News Update – July 2019

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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.

Grace Lee

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.

Alexandra Chan

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…

Julia Au

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 contact@cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer requests:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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News Update – June 2019

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From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

CIM Canada has now been involved with the Roma ministry officially for over a year. It is wonderful to see God at work in different cultures and we are humbled that we are a part of the Lord’s team to reach out to this people group.

As we learn more about the Roma culture, this past April, a team of 3 comprised of Rev. Isaac Quan (Executive Director of CIM Canada), Tomson Chan (CIM Canada Board of Director) and his wife Lisa Chan traveled to Ukraine to meet and train with local Roma leaders. Tomson and Lisa have been involved with Roma ministries for over ten years. They also did some planning for the June STM team which is currently in Ukraine to help run a Roma youth camp. The team then travelled to Serbia to visit different Roma settlements and explore the possibility of future Roma ministry opportunities with Pastor Miki Kamberovic. The team learned a lot about the Roma culture and how each settlement is unique. They were encouraged to see how the Lord is working amongst the Romas and are looking forward to follow the Lord’s guidance and direction for CIM to work amongst this people group.

In this month’s news update, Lisa Chan writes her reflections from the trip:

Our first week in Ukraine was an encouragement for me. We connected with local missionaries and spent a day together in prayer and reflection. We visited a few families in a Roma settlement and prayed for their needs. What really touched my heart was a prayer request from a parent asking for God to help their family grow into deeper relationship with Jesus. One of their daughters attended a Roma youth camp we held a few years ago. God, through their daughter’s faith, brought the family into a relationship with Jesus! How cool is that?

We also had opportunities to hear stories from Roma pastors we encountered both in Ukraine and Serbia, and through their stories, we learned that Roma pastors face many challenges. Life for the Roma people is hard due to societal discrimination. Finding jobs locally is a huge challenge. Many Roma men must travel in order to find job, and as a result, commitment to church ministries is not consistent.

In Ukraine, churches face an additional challenge with leadership and discipleship because many Roma people are illiterate. Feeding from God’s Word is mainly provided through listening to sermons at Sunday worship. Personal devotions and Bible-reading is almost non-existent. Without the ability to read the Bible, their spiritual growth and leadership development are hindered.

Financial struggle is also a problem for Roma pastors. Roma pastors do not get paid for their work. These pastors use the little money they have for gas and travel to mentor and educate young, new pastors in distant places. Their whole-hearted devotion to God reflects that of the widow in the Bible who offered two copper coins, which was all she had.

While we were in Serbia, we heard the stories of two Roma pastors. Their testimonies demonstrate God’s faithfulness in His provision and power to heal brokenness.

The first pastor we met was Pastor Miki. He shared that when they are doing something that is in God’s will, God provides – no matter what. Pastor Miki has an unswerving faith, and goes beyond his pastoral responsibilities to care for the physical needs of his church members. He is dedicated to finding employment for the Roma Christians. He cares for his church members as if they were his own children. He also teaches newborn Christians how to live a new way of life in Christ. For example, we were impressed with how clean their homes are, in contrast with other Roma settlements we have visited, and with the joy evident among families even though they suffer such discrimination. Moreover, Pastor Miki encourages good education among the Roma children. He runs a pre-school program for Roma children, which provides them with hope for a better future.

Another story from Serbia touched deep within my heart as well. We met Pastor Rama and his wife, Sylvanna. We witnessed God’s love and His Almighty power in the healing from their lives. Pastor Rama used to be an abusive husband due to alcoholism. One day, Sylvanna tried to commit suicide because she could not bear the abuse any longer. Miraculously, she met Jesus through a friend’s invitation to church. She prayed and asked God to change her husband. After nearly five years, God answered her prayers; her husband attended church and accepted Jesus into his life. Her faith in God is a witness of God’s faithfulness to those who cry out to Him for help.

Sylvanna’s story did not end there. Unfortunately, her husband went back to drinking after his conversion. In his attempt to stop his anger and physical abuse, he began cutting himself. In one incident, he tried to commit suicide by cutting out his own heart. After two long years of struggle, he surrendered to God, and God healed him from alcoholism. He began to preach in different settlements. At that time, he only knew John 3:16, until he received Bible training. Now he is known as Pastor Rama, who loves his wife, Sylvanna, and is a good father to his children.

I approached this short-term missions trip with an open mind and a listening heart. Through the stories I heard, I have learned that our God is on the move to rescue the Roma people with salvation in Christ. God has the power to heal any brokenness. He is faithful to provide for His work and His servants. There is hope in God through faith in Jesus Christ. I am both humbled and encouraged. To God be the glory!

Lisa Chan

For more insight on the Roma ministry happening around the world, here is a link to a documentary which we found very inspiring. Both Pastor Miki and Pastor Rama are in the video.

In the video, you may hear part of Pastor Rama’s testimony starting at 16:52. It is a great privilege for CIM to work amongst the Roma. Find it on Youtube with the title: “We are Here – A Story of Jesus and The Unseen Roma”.

CIM Canada leads mission trips to west Africa and eastern Europe year-round. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to email us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our webpage (www.cimcanada.org). We are always looking for people or churches who partner with us through prayers and finances. If you feel called to contribute in these areas, please contact us as well.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer requests:

  1. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for the new ECG leadership in Ghana led by Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol. It has been a hard-transitional period for Rev. Liwangol. A few days before he was appointed general overseer for the Evangelical Church of Ghana in late January, his mother passed away but the funeral was not until May 18.
  2. Pray for the STM team from Burnaby Pacific Grace Church who are in Ukraine from June 11-22. They will be visiting different Roma settlements as well as running a Roma youth camp from June 17-20. The team is composed of 7 people with Pastor Isaac leading. Pray that the Lord will use the team to bring the gospel to the Romas.
    Please pray for Pastor Paul Oros’ family. He has been the senior pastor of Uzhhorod Ukrainian Baptist Church for the last 25 years and has been active in training Roma pastors in the area. Pastor Paul passed away unexpectedly from cancer on June 13. The funeral was on June 17 and the STM team was able to attend.
  3. Pray for the STM team that will be traveling to Togo in early August led by Pastor Matthieu Ayena. Currently there are four applicants with Pastor Matthieu leading.
  4. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Ghana, 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 May 2019

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News Update – September 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

Rev. Daniel Gbande has been the general overseer for the Evangelical Church of Ghana since September 2010. It has been a pleasure to work alongside him and for CIM Canada to partner with him. His term as general overseer is now up. He will continue to work for ECG but in another role. As of September 1, Rev. Maxwell Liwangol has taken over the role of general overseer for ECG. We look forward to working with him as we continue our partnership with ECG to share the gospel message cross-culturally. In this month’s News Update, Rev. Daniel Gbande shares about his time as general overseer, and more specifically the partnership with CIM Canada.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you because of your partnership in the gospel.” Philippians 1:3-5

“As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit.”
II Corinthians 8:23

Our experience with Chinese International Missions (CIM), Canada, has been a healthy relationship because we have built a genuine relationship over the years.

For the past ten (10) years in partnership, I can testify to the fruitfulness of this relationship. There are remarkable evidence of Church growth and development through our Church Planting and training programs.

Church Planting
We have seen Churches planted, revived and thrive through this partnership with CIM. Currently, we are partnering with CIM in nine Church Plant areas.

Pastoral Training
In the recent past, CIM and ECG have jointly supported the training of pastors for ministry. In-service for pastors in the field has been very beneficial as they were exposed again to improve on their knowledge base and pastoral practices.

Short-Term Missions
Every year, a number of short-term teams visit the country and more specifically to some of the Church planting and village school mission areas. These visits have been a great encouragement for the ministry of Evangelical Church of Ghana.

House visitations have led some of the people to Christ and encouraged others to rededicate their lives to Christ.

The physical presence of CIM short-termers makes a difference between funding missions and partnership in missions. Short-termers have the opportunity to work with church local workers even though their presence is always short. Local workers are encouraged and the opportunity to reach people who otherwise were not being reached is utilized. By this, new opportunities are discovered.

Health Services
CIM and ECG have worked together to improve on health services in the Kpandai District. A challenge to stock snake serum to save lives of people bitten by snakes in the District was solved by a snake serum fund. This fund enabled the stocking of enough snake serum to treat persons who were not able to pay for the expensive anti-snake serum.

CIM Short-termers with health care skills also support at the Health facility in Kpandai, during Short-term Missions.

Aside snake serum fund, CIM and ECG have raised funds for essential medical equipment to improve on the quality of services. Recently, funds were raised for the purchase of an anaesthesia machine for a newly established theatre at the Kpandai ECG Hospital.

Village School Mission
Village School Missions is our community intervention targeting village dwellers, increasing access to education but in the context of discipling pupils. It is obvious that reaching children from different religious and belief backgrounds is possible through the provision of education services.

Short-termers are also involved in improving on teachers’ performance. Where possible, short-termers are also involved in VBS and other children programs.

Social intervention
Bore-holes
Apart from the Village School Missions, Evangelical Church of Ghana and CIM identify a need to resolve a perineal challenge such as access to portable water. Jagirdo in the Bimbilla District and Balai in the Kpandai District have both benefitted from manual pump bore-holes, thereby resolving the problem of water supply especially in the dry seasons.

Achievements
People are getting saved, lives are being transformed, kids are getting to know Jesus and the local people are experiencing the love of Christ Jesus.

The need to respond to the call for missions cannot be over emphasised and ECG will continue to pray that as many who have the call to come on short-term missions are welcome to Ghana.

Our practical partnership with CIM is of a difference and has proved fruitful; you can be part of this mission strategy.

We are satisfied that we are part of the global mission that is fulfilling the Great Commission with CIM. In a way, CIM as counterparts are connected to what Evangelical Church of Ghana is doing in this part of the world. We also see ourselves as part of what God is doing across the world.

Our partners can now appreciate better, what the Church in Ghana or Africa is going through and respond appropriately in prayer and otherwise; trust God and through that deepen our dependence on Him to help us fulfill our mandate.

We are humbled as a local or indigenous Church as we see our partners extending help in diverse ways and their generosity stretched to meet some needs in our communities, purely a demonstration of the love of Jesus Christ. You can be part of this special move in this later days prior to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you are reading this, I wish to admonish you to respond to God’s call to missions and it is worth coming out here to Ghana, Africa.

Rev. Daniel Gbande

Ride for Refuge:
CIM Canada will be participating in the Ride for Refuge fundraiser this year on September 29, 2018. Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that support organizations like our own. The money raised will be used to further our ministries. We are currently still seeking donors. For more information about Ride for Refuge, you may visit their website https://rideforrefuge.org If you want to participate or donate for CIM Canada, you may visit https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/cimcanada We would love for you to join us in this fundraiser.

Prayer items:
1. Pray for Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol who has now the new general overseer for the Evangelical Church of Ghana. May God bless his ministry and may the partnership between CIM Canada and ECG remain strong.
2. Pray for Rev. Xavier Law, (CIM Canada Board Chair) as he continues to recover from a car accident in early July. He has resumed work at his church, Pacific Grace MB Church, in Vancouver, Canada, as of September 1.
3. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for awareness of our ministries and for more donors. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Togo and Roma ministries.
4. Pray for the remaining STM teams that will be traveling this year. Currently there will be teams traveling to Ghana in October and December.
5. Pray for our upcoming Annual General Meeting on November 3 and 4. Pray for the Lord’s direction as our Board of Directors meet.

If you are interested in joining a STM or want to know more about our ministries, please visit our website at www.cimcanada.org or email us at contact@cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of August 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.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – August 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

In June, CIM Canada sent its first official STM team to the Roma people group in Ukraine. After an exploratory trip to the area in 2017, the CIM Canada Board of Directors approved this mission field in keeping with CIM Canada’s mandate of cross-cultural missions. The Romas are widely known among English-speaking people by the name “Gypsies” and are originally from the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent. In Ukraine, the estimated population of the Roma people is about 400 000. For this particular STM, we help run a Roma youth camp, where a number of the youth made commitments to the Lord. We also help distribute food to some of the Roma settlements.

While in Ukraine we signed a contract to partner with the House of Mercy Foundation (https://www.houseofmercy.com.ua/house-of-mercy.html) with their ministry to the Romas (https://www.houseofmercy.com.ua/roma-ethnicity-support.html). Our initial work will be in the Roma settlements of Piragova and Perechin. Valeria Muzika (Lera) and Andriana Reshko are two Ukranians that have already been serving amongst the Romas and whom we will be working closely with.

In this month’s News Update, Lera introduces herself and shares a little about her ministry.
Hello dear brothers and sisters in Christ!

My name is Lera. I am Ukrainian and I am serving the Roma people in Ukraine.

Around 6 years ago God touched my heart to serve the Roma people. They are very special people for me and I believe, they have very special place in God’s heart. Even though, many people in my country don’t like Romas, but God has given me love for them that only He can give. So, for 6 years now together with my friend, Andriana, we are in this ministry. We started with teaching kids some easy Bible truths in one of the Roma settlements in a small trailer. They didn’t know God at that time and it was not easy. People in the settlement and kids were very tough. But God was doing His work and through the years we see how God is changing this settlement and people there. After a few years since we started, God blessed us with the prayer house and a Roma pastor who is now coming to this Roma settlement to serve. Today we continue this ministry with hope for better future for Romas in Ukraine.

Even though this ministry is not easy but today we can see good fruits. People accept Jesus in their lives and God is changing them. Kids are learning about God; people are getting baptized and want to serve God among their nation. God is raising new leaders among Romas. Life for Roma people is not easy. There are not many Ukrainians who like Roma people and because of their way of life Romas have a bad reputation. But we believe that only One God can change their hearts and their lives. We believe in Jesus’ power to give new life and new hope to Roma nation. That is why we do what we do.

In June, we ran a Roma youth camp with CIM Canada. Our Canadian friends – Pastor Isaac, Pastor Kenny and Cassandra were a big support and blessing for us in this camp. They shared God’s living Word with youth and leaders each day of the camp, and also shared their testimonies. The theme of the camp was “One way” and every day we had different topic, talking about the One way to heaven – Jesus Christ. We had different activities, music, games, crafts and lots of fun. Some youth accepted Jesus as their personal Savior. Our hearts rejoice for them and we ask you to pray for them. May God help them to follow Him, the One way.

This camp was a big blessing for all of us and it was really blessed time to serve together with our Canadian friends. We really felt their support and love for God and people.

Please, pray for Roma people in Ukraine and for our ministry. May God bless you all.

Ride for Refuge:
CIM Canada will be participating in the Ride for Refuge fundraiser this year on September 29, 2018. Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that support organizations like our own. The money raised will be used to further our ministries. We are currently looking for team captains, riders, and donors. For more information about Ride for Refuge, you may visit their website https://rideforrefuge.org If you want to participate for CIM Canada, you may visit https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/cimcanada We would love for you to join us in this fundraiser.

Prayer items:
1. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for more donors, as some of our ministry funds including the ECG village school projects and Togo funds are very low. Pray also for a healthy general fund.
2. Pray for the transition of leadership at Evangelical Church of Ghana (who CIM partners with). Rev. Daniel Gbande’s term as general overseer is up and will be stepping down in September to be replaced by Rev. KK Maxwell. Pray that the transition goes smoothly and that the relationship with CIM Canada remains strong.
3. Pray for Rev. Xavier Law (CIM Canada Board Chair) and his family as they recover from a car accident suffered in early July.

If you are interested in joining a STM or want to know more about our ministries, please visit our website at www.cimcanada.org or email us at contact@cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of July 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.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – June 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

In October 2017, a team of 4, from Hallelujah Evangelical Free Church, in Toronto, Canada, led by Lui Ho Siu (CIM Canada board of director) traveled to Ghana for a STM. They visited 3 village schools and some rural towns.

One of the team members, Peggy Chung, reminisces about the trip, sharing what the Lord taught her.

Prior to this Ghana STM trip, I prayed that God will let me see Him at work and personally experience God throughout this journey. However, what if I went and saw nothing at all? What if I went and did good deeds but returned unfulfilled and did not encounter God’s presence at all? There were many what if(s)…?

However, all those hesitant thoughts dissipated during the short two weeks that I was there. Praise God, I did not get sick for had I been sick I would have been so ineffective and hindered the team. Praise God for basic provisions like meals, accommodation and transportation from town to town, so the team and I did not need to exert extra energy to figure out all the above and can focus on the ministry at hand. Praise God for Daal, our driver, who not only drove us from town to town safely but looked out for what we can consume safely without getting sick. God took care of our team’s physical needs, and with that under wraps we recognized God’s blessings throughout the STM trip as He created us to live through the circumstances and the people we met in Ghana.

The trip was definitely an eye opener for all of us, and personally, it also opened the eyes of my heart. There is a contemporary Christian song written and sung originally by Paul Baloche called “Open the eyes of my Heart Lord” based on Ephesians 1:18 (NIV) “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope which he has called you, the riches of the glorious inheritance in the saints.” The saints and the holy people there are all those dedicated Christian teachers and pastors who have been called and who have been enriched and enlightened by the confident hope and light in Jesus. I am thankful I have met pastors Fordjour, Emmanuel, Mark Tomah and Enoch. These names and people I have heard in past conversations became tangible. Their faith in serving for the sake of the Gospel overcoming many challenges is inspiring. I am forever indebted to their service in a land with little luxuries and yet daily they pursue the calling God has burdened them in their hearts.

I praise God for those brothers and sisters who have it in their hearts to pray boldly to God amidst oppositions but know in their hearts that God will provide and their rewards are in Heaven. May God forever bless them in their faithfulness and obedience for the sake of the Gospel.
– Colossians 1:3–5

God definitely “opened the eyes of my heart” to “see Him high and lifted up”, “Pour out His power and love” as we sing “holy, holy, holy” in a land that appears destitute at first, but rich in faith, love and hope in Jesus Christ as portrayed in the people that we met.

It is always encouraging to read how the Lord has led STM members and what they have learned. Currently, in 2018, we have four STM trips planned: to the Roma people group in Ukraine this month, to Ghana/Togo in July, and to Ghana in both August and October. If you are interested in joining a STM or want to know more about our ministries, please visit our website at www.cimcanada.org or email us at contact@cimcanada.org

Ride for Refuge:
CIM Canada will be participating in the Ride for Refuge fundraiser this year on September 29, 2018. Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that support organizations like our own. The money raised will be used to further our ministries. We are currently looking for team captains, riders, and donors. For more information about Ride for Refuge, you may visit their website www.rideforrefuge.org. If you want to participate for CIM Canada, you may visit www.rideforrefuge.org/charity/cimcanada. We would love for you to join us in this fundraiser.

Praise and Prayer items:
1. Praise God that a second anesthesia machine has been donated to the ECG hospital in Kpandai, Ghana. When the MP for the Kpandai area heard that CIM Canada had donated an anesthesia machine with a generator to the hospital, he was moved to donate a second one.

2. Pray for STM teams that will be traveling this year:

June: team to the Roma people group in Ukraine
July: team to Ghana/Togo
August: team to Ghana
October: team to Ghana

3. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for more donors, as some of our ministry funds including the ECG village school projects and Togo funds are very low. Pray also for a healthy general fund.

4. Pray for the transition of leadership at Evangelical Church of Ghana (who CIM partners with). Rev. Daniel Gbande’s term as general overseer is up and will be stepping down in September to be replaced by Rev. KK Maxwell. Pray that the transition goes smoothly and that the relationship with CIM Canada remains strong.

Let’s continue to serve the Lord together.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of May 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.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – May 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

One of the pillars for CIM Canada is in sending “short term missions” teams to Western Africa and now Ukraine to serve the Lord cross-culturally. Personally, I do not like the term “short term missions” because it is an oxymoron. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Personal Saviour, then there is nothing “short-term” as we carry out the mission of God. We are all full-time missionaries declaring the truth of the gospel in every situation that we have been put in.

The terminology “short-term missions” has been coined over the last generation to mean, depending on the sending organization, any missions activity less than 2 years in length. “Over the last generation, a massive shift has occurred in the way Christians take the Word into the world. For hundreds of years, it has been left to ordained career missionaries to leave their homeland for distant shores, determined to take Christianity to the masses. During the past generation, a movement has gained momentum to aid long-term mission enterprises with short-term mission projects, using Christian workers whose skills, while not available year after year, can supplement the spiritual and natural gifts of career missionaries. These short-term missionaries have become an effective army for Christ.” (David C. Forward “The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip”)

Jesus says in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” At CIM Canada, our “short-term” trips are based on and follow the instructions of the Bible. We go and share the gospel of Jesus Christ while training and discipling natives in partnership with local organizations and churches. As a result, many have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and numerous churches and preaching sites have been established.

In my travels to promote the work of CIM Canada, I am asked many questions. In this month’s newsletter, I will answer some of the more common questions. In future issues, I will answer more.

I did not know that there are many Chinese in Africa. Are they hard to find? Wouldn’t it be easier to travel to China to share the gospel with them?

There is a common misconception that Chinese International Missions Canada reaches out to the Chinese. The fact of the matter is that the focus of CIM Canada is cross-cultural. We know that there are many mission organizations and churches that minister to the Chinese throughout the world. We, on the other hand, travel to the remote and rural villages to share the story of Jesus Christ to the locals in keeping with the mandate of the Great Commission (to make disciples of ALL nations). This does not mean we will not minister to the Chinese. If we come across someone of Chinese descent who needed to hear about Jesus, we would definitely share it with them.

Our name Chinese International Missions Canada may even be misleading to some because our focus is not on the Chinese and over the last few years, a number of the teams that went can not even speak Chinese, but we keep our name to reflect our history and our association with the greater CIM family around the world. Many of our STM team members, though not all, are also from Chinese churches in the western world.

Are STM teams effective? They come and then they go. Aren’t they more of a burden to the local pastors and churches since the team needs to be taken care of? It is expensive to send a STM. Wouldn’t it be more effective just to send money over to train local pastors?

This is a very good question. In fact, I even used to ask this question, but over the course of the last decade or so, I have been convinced on the effectiveness of STM if it is done correctly, meaning STM members need to be trained and go through orientation with CIM. It is true that teams come and go and that the local leadership needs to spend time with them during the stay, but on every visit, I ask the local pastors the same question. Are we a burden to them? Should we keep coming? Every single time, they answer the same way. You may send money for various projects. You may pray for us. Prayer is always effective, but please continue to send your teams. They are a huge benefit to us.

There are many reasons why STMers are effective. We go to remote areas where very few foreigners have been to. The locals often ask: Why did you come? This is not a holiday destination. You have no relatives here. You spent a lot of money. Why did you come? It is a perfect invitation for us to share the reason why we are there: to share the greatest news there ever was. Because we are foreigners, the villagers also tend to listen to us. Also when the villagers see us walking around town with the pastor, it gives him instant credibility and the villagers will start listening to him as he follows up the work the STMers do.

CIM Canada also goes back to the same villages over and over again to build relationships and show that we care. We don’t come and leave. It may be different teams coming but we go back to the same places. The work that one team begins; another may see the fruit so it teaches us about teamwork; that we are all on the same team for the Lord.

I have also seen tremendous growth in the STMers I go with. The trip transforms their lives. They see the almighty God in a whole new perspective; that He really is a God of this world and He is mighty and powerful. Many have a desire to go back, are less materialistic, and have more of a passion to share about Jesus back home. A number have gone on to be pastors and missionaries and some are even now on the board of directors for CIM Canada. It gives me great joy to see people growing in their walk with the Lord and in part the STM experience had something to do with it.

There are many more questions that I can answer, but I will save that for future editions of this newsletter. But STMs do make a difference. If the Lord is leading you to such an experience with CIM Canada, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@cimcanada.org

In closing, I would like to share some praise and prayer items.

1. Congratulations to our ministry worker Lera in Ukraine who got married earlier this month. Praise God for her love for the Roma people group.
2. Praise God for the borehole projects in both Ghana and Togo that have been completed earlier this year. People in nearby villages now do not have to go too far to get drinking water.
3. Praise God that an anesthesia machine is now operational at the Evangelical Church of Ghana’s hospital in Kpandai, Ghana. When the need was presented, people donated enough money to cover not only the machine but also a generator in roughly three months.
4. Pray for our STM teams travelling to Ukraine and Africa this summer. Currently we have a team going to Ukraine in June, a team going to Ghana and Togo in July, and a team going to Ghana in August.
5. Pray for the transition of leadership at Evangelical Church of Ghana (who CIM partners with). Rev. Daniel Gbande’s term as general overseer is up and will be stepping down in September to be replaced by Rev. KK Maxwell. Pray that the transition goes smoothly and that the relationship with CIM Canada remains strong.

Let’s continue to serve the Lord together.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of April 2018

(please click on the table to enlarge)

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.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – April 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

As I have stated on numerous occasions in the past, some of the joys and blessings I receive is in getting to know the members of the STM teams that I travel with both on the field and also back home. I love seeing what they have learned and how they have grown in their walk with the Lord. Upon return, each STM member is required to write a brief sharing on their trip about what they have learned and how God has been speaking to them. In our News Updates, we include portions of these write ups. I have always enjoyed reading them and from the responses that I have received, many of our readers have been inspired by the writings of the STM members.

In August of 2017, a team of 9, comprised mainly of members from Bethel Chinese Christian MB Church in Vancouver, Canada, went on a STM to Ghana and Togo. Here are some of their sharing:

Donald Chan:

The STM trip to Ghana and Togo was an eye opener to me. I have learned a number of first-hand experience and first time knowledge.

… In Yeji, Ghana, I was asked to preach and share my testimony to the congregation of the local ECG church. I did not expect I need to do that, yet I was thankful I had prepared in advance before we left Vancouver. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I preached on Psalm 139 to encourage the congregation about how powerful and almighty our Father in Heaven is. He always watches over us, knows what we are thinking and has plans for each of His children.

The visitation to churches and families in different villages in Togo even gave me a bigger lesson of how blessed we are living in Canada. It allowed me to see the commitment and dedication of the humble servants serving faithfully with very little resources, yet joyfully in a poor country. That alone makes my trip to Ghana and Togo worthwhile. The experience gave me new perspective in looking at values and priorities.

May God continue to speak to me and show me His way.

Emily Wong:

Going into the trip, I was looking forward to seeing the different culture that was there and how God was working in it and God definitely opened my eyes to that. It was my first time leaving North America and travelling separately from my family. Seeing the villages and how sacrificially caring they were to one another and to us really touched my heart the most. When we did evangelism and went door to door, everyone wanted to hear what we had to share. There was one family who stopped cooking to listen and while we were speaking, it started to rain; their food was getting wet yet they did not stop listening. Another man even gave up part of his land so that a church could be built in the village. The way they served others and their obedience to God helped me see what it meant to be in community. Community isn’t just the physical gathering of people or about being nice to each other, but I realized that it is more about serving one another, putting each other first before ourselves.

… We were only there for such a short time so we really don’t get to see the fruit but trusting that God will work and a lot of the times, we see that He has already started working and it is such a blessing. I learned that there will be times where I don’t know what to say or that I really don’t want to share, but it was those times when God was truly able to work and speak through me as I knew evidently afterwards that it was nothing that I personally did or said. He is the one who transforms hearts, not us, and we must trust in His perfect timing.

So, I guess the next big question is what happens from here? After seeing all these things on the trip and coming back to quite a different culture and society, I was quite distraught actually. Coming back, I was so discouraged by the state of our society and it was so hard to “see” God. Our society seems like such a slave to productivity compared to those in Ghana and Togo. But as some brothers and sisters have mentioned to me, that’s why we have the church, we are to be His witnesses in our society to serve God and serve each other. God was definitely working in Ghana and Togo before we even got there, and He will continually be working in all His ways.

Theresa Chiu:

This is my first time going to Ghana; prior to going on this trip I knew that It was not going to be anything like home. I knew that this is way beyond my comfort zone, so prior to going I had many doubts and I was very nervous …

… Throughout the trip, I felt God presence, I knew that He was with me. Everywhere we went, I felt safe; I cannot say that I was not anxious or nervous at all, but I can say that I knew God was with me. I am scared to do public speaking; public speaking is one of my BIGGEST fears, and a skill I lack A LOT in. But God was with me; my team really helped me in times when we needed to evangelize; I was able to do some and when I blanked out, my team would come in and help me. For me I only shared my testimony once for the whole trip, and that was the very last day, the very last service we went to. I was not expecting to share AT ALL, nor were we expecting to have to share for a Sunday School but God works in mysterious ways! I was so scared … and so nervous … I heard people talking before about how once they get up there and share, it’s the Holy Spirit that works in them; it was interesting to me because I guess I was never so afraid, and helpless that I had to COMPLETELY rely on the Spirit to lead me (or I never gave it a chance and never paid attention to see that it was the Holy Spirit leading me). When I got up on the platform, I was calm and I was not afraid. When I look back, I have no idea how I came up with the things I said; it was not like my testimony that I had prepared and written out, but it happened. And I knew that it wasn’t me, but it was the Holy Spirit who helped me through all of it. It was nice to see it, and of course experience it myself. I hear people talking about it a lot, but it is very different to experience it for yourself.

It was a wonderful trip and I really enjoyed my time with this team. It is amazing to see how God works through each of the team members. If anyone is interested to know more about our ministries or join a STM team, please contact us at contact@cimcanada.org

Thank you also for your prayer and financial support. We continually ask for your prayers and your giving in finances as we spread the Lord’s love cross culturally. It is through partnership with people like yourself that we can do our ministry at CIM Canada.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of March 2018

(please click on the table to enlarge)

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.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – March 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

In last month’s News Update, I gave an introduction to the Roma ministry which CIM Canada will be starting in 2018. In this month’s News Update, I present to you Part 2 of CIM Canada’s Roma Ministry.

In October 2017, the vision and needs of the Roma were presented to the CIM Canada Board of Directors. We praise God that they approved the Roma Ministry as part of the CIM Cross Cultural ministries.

Roma Ministry goals:

• Partner with House of Mercy Foundation in Ukraine to minister to the Roma people focusing in evangelical, gospel and spiritual care while House of Mercy/KPK are focusing in humanitarian ministries
• Promote and organize short-term Roma ministry mission teams to Ukraine
• Bring God’s love and Good News to the Roma people
• Church Planting: Support and develop local Roma churches and pastors
• Disciple local Christians to become Jesus Christ’s disciples
• Support local Ukrainian and Roma ministry workers and missionaries
• Develop local leadership for the future ministry and the Great Commission

Roma Settlements in the area near Uzhhorod, Ukraine:

House of Mercy is currently serving the following Roma villages.
(Estimate basis: each family unit ranges from 2 to 10 people.)

*Uzhhorod (Pirogova) – 45 family units
*Perechin – 50 family units
• Uzhhorod (Telmana) – 180 family units
• Uzhhorod (Radvanka) – 300 family units
• Rooski Lomarovci – 90 family units
• Holmok – 120 family units (mainly Hungarian speaking)
• Koncovo – 120 family units (mainly Hungarian speaking)
• Serednye – 100 family units
• Myrcha – 25 family units
• Hoodlevo – 20 family units
• Esen – 40 family units
• Rativci – 50 family units

The estimated number of family units is about 1,140. Some of the Roma villages’ conditions have improved due to many years of humanitarian aid and support through House of Mercy and their Norway supporters (KPK-Ukriana), but the recently adopted ones are still in fairly poor condition.

CIM Canada’s target starting areas will be in Uzhhorod – *Pirogova and *Perechin Roma settlements.

Proposed Ministry Plan for Roma Ministry in Ukraine:

• CIM support missionaries

o Establish agreement with House of Mercy for CIM evangelical and spiritual ministries in Ukraine.
o Promote and fundraise support for local Christian workers/missionaries in Ukraine for the Roma people evangelical and spiritual ministries.

• Roma settlement visitation

o Provide support and encouragement to local Roma church pastors
o Attend open air or local church gatherings at the settlements
o Share testimonies, Bible stories, preaching, singing and short gospel programs, etc.

• Roma Children/Youth Ministry

o Organize outreach programs for Roma children and youth. i.e. Bible camp
o Short programs with singing, crafts, gospel or Bible story message, and games

• Roma Discipleship and Leadership development

o Disciple and provide leadership development to Roma youth leaders
o Train them to be church leaders for ministries
o Develop and support Roma church pastors and ministry workers

• House of Mercy Staff support and development consideration

o Staff retreat and devotional meeting
o Ministry Reflection and Vision casting
o Goal setting and Teambuilding workshops

• Roma Family Ministry

o Family ministry including marriage, family relationship and parenting
o Reach out to Roma women who are often “left behind” in the settlement with low social status among their people

• Local church leadership

o Visit and encourage local church leadership, pastors and missionaries
o Support local pastors, Christian workers and church planting
o Develop and strengthen local youth and future leadership

• School, Education and Career Support

o Support the Roma settlement’s children, youth and adults education and career plan

Ukraine Roma Evangelical and Spiritual Ministry Short term plan
– 1st Year (2018 Plan):

• Pray for the Kick-off of the Ukraine Roma ministry
• Promote via newsletters and websites
• Focus in promoting the ministry in all connecting churches
• Start fundraising and support two local missionaries/Christian workers for Roma Ministry
• Establish and sign CIM-House of Mercy partnership agreement/contract
• Target to send one to two STM teams to Ukraine
• Tentative date for the first team is around June 7-20, 2018. If you are interested in the Ukraine Roma Ministry, please contact CIM office (contact@cimcanada.org) for further information.

Budget Consideration:

1. Budget to raise support for local missionary/Christian worker:

a. About $4,000 CAD per year for each local missionary.
b. For a budget of two missionaries, it will be around $8,000 CAD per year.
c. Other considerations: Car allowance and other expenses.

2. Budget estimate of a 2 week STM

STM Budget per person is between $2,500 to $3,000 CAD per person pending of team size and ministry focus.

CIM Canada invites you to join us in prayers for this new Ministry. If you are interested to support the Roma Ministry or join a Roma STM trip in the future, please contact CIM office (contact@cimcanada.org). We are currently recruiting for the June STM team to Ukraine.

Sincerely,
Tomson Chan
CIM (Canada) Board Director


Financial Highlights for the month of February 2018

(please click on the table to enlarge)

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.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

Canadian Registered Charity Registration Number of CIM (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – February 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

The first mention of the Roma people in Ukraine goes back to the 14th century. The general attitude towards them was not positive; they were often persecuted. Their way of life was nomadic, so they moved from place to place and did not have the constancy of living in one place. As a result, many Roma people were illiterate and unemployed. Stealing became a common behaviour among them due to the high rate of unemployment and struggles to make ends meet. They often married at a very young age as well. Traditional practices of their culture also included witchcraft and divination, particularly among the women.

There are around 50,000 Roma people in Ukraine today. They are spread all over the country, and the biggest concentration of people is 15,000, most of whom live in the region of Zakarpattya. This is the region where the House of Mercy in Uzhhorod is situated.

Nowadays, most Roma people are no longer nomads. In other regions of Ukraine, Roma people mostly live in apartments. However, the Roma people in Zakarpattya region are in the deepest poverty compared to other areas of the country and often live in crowded settlements.

The majority of Roma in this region are illiterate, especially in the older population. Only 17% have completed school. There are a few Roma schools where children can complete their primary education. Because it is more difficult to progress towards higher education, only a small percentage of the Roma youth can achieve this. There are now academic assistance programs that aid the youth to complete their education, but unfortunately, many do not show interest in these opportunities provided to them.

The Ukrainian locals in the Zakarpattya region have compassion for the Roma people. Humanitarian aid and living condition improvement are crucial. However, the struggles and challenges of the Roma people are also beyond material needs. They need eternal hope and salvation from God to break through the bondage of generations of stigma, their past cultures, and ways of life.

CIM-Ukraine Ministry Exploration Visit 2017:
In June 2017, Rev. Xavier Law (Chairman), Rev. Isaac Quan (Executive Director), Rev. Kenny Wong (Board Director), Tomson Chan (Board Director) and a few others made an exploration trip to Uzhhorod, Ukraine (Western Ukraine). With the connections of South Calgary Chinese Evangelical Free Church, we were able to meet up with local Ukrainian organization – House of Mercy for their Roma ministry and associated ministries. For your information, the western part of Ukraine is bordering Hungary and Slovakia. It is free of conflicts of the recent tension between Russia and Ukraine which is happening in the Eastern part of Ukraine.

We had a great experience in Ukraine in meeting with House of Mercy Foundation’s directors and their staff. We saw their humanitarian ministries first hand and visited Roma churches and leaders. We also met with two local Christians to get a better understanding of the needs of the Roma ministry in Pirogova and Perechin settlements.

We stayed at the House of Mercy orphanage guest house and had a wonderful time of fellowship, discussion and praying together. We also had opportunities to conduct a Roma Leadership retreat. Moreover, we were able to share gospel messages to several Roma settlements and discussed possible future cooperation in the Roma ministries.

In October 2017, we presented the vision and needs of the Roma to CIM Board of Directors. We praise God that the board approved the Roma Ministry as part of the CIM Cross Cultural ministries.

Some of the Roma Ministry goals:
• Partner with House of Mercy Foundation in Ukraine to minister to the Roma people focusing in evangelical, gospel and spiritual care while House of Mercy and their Norway supporter KPK are focusing in humanitarian ministries
• Promote and organize short-term Roma ministry mission teams to Ukraine
• Bring God’s love and Good News to the Roma people
• Church Planting: Support and develop local Roma churches and pastors
• Disciple local Christians to become Jesus Christ’s disciples
• Support local Ukrainian and Roma ministry workers and missionaries
• Develop local leadership for the future ministry and the Great Commission

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)

Ukraine Roma Evangelical and Spiritual Ministry Short term plan
– 1st Year (2018 Plan):

• Pray for the Kick-off of the Ukraine Roma ministry
• Promote via Newsletters and websites
• Focus in promoting the ministry in all connecting churches
• Start fundraising and support two local Missionaries/Christian workers for Roma Ministry
• Establish and sign CIM-House of Mercy partnership agreement/contract
• Target to send one to two STM teams to Ukraine
• Tentative date for the first STM team is around June 7-20, 2018. If you are interested in the Ukraine Roma Ministry, please contact CIM office (contact@cimcanada.org) for further information.

Stay tuned for next month’s News Update for more information regarding our ministry to the Roma people group.

Sincerely,
Tomson Chan
CIM (Canada) Board Director


Financial Highlights for the month of January 2018

(please click on the table to enlarge)

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.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

Canadian Registered Charity Registration Number of CIM (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – January 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

Happy New Year from CIM Canada.

We want to wish each one of you a wonderful 2018. May God bless you in all that you do.

It has been an honor serving as the Executive Director for CIM Canada. 2017 was my second year at this post. It has been a learning experience and I would like to thank the Board of Directors and the staff for their encouragement and support. 2018 shapes up to be an exciting year for CIM Canada. Not only will we continue our cross-cultural ministries in the West African countries of Ghana and Togo, but we will begin working with the Romas of Western Ukraine. In June of 2017, we sent an exploratory team to see how viable it would be for CIM to venture into this part of the world to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The results came back positive and at our Board of Director meetings in October, it was approved that we begin ministry with the Romas in 2018. Stay tuned as we will give more details and updates about the Roma ministries in the coming months.

As we embark on a new year, I would like to reflect back on 2017 and share how God has blessed us and used us over the last 12 months at CIM Canada. Each year is a little different, but God is always faithful, and as a result, lives are turned over to Him, and people continue to serve Him.

It appears that the effects of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has finally neutralized. After a few years where there were heightened concerns about the safety of STM teams traveling to Ghana and Togo resulting in much fewer teams going, CIM sent 5 teams to Ghana with 1 team to both Ghana and Togo. It could have been more as there were some individuals that had expressed interest in going but we could not place them on any team due to size restrictions or the time of year they could travel.

In 2017, CIM sent 5 STM teams to Ghana, composed of 28 STM’ers from Australia and Canada. I had the privilege of being on four of the teams. Through each of the trips I have been on this year, the Lord continues to bless and teach me, not only through the locals but each team member as well.

The teams that went in 2017 were:

January: Team Australia (5 members from various Chinese churches in Sydney, Australia)
May: Team Burnaby Pacific Grace (5 members from Burnaby Pacific Grace in Vancouver)
July: Team LLC (7 members comprised mainly of Lord’s Love Church in Vancouver including Pastor Doug Wong (BOD for CIM Canada) plus members from Calgary)
August-September: Team Bethel (7 members comprised mainly of Bethel Chinese MB Church in Vancouver plus members from Calgary) – This team traveled to both Ghana and Togo.
October-November: Team Hallelujah (4 members from Hallelujah Chinese EFC in Toronto including Lui Ho Siu (BOD for CIM Canada))

The STM teams of 2017 not only had a positive influence in the areas they ministered in, but many have grown in their walk with the Lord as they see how great and powerful God is. For a number of the STM’ers, going to Africa was the first time they left the comfort zone of their own church, and saw God work on a global scale. A large number of the STM’ers shared their interest to go back to Africa or other mission fields. For others it was a confirmation of their calling into the ministry or to the mission field.

We continue our partnership with ECG (Evangelical Church of Ghana), but there will be a few changes with their leadership in 2018. Rev. Daniel Gbande, the general overseer, will be stepping down from his post as his term is up. Rev. KK Maxwell (former treasurer for ECG) will take up the role of general overseer starting in September, 2018.

As a new year begins, we know that God will continue to bless our ministries in 2018. I encourage all of us to serve the Lord wholeheartedly in whatever circumstance that we are in and if you feel called to go on missions with us or want to know more about CIM’s mission, please do not hesitate to visit our webpage at www.cimcanada.org

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of December 2017

(please click on the table to enlarge)

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)
3. Year End Adjustment including salaries re-allocation
– All financial figures are in Canadian dollar and rounded to the nearest dollar.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

Canadian Registered Charity Registration Number of CIM (Canada): 896216207RR0001