felt far removed from connecting with the people whom we are called to serve.
With CIM, I get to work closely with Rev. Isaac Quan and the staff in continuing the ministries of CIM. Since it is a smaller organization, directors are involved in providing support in areas where it is needed. Pastor Isaac is accessible and there is a teamwork atmosphere as we serve together in His Kingdom. When we are hands-on involved, our hearts are united, our spiritual gifts are being utilized, and our faith is stretched in seeing God work through us to do great things for His glory.”
– Pastor Karen Wong
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 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. Pray for discernment and guidance from the Lord as we look ahead to our ministries in 2020.
- Pray for our potential international full time ministry worker to Ghana. If all goes well, this person plans to be in Ghana full time early in 2020.
- Pray for the family of Rev. Isaac Quan, whose father passed away on September 22 from acute leukemia.
Financial Highlights for the month of September 2019
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Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001