News Update – September 2019

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From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

In June of this year, a team of 6 from Burnaby Pacific Grace Church in Greater Vancouver, Canada plus myself travelled to Ukraine to visit different Roma settlements and help run a camp for the Roma youth. It was a wonderful trip where relationships were built and commitments were made for the Lord at the camp.  This was the first time a team from this church has gone on a STM to the Romas.

In this month’s edition of the CIM Canada’s news update, read about the experience from two of the team members, Pastor ELiza Lai and Jocyline Ho.

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

One of the unforgettable things was visiting the Roma settlements of Perechin and Piragova. We visited the Piragova settlement twice for different programs in the Pirogova church.  During the youth program in the church, because there were so many younger kids around, I played with the kids outside. We used sign language to communicate with each other and they taught me some different games. There was lots of laughter and we had so much fun.  I showed them how to make signs of “God loves you” and “I love you” with our hands. They learnt it very fast.  We practiced it and took pictures together. When I went to the Pirogova church service that Sunday, one of the kids ran out of his home and greeted me with a big hug. He showed me the sign that I taught him last time.  The Roma kids are smart, beautiful and adorable.

The four day youth camp was held at the Mercy Camp. The Roma teens were wonderful and memorable. We ate together, played together and listened to God’s word together. They were very attentive during the time of workshops and talks. They were cheerful while playing games together.  Overall, I am impressed by their cooperation and respectfulness. Some of the youth were converted to Christ in the summer camp last year.  This year, when Pastor Isaac held a spiritual revival call after a talk, reminding the believers to follow Christ in their daily life, most of them repented with crying. Some girls even kneeled down on the floor. I praise God for them.

In this trip, I had a very positive and good experience for with the Romas, especially in the four day youth camp. We shared the bedroom with the Romas. We ate and played together. I found that they were well disciplined, considerate and polite.

Everyone is equal in God’s eye. I can see God has been working in them. As Paul says in Romans 1:16: “Because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believed…” Only God can transform lives.

The more the Romas believe in Jesus Christ, the more light shines in the community for the future.

After this mission trip, I learnt how to pray for the CIM Roma ministry in Roma and I know how to share with others about the needs and support of the Roma. I will keep the Roma community in my prayers.” – Pastor Eliza Lai


“I love STMs and I believe the value is in the benefits for both STM members and the people on the mission field. Our church has supported MB Ukrainian ministry for 6 years, but it wasn’t until recently when I visited Ukraine that my perspective changed from head to heart. Visiting the mission field really makes a difference.  About 2 years ago, I heard about the Roma ministry in Ukraine through CIM.  God gave me a passion to go and see His work there.

The following are some of my memorable experiences for this STM trip:

  1. I am thankful to CIM and House of Mercy (HOM) for providing us with transportation, a local ministry guide, a comfortable place to live, and warm meals with the HOM staff and kids. It is a blessing to see the wonderful services of HOM in Ukraine.   To visit Mercy farm, get drinks from the café, and participate in delivering hot meals to a senior home and Roma settlements were a great experience. 
  2. Connecting with HOM orphanage children and youth was one of my favorite parts of this trip. Their stories were heartbreaking but their misfortune turned out to be a blessing in their lives. The brokenness caused by their family situations eventually resulted in a multiplication of beauty in God’s grace and salvation that transformed their lives.
  3. All Roma pastors work as tent-makers while juggling family obligations and full-time ministry. Through visiting seven Roma churches and meeting five Roma pastors, we now understand their needs for finance and pastoral training.
  4. None of us were able to speak the local language, so we were thankful to have HOM and youth leaders to interpret the messages for us.
  5. “In all things God works for the good of those who love him.” We served two Roma churches with youth programs, ladies’ program and worship. I didn’t think any of our testimonies would be used in the ladies’ workshop but the Holy Spirit guided me to share twice, truly showing us that His presence is working within us.  
  6. We had a wonderful team who worked well together. Team members would pray while the other team members shared the gospel.
  7. Running the youth camp was quite stressful because we had to preach the Scripture rather than just telling our testimonies. We also ran workshops and some activities that were very fun. We trusted that God would use our talks to touch people’s hearts.  Thanks to Pastor Isaac for his leadership. We are so glad to see the spiritual revival amongst the Roma youth.

In Ephesians 3:7-8, it says “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.  Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Through this trip, I give thanks to our great Lord again for every STM trip experienced. I can’t, but He is able! This was a fruitful and memorable mission trip. The unity of team members was treasurable and the team work experience was beautiful.” – Jocyline Ho


I always love the sharing from team members who travel on the STM trips with CIM.  It proves to me that God is at work not only to those that we minister to, but also amongst team members.  If you would like to know more about our ministries, join one of our STM teams, learn more about our prayer requests, or give financially to partner with us to share the gospel cross-culturally, please visit our website at www.cimcanada.org or email us at contact@cimcanada.org.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada.   Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries in Ghana, Togo and to the Roma communities.  We thank God for donors who have been supporting CIM Canada in the past.  May God continue to raise more donors to bless our ministry.  Pray that we can find more effective and efficient ways to promote CIM Canada. Pray for the Ride for Refuge fundraiser.  We are currently looking for team captains and riders.  The ride will be on October 5 this year.
  2. Pray for the building projects in Yeji, Nkwanta, Subrini and Tinjase, Ghana. A borehole project in the Kpandai area still needs to be completed.  Drilling will commence once the rainy season is over and the water table is stable.  Pray that these projects may be completed soon.  Pray also for fund allocation and management as well as the scheduling of these projects.
  3. Pray for the preparations for our CIM Canada’s board meetings on October 26 and 27.

Financial Highlights for the month of August 2019

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News Update – August 2019

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From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

One of the pillars for CIM Canada is in sending “short-term missions” teams to Western Africa and to the Roma people group in eastern Europe to serve the Lord cross-culturally. Personally, I do not like the term “short-term missions” because it is an oxymoron. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Personal Saviour, then there is nothing “short-term” as we carry out the mission of God. We are all full-time missionaries declaring the truth of the gospel in every situation that we have been put in.

The terminology “short-term missions” has been coined over the last generation to mean, depending on the sending organization, any missions activity less than 2 years in length. “Over the last generation, a massive shift has occurred in the way Christians take the Word into the world. For hundreds of years, it has been left to ordained career missionaries to leave their homeland for distant shores, determined to take Christianity to the masses. During the past generation, a movement has gained momentum to aid long-term mission enterprises with short-term mission projects, using Christian workers whose skills, while not available year after year, can supplement the spiritual and natural gifts of career missionaries. These short-term missionaries have become an effective army for Christ.” (David C. Forward “The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip).

Jesus says in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” At CIM Canada, our “short-term” trips are based on and follow the instructions of the Bible. We go and share the gospel of Jesus Christ while training and discipling natives in partnership with local organizations and churches. As a result, many have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and numerous churches and preaching sites have been established.

In my travels to promote the work of CIM Canada, I am asked many questions regarding the nature of our ministry. In the May 2018 CIM Canada’s News Update (http://www.cimcanada.org/2018/05/15/news-update-may-2018/), I answered some of those questions. In this month’s edition, I will answer some more and in future updates, I will continue answering. Our desire is to cast our vision of why we do what we do and how others can participate with us in spreading the gospel cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are many more questions that I can answer, but I will save that for future editions of this newsletter. But STMs do make a difference. If the Lord is leading you to such an experience with CIM Canada or you would like to give financially, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our website at www.cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer Requests:

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

2. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Ghana, Togo and Roma ministries. We thank God for donors who have been supporting CIM Canada in the past. May God continue to raise more donors to bless our ministry. Pray that we can find more effective and efficient ways to promote CIM Canada. Pray for the Ride for Refuge fundraiser. We are currently looking for team captains and riders. The ride will be on October 5 this year.


Financial Highlights for the month of July 2019

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News Update – July 2019

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From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

One of the things that I enjoy about my job is that I get to build relationships with people from all over the world.   Not only do I have the opportunity to share the gospel message with locals, but I bring STM teams from different locations to western Africa and eastern Europe.  Earlier this year, I was able to lead a team from Sydney, Australia to the western African countries of Ghana and Togo.  For some of the members it was their first STM experience and also their first time in Africa.  The trip opened their eyes as to how God is working in an area of the world and in a culture that is very different to what they are used to.   In this month’s News Update, read firsthand from some of the STMers that went on the trip and what they learned.

Praise the Lord for giving me an opportunity to join the Short-Term Mission (STM).  It was my first time in STM… I learnt that when you hear about something, it may not be the same as when you actually experience it.  I was always wondering if spending hours traveling to Africa, and then many hours on the road to visit the people from villages was worth it or not.  During the trip, I found the joy of sharing the gospel with people in the villages, experiencing God’s leading and protection, and team building within the STM team definitely overcame all fears and worries that I had before the trip, and the time and money spent was absolutely worth it for me.

I found that the pastors in Ghana and Togo are so faithful and humble.  We have visited two pastors’ home, in Yeji and Salaga, Ghana.  I would say we live in much better conditions than both of the pastors’ homes.  They can only afford their basic living and will not have enough money for sending their children to university… amazingly no resentment from them.  In fact, they were so pro-actively bringing us into the villages to share the gospel and encouraging people to learn more about God in church.  The people in villages were so focus and concentrated to listen when we shared the gospel and our testimonies with them.  I can see the people in the villages were seeking God; they were willing to know more about God.  My thought was this is where we should help to build the church.  May God’s kingdom build within their community.

Grace Lee

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”   I am the disciple of God. I need to obey and act. I chose to leave my comfort zone and joined the Sydney team to go to Ghana and Togo.

In Africa, we went to visit villages. We visited a lady who became a Christian eight years ago. She told us how she was rejected by her parents after being a Christian and how her parents also became Christians before they passed away.

God is so amazing and the faith of that lady was so strong which impressed me a lot. Also, in the same village, there was a lady who had problems with her right knee. In fact, she had a very swollen knee. She found it very hard to walk and because there is no local hospital, she had to put up with the pain every day. Her house was less than a minute walk to where we were but for her, it would have taken a long time to get to us. That reminds me of how blessed I am whenever I need to see a physiotherapist. We also visited a family where the father was an alcoholic. He told us when he believed in Christ, God helped him to get rid of his bad habit and became a better person. It is such a beautiful thing to see what God has done and turned this person back to being a decent father and molding him to serve Him amongst the neighborhood. He took us to visit his neighbor and the whole family were sitting under a very simple resting area and only one child among the four children had clothes on and the rest of them had underpants on only. The whole family had seven people in total. They all looked so sad. After we had shared the testimony to them, the mother said she would go to church. I believe God will change them completely.

One of the family was so blessed. The father said to us “there are friends who come from far away and have told us the good news. Why not believe what they said and believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Saviour.” When asking his children if they would believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Saviour, they told us our father believes and we will all believe too. The whole family which included twenty people became Christians.

Alexandra Chan

I’m not the person that express myself through words, especially not in English. But during the STM, there were many times that I needed to prepare and speak with others with words. During the trip we had to use English (my second language) to share our testimonies and the gospel, and each time the Lord gave me the words to say.

I can rely on Him to break through the weaknesses of myself and the external difficulties. At the same time, I can understand that our Lord keeps training HIS disciples to be more humble.

During my journey, I was deeply impressed by the difficulty of doing missionary work and at the same time getting the indescribable joy and happiness, satisfaction and richness, when you convey the Good news from God. This is such a wonderful and exciting process…

Julia Au

As usual it was a wonderful trip, not only seeing locals come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ or deepening their relationship with the Lord, but I was touched by how the members of Team Australia grew in their faith especially when it comes to allowing the Lord to lead their lives and in sharing the gospel.

At CIM Canada, we are sending teams to Ghana, Togo, and to the Roma people group to share the gospel cross culturally.  If you would like to learn more about our ministries, join one of our STM teams, or partner with us through prayer and/or finances, please visit our website www.cimcanada.org or email us at contact@cimcanada.org

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer requests:

  1. Praise God for the STM team from Burnaby Pacific Grace Church that recently returned from the Ukraine visiting Roma settlements and running a Roma youth camp. Continue to pray for the guidance for the Roma leaders and for the youth who made commitments to the Lord at the camp.
  2. Pray for the Togo STM team that will be traveling to Atakpame, Togo at the beginning of August. Pray that the Lord will use them to bring people to deepening relationship to God.
  3. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Togo and Roma ministries.  We thank God for donors who have been supporting CIM Canada in the past.  May God continue to raise more donors to bless our ministry.  Pray that we can find more effective and efficient ways to promote CIM Canada.

Financial Highlights for the month of June 2019

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News Update – June 2019

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From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

CIM Canada has now been involved with the Roma ministry officially for over a year. It is wonderful to see God at work in different cultures and we are humbled that we are a part of the Lord’s team to reach out to this people group.

As we learn more about the Roma culture, this past April, a team of 3 comprised of Rev. Isaac Quan (Executive Director of CIM Canada), Tomson Chan (CIM Canada Board of Director) and his wife Lisa Chan traveled to Ukraine to meet and train with local Roma leaders. Tomson and Lisa have been involved with Roma ministries for over ten years. They also did some planning for the June STM team which is currently in Ukraine to help run a Roma youth camp. The team then travelled to Serbia to visit different Roma settlements and explore the possibility of future Roma ministry opportunities with Pastor Miki Kamberovic. The team learned a lot about the Roma culture and how each settlement is unique. They were encouraged to see how the Lord is working amongst the Romas and are looking forward to follow the Lord’s guidance and direction for CIM to work amongst this people group.

In this month’s news update, Lisa Chan writes her reflections from the trip:

Our first week in Ukraine was an encouragement for me. We connected with local missionaries and spent a day together in prayer and reflection. We visited a few families in a Roma settlement and prayed for their needs. What really touched my heart was a prayer request from a parent asking for God to help their family grow into deeper relationship with Jesus. One of their daughters attended a Roma youth camp we held a few years ago. God, through their daughter’s faith, brought the family into a relationship with Jesus! How cool is that?

We also had opportunities to hear stories from Roma pastors we encountered both in Ukraine and Serbia, and through their stories, we learned that Roma pastors face many challenges. Life for the Roma people is hard due to societal discrimination. Finding jobs locally is a huge challenge. Many Roma men must travel in order to find job, and as a result, commitment to church ministries is not consistent.

In Ukraine, churches face an additional challenge with leadership and discipleship because many Roma people are illiterate. Feeding from God’s Word is mainly provided through listening to sermons at Sunday worship. Personal devotions and Bible-reading is almost non-existent. Without the ability to read the Bible, their spiritual growth and leadership development are hindered.

Financial struggle is also a problem for Roma pastors. Roma pastors do not get paid for their work. These pastors use the little money they have for gas and travel to mentor and educate young, new pastors in distant places. Their whole-hearted devotion to God reflects that of the widow in the Bible who offered two copper coins, which was all she had.

While we were in Serbia, we heard the stories of two Roma pastors. Their testimonies demonstrate God’s faithfulness in His provision and power to heal brokenness.

The first pastor we met was Pastor Miki. He shared that when they are doing something that is in God’s will, God provides – no matter what. Pastor Miki has an unswerving faith, and goes beyond his pastoral responsibilities to care for the physical needs of his church members. He is dedicated to finding employment for the Roma Christians. He cares for his church members as if they were his own children. He also teaches newborn Christians how to live a new way of life in Christ. For example, we were impressed with how clean their homes are, in contrast with other Roma settlements we have visited, and with the joy evident among families even though they suffer such discrimination. Moreover, Pastor Miki encourages good education among the Roma children. He runs a pre-school program for Roma children, which provides them with hope for a better future.

Another story from Serbia touched deep within my heart as well. We met Pastor Rama and his wife, Sylvanna. We witnessed God’s love and His Almighty power in the healing from their lives. Pastor Rama used to be an abusive husband due to alcoholism. One day, Sylvanna tried to commit suicide because she could not bear the abuse any longer. Miraculously, she met Jesus through a friend’s invitation to church. She prayed and asked God to change her husband. After nearly five years, God answered her prayers; her husband attended church and accepted Jesus into his life. Her faith in God is a witness of God’s faithfulness to those who cry out to Him for help.

Sylvanna’s story did not end there. Unfortunately, her husband went back to drinking after his conversion. In his attempt to stop his anger and physical abuse, he began cutting himself. In one incident, he tried to commit suicide by cutting out his own heart. After two long years of struggle, he surrendered to God, and God healed him from alcoholism. He began to preach in different settlements. At that time, he only knew John 3:16, until he received Bible training. Now he is known as Pastor Rama, who loves his wife, Sylvanna, and is a good father to his children.

I approached this short-term missions trip with an open mind and a listening heart. Through the stories I heard, I have learned that our God is on the move to rescue the Roma people with salvation in Christ. God has the power to heal any brokenness. He is faithful to provide for His work and His servants. There is hope in God through faith in Jesus Christ. I am both humbled and encouraged. To God be the glory!

Lisa Chan

For more insight on the Roma ministry happening around the world, here is a link to a documentary which we found very inspiring. Both Pastor Miki and Pastor Rama are in the video.

In the video, you may hear part of Pastor Rama’s testimony starting at 16:52. It is a great privilege for CIM to work amongst the Roma. Find it on Youtube with the title: “We are Here – A Story of Jesus and The Unseen Roma”.

CIM Canada leads mission trips to west Africa and eastern Europe year-round. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to email us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our webpage (www.cimcanada.org). We are always looking for people or churches who partner with us through prayers and finances. If you feel called to contribute in these areas, please contact us as well.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director

 

Prayer requests:

  1. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for the new ECG leadership in Ghana led by Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol. It has been a hard-transitional period for Rev. Liwangol. A few days before he was appointed general overseer for the Evangelical Church of Ghana in late January, his mother passed away but the funeral was not until May 18.
  2. Pray for the STM team from Burnaby Pacific Grace Church who are in Ukraine from June 11-22. They will be visiting different Roma settlements as well as running a Roma youth camp from June 17-20. The team is composed of 7 people with Pastor Isaac leading. Pray that the Lord will use the team to bring the gospel to the Romas.
    Please pray for Pastor Paul Oros’ family. He has been the senior pastor of Uzhhorod Ukrainian Baptist Church for the last 25 years and has been active in training Roma pastors in the area. Pastor Paul passed away unexpectedly from cancer on June 13. The funeral was on June 17 and the STM team was able to attend.
  3. Pray for the STM team that will be traveling to Togo in early August led by Pastor Matthieu Ayena. Currently there are four applicants with Pastor Matthieu leading.
  4. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Ghana, Togo and Roma ministries. We thank God for donors who have been supporting CIM Canada in the past. May God continue to raise more donors to bless our ministry. Pray that we can find more effective and efficient ways to promote CIM Canada.

Financial Highlights for the month of May 2019

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News Update – May 2019

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From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

In this month’s news update, read the reflections of Ann Lee on a recent STM trip to Ghana.  Ann has been on STM with CIM Canada before in Togo but this was her first time to Ghana. It always encourages me when I read the reflection papers of those who have gone on the cross-cultural mission trips with CIM.  It shows me that God is always at work, not only to those that we are ministering to, but also to those doing the ministering.

This being my first STM to Ghana, I wasn’t sure about what to expect. I needed to trust in the Lord’s guidance and to follow our leader Pastor Isaac for this experience.

Unlike previous STMs to Togo, where we had to give workshops, and spend time to pray with sisters in the local church, we had more to prepare. This time, our team worked on personal testimonies, gospel sharing, songs and dances. During the preparation, as we worked together as a team, I enjoyed the experience very much. Our team was made up of six people from different backgrounds, with varied points of view on things and sometimes we struggled to find common ground.

The beauty of it all though, was that we knew whatever final decisions we arrived at, it wasn’t based on our individual pride, but rather they were focused on what we were doing to put Jesus as the first priority in the mission.

Praise God for forming this team, and l am honoured to have been a part of it.

 

What I found similar with other mission trips I’ve been on is that there are always things to learn, and to unlearn.  What l received from this experience is the lesson in being more flexible and adaptable. When we travelled from the capital city of Accra to a village called Gjamere, then to another town known as Yeji, then back to Accra, my body had to adjust to new places fast enough and I had to find ways of getting quality sleep, so that I could be refreshed for the next day.  I recall one-time l felt so tired that I found it hard to focus when we arrived to a village in Gjamere. l was hoping that I could just sit resting under the shade. However, the Holy Spirit had other plans which prompted me to get up and volunteer to share the gospel which wasn’t something that I had in mind. I answered His calling because l knew this was not coming from me, instead it was the work of Holy Spirit in me, and l was proud that I would be used to be part of His work.

Jesus said in Luke 4:43-44, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”  Sharing the gospel became our main focus. There was one time, when we arrived at a village, we were given permission to speak. After sharing, people were so ready to confess their sins and gave their hearts to the Lord. That was a great encouragement for all of us. The Holy Spirit was truly working in everyone’s heart to come close to the Lord.

On this trip we also spent two days with school students.  I can still remember their smiling faces, and their warm welcoming arms.

Thanks to Pastor Isaac who showed us a skit that we performed during the mission to deliver the message on a couple of occasions. We just recently played the same skit in our own church and heard from our own brothers and sisters that the message was a compelling one which gave them great encouragement.  May all the glory go to God.” – Ann Lee

CIM Canada leads mission trips to west Africa and eastern Europe year-round.  If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to email us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our webpage (www.cimcanada.org).  We are always looking for people or churches who partner with us through prayers and finances.  If you feel called to contribute in these areas, please contact us as well.

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Prayer items:

  1. Pray for Pastor Jean Desire’s family. Pastor Jean passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident in March.  He is survived by his wife and three children.  Their family is still grieving and are having trouble sleeping.  Virginie (Pastor Desire’s wife) is also sick.
  2. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for the new ECG leadership in Ghana led by Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol. He is also still organizing the funeral for his mother who passed away in late January.
  3. Praise God for a wonderful Roma STM trip in April. Pastor Isaac, Tomson and Lisa Chan, visited the Roma ministry in Ukraine where they led the Roma leaders in workshops and teaching as well as did visitations in the Roma settlements.  They also went on an exploratory trip to Serbia where they visited different Roma settlements.  It was an eye-opening experience as they learned a lot about the Roma culture.  Pray for the Lord’s guidance and direction for CIM in regards to the Roma ministry.
  4. Pray for the STM team from Burnaby Pacific Grace Chinese Church who will be traveling to Ukraine from June 11-22. Pray for the preparations for the team as this will be their first visit to the Roma people group.
  5. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada.   Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Togo and Roma ministries.  We thank God for donors who have been supporting CIM Canada in the past.  May God continue to raise more donors to bless our ministry.  Pray that we can find more effective and efficient ways to promote CIM Canada.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of April 2019

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News Update – April 2019

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – April 2019

From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

In this month’s news update, CIM Canada would like to thank all our donors and supporters.  Read from the chairman of our board, Pastor Douglas Wong, as he shares the importance of donors as part of our team:

“This past March marked the 15th year anniversary of CIM Canada registering as an official charity. Today, our vision remains the same “to assist worldwide churches to obey the Great Commission of Jesus Christ” with a purpose “to promote and provide opportunities of cross-cultural missions for churches in North America.”

My wife (Jessica) and I joined our first missions trip to Ghana in 2013. I think I speak for the both of us that God broke our hearts that trip and helped us to see people through His eyes. In 2015, I have had the privilege to serve on the board. This year, I have the honor to serve as the Chairman of the Board and Jess is serving as the current administrative assistant.

People often ask me, “Why do you serve in CIM?” My answer is fairly simple: I believe in the vision. I believe in what God is doing here. I believe God is using this ministry to make a difference and to change lives for the better.

Through the years, God has used CIM to change and touch many lives, not only those overseas but the many who participated previously. With the short time I have served, I attest to how CIM is still assisting and challenging churches to obey the Great Commission. Not only in the church I pastor at, but from all the churches who have gone. I hear of the many stories of people’s lives being changed from the villages of Ghana and Togo to the Roma settlements in Ukraine.

As you know, CIM Canada is a non-profit charitable organization, meaning we depend on God to provide through generous givers. For anyone that says giving isn’t a form of ministry, they’re mistaken. Giving is as much of a way of serving as those who go on these trips. You can’t have one without the other.

Personally, if it wasn’t for the generosity of others, I would not have had the funds to serve. In the same way, if it wasn’t for your generosity, CIM Canada would not be able to do what we do.

Why are we talking about giving? As Henri Nouwen puts it, “We are inviting you to invest yourself through the resources that God has given you – your energy, your prayers, and your money – in this work to which God has called.” Together, through your giving, we can experience community and be part of creating something new. You might not be able to participate physically on these trips, but you are still participating. You were there with every conversation, every Gospel presentation and every prayer and hand that went up to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

Giving is a spiritual as well as a practical and concrete way to help the Kingdom flourish.

Afterall, why do people give? We give into the visions we believe in. We give into our son’s RESP because we envision him having a future. We give into our RRSP because we envision retiring one day. We give into the Kingdom because we believe God’s Kingdom is making a difference in this world. We believe God changes lives. We believe the Gospel is real and that Jesus gives hope. We believe the Holy Spirit counsels and instructs. We give into what we believe in. We give because we believe. Giving our all starts with believing.

I’m blown away by how God can use and grow the little I have for His purposes. This is anywhere from my human frailty to my limited resources. However, we learn in Mark 4:31-32 that God’s Kingdom is like a mustard seed that grows into largest of all garden plants. When we plant with what we have, it grows beyond what it started as. I’m also reminded of the benediction from Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” God does immeasurably more with what we have and what we give. Every small act of giving can grow into something beyond what we can ever ask for or imagine.

The interesting thing about the Kingdom of God is that we won’t become poorer when we give – we actually become richer. As the Apostle Paul says in  2 Corinthians 9:11, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” Generosity and giving our possessions isn’t secular but spiritual. There is not, then, an abundance of physical or material blessing, but rather a spiritual one. One that draws us closer to God and leads us to thankfulness. It’s a blessing that gives us a glimpse into the heart of our Father, who is generous with all He has and provides in His ways.

Are you willing to have your resources used for the purposes of the Kingdom? Are you willing to invest into what you believe in? If we’ve learned anything from the Widow’s Offering (Mk. 12:41-42), it’s not about how little or much we give but it’s about the heart. It’s not too late to make a difference.

If you’re doing this already – on behalf of CIM Canada, thank you.

Thank you for seeing the vision.
Thank you for changing lives.
Thank you for giving into what you believe.”

CIM Canada leads mission trips to west Africa and eastern Europe year-round.  If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to email us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our webpage (www.cimcanada.org).  We are always looking for people or churches who partner with us through prayers and finances.  If you feel called to contribute in these areas, please contact us as well.

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Prayer items:

  1. Pray for wisdom, vision and health for our Roma ministry workers and the leaders of the Roma churches in Uzhgorod and Perechin, Ukraine,
  2. Pray for the exploratory trip to Ukraine and Serbia in April. Pray for a clear vision from the Lord.
  3. Pray for the preparations for the June STM trip for the team from Burnaby.
  4. Pray for Pastor Jean Desire’s family in Togo, who passed away last month in a tragic car accident. He is survived by his wife and three children. His wife’s half brother passed away the day before Pastor Jean’s accident.
  5. Pray for the ECG building projects in Yeji, Nkwanta, Subrini and Tinjase, Ghana. Pray that these projects may be completed soon. Borehole projects in the Kpandai region may also begin shortly. Pray for fund allocation and the scheduling of the project.
  6. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries, including village schools, Togo, and Roma ministries. We thank God for donors who have been supporting CIM Canada in the past. May God continue to raise more donors to bless our ministry. Pray that we can find more effective and efficient ways to promote CIM Canada.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of March 2019

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News Update – March 2019

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – March 2019

From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

CIM Canada is now into our second year of our Roma ministry in Eastern Europe.  In April of this month, we will send another exploratory team to Ukraine and Serbia.  In Ukraine, we will meet with our partner House of Mercy as well as our ministry workers Valeria Muzika and Andriana Reshko.  In Serbia, we will meet with Pastor Miki Kamberovic to explore ministry opportunities in that country.  We are very excited to be meeting up with Pastor Miki who is of Roma descent and has much experience ministering to the Roma people group.  Also, in June of this year, a team from Burnaby, Canada will be traveling to Ukraine for a short term mission helping to run a Roma youth camp.

In this month’s CIM’s news update, Valeria (Lera) Muzika shares about the ministry in the Ukraine:

“Greetings to you, beloved church of Jesus Christ! We want to share news for the last two months with you.

We hope this year started good for all of you! As for us, it was not an easy beginning because of challenges we faced in our ministry, but God is giving us strength to never let our hands down and to also support others. 

Life in the Roma settlements is not easy.  Some churches in the Roma settlements are far from what the church of Christ should be like, with a lot of struggles and spiritual problems, all while the Roma people are very proud-hearted.  We pray for God’s power to destroy all the chains that still hold Roma people from living the godly life. And pray for us to show Christ to people and not the other things (material benefits, national differences etc.).

These two months have been busy with different ministries. Regardless of all the difficulties and pain, God continues His work and always gives us strength!

Women ministry is a blessing for all women who attend and us as well! These months were special as we decided to do something different besides the Bible lessons we have every meeting. We had two cooking evenings: one for making desserts and one for making pizza. It was a great time of fellowship and it was so important for the women to have rest from their worries and struggles and just have a good time of joy. We also prayed together.

Young Roma leaders are very important for us, and we are very happy that we have good leaders in Uzhgorod and Perechin settlements who are willing to serve God and who continue to grow in Christ. Special blessing for us are Valera and Milli, a young married Roma couple who are serving in the Uzhgorod Roma camp. They do the kids ministry. We help them to prepare and they lead on their own and are very good at that! Kids ministry has also been very special because we had 2 birthday celebrations for kids who had birthdays during the Fall and Winter months. Kids are always very happy to receive congratulations and small presents. In many Roma families, parents don’t know when their kid’s birthdays are and therefore never celebrate. 

In the beginning of the year, we had a special time with the leaders from two settlements: Uzhgorod and Perechin. We gathered to share about our dreams and set plans for this year. We had two meetings and it was very nice time. Even though we lost some team members, we believe that God is preparing new leaders for His work.  After the meetings, we had a great fun time of sleigh rides together, since this winter was very nice and snowy!

We had different kinds of youth meetings during the last few months, which included watching movies, playing games, and discussing different important topics. We also thought it would be good to teach the young people to read and learn more from the Bible.  During the last few meetings this month, we gave different people tasks, including reading some Bible stories and sharing with all of us at the next meeting. It was good to teach them to read and understand more from the Bible and also learn to share with others.

Since we have one pastor for two settlements, we don’t always have the opportunity for the two settlements to meet together. One plan for this year was to have joint meetings for both settlements. We already had one in the Perechin settlement. People from Uzhgorod travelled to Perechin and we had a great time together where we talked about love. The kids and youth prepared a program with songs and a skit. Soon we will have a similar meeting in the Uzhgorod settlement. 

Lastly, we had a great opportunity to travel to Poland together with Pastor Ruslan and his wife last month. We got an invitation from Christians in Poland and it was a great time to meet many Christians and see the ministry they were doing there. We could share different stories about struggles and victories people are going through in the ministry. It wasn’t a long trip, but very encouraging.” (Valeria Muzika)

CIM Canada leads mission trips to west Africa and eastern Europe year-round.  If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to email us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our webpage (www.cimcanada.org).  We are always looking for people or churches who partner with us through prayers and finances.  If you feel called to contribute in these areas, please contact us as well.

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Prayer items:

  1. Pray for wisdom and vision for our Roma ministry workers and the leaders of the Roma churches in Uzhgorod and Perechin.
  2. Pray for the exploratory trip to Ukraine and Serbia in April. Pray for a clear vision from the Lord.
  3. Pray for the preparations for the June STM trip for the team from Burnaby.
  4. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada.   Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Togo and Roma ministries.  We thank God for donors who have been supporting CIM Canada in the past.  May God continue to raise more donors to bless our ministry.  Pray that we can find more effective and efficient ways to promote CIM Canada.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of February 2019

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News Update – February 2019

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – February 2019

From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

In August 2018, a team from Edmonton Chinese Alliance Church traveled with me to Ghana for a mission trip.  Their main ministries were in the Nkwanta and Tinjase areas in the Volta region to work alongside Pastor Gideon and Pastor Simon.  Tinjase is located right at the Ghana/Togo border and the team even crossed the border to do evangelism in the village of Lao.

The team did visitations in the villages surrounding Nkwanta and Tinjase.  A number of the villages did not have ECG (Evangelical Church of Ghana) churches and one of the purposes of the visits was to see if an ECG church or preaching point could be started in those villages.  Praise God that in at least two of the villages, services were held the following Sunday.  The team also were present at two showings of “The Passion of the Christ” video in the villages where a number of people came to a saving knowledge of our Lord.

It was a first time STM experience to Africa for the entire team from Edmonton and it was wonderful to see each of them being drawn closer to the Lord and serve Him passionately. One of my joys as executive director for CIM Canada is to read the reflection papers from the team members upon their return to Canada.  It is always amazing to see what the team members have learned from the trip.  In this month’s edition of the CIM news update, read in part from the sharing of Sidney Gee.

Looking back at the missions trip to Ghana almost seems surreal. It was something that I could not even begin to know what to expect. I starting counting the number of ‘firsts’ this would be: First time leaving North America, first time travelling from home alone so long, first time being surrounded by a very different culture, first time sharing the gospel so openly, and first time taking so many steps of faith with God within a few months.

We were immersed into another world once we left Accra, the capital city, and surrounded by villages, and we had no clue what to expect from the culture when we arrived in Nkwanta. I am a person who enjoys camping and can usually tolerate a lot of things, so I never thought I would have trouble adjusting to a place that did not have the same comforts as North America. Our toilet was clogged for 4 days, bugs were everywhere in our room, and a concert blasted obnoxiously— with no exaggeration – directly below our room. I loved what we were doing, but I was tempted to be overly critical, even as much as to say things that were rude about a place that I simply did not understand.

Through visiting the villages with ECG, and our bedside debriefs, I was able to take a step back and consider the bigger picture. The lives of those in Nkwanta and the surrounding villages could not afford to live in the same place we did. We lived in one of the nicest places in the town. Even the elders and Pastor from the ECG did not live with the same amenities. I was humbled when we talked to the ECG members who asked us how the hotel was. One of the ECG members went on dramatically about how great the rooms were, and I could not help but feel guilty about how I kept complaining about the negative aspects.

Before the trip, I would discuss with our team that spiritual warfare would come in the subtlest forms. Satan does not want to see the mission come through, so he will distract and try to divert our attention from focusing on God. This is something I fell subject to when I chose to complain about where we were staying. In realizing this, God corrected me to see how the privilege I have can be a distraction to serving God in Ghana and my everyday life. The way we steward and appreciate what we’re given reflects what our priorities are, so I know now to be more conscious of what is more important, and that’s God. In Ghana, I was able to shift my focus from our pampered conditions towards serving because that’s what we came to do.

We were warmly welcomed by the Evangelical Church of Ghana. Not only did they show appreciation, but that they were open to us working with them to share the Gospel. I believe that the church there is equipped to do missions in Ghana themselves, but God still brought us together to share about Him. While going out to the villages such as Odumasse or Basari Akura, we were welcomed by the local villagers. Chairs were laid out for us and people dropped everything they were doing to simply converse with us. The culture demonstrates great hospitality and openness to learn. There were a lot of people that simply wanted to hear what we had to say.

My thought was that if even one person wanted to pursue God through our interactions then it would all be worth it. I learned this after meeting two individuals. The first was in Odumasse where we did a Jesus movie event. One young student said, “I saw you sharing the Gospel, how do I do that too?” After talking to him, learning his career aspirations and his understanding of the Gospel, I connected him with ECG members. The second was a young man from Lao, Togo. He listened to me talk about the ‘bridge to life illustration’, a drawing summarizing the effect of Jesus’ dying on the cross for us. This young man didn’t seem interested initially; however, he ended up following us, offering to translate the local language that our translators didn’t know. Here were two instances where people were compelled to carry on the message that they just heard to others. For the first time in my life, I saw that the excitement and hope from hearing the Gospel is contagious, and this is what carries on the message of Christ.

I am incredibly grateful for everything that has happened leading up to and including the Missions trip. Even with trials and sacrifices, it was all for leading people back to Christ. I can’t imagine any other way that would have motivated me to learn about our calling to missions, Heaven, and this new-found love for the people in Ghana. As I think back, this experience will always have a special place in my heart, so I want to continue to support the ministries in Nkwanta in the future.”

CIM Canada leads mission trips to west Africa and eastern Europe year-round.   If you would like more information please email us at contact@cimcanada.org or visit our webpage (www.cimcanada.org).  We are always looking for people or churches who partner with us through prayers and finances.  If you feel called to contribute in these areas, please contact us as well.

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Prayer items:

  1. Continue to pray for the leadership transition at Evangelical Church of Ghana. The handover ceremony went smoothly on January 27th with Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol, the new general overseer.
  2. Pray for the exploratory trip to Ukraine and Serbia in April. We are currently looking to expand our Roma ministry to other parts of Eastern Europe.
  3. Pray for the financial needs for CIM Canada. We continue to trust that the Lord will provide the necessary resources for the ministries that He wants us to participate in.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of January 2019

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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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Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – January 2019

To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – January 2019

From this issue of News Update:

Dear CIM friends,

Happy New Year from CIM Canada.  We want to wish each and every single one of you a very blessed 2019.  It is hard to believe how time flies.  It feels like yesterday that we were celebrating the arrival of 2018. It is an honor serving as the Executive Director for CIM Canada.  2018 was my third year at this post. It continues to be a learning experience and I would like to thank the Board of Directors and the staff for their encouragement and support.

As we embark on a new year, I would like to reflect back on 2018 and share how God has blessed and used us over the last 12 months at CIM Canada.  Each year is a little different, but God is always faithful, and as a result, lives are turned over to Him and people continue to serve Him.

In 2018, CIM sent 4 STM teams to Ghana, which comprised of 24 STM members including myself.  I had the privilege of being on three of these teams. One of the teams, which was comprised of 6 ladies and myself, also traveled to Togo in July.

We also sent two teams to Ukraine, which comprised of 5 STM members including myself, to work with the Roma people group.  This was the first year that we officially sent teams to work with the Romas and we are excited about how the Lord will lead this ministry in the years ahead.

Other than these STM teams, there were more individuals who expressed interest, but for various reasons could not go and had deferred their trip to a later date. Through each of the trips I have been on this year, the Lord continues to bless and teach me, not only through the locals but through each team member as well.

The STM teams of 2018 not only had a positive influence in the areas they ministered in, but many have grown in their walk with the Lord as they see how great and powerful God is.  For a number of these STM members, going overseas for cross cultural missions was the first time they left the comfort zone of their own church and saw God work on a global scale.  Many of the team members have shared their interest to go back to Africa, Ukraine or other mission fields. For others, it was a confirmation of their calling into the ministry or to the mission field.

The past year has also been a transition year for CIM.  Flora Loong, our administrative assistant for the last 12 years, stepped down from her post to pursue the Lord’s calling in full time ministry.  She has been a blessing to CIM Canada and we will miss her being on staff.  Jessica On joined CIM Canada in October as our new administrative assistant and has been doing a wonderful job.  We also welcomed Rich Ng and Ann Lee onto our Board of Directors while Rev. Kenny Wong, Rev. Morgan Wong, and Rev. Xavier Law’s terms as directors came to an end in 2018.  We thank them for their contributions and look forward to working with them again in the future.

There has also been changes with our Ghana ministries as Rev. Daniel Gbande’s term as general overseer of Evangelical Church of Ghana came to an end.  He has held this post since September of 2010 and must step down from this role for at least one term.  Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol, former treasurer for ECG, has been elected as the new general overseer.  He was supposed to have taken over the role as of September 1, 2018 but because of health issues, the hand over ceremony was delayed to January 27, 2019.

As a new year begins, we know that God will continue to bless our ministries in 2019.  I encourage all of us to serve the Lord wholeheartedly in whatever circumstance that we are in and if you feel called to go on missions with us, want to know more about CIM’s mission, or contribute to us financially, please do not hesitate to visit our webpage at www.cimcanada.org or email us at contact@cimcanada.org. Thank you for your continual support!

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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. Also pray for him and his family, as his mother and brother-in-law both passed away very recently.
  2. Pray for the January STM team to Ghana and Togo from Australia, which was led by Rev. Isaac Quan and Rev. Sunny Tse (chairman for CIM Australia). Pray for the strengthening of faith to those they reached.
  3. 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.
  4. Pray for peace in Togo as there has been protests following the elections in December.
  5. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Togo and Roma ministries. Pray for volunteers for the promotional booth at Missions Fest in Vancouver from January 18-20. Pray that we may raise awareness of our ministries and financial support.
  6. Pray for the guidance and leading of our Lord as we embark on a new year of ministries.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of December 2018

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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

Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001

 

News Update – December 2018

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

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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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Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001