News Update – November 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

CIM Canada is a team and one of the key positions for our team is the role of the administrative assistant.  Not only does this person help with the administrative duties for our organization for which I am very grateful, but they also make sure that the everyday operations run smoothly.  For the past 13 years, Flora Loong has been instrumental in the works of CIM Canada.  It is very sad for us to see her leave but we are excited and support her 100 % as she commits her life to full time ministry.

We are also happy to announce that Jessica On has now taken over the role of administrative assistant. Jessica is familiar with the works of CIM and have traveled with me to Africa twice on STM.  She is very gifted administratively and has a heart for missions.  I look forward to serving alongside her.

Continue reading below for reflections from both Flora and Jessica.

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“In the last 13 years, I went to Africa 3 times.  Although there were only brief encounters and fellowship with local brothers/sisters as well as non-believers in Ghana and Togo each time, God has shown me more about His heart to love and care and at the same time placed mission in my heart more and more over the past decade.  In my most recent trip to Ghana and Togo in July 2018, God has once again reminded me of His unconditional love and sacrifice for me during my personal reflection before Him.  All that I saw in Africa – the difficult living condition, the inadequate environment, the undeveloped villages, and yet the happy children, the genuine smiles, the simple lifestyle, the faithful pastors – shocked me in various ways.  I was led to deeply reflect my life and was amazed by how rich I am materially and more important – spiritually.

In this trip, the Holy Spirit struck me deeply in a new way with the fact that God loves every single one of us in this world and no one person is more important than another person in His sight – no matter where we are born, where we are raised and live, how educated we are, etc.  Jesus’ love and mercy motivate me to go further to live out His love for this world.

One big thing I learned over these years is that mission is not only about the works we do, but also the unconditional love which we have received from Jesus flowing out from our hearts naturally in response.  Leaving the administrative position I had served for such a long time is not easy at all, and in fact, it’s pretty hard and emotional.  However, I trust that God has prepared me so much with my service in CIM to continually serve Him in other ways in the future.  No matter what path it turns out to be, I know that Jesus is in full control of my life, and He already has the best planned out for me.  Please remember me as I continue to pray for future directions, to wait upon and follow His guidance, and to humble myself completely through the help of the Holy Spirit for His use. Thank you.” – Flora

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“When I was first approached by Flora to consider taking on the administrative assistant role, my first thought was, “Flora, you’re leaving CIM?” It almost seemed like an unfathomable idea for such a big change in the staff makeup.  As the next few weeks went by, I spent time in prayer and discussions with my husband about the idea of joining the CIM team. The primary thought that came up consistently was remembering God’s amazing work that I got to witness when I had previously joined the short-term missions teams in Ghana and Togo. God had used me and my story to magnify who He is and to make Him known. As I remembered this, it helped to know that as I step into CIM, I can also be used here in this capacity to bless others, and hopefully to help others go out to live out the Great Commission and make Him known.

In my humanness, natural thoughts of inadequacy and fear of a new position immediately surfaces. I am so thankful for Flora who has taught me so much, but also for her friendship that we have from serving together on the missions field in Ghana. With new commitments come new strains on the balance of family time, ministry life, and work, but I know I can continue to trust God as I follow His lead in life.

Through this new role, I am most looking forward to helping others go out and witness God’s power through them as they preach the gospel and share Christ’s love to others. I have been challenged myself as I went on my first short-term missions trip with CIM, but I have also grown so much in learning to trust God more. I am also reminded of how He has created me to reflect His very heart. My desire is for others to come to know that they also are each uniquely made and carry a beautiful story of God Himself that is waiting to be shared with others.” – Jessica

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Prayer items:

  1. Pray for Flora Loong as she seeks God’s guidance and direction in full time ministry. Pray for Jessica On as she takes over the role of administrative assistant at CIM Canada.
  2. 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, but because of health issues, the official hand over ceremony will now be on January 27th, 2019.
  3. Pray for the December STM team to Ghana which will be led by Rev. Xavier Law.
  4. Praise God that our Annual General Meeting went well as we discussed future direction of our ministries in Ghana, Togo, and to the Roma people group.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of October 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 – October 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

This past July, Clara Hoh, traveled with me on a STM to Ghana and Togo.  It was her first visit to Africa, and at 16 years of age, she was the youngest member to travel with me on any of my previous STMs.  What made this trip more special was that her mother, Flora Loong, who has been on the CIM staff for the last 12 years as Administrative Assistant was also on the trip.  In future updates, you will hear from Flora and other members of the July team, but in this edition read about Clara’s experiences.

“For all my life, I have always only viewed myself as ordinary. I thought that I was different from the church’s missionaries, or leaders, or really just anyone for that matter. I witnessed that everyone seemed to always know what to say and that everyone somehow seemed to always sound so knowledgeable when speaking God’s words. Comparing myself to everyone else caused me to develop a lack of confidence to be good enough; whether it was being good enough to proclaim God’s words to others, or being good enough to share my experience with others, or sometimes even being good enough to pray in front of others.

When my mom approached me with the idea of going on this mission’s trip to Africa, my first instinct was to be excited; however, after spending time to think more about what would occur during the trip, I began to develop a sense of doubt about whether I could really be qualified enough to fill this spot on a team whose mission is to spread God’s message and God’s love – I mean, I’m neither a great speaker, nor would I describe myself as a very loving person. As a daughter of someone who worked at CIM, the topic of missions would regularly come up throughout daily life. I was exposed to the world of missions constantly, whether through the periodic prayer updates, to even casual conversations around the dinner table. I always found myself pondering the possibility of myself going to Africa one day and doing all those things I have only dreamt of doing. However, this had always felt more like a far-fetched dream than reality. I never thought I could ever do what other missionaries were doing, nor did I feel qualified to be on a team filled with such experienced and amazing people.

And so, going on this trip was a big step for me… actually scratch that – going on this trip was a gigantic step for me to take. It was so out of my comfort zone and during the planning process I continuously questioned myself; I was so stressed out that I felt the negative energy spread to the people around me. During meetings with the team, I tried to act confident (key word: tried) and prepared on the exterior, however I was mentally freaking out. I carried these fears and my doubts with me travelling to Ghana, but somewhere deep inside, I was also eager to find out if God has something in store for me during this trip. Yes, I had many doubts, but I also held a determination to do my best and see where God could guide and I was excited to see what he wants to show me from this trip.

When we first arrived in Togo, and officially started our outreach with door to door visitations, I honestly did not expect to talk too much. I was placed in a group with Pastor Isaac which was both relieving and nerve-racking; I was relieved because I knew he had experience and could lead the conversation, but also nervous to be put on the spot and somehow be able to find the right words to speak. I was by far the most inexperienced person who was there on the missions’ team, so I found that I kept hanging back and trying to avoid having to speak at all costs. I wanted to make a difference and somehow find myself a way that I could actually be useful in building towards God’s kingdom, but I was also afraid to step out of my comfort zone to try. I ended up hanging back behind the group and planned to only speak a few words here and there. That is why, I was quite taken by surprise when Pastor Isaac called on me in the middle of his evangelism and asked me to share my story. Looking back, I feel that this was the moment where I really felt was the beginning of my trip. I was incredibly nervous, but I felt that at that moment, God simply took over and rather than speaking the words that I have prepared and rehearsed, I feel that God helped me speak what was really in my heart. I didn’t feel nervous anymore after I have started talking, and it was an incredible feeling for me because it felt like it was the first time the Holy Spirit was guiding me towards what to say, and I was speaking my own story from my heart and not from a piece of paper. I think that God wanted to break my insecurities and truly show me that I am precious and I am useful in his eyes. After I shared my story, the woman responded in the most amazing way, that before that very moment I would never have believed would happen to me in real life. She told us that the story touched her heart and that I encouraged her in her faith because she knew now that someone has experienced something similar and that what she went through was very real.

If you asked the “me” from before the trip, I wouldn’t think that I would be able to break through that shell of insecurity that I tend to carry around… but somehow it did. For the rest of the trip I found myself opening up more easily and gain much more confidence in my experience and abilities. There were many more times where I was called out on the spot and asked to speak, and throughout this trip I learned to become more and more comfortable, not because of my own abilities, but because I could feel that God was leading me through everything. Even throughout the nightly devotions, I started to open up more about my thoughts and feelings. I tended to keep all my emotions to myself and I didn’t like expressing them to others with the fear that they’re not important or not worth anyone’s time. Going to this trip, I thought that everyone was much more experienced and may feel judgmental towards my lack of knowledge and confidence. One of the most important lessons that God wanted me to take from this trip was really just understanding that I am precious and I am useful in his eyes and even when I don’t think I am qualified to do something for him, he will always find ways to work through me. I learned that my story is just as important as other’s no matter how ordinary I think I am. God assured me through the work in this trip that through him, even I can make a difference for him in his kingdom, whether in Ghana and Togo, or even back home in Canada. I found that even after coming back, I discovered a newfound sense of confidence in proclaiming God’s words and speaking to non-Christians about my faith. I initiated conversations that I never would have before this trip happened and as a result God continued to guide me though my words.

This trip also allowed me to spend a lot of time reflecting on how I want to be living for the rest of my life. Seeing all the pastors and the Christians in Ghana and Togo being so faithful to God no matter their hardships, was awe-striking for me to witness. Their resources might be scarce and their living conditions might not be ideal, but their willingness to continue to serve God despite these things were encouraging to me and got me thinking about how I could also find ways to put God first in my life. Throughout those two weeks, I constantly prayed to God at night to show me the path that I should take for my future and what I could do to serve him like some of these people are doing in Ghana and Togo. I think after listening to different testimonies, I realized that I don’t need to receive an answer right away, but instead, I need to do my best to model my life after Christ and live my life for Christ and let him guide me towards wherever he will guide me. Before this trip, I have always held a feeling of fear for my future, and every time I thought of what I would do for postsecondary I would find myself in a pit of stress and despair. I think through the stories and lives of the pastors, God wanted to encourage me to stop looking towards my future with stress, but instead, trust God to lead me through whatever he wants for me. Now, I am able to look ahead towards my future with confidence and trust of what God has in store for me to do next.”

It is always so exciting for me to read reflection papers like this and see how STMs not only transforms the lives of the locals that we share the gospel with but also those who go on our STMs.

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

Prayer items:

  1. Pray for Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol who is 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 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.
  3. Praise God for the Ride for Refuge fundraiser. Over $8000 was raised for the ministries of CIM Canada.
  4. Pray for the remaining STM team that will be traveling to Ghana in December this year.
  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.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of September 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