Say Yes!

Joanne Yen, Administrative Assistant

Three years ago, under a tree in the little rural town of Yawpare, Ghana, we were singing worship songs with the villagers that gathered to check out the obroni. Amidst the crowd was a hunched over grandma that was excitedly tapping her walking stick along with the beat and hopping all over with a toothless grin stretched across her face. It struck me how she radiated joy dancing for God. After we finished the songs, the grandma invited us to go speak with her son who had turned away from God.

I stared at this middle-aged, serious-looking man standing before me in the sandy yard. I prayed to God to soften his heart and I asked, “what do you want to say to him? I don’t know what to say, how am I supposed to relate to him?” Moments later, a curious toddler peeked out at us from the house and then came running over and attached herself to her dad’s leg. A gentle smile spread across his face as he looked down at his daughter and patted her on the head.

“Tell him, he is my son and I am his father. I want him by my side, that is what gives me joy.”

As the translator relayed the message, I saw a look in his eyes, like he had been caught off guard. Then he smiled and nodded.

I don’t know if that man ended up returning to God’s side. But this memory often stands out to me as one of the notable moments of my trip. Being in Ghana, we never seemed to know what each day would hold or who we would meet so

we had to rely on God to lead us in every situation.

It also stripped everything away – our daily goal was to visit as many people as we could to share testimonies of God’s grace. Everything else was secondary. There was a real sense of urgency; we were unlikely to see any of the people a second time, so we had to be bold and say whatever God had placed on our hearts immediately.

That trip changed me and I’d like to think it gave me the courage to say yes to God more often and value the power of sharing the truth of how God is working in my life, the good, the bad and the ugly. 

Even before the trip was over, I was already thinking about when I may return in the future. Along with subscribing to the newsletters, I would hear updates about CIM from time to time since I attend the same church as Pastor Doug (current chairman of the board of directors) and Jessica On (the previous administrative assistant) and our church regularly sends teams to Ghana, so CIM was frequently on my mind. Around February when my work contract was ending, I found out that CIM was hiring. I applied almost immediately and while there was a hiring process, in my heart, I felt like I was already a part of the CIM family. Thankfully Pastor Issac did also officially send me a job offer.

The past month went by like a whirlwind. There is still a lot that I am learning. Part of the job that I am most excited about is helping teams prepare for their trips. I cannot wait to hear their testimonies and continue to witness how God encourages and loves on people. Unfortunately all CIM trips have been canceled this year in light of the pandemic, but I know that even though we are not going anywhere this year, God hasn’t stopped working; He has gone ahead and is preparing the path.

So if you are reading this right now, I hope you will take a moment to pray and open your eyes to what or who God is nudging you towards. Trust and rely on Him. If you are being called to missions, send us a message! I would love to walk alongside you and help you get ready for 2021!

CIM Canada is very happy to have Joanne on board and we look forward to serving with her in the years ahead.  If you would like more information about our organization, please do not hesitate to email us at

Rev. Isaac Quan

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Financial Highlights – May 2020

Pray with us:

Pray for those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pray for healing, protection, and that people will turn to the Lord in this crisis.

Pray for wisdom for CIM Canada as we seek the Lord’s guidance as to when we should start sending teams again. Because of the pandemic, many of the ministries with our partners overseas have been put on hold. Churches are not meeting physically and village schools have been closed. Pray for the church planters, teachers, and their families during these tough economic times. 

Pray that more donors will give financially to CIM Canada in 2020 to support our cross-cultural missions in Ghana, Togo, and Eastern Europe. Though many of ministries have been put on hold, CIM Canada still has financial obligations with our partners to care for the church planters and village school teachers. 

Pray for the health and safety of Janice Wong as she serves in Nyankpala, Ghana.

News Update – April 2020

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






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.







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.






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.








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.




“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.





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 or visit our website ( Also, if you feel led to donate to CIM Canada financially, please click the button below:


Financial Highlights January 2020Image

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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