News Update – December 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

Merry Christmas from CIM Canada. We wish each one of you a joyous and blessed holiday season and may we remember the reason for the season. Let’s share the gospel of Jesus Christ to those whose paths we come across this month. It is because of Jesus Christ that we have eternal life and that is the best gift that we can receive and what missions is all about. As Christians, our mandate is to share this gift and Christmas is the perfect opportunity to do this.

In 2017, I traveled to West Africa 4 times and to the Roma settlements in Ukraine once. On each one of these trips, I visited people in towns and villages that do not know about the atoning work of Jesus Christ. There were the chiefs who worshipped idols, villagers that placed heavy emphasis in the occult and the spiritual world, people who prayed 5 times a day facing Mecca not exactly sure what their memorized prayers meant, children and adults involved in tribal worship, and the list goes on. It seemed that where ever I went, people were lost and needed the Lord.

Every Christmas, as on that first Christmas, there are people all over the world who do not know that God came to this earth as a baby in the form of Jesus Christ with the ultimate goal of saving mankind. Or some may have heard about Jesus Christ but they do not fully comprehend the significance of the event. Luke 1:68 states, “… for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people …”  In Luke 2:10-11, an angel of the Lord gives this message, “… I bring you Good News of great joy which will be for all the people, for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.”

Notice the text states that the gospel is for all people, not just people of your same culture, church or just your neighbors, friends and family, but to all people. Even though it is important to share the gospel to those around us, and we should, it should not stop there. The gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be spread cross culturally world-wide. The vision of CIM Canada is to do that. In 2018, not only will we be traveling to Ghana and Togo in West Africa, but we are excited that we have added the Roma ministry in Ukraine. The Romas are a traditionally nomadic ethnic group, living mostly in Europe, originating from the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent. The Romas are widely known among English-speaking people by the name “gypsies” which may have negative connotations. In Ukraine, the estimated population of the Romas is 400,000.

Over the years, I have also learned another important lesson in my travels to the villages in rural Ghana. The locals place a very heavy emphasis on community and relationships. Part of the reason is because they need to depend on each other for survival. They, truly, care for others in their towns and villages. Time spent with people takes precedent over being “on time” for events. It is more important for villagers to greet one another on the street and chat for 15-20 minutes, than being “on time”. Building genuine relationships is highly valued. In the rural areas, it seems like everyone is “family”. Children would come up to me and introduce other children as their brothers and sisters. I used to think they meant blood brothers and sisters, but what they meant was that the other children were from the same village and they care for each other as true family. They always have time for each other. As I travel to these villages, I am often reminded of Jesus, who spent much of His time also building relationships and caring for others. He always made time to talk to people whom the rest of society looked down upon. He also invested His time in mentoring and discipling those that are closest to Him, namely the apostles. He came to earth at Christmas time to bring salvation to others and part of His strategy was through building relationships and spending time with people.

One of the Christmas songs that I really like, other than the Christmas carols, is “Silver Bells.” I am sure that many of you know it or have heard of it. It begins with the familiar words, “city sidewalks, busy sidewalks,” and in a sense, that is a very accurate description of what the Christmas season is like, in the Western world, especially as December 25 draws closer and closer. People are rushing around. “Office party at 3. Christmas shopping at 5. Child’s recital at 7 and on and on it goes.” It seems like everyone is on a mission, but the mission is to get things done, and not in spending good quality time with people. Seldom do I see people in malls stop and talk to others. Maybe a quick wave, and then they are on their way again, because they are so busy and they need to be somewhere. What I have learned from my African friends is that we need to spend time with one another. We need to build and foster relationships and through that share the gospel of Jesus Christ. In essence, we need to slow down not only at Christmas, but every day, and reflect on why Jesus came to earth.

CIM Canada continues to build relationships with the locals in Ghana, Togo, and now in Ukraine. We work in partnership with local Christian organizations and we go back to the same villages, developing bonds of friendship with villagers and discipling church leaders. We believe that this is an effective way to share the love of Jesus Christ. Many of our STMers now have close friends in Africa and encourage each other year-round even if we are not on the same continent.

This December, let’s take a step back, and ask ourselves, what does Christmas really mean to us. Spend it with the people we love, but do not forget and neglect those who may not know the Lord personally. Missions does not start overseas. It begins where ever God has placed us. People need the Lord.

I asked one of my friends in Ghana, what does Christmas mean to him and he answered, “… love in action … the promise God gave to us through His Son to be put into action. It reminds me of the unconditional love God gave to me and how I need to love others unconditionally.”

May we be in “love in action”, not just this month, but year-round, but let’s start now.

This Christmas, as we gather for our turkey dinners, our staff celebrations, our church gatherings, and other festivities, let us remember those that may not know the Lord personally like we do. Let us give the present of Jesus Christ, whether it is to our family members, our neighbors, or to the villagers halfway around the world. Let’s build and strengthen relationships.

As 2017 comes to a close, we would also like to ask you to prayerfully consider giving financially to CIM Canada so we can continue our cross-cultural ministries overseas. Currently, we have a deficit of $23,197 in our general fund. We appreciate your friendship and generosity over the years. God has been so faithful in the past and we trust He will continue to do so moving forward. If you feel blessed to give to us financially, instructions on how to do it can be found at http://www.cimcanada.org/donation/

Once again, have a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year from CIM Canada. If you want to know more about our ministries, please visit www.cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of November 2017

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1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– All financial figures are in Canadian dollar and rounded to the nearest dollar.

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

 

News Update – November 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

In this month’s News Update, we hear from Janice Wong, as she writes what the Lord has taught her this summer when she was in Kpandai, Ghana on a short-term mission.  She also shares the need of an anesthesia machine at the ECG (Evangelical Church of Ghana) hospital.  I have known Janice ever since her teenage years and have witnessed her mature and grow into a “woman’s after God’s own heart.”  She has travelled with me to Ghana 6 times.  She has definitely developed a heart for the people there especially for the town of Kpandai, situated in Northern Ghana.

The presence of God changes everything. To know and experience His love – so personally spoken to our hearts – changes everything. This is the message I testify over all the Lord has spoken to me during my time in Kpandai this summer. The presence of God changes everything.

I feel blessed to have life giving relationships with many families in Kpandai. Every year, I learn more about the community, the history of the land, and witness many personal stories of suffering, triumph and God’s manifestation in people’s lives. I have grown to respect and appreciate the spiritual forefathers who have gone before my generation, paving a way for the gospel to be seeped into the land. I believe with all my heart and in my spirit that the presence of God is overwhelmingly at work in Kpandai. This is the presence that has the power to break the chains of bondage and sin. God’s presence brings healing and restoration. The presence of God reconciles us to Him, so that we can truly live in the fullness of His love.

This summer, God manifested His presence to me by revealing more of a characteristic of who He is. He is a being who grieves over the brokenness and injustices of our suffering world.  When I see the many needs of the community and the repercussions of the lack of resources or the brokenness in systems, I wrestle with hopelessness. My heart desperately longs for heaven where earth and creation is restored to perfection; the way God intended us to be. Yet, God allows us to be a part of His kingdom work while we are here on Earth, until this time comes. He is not a God who is absent in suffering and injustice. He is a God who graciously calls His followers to respond as His hands and feet. He calls us to be a physical expression of God’s immense love for His people.

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:14-16

During my time in Kpandai, it was apparent that an anesthesia machine is desperately needed at the Evangelical Church of Ghana (ECG) Hospital. The ECG Hospital treats on average 20,000 patients annually. I have personally witnessed how this ministry has been used to serve the community in providing life saving treatments, all for the glory of God.

A common example of when an anesthesia machine is vital is when there are complications with childbirth and labour. The medical team at the ECG Hospital is often forced to rush women in labour, traversing rural roads to “nearby” hospitals, which are hours away. Time is critical, and lives can be saved simply with the proper medical equipment.

We are boldly seeking God in raising $30,000 (Canadian) for an anesthesia machine and backup generator for the hospital. We look to God not only for the funds required, but also for the sustainability and overall improvement in systems that benefit the wellbeing of the communities in Ghana. We seek God’s wisdom in partnership with ECG to work together for the long-term benefit of self-sustainability as a thriving ministry.

The presence of God changes everything. Let us respond to God’s Spirit working in our lives. It is my prayer that we, as the body of Christ, will be a physical representation of God’s presence to those He has entrusted us to love.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Janice Wong

I would also like to draw your attention to our general fund which is located at the bottom of this update.  As you can see, as of October 31, we are sitting at a deficit of $22,227 (Canadian).  It is from this account that runs CIM Canada and helps us do cross cultural ministries in West Africa and now in Ukraine with the Roma people group.  It was approved at our board meetings in October that starting in 2018, CIM Canada will officially be working with the Romas.  More will be written about this ministry in future updates.  Please pray about our ministries as we partner for the Lord, and if you feel blessed to give to us financially, instructions on how to do it can be found at http://www.cimcanada.org/donation/  (To give for the anesthesia machine, please indicate “anesthesia machine: Kpandai project”.  To give to the general fund, please indicate “general fund”.)

Thank you for your interest in CIM Canada and if you would like to know more about our ministries, please do not hesitate to visit our website at www.cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of October 2017

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1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– All financial figures are in Canadian dollar and rounded to the nearest dollar.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

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

 

News Update – October 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

On Sept. 24, I was able to attend CIM USA’s 25th anniversary thanksgiving celebration in San Jose, California, where CIM USA headquarters are situated. On the evening of the celebration over 120 people attended a banquet where we enjoyed a good Chinese meal, but more importantly, reminisced and praised God for the work that He has done through CIM USA over the last 25 years and we looked forward to how He will use CIM USA in the next quarter of a century.

Chinese International Missions began as a shared desire to fulfill the Great Commission on an individual and corporate basis. It was started by the late Rev. Clarence Pi and Rev. Hans Wilhelm. The initial vision and dream started in 1991 when Rev. Pi and Rev. Wilhelm realized that they shared a common vision for Chinese Christians to band together to share the gospel. In February of 1992, they made an exploratory trip to key Chinese and mission leaders to ascertain the viability of their dream. The leaders affirmed this idea as a priority of the times. An organizational meeting was held in June, 1992 and shortly after the first Board of Directors for CIM USA was formed. In February of 1993, CIM USA was incorporated.

In the early years, CIM also established a branch in Hong Kong and started missions work to Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil in South America; Sweden, Norway, and Germany in Europe; and South Africa in Africa. In 1998, CIM entered a transitional period when Rev. Pi passed away unexpectedly while serving in South Africa. This included assigning Rev. Philip Leung in leading an African Task Force.

In 2004, CIM Canada was formed with Rev. Philip Leung as the Executive Director with the mandate of exploring cross cultural mission opportunities in Africa. In 2007, Mrs. Christine Pi (the widow of Rev. Clarence Pi) was invited to serve as Executive Director for CIM USA, a position she continues to hold. In 2012, CIM Australia was founded.

Sharing from Mrs. Christine Pi (Executive Director for CIM USA):

As we celebrate CIM’s 25th anniversary, we reflect upon what we have accomplished this past quarter of a century. CIM exists as a missions organization that seeks to mobilize Christians… to serve and advance the kingdom of God as missionaries …

… God gives every organization a special vision and mission. CIM is a very small missions organization yet God has provided us with dedicated co-workers who are faithful to perform their role to make it work. In God, nothing is by chance. He is the Creator of the whole symphony. Twenty-five years ago, He placed a vision in the hearts of the late Rev. Clarence Pi and Rev. Hans Wilhelm to establish a Chinese missions organization that seeks to mobilize Chinese Christians in North America. The goal was to encourage others to get out of their comfort zones and to look at world missions from a new perspective, not only participating through financial support, but offering their lives to serve unreached peoples. We are grateful for God’s great faithfulness to us over the years, and humbly continue in our desire to heed God’s calling …

For me, personally, CIM Canada has been a real blessing. Even though I have known about CIM Canada for many years, my first involvement with CIM Canada was in 2007 when I led a short-term mission team from the church I was pastoring to Ghana. One of the other pastors at the church was on the Board of Directors for CIM Canada and he introduced me to Rev. Philip Leung, who, at that time, was the Executive Director for CIM Canada. Little did I know that would be the beginning of a journey which has brought me to Africa over 20 times and have allowed me to partner with locals to further the kingdom of God in a cross-cultural setting.

Serving with CIM Canada has broadened my horizons and have allowed me to see God work on a global scale. Having pastored in the English congregations of Chinese churches for 15 years, it was quite a switch for me to come on staff with CIM Canada in 2012. Initially, when Rev. Leung approached me to join CIM Canada, my immediate reaction was ‘no’ as I was already pastoring in a church and I believed that was where my ministry was. Missions has always been a passion of mine, but I believed that God wanted me to serve Him in a church setting. However, after a few more trips to Africa, a lot of prayer, and the persistence of Rev. Leung and his wife, the Lord showed me clearly that it was time to join CIM Canada full time.

The CIM Canada family has been great to me, first as I served as the Ministry Director for Ghana, and more recently as the Executive Director of CIM Canada, after the retirement of Rev. Philip Leung in 2016. It has been a joy not only working with the staff and board of directors for CIM Canada, but also to partner with CIM USA and CIM Australia as well as the local organizations in Africa.

The Lord has taught me a lot during my time with CIM Canada. He has shown me that He is a God who is in control of every situation and that I can trust Him in all circumstances, whether it is finalizing a grant agreement with an oversees organization, battling the elements in rural Africa, being saved from snakes that are about to attack, and seeing lives being transformed for Jesus.

I know that CIM will continue to share the gospel of our Lord globally. Lives will be impacted and people will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Because of the work of CIM, leaders will be raised and the kingdom of God will expand.

Jesus says in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 which states, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

I believe that CIM is doing a superb job in carrying out this mandate. We are making disciples of all nations. May this continue in the next 25 years and beyond.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of September 2017

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1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– All financial figures are in Canadian dollar and rounded to the nearest dollar.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

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

 

News Update – September 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

This past July a team of 8, including myself and BOD Pastor Doug Wong, from Lord’s Love Church in Vancouver BC, traveled to Ghana for a STM trip. The main purpose was to evangelize in the Zabrama area in Central Ghana with the local ECG pastor whom the Lord’s Love Church supports. The team was able to visit a number of villages in the area where they shared the gospel and visited villagers. The team also traveled to Kpandai where they shared their stories on the radio station ASASE FM. For 5 members of the team, it was their first trip to Africa.

Here are the reflections of three of the first timers:

Nathanael Tung:

My trip to Ghana has been an amazing and life-changing experience. It was a privilege to be part of God’s plan for the people there. God has shown me how He is faithful to those who follow His calling. I am not one to be very outspoken and it is quite nerve wracking for me to speak in front of people, especially those who I do not know, so I was quite nervous when we went out into the villages to talk to people and share the Gospel. The very first house we got to, I was asked if I would be able to share. I felt like I was not quite ready and did not know what to say, but I knew this was what God was calling for me to do, so I stepped forward. As I was sharing, I was still quite nervous, but the words were coming to me. Although I didn’t think what I was saying was that profound, I saw the man I was speaking to start to cry. I could sense that the Spirit was present and continued to share with him. I asked him if he would like to accept Jesus into his life, and he agreed to it. Praise the Lord! Throughout the entire trip and talking to more and more people, it was so evident that God’s hand was on the work that we were doing. Even though the fear of public speaking was still with me, I was able to push through because I knew that God was with me and would use me.

Amy Chui:

My calling to Ghana began two years ago in 2015, shortly after graduating from high school. Lord’s Love Church had sent out two short-term missions teams; one to Macau and one to Ghana. I was on the Macau team, but after coming home and being able to hear the Ghana team’s experiences, my curiosity was peaked. The way their eyes shone and their voices full of emotion as they described the people and how God was moving in this country was very moving. It moved me …

… Right when I landed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, God broke my heart for the people of Ghana. Daal, our driver and fellow brother in Christ had picked us up and was driving us to the guesthouse. We had stopped at a busy intersection, hawkers weaving between cars and trying to sell us goods. Seated at the back of the van, I noticed a boy about 10 years old. Our eyes locked as he approached the window of my seat. In one swift motion, he opened the unlocked sliding window of the van between us. It did not occur to me what was happening until he extended his palm through the tiny window and in heavily-accented English, begged, “I’m hungry, give me money.” … That encounter would be the first of the many moments in Ghana where I felt completely helpless. Throughout my entire trip, God broke my heart again and again. Everywhere I turned, I could see so much need before my eyes …

… And that’s when God spoke.

I have brought my testimony to the people of Ghana. And through my testimony, the gospel. This is the very same gospel that was powerful enough to have changed millions of lives including my own. And that is MORE life-giving that any food, water or medical supply that I could ever bring them. We just need to have trust that God will grow the seeds that we have sown …

… Ghana will always have a very special place in my heart. This trip has shown me what it is like to live missionally and has inspired me to be intentionally missional no matter where I am. My prayer is that God will continue to break my heart and open my eyes to what He wants me to see, wherever I go.

Joanne Yen:

This was my first missions trip and I went in 100% sure I was meant to go, but with zero idea of what to expect. However, one thing I have been learning to be true time and time again, is that what God has prepared will be more than you know to ask for or even imagine. It is difficult to summarize such an exceptional experience but if I were to narrow it down to a theme, God really used this trip to alter my perspective … on everything.

It is not uncommon to hear the encouragement in Christian communities “God will give you the words” when it comes to public speaking or having difficult conversations. However, up until this trip, I never really experienced that before … But multiple times throughout the trip, God literally gave me the words to speak, when I humbly stepped before him and plainly asked God what He wanted me to see and what He wanted me to say.

Another way that God broadened my view, was the tremendous camaraderie and oneness of living a communal life. I grew up in a quiet, single-parent home, with a decided sense of independence. When I came to know God and became a part of a church congregation, the friendliness and warmth really drew me in. But being on a missions team, is like community on steroids. You are together literally 24/7 and we shared so much (water, insect repellent, sweat, tears, testimonies, prayers …) that our kindergarten teachers would have been proud. In the past, the bible verses about how the churches pooled their possessions and shared amongst one another, cared for one another, it seemed almost mythical. That kind of brotherhood could have only existed in another time and place. It was invigorating, to be a part of a family that was constantly vulnerable to one another, taking care of one another, and praying for one another.

I enjoyed working with each member of the team. I saw each one of them be stretched out of their comfort zone and how they grew spiritually. I witnessed how God worked through each one of them. I always love reading the reports from our STM members. It encourages me and shows what the Lord has been teaching them. These trips not only bring God’s story of salvation through Jesus Christ, but it also transforms the lives of the people that go. It is so exciting to be a part of these teams.

If you would want more information about the ministries of CIM Canada or feel called to join one of our STM teams, please visit www.cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of August 2017

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* Adjusted Balance
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 – August 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

Well, it is that time of the year again. Even though CIM sends STM teams throughout the year to Africa, the busiest time is usually between May-August as people take their holidays and students are on summer break. This year is no exception as 3 teams have travelled or will be travelling to Ghana and Togo during this time frame.

This is also an exciting time for me as I get to spend time with these STMers, watching their apprehension and excitement especially for the first timers as they embark on their journey, and then seeing their faith grow and mature as the trip progresses.

This past May, a team of 6 from Burnaby Pacific Grace MB Church in Burnaby, British Columbia, including myself travelled to Ghana. Other than visiting some pastors in the Tamale area, our main focus was to visit and bring encouragement to the pastor that their church supports in the remote villages north of Gushegu, in northeast Ghana. By God’s grace, we were able to visit 15 of the 17 preaching points of this pastor. The team brought greetings, shared their testimonies, and prayed over the villagers. For two team members, it was their first time in Ghana and it was definitely an eye-opening experience. For the others, who had visited 4 years previous, it was wonderful to meet up with their supported pastor again.

Here are some of the reflections of two of the team members:

Gary Luk:

As a Christian, we are one of the pieces of the puzzle in God’s plans in order to glorify HIM. This is my second time to go on a short-term mission to Ghana. My first was back to 2013. I learned many life experiences and spiritual growth through different people in this trip:

Daal is not only a driver but also our beloved brother in Christ. He protected us for the long road trip at least 12 hours for one day. He was able to select the proper water bottle boxes and food for us to drink and eat. Our team would not be able to reach the remote villages without Daal …

Pastor Siu and Mrs. Siu are the great servants in Christ. It is hard to believe in that they have been serving in Ghana for 31 years. Their ministry is to improve the life quality through education. I was impressed by their school that the Siu’s put their great effort to establish and build schools with the limited resources.

Pastor Thomas is a faithful pastor. I met him four years ago in Gushegu. He relocated to a new church in Guno one year ago … We visited Pastor Thomas’ home where he lives with 8 family members. No matter the situation Pastor Thomas is faithful to the Lord.

Pastor Caleb is an aggressive, faithful, intelligent and powerful pastor. His arrangement was so effective to our team that we were able to visit 15 preaching points over three and half days. The purpose to visit each of these villages was to introduce CIM, share our testimonies and encourage the village people to accept Christ, go to church, and pray for their needs … Pastor Caleb has trained 11 disciples as a team to expand the ministry. There is great potential in developing this ministry to more remote villages especially for the village people who are willing to open up their hearts to listen to the gospel.

The end of the short-term mission trip is the beginning of sharing of Jesus’s grace. Are we willing to step up out of our comfort zone to serve and experience in God or serve our neighborhood to tell of God’s salvation?

Jocyline Ho:

I love STM and I believe the values and benefits for both STM members and the people on the mission field. Lots of people hesitate to visit Africa because of the high risk of disease, shortage of water & power, mosquito, safety … etc. Through praying earnestly, God encouraged me to go and I am grateful to the Lord for guiding me to Ghana. No regret for this trip! It was an eye opener to see the African ministry and how it significantly impacted my spiritual growth & my passion in global mission …

During the trip, we visited several public markets. It is an interesting way to meet the local people … Through shopping in a store named “God’s Time is the Best Art Shop”, we met Abdullah and had a chance to share the good news. Through eating in a Chinese restaurant, we were able to build a relationship with the owner and share the gospel. These experiences encourage me to share my faith to those I meet.

Pastor Caleb truly inspired me. On our trip, we visited 15 out of 17 preaching points that were set up by him. It was a great joy to have numerous opportunities to share my testimony and build relationships with pastors and church leaders.

Chinese Christian usually perform in a conservative manner in public speaking. Normally when I pray, I put my hands together and pray in a formal manner. However, when I was there and was asked to pray for the congregation, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to open my arms and truly feel the presence of God.

Through this trip I have learned to break through my comfort zone. The sight of huts & goats, sharing testimonies under the tree, preaching inside the hot churches, songs of praise & prayers, children’s laughter, the sharing of the gospel courageously … are memorable. The unity of team members is treasurable and a beautiful experience.

I always love reading the reports from our STM members. It encourages me and shows what the Lord has been teaching them. These trips not only bring God’s story of salvation through Jesus Christ, but it also transforms the lives of the people that go. It is so exciting to be a part of these teams.

If you would want more information about the ministries of CIM Canada or feel called to join one of our STM teams, please visit www.cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of July 2017

(please click on the table to enlarge)

1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– 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 – July 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

As a continuation from last month’s newsletter about “passion”, I would like to share how this passion has been caught in other ways.

Though not all at our church are able to go on overseas missions, this passion for Ghana has spread to serving at other capacities. I remember a conversation I had with a fellow at our church last Fall and conversation went something like this, “Doug, I’m not sure what I’m called to do since I don’t feel like I’m gifted in anything. All I have is a love for sports. But I feel God asking me to serve Him somehow and to make a difference.” Also, upon hearing the financial deficit at CIM, we thought there must be something we can do this. As we took some time to pray in the weeks following, the Lord ignited a passion in his heart to combine his love for golf and the Gospel. As a couple months went by, after much prayer and planning, a committee was formed with those who shared a similar heart. What’s the product of the committee’s passion? On September 23, 2017, our church will be hosting a charity golf tournament at Country Meadows Golf Course in Richmond, BC to raise funds to support the ministries at CIM. Who knew there would be a connection between one’s passion for golf and missions! As Psalms 37:3-4 says,

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

It’s true that God always gives you the desires of your heart. Hold on for a moment… always? Yes, always – when you take delight in Him. Because when your heart is purely delighting in Him and you’re walking in step with God, God’s desires become your desire. What does God desire? Well, that’ll have to be explored in another post. But I think it has to do with all people experiencing the love of God coming into a relationship with Him.

So, the purpose of the golf tournament is three-fold: 1) To bring together our friends and the local Christian community; 2) To further expose CIM’s ministry to grow people’s passion for Ghana and Togo; and 3) To raise funds to support the ministries at CIM. The day will start with golfers starting simultaneously at each hole, followed by a dinner at the golf course. If you’re not a golfer but would still love to support, our evening together will include testimonies from previous trips, a Gospel presentation and a presentation of CIM’s ministries.

We are reaching out to you, churches in Canada and around the world, for your prayer and support. There are 120 spots available for golfers, and we are also currently looking for financial sponsors and silent auction items for this tournament. To date, our general fund is currently in a $7645 deficit (as highlighted in our financial report). Therefore, all proceeds will go towards our $10,000 goal, which will assist and support CIM’s on-going ministries.

I would like to extend the invitation to everyone in Vancouver and wherever else you are situated, whether you have participated previously in CIM’s ministries or not. Let us come together once again to ignite hearts and drive for change. We may not enjoy golf, but I know we share a similar passion for God’s Kingdom. So let’s aim to impact lives in Ghana and Togo. This event is more than about making a putt; it’s about making a difference.

If you know someone who likes to golf or has a heart to impact God’s Kingdom in this way, please feel free to pass this information on. Also, whether you’re a golfer or not, we are in need of helpers for the day. If you’re not living in the Lower Mainland, we would love for you participate by donating and supporting the ministries at CIM. Though you may not be able to attend this fundraiser, know that your generous donations are an extension of yourself. This can be done online, through the CIM website (please indicate it’s in support of the tournament so we can keep track) or cash and cheques made to CIM Canada, in order to receive a tax receipt.

So, in summary, how can you get involved?

1. Golf in the tournament and attend the dinner
2. Sponsorship opportunities
3. Sign up to volunteer

For more details and registration for the event, please visit
http://lordslovechurch.com/english/golf/

If you have any questions at all in terms of the golf tournament, how to sponsor or how to sign up, or needing promotional material, please feel free to contact me at pastordoug@lordslovechuch.com

Sincerely,
Pastor Douglas Wong
English Ministry Pastor of Lord’s Love Church
Board Director of CIM (Canada)


Financial Highlights for the month of June 2017

(please click on the table to enlarge)

1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– 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 – June 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

As I sit and write this newsletter, it’s hard to believe we will be leaving Vancouver in exactly four weeks on July 10.

Our church will be sending our third team to Ghana all together, where out of our team of six, five are first-timers to Ghana. This also marks one month shy of the newsletter I wrote last year of how I long to be back in Ghana – and how a year brings new opportunities! Now after four years of waiting in anticipation, it seems like God has opened doors for me to return! Though I cannot express how excited I am to be back this summer, this trip is not about me. I am perhaps even more excited for others to freshly experience missions in Ghana and to see God at work. Yes, when we go on missions, we are often shining a light in a dark place and partnering with the local church body while doing so. Yes, the prayer is that the Lord will use the team to be effective in ministry and for God to change lives. But I also believe that God changes the heart of the person going too, giving them fresh eyes to see their city a bit differently when they’re back. I hear every time of a reverse culture shock when someone returns from the field, where teams feel strange in a place that should be familiar to them. How our beds, homes, schools, work places and cities don’t seem normal anymore. Sometimes we need this because we are actually the strange ones living in this world. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we’re not created for this world but for something much more – a relationship that awaits us afterward. Sometimes we need God to shift our eyes from the temporary and towards the eternal. I am excited to be able to serve in Ghana again, but perhaps even more excited to see how God will use our team and shape us in a way that only the Master Potter can.

So why are we sending another team? The longer answer may be because we believe in the ministry happening in the rural parts of Ghana. Our church supports the vision and mission of CIM and understands the importance of cross-cultural missions. I suppose I could say it’s because we want to obey and take the Great Commission and the Mission of God seriously. Therefore, we will keep going and making disciples, going not only into our city but also to the ends of the earth. It could also be because we support a local church planter in Ghana and would love to visit and encourage him.

But here’s a simpler answer – God has grown our heart and passion for Ghana. In the past years, as mission teams have gone and returned, God has slowly but surely expanded the hearts of our people for those we do not know 11,535 kilometers away. People have been hearing and responding to God’s call to go and to love. How is this possible and why does this happen? God is the only one who can change and move hearts, but I also believe He chooses to use people to do so. It is often said that “passion is caught, not taught.” You can teach all you want about the work in Ghana. You can show all the pictures and video clips. You can provide all the theology and missiology to our churches. But that doesn’t necessarily translate into passion or action. Don’t get me wrong, I believe theology derived from the Scriptures must be the backbone of what we do. As Paul in Romans 10:17 says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” But theology must always be practical since orthodoxy (right thinking) should lead to orthopraxy (right doing). Look to our God as an example who does not only hear, think and speak, but also acts. I have seen the fire lit in others when teams come back and share with their friends, family and churches. When people see and feel passion from others who have gone – they want to follow that. They want to experience that. They want to break through the crowd just to get a glimpse of what Jesus is doing. They want to understand what all the buzz is about. Why? Passion grounded in truth is attractive. It is attractive when Christians fully dedicate their lives for the sake of the Gospel – and God uses passion to speak to people’s hearts.

This passion is also highly contagious. Just think about Jesus and the short final period that lead to the Cross. What do we call that? The Passion. Jesus has displayed His passion for mankind through His life, death, resurrection and ascension – that act of great love on the Cross is what makes us have access to the throne of grace. This is the story and testimony we have been sharing for 2000 years.

As our team has been meeting together, we have felt this initial spark turn into a blaze. We feel God growing our unity and shaping our hearts to desire more of him. Though we all have our own challenges before going on this trip, whether it’s our schedule, doubts, fears, finances or otherwise, God has been faithful in conquering them all. Just like how coals grow hotter when they are closer together, in the past few months, we feel God fanning our hearts for a passion for His Name. Some of us have served overseas before, others more locally, but as we exchanged our stories, the common thread of the urgency to go and how we can’t shake this feeling in our bones is evident. Therefore, we must go. As Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard once said,

“This much is certain: The greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally – weakness, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guide of weakness.”

There is also an ancient Jewish blessing for when young men choose to become disciples, “May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.” Please pray that we will walk so closely to Jesus that we would be covered in His dust. Please continue to pray for us – that as we trek the dusty roads in the villages, that we would literally follow Jesus’ example of love, grace and humility. Please pray that we will be protected from the schemes of the evil one, not for our own safety, but in order for the glory of God to shine. Pray that we will walk with eyes of faith. Please pray that God’s power will be displayed through us, and that God alone will receive glory.

Sincerely,
Pastor Douglas Wong
English Ministry Pastor of Lord’s Love Church
Board Director of CIM (Canada)


Financial Highlights for the month of May 2017

(please click on the table to enlarge)

1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– 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 – May 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

Where is Togo? I’ve never heard about this country until one day I greeted an international student who walked into our church to worship. About six months later, Pastor Matthieu Ayena came to speak to us about mission work in Togo. This was not a coincidence, but God was planting a vision for our church to support CIM’s ministry. Bear in mind that in Montreal, many of our congregants speak French, the official language of Togo. In addition, the Togolese were favorably inclined to Chinese people. In the past decade, China has established a good relationship with Togo and helped develop this nation by building infrastructure in the city. This is the perfect time for Chinese Christians to minister cross-culturally.

The first time I stepped onto African soil was on October 7, 2011 and by the grace of God, I returned to Togo two years later. It was an incredible journey that God led our church to build a relationship with the local pastors in Atakpamé.

Standing in the middle of the bustling bus stop in Lomé, there was one thing that was very unusually abnormal to everyone: surrounded by the locals, why were there three “white” ladies here? Mind you, we are three respectfully dressed Chinese ladies. One thing was obvious, as foreigners, we naturally caught the attention of the locals, and that was a good thing. People were curious to speak to us.

[So if you are a shy introvert or worry that your time would not be well-spent, let me tell you this: there is no place to hide! You will have many many many opportunities to share your testimony and bring glory to God. This challenge has helped me grow in my areas of weakness, and I trust it will do the same for you.]

Some wanted to know what is the key to success. Some were surprised that we spoke French. But, all wanted to know why we were here. We opened the conversation by telling the Togolese, “Jesus loves you so much that He sent us to travel all the way from Canada to find you, and share with you the Good News. You are important to God, and thus important to us too.”

Indeed Togo became an important ministry to our church and our love for Togolese grew as we forged relationships with them. I fondly remember the church leaders and the Christian brothers and sisters whom welcomed us in their community. Their faith is strong despite the hardship they encounter.

Most of the pastors are tent-makers: juggling family obligations, work to support themselves, and carry out full-time ministry responsibilities. I see signs of physical exhaustion in their bodies, but their eyes are filled with the joy of the Lord. Although they live with material scarcity, they honored us with meals that includes meat which is costly. They are generous in helping their neighbors. People in the community recognize these faithful Christians and give them warm greetings.

Most of the population adhere to traditional African beliefs, where spiritual forces are found in nature and in the occult. I also noticed that more mosques are populating the area, where Muslim prayers are broadcasted regularly through loudspeakers. As a Christian, you instinctively become aware of the spiritual warfare that is surrounding you. In this environment, you quickly learn to seek God first and to pray ceaselessly.

In conversation with locals, we learn that they are accustomed to speak about evil spirits and falsely believe that Satan has authority over creation. Some are suffering and believe they are cursed by the spirits. Some seek tangible help, and are led astray by the preaching of health and wealth. Witch doctors prescribe cleaning rituals. Muslims lend money only to would-be-converts. Even Catholics are not certain if they have done enough to merit eternal life. Charismatic churches are practicing miraculous healing and prophetic announcements without once opening the Bible. These people are seeking for the One True God. They yearn to be directed onto the right path and to the right teachings, for they are vulnerable to charlatans, schemers and false teachers.

L’ Eglise de la Grace en Christ has been the beacon of light in the community. It is imperative that we preached the Good News of Jesus. It is important for them to hear that Jesus is more powerful than death; that nothing will separate us from Jesus; that our salvation is secured by the cross. This was the message that we share to our listeners. The Bible is the only reliable source from God. Whether I am in Canada or they are in Togo, we believe in the same God of the Bible. We should be like the Bereans (Acts 17) who examined the Scripture to verify if what we said is true. These were reassuring statements for the believers to know.

Beside personal evangelism and visitation, we encouraged the church members to devote themselves to the study of God’s words, we lifted up their needs and petitions in prayers, we offered workshops in the evenings, and held a children day camp to outreach the community. Our days were filled with joyful experiences and learning opportunities from God. I returned home with the satisfaction in knowing that I have given my all to be used by God.

Sincerely,
Pastor Karen Wong
Pastor of Montreal City West Baptist Church
Board Director of CIM (Canada)


Financial Highlights for the month of April 2017

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1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– All financial figures are in Canadian dollar and rounded to the nearest dollar.

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

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

 

News Update – April 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

In this month’s News Update, we will continue to share Team Australia’s STM trip to Ghana in January.  In last month’s issue, we read from two members, Daniel Leung and Serena Cheung.  In Part 2, we will hear from two more team members.  We just did not have space last month to share from other participants so we shall continue it here. For each of the 5 members who travelled from Australia, it was their first Ghana STM experience.  It was wonderful bonding and growing with them during the two weeks of the trip.

As I have stated before, one of my joys in leading these STM trips, is seeing the personal development and growth of each team member.  It’s wonderful to work with the locals and seeing people commit their lives to the Lord for the first time, but being able to spend time with my team members and witnessing them experience God in a brand-new way gives me encouragement as well.

Team Australia was composed of members from three different churches in the Greater Sydney area.   The team travelled to Kpandai, Tamale, Yapei, Gono, Yeji, and Kintampo. Other than visiting new church plants in Yapei and Gono, the team also visited Yeji, where an Australian church is supporting the local church planter. The team shared their testimonies, presented the gospel message, and prayed over villagers. It was a wonderful experience for all who went, not only to do cross cultural ministries, but also to see our Lord at work.

Sunny Chan:

I have always had a passion for travelling since I was a child, because I treasured every moment that I could possibly learn about the different cultures and social aspects of every respective countries. And when I became aware of the rare opportunity to participate in missionary work in West Africa a few years ago with CIM, I felt the Holy Spirit has called me to be a part of this life-changing experience.

… There were specific experiences which impacted me significantly on both personal and spiritual levels throughout the mission trip in Ghana. As much as I felt very welcome by the friendliness and openness of the Ghanaian people we met, my heart was filled with gratitude by their generosity of providing their limited resources and exceptional hospitality for the team during our visits at their homes and villages. Despite the lack of food and natural resources available for their families and relatives, they were selfless in sharing what they barely had in order to prepare local food for us to try. On one occasion at a very remote village, we were given many yams and a chicken as gifts for our first visit to their village. The locals have taught me a massive lesson on letting go of our own possession and willing to give generously, with the encouraging words of the Lord Jesus in Acts 20:35 where He said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.

… Reflecting upon my first missions trip to a country which is dramatically different from Australia, I cherish global mission ministries even more because I recognized the importance and the desperate need and urgency of sharing the Gospel to many non-believers whom have yet to know or heard of the one and only true God – Jesus Christ … This mission experience also redefines my values by transforming my Christian faith from being a disciplined Christian to a mission-minded Christian, who needs to keep on serving in different mission fields.

Angus Chan:

Before the STM, I composed a song called ‘God is Love’ and it became the theme song of our team. All the team members loved the song very much and we included some actions for the song too. We practised singing the song a lot and we made sure we can sing it by heart. We also practised how to share the gospel in our own way and we made sure we can speak it smoothly. Furthermore, we also practised our own testimonies too.

In fact, all of these things that we did were already a testament to me because I never thought that I could compose a song for the team and share the gospel and my testimony so fluently in English. I can only say it was because the Holy Spirit was guiding me and strengthening me at the same time.

… During the trip, we visited many different villages, schools and churches where we met a number of pastors and they brought us to their Sunday Service. It was quite a different experience from what we do in Sydney. The service lasted more than 3 hours and had more than one offering. They sang and danced a lot.

One day, the local pastor brought us to visit the villagers. He divided us into two groups. Emily and I were going to share the gospel with a young man who had promised the pastor to go to Sunday Service but never showed up. It sparked me that he might have something that he thought was more important than going to Sunday Service so I started speaking to him about the gospel.

I noticed that he was quite interested in what I was saying. When I talked to him about Jesus Christ ascending to heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit to live inside us and to guide our daily life which I emphasised on. I tried to let the young man know that if he received Jesus Christ as his Lord Saviour, then the Holy Spirit would live inside him.  I asked him if he was willing to accept the Holy Spirit living inside him and guiding him. He said yes so I led him to pray and follow me to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord Saviour.

The most important thing was God made this man open his heart and listened to what I said. May all the glories and praises return to our Heavenly Father. Amen.

You, too, can be a part of our STM teams and experience God on a global scale.  If you want more information about CIM and also how to give financially to support our ministries, please check out our website at www.cimcanada.org   Please continue to pray for the different teams that are preparing to go to Africa this summer as well as the exploratory team that will be travelling to Hungary and Ukraine to visit the Roma people group.

May God bless you wherever you may be reading this newsletter and may He use you to spread His love to those around you.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of March 2017

(please click on the table to enlarge)

1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– 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 – March 2017

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From this issue of News Update:

One of the great joys of my job is to bring STM members on a cross cultural experience.  I love it when I see God working in the lives of the team members; seeing them grow in their relationship with the Lord; having them experience God in a whole new context and then sharing their adventure with others.

In January of this year, I brought a team from Sydney, Australia to Ghana.  I, first, met the team in October, 2016 for an orientation session.  I could tell that they were excited about going, but had many questions, and not knowing exactly what to expect.

During the trip, we bonded as a team, and I witnessed how each team member contributed as they worked alongside each other and shared their faith with the locals in the villages of northern Ghana.  Team Australia is now back home and sharing about their trip in their home churches and small groups.  In this month’s News Update, I have included the sharing of a few of these team members to encourage our readers to consider forming or joining one of our STM teams to share the Word of God.

Serena Cheung:

During the trip, a church planter shared his persecution from the local people when he first moved to a new Muslim area. When we visited, which was 9 months after it happened, I witnessed his neighbours welcome and greet him when he walked on the streets. He also brought our team to share gospel and testimonies with different age groups. His passion and his mind set for gospel really inspired me and that is maybe the reason why he has planted a lot of churches before. God gave him a mission mind so he could stay firm even when faced with persecutions.

God revealed abundantly to me through this mission awareness trip. He gave new prospect in global gospel partnership, personal skills development, and direction to service in the future. He also renewed my aim in life for His Great Commission. He also shaped my mind and focus that no matter what happens in the future, He will provide for His worker. I am willing to give my whole life to exalt our Lord and embrace others in the name of Jesus Christ through the partnership of the gospel. Let brothers and sisters from different nations rejoice and worship our nations God together.

Daniel Leung:

This was my first time going on a Ghana mission trip. I have been praying for this trip for more than 5 years. I learned of this cross cultural mission ministry 8 years ago from my brother Rev Philip Leung who started sharing this ministry among the Australian Chinese churches in 2008. This mission trip was absolutely amazing and uplifting to be surrounded with joy and being in God’s presence.  How wonderful it is to be His witness in Ghana as if you were walking in time of Acts time two thousand years ago.

It was honourable to see their local pastors serving God in the remote Muslim villages and towns. They were humble, eager to serve, had a burning passion for gospel and a fire pushing them to reach out to the community. One of the pastors we met had already built seven village churches in the past few years. Nine months ago, he started serving a new Muslim area with three preaching points around his place… “How can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? … How wonderful are the feet of those who bring good news.” (Roman 10:14 – 15)

The Bible teaches us to look and care for the widows, orphans and those in need. There are so many needs in Ghana especially the poverty in the northern Muslim areas. I believe that poverty can only be solved by education as a foundation for the future. A Christian school in a Muslim village should be able to achieve this, but it needs support from a healthy church and fellow Christians. I hope that we can be encouraged to support the Evangelical Church of Ghana (ECG) in the village school and church planting ministries in Ghana.

I see it every single time I lead a team on cross cultural missions.  Not only are the lives of the locals changed, but many of the team members that go are transformed.  They return home, with a whole new perspective of who God is and how He works.  They realize He is a big, big God, who not only works in the western world, but is a global God who cares for everyone.

For those reading this and would like to know more about our ministry, you may visit our website at www.cimcanada.org

Please pray for our ministry, consider donating financially, or even joining one of our STM teams.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of February 2017

(please click on the table to enlarge)

1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– 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