To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – December 2018

From this issue of News Update:

“CIM Canada would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and to thank you for all your support in 2018.”

This is the time of year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  If it were not for Jesus, there would be no gospel, no hope, and no CIM.  At CIM, our goal is to share about Jesus Christ.  Our mission is to promote and provide opportunities for cross-cultural missions and to obey the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.  We do this year-round, spreading the joy of the gospel message to those who need to hear it. With Christmas approaching, we are excited to be sending a short-term missions team from Vancouver to Ghana over this Christmas season to continue spreading this message.

Biblically, missions should always be included in the Christmas message.  In fact, it should be at the center of our Christmas celebrations because Jesus was sent to this world to save the people in it.  Jesus is the greatest example of a cross cultural missionary.  He crossed the greatest cultural divide ever by leaving the comforts of heaven to live on earth. He came from the glory of God into the womb of a human woman to give us an opportunity to have eternal live with God the Father.  He lived with people for over 30 years before His ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross for our sins.  Missions include crossing cross cultural boundaries and on that very first Christmas roughly 2000 years ago, Jesus did just that.  Jesus came so that no cultural barrier could keep anyone from God.  He came so that God can be praised in every language.

This past year, I was able to travel to Ghana 3 times, Togo and Ukraine once to share the gospel cross-culturally.  We traveled to very remote villages, worked alongside fellow workers from different nations, helped run a youth camp to the Romas in Ukraine highlighting the fact that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to salvation.

I have seen the joy in people’s eyes as they commit their lives to Jesus for the first time.  I have been blessed to witness people leave their tribal gods to worship the one and only true God.  I have walked alongside STM members who have shared the gospel in settings very unfamiliar to them, and I have been encouraged at how God worked through them and the confidence they have gained knowing that the Holy Spirit is with them.

I have also been deeply troubled by the hurt and pain that many I know are going through.  Depression, suicide, broken relationships, health crisis, financial problems, loss of loved ones and the list goes on.  Many have even had their vision clouded and the hope of that first Christmas seems like a distant memory.  But that hope is still there and we need to cling to it because that is what Christmas is all about and we as fellow believers must continue to share.

Ten years ago, right before Christmas, two Swedish men boarded a Cessna two engine plane in Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada.  They were to fly back to Sweden for Christmas.  Their route would take them over the Arctic circle over very rough territory.  If there was bad weather or mechanical issues, they would be in big trouble.  To make a long story short, they had engine trouble and crash-landed onto an ice floe.  Miraculously, the men survived but the plane filled with water and sank.  With no one nearby, chances for survival were slim in the harsh environment.   For 18 hours the men stayed on the ice floe, but when all hope seemed lost, a fishing boat spotted them and they were rescued. When asked how they felt, when they were rescued, they answered “sheer joy”.  They thought that they were going to die.  There was no hope.  Being rescued was the best Christmas present ever, they said.

Many centuries ago, a similar story took place.  It is a story that also brought joy to the people who received it.  It is a story about people who were also dying but were rescued.  It is the story of the greatest Christmas present ever.  It is the story of Jesus Christ coming into this dark world and saving mankind.  Just like the two men on the ice floe did not have a chance to live unless someone miraculously came by, so was the case with mankind until Jesus came into the picture.

At CIM, we will continue to spread this good news.  People need the Lord.  People are dying without a relationship with Jesus.  This Christmas, as we spend time with family and friends, as we enjoy all the holiday feasts, may we remember and reflect on what Christmas really means: Emmanuel, God with us.  Let us share this news with everyone.

As 2018 draws to a close, we would also like to thank all our prayer warriors and donors.  Without you, none of our work would be possible.  Your prayers and financial giving have impacted people worldwide.  It has helped people get to know Jesus and experience His power to change the world. We invite you to keep supporting us in 2019 and be a part of our team.

If you would like more information about our ministries, please visit our webpage at www.cimcanada.org or email us at contact@cimcanada.org

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Prayer items:

  1. 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 and then in November, but because of health issues, the official handover ceremony will now be on January 27, 2019.
  2. Pray for the December STM team to Ghana which will be led by Rev. Xavier Law.
  3. Pray for the January STM team from Sydney, Australia, which will travel to both Ghana and Togo.
  4. Pray for peace as tension mounts with the Ukraine-Russia conflicts. Pray for the Lord’s guidance, direction, and protection for CIM’s Roma ministry.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of November 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 – November 2018

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – November 2018

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

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – October 2018

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

 

News Update – September 2018

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – September 2018

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

(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 – August 2018

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – August 2018

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

(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 – 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

(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 – 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

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – February 2018

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