COVID-19 Update – March 2020

To our supporters at CIM Canada,

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to keep you all informed about how CIM Canada will be responding and adjusting our ministries ahead.

After much thought and prayer, CIM Canada has decided to postpone all STM mission trips this summer for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and short-term team members.

We understand the growing concern from churches and individuals is spreading rapidly and at this time of writing, there have been over 130,000 confirmed cases and close to 5,000 deaths worldwide. In Canada, there are over 140 confirmed cases to date. Most sports events around the globe have been suspended. Schools are being closed down. People are put into self-quarantine, including our Prime Minister. We understand that all these measures are to help minimize the current spread of COVID-19 locally and globally, “flatten the curve”, and prevent overwhelming our healthcare systems.

With short-term mission trips, our teams would need to travel on long haul flights and cross multiple international borders.  We want to take every precaution to keep our team healthy. We will continue to pray for God’s provision and guidance during this crisis and work with the organizations and staff we are partnering with overseas.

We ask for your continual support during this time.  Prayer is of utmost importance as we lift our concerns to the Lord.

May God bless you with His peace,

Isaac Quan (Executive Director)

News Update – February 2020

FEBRUARY 2020 | NEWS UPDATE

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What does it mean to be a blessing to others?

By: Isaac Quan (Executive Director)

As a pastor, I sometimes get asked this question: What is a blessing? It is defined in the dictionary as a “special favour that gives a benefit”. If someone benefits from something done for them, it may be considered a blessing.

 

With that in mind, what does it mean to bless someone else? We can bless someone with a simple smile to brighten their day. We can bless someone by cooking them a meal. We can bless someone by sharing with them our resources, such as time and money.

 

Spiritually, a blessing usually means that it comes from God. That is why we say phrases like, “God bless you”, meaning that we desire that God take care of that person and does what is in the best interest of that person.

 

 

 

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The Call of Abram

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 

3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV)

 

 

This is one of the first calls for missions. Abraham may even be considered one of the very first missionaries. The Lord told him that He will bless him and that all peoples on earth would be blessed through him. 

For that to happen, Abram had to obey. He had to trust and have faith in God.

He was to be the father of many nations, but at that time, he was 75 years old and did not even have a son. From a human perspective, he probably would not be able to have offspring, yet God said he would be the father of many nations.  He was also supposed to leave his homeland to an unknown place.  It took tremendous faith, but Abram was obedient and because of that, God blessed him.

 

 

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In 2001, Rev. Philip Leung (the first executive director for CIM Canada) felt the call to do cross-cultural ministries, but he had no idea where God was calling him to go.  Like Abram, he was obedient and pursued the calling.  He attended a missions conference in Malaysia where he met Rev. Joshua Siu, a missionary from Hong Kong to Ghana since 1987.  Rev. Siu asked Rev. Leung to go to Ghana, so in 2002, Rev. Leung traveled to Ghana for an exploratory trip and the rest is history.  CIM Canada was formed in 2004 with the specific purpose of cross-cultural ministries initially in Ghana, which has now also expanded to Togo and the Roma people group. 

Rev. Leung was obedient to the Lord’s call and because of that, many people and nations have been blessed.

 

 

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Now in 2020, CIM Canada is once again obeying God by sending our first full-time international worker to Ghana.  Janice Wong moved to Ghana in January.  There are still many unknowns, but like Abram, she was obedient and because of that, I am sure that many, too, will be blessed.

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“Our mandate as an organization is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ cross-culturally and we will continue to do just that.  We want to be a blessing to others.”

 

 

As Christians, we are blessed because we have salvation through Jesus Christ. However, we must not be content with just being blessed, because as it implies in the Abrahamic covenant, we are blessed so that others may be blessed through us.

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At CIM Canada, we share the gospel so that people will come to a saving knowledge of the Lord, but our hope is that the people that are blessed through our ministries will also go out and bless others by sharing their blessings to those around them.

How will you bless others?  It could be as simple as a smile, but remember that the ultimate blessing is to lead others to Christ.  All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.  Consider joining a STM trip or giving financially to our ministries.  Not only do donations help run our organization, but it supports 9 church planters and 19 village school teachers at 3 village schools in Ghana, 3 church planters in Togo, and 7 Roma pastors and ministry workers in Ukraine.

We look forward with great anticipation to see how the Lord will work through CIM Canada in 2020 and the new decade.  We are currently planning STM trips in June to Eastern Europe and West Africa in July and August.  More trips may be planned depending on interest.  If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to email us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our website (www.cimcanada.org). Also, if you feel led to donate to CIM Canada financially, please click the button below:

 

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Pray with us:

Pray for Pastor Matthieu Ayena’s ministry in Togo this month. He will return to Canada at the end of February.

Pray for our international worker to Ghana, Janice Wong, as she takes language lessons and adapts to life in Ghana.

Pray that more donors will give financially to the ministries of CIM Canada in 2020 to support our cross-cultural ministries in Western Africa and Eastern Europe.

Pray for the STM teams that are planning to go in 2020. Pray that these teams may be formed shortly and will be effective on the field.

Pray for the Roma Ministry in Ukraine and especially for Pastor Vlad as he takes over the role of Roma Ministry worker for House of Mercy.

 

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News Update – November 2019

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From this issue of News Update:

CIM Canada is pleased to announce that Janice Wong has been approved to be our first full time international worker to Ghana.  In this month’s news update, Janice shares about her heart and passion for ministering in Ghana.


 

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News Update – October 2019

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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.

“It was through CIM that I was exposed to cross-cultural missions and evangelism. Eight years ago, Pastor Matthieu Ayena came to Montreal to meet with pastors in the Chinese churches.

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 contact@cimcanada.org.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer Requests:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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News Update – September 2019

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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.

“I found this trip very fruitful with lots of unforgettable moments. There is so much to share but I will focus on some of the things that impacted me most.

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. “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.  
  6. We had a wonderful team who worked well together. Team members would pray while the other team members shared the gospel.
  7. 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 contact@cimcanada.org.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer Requests:

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

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From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

One of the pillars for CIM Canada is in sending “short-term missions” teams to Western Africa and to the Roma people group in eastern Europe 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 regarding the nature of our ministry. In the May 2018 CIM Canada’s News Update (http://www.cimcanada.org/2018/05/15/news-update-may-2018/), I answered some of those questions. In this month’s edition, I will answer some more and in future updates, I will continue answering. Our desire is to cast our vision of why we do what we do and how others can participate with us in spreading the gospel cross-culturally.

1. I can not join a STM team at this time. How else may I participate?

There are many ways in which a person can participate in the ministries of CIM Canada even if the person can not physically join a STM team at this time. If there is a desire to share the gospel, then you can be a part of our team. The most effective way to help is through prayer. Pray for the ministries of CIM in Ghana, Togo, and eastern Europe. Pray for transformed lives. Pray for the people we serve with overseas. Here are just two examples of people and situations that you can pray for.

Pastor Ruslan is a Roma pastor whom we have been serving with in Ukraine. He loves the Lord and is passionate about the ministry the Lord has entrusted to him. He lives and pastors in the Roma settlement of Perechin in western Ukraine. On Sundays, he preaches in his own church and then in the afternoon travels to another Roma settlement to share the Word. On top of that, he has been going to 5 other Roma settlements with the late Pastor Paul to train other Roma pastors. Unfortunately, Pastor Paul passed away from cancer in June, 2019, but the work must continue and Pastor Ruslan is committed to it. Pastor Ruslan has very little support financially, barely enough for gas money to travel to the different settlements. Some of his immediate family has had to travel to other countries looking for work, but despite all these obstacles, Pastor Ruslan is faithful to do the work of the Lord. During my visits to his church in Perechin, I can definitely see the fruits of his labor. Pray that the Lord will sustain him and will provide for him.

Pastor Jean Desire was a pastor in Atakpame, Togo. Not only did he help pastor a church there, but he ran a Christian radio program at the local station in which most of our STM teams have shared on. He loves the Lord immensely and has a desire to share the gospel to all those who would listen. He is also very hospitable. On my last trip to Togo earlier this year, his family invited us for a delicious meal before we left Atakpame. Pastor Jean Desire was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident a short time later. His wife and children are still in mourning. Pray for healing for his family and that the ministries that he was involved in will continue.

You may also be a prayer warrior for members of our STM teams. Each STM participant is required to have at least 10 prayer warriors to pray for them daily during a STM. As a prayer warrior, you will receive daily updates as to how to pray most effectively for the team. We have found that these prayers have been invaluable.

Another way to participate in our ministries without joining a STM team is in giving through finances. At CIM Canada, we partner with our donors to fulfil the Great Commission. To effectively run our ministries, we require a healthy general fund. It is with this fund that our everyday operations are maintained. Donors can also give specifically to our ministries in Ghana, Togo, and to the Roma people group. We require funds for local church planters, village school teachers, and ministry workers as we partner with local organizations. CIM has been helping with the salaries of some of the pastors and school teachers with the funds coming mainly from donors. We want to thank all of our donors in the past and encourage them to continue to partner with us in this manner. We are also always looking for new donors who share the same vision of cross-cultural ministries as we do.

2. Do we bring our own supplies including food on the STM?

It depends. In Ghana and Togo, because we travel to very remote villages, we bring in most of our food and supplies including toilet paper. Many teams buy a lot of the food from their home country but most things including food can be bought in the capital city upon arrival. Because of the weight, water and rice are bought in Africa. Teams usually eat meals together with the food that they have brought but it is encouraged to have meals with the locals eating local food when possible. We have found that when we eat out, we interact more with the people we are trying to minister to and build relationships that way. We also help the local economy when we eat out. Due to dietary restrictions and sometimes sanitary conditions, some team members will have to eat the food that we have brought in. If there is extra food and supplies, we usually give it to the local pastors before we leave.
In Ukraine, we do not have to bring in our own food as meals have been provided for us and we are also staying in a city where supplies can be purchased easily. Most of the supplies that we do bring in would be for ministry purposes.

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 or you would like to give financially, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our website at www.cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer Requests:

1. Praise God for fruitful ministries of the STM team from Montreal traveled to Atakpame, Togo earlier this month.

2. 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. 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.


Financial Highlights for the month of July 2019

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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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