To download the original copy, please follow this link: CIM News Update – September 2018
From this issue of News Update:
Rev. Daniel Gbande has been the general overseer for the Evangelical Church of Ghana since September 2010. It has been a pleasure to work alongside him and for CIM Canada to partner with him. His term as general overseer is now up. He will continue to work for ECG but in another role. As of September 1, Rev. Maxwell Liwangol has taken over the role of general overseer for ECG. We look forward to working with him as we continue our partnership with ECG to share the gospel message cross-culturally. In this month’s News Update, Rev. Daniel Gbande shares about his time as general overseer, and more specifically the partnership with CIM Canada.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you because of your partnership in the gospel.” Philippians 1:3-5
“As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit.”
II Corinthians 8:23
Our experience with Chinese International Missions (CIM), Canada, has been a healthy relationship because we have built a genuine relationship over the years.
For the past ten (10) years in partnership, I can testify to the fruitfulness of this relationship. There are remarkable evidence of Church growth and development through our Church Planting and training programs.
We have seen Churches planted, revived and thrive through this partnership with CIM. Currently, we are partnering with CIM in nine Church Plant areas.
In the recent past, CIM and ECG have jointly supported the training of pastors for ministry. In-service for pastors in the field has been very beneficial as they were exposed again to improve on their knowledge base and pastoral practices.
Every year, a number of short-term teams visit the country and more specifically to some of the Church planting and village school mission areas. These visits have been a great encouragement for the ministry of Evangelical Church of Ghana.
House visitations have led some of the people to Christ and encouraged others to rededicate their lives to Christ.
The physical presence of CIM short-termers makes a difference between funding missions and partnership in missions. Short-termers have the opportunity to work with church local workers even though their presence is always short. Local workers are encouraged and the opportunity to reach people who otherwise were not being reached is utilized. By this, new opportunities are discovered.
CIM and ECG have worked together to improve on health services in the Kpandai District. A challenge to stock snake serum to save lives of people bitten by snakes in the District was solved by a snake serum fund. This fund enabled the stocking of enough snake serum to treat persons who were not able to pay for the expensive anti-snake serum.
CIM Short-termers with health care skills also support at the Health facility in Kpandai, during Short-term Missions.
Aside snake serum fund, CIM and ECG have raised funds for essential medical equipment to improve on the quality of services. Recently, funds were raised for the purchase of an anaesthesia machine for a newly established theatre at the Kpandai ECG Hospital.
Village School Mission
Village School Missions is our community intervention targeting village dwellers, increasing access to education but in the context of discipling pupils. It is obvious that reaching children from different religious and belief backgrounds is possible through the provision of education services.
Short-termers are also involved in improving on teachers’ performance. Where possible, short-termers are also involved in VBS and other children programs.
Apart from the Village School Missions, Evangelical Church of Ghana and CIM identify a need to resolve a perineal challenge such as access to portable water. Jagirdo in the Bimbilla District and Balai in the Kpandai District have both benefitted from manual pump bore-holes, thereby resolving the problem of water supply especially in the dry seasons.
People are getting saved, lives are being transformed, kids are getting to know Jesus and the local people are experiencing the love of Christ Jesus.
The need to respond to the call for missions cannot be over emphasised and ECG will continue to pray that as many who have the call to come on short-term missions are welcome to Ghana.
Our practical partnership with CIM is of a difference and has proved fruitful; you can be part of this mission strategy.
We are satisfied that we are part of the global mission that is fulfilling the Great Commission with CIM. In a way, CIM as counterparts are connected to what Evangelical Church of Ghana is doing in this part of the world. We also see ourselves as part of what God is doing across the world.
Our partners can now appreciate better, what the Church in Ghana or Africa is going through and respond appropriately in prayer and otherwise; trust God and through that deepen our dependence on Him to help us fulfill our mandate.
We are humbled as a local or indigenous Church as we see our partners extending help in diverse ways and their generosity stretched to meet some needs in our communities, purely a demonstration of the love of Jesus Christ. You can be part of this special move in this later days prior to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are reading this, I wish to admonish you to respond to God’s call to missions and it is worth coming out here to Ghana, Africa.
Rev. Daniel Gbande
Ride for Refuge:
CIM Canada will be participating in the Ride for Refuge fundraiser this year on September 29, 2018. Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that support organizations like our own. The money raised will be used to further our ministries. We are currently still seeking donors. For more information about Ride for Refuge, you may visit their website https://rideforrefuge.org If you want to participate or donate for CIM Canada, you may visit https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/cimcanada We would love for you to join us in this fundraiser.
1. Pray for Rev. KK Maxwell Liwangol who has now the new general overseer for the Evangelical Church of Ghana. May God bless his ministry and may the partnership between CIM Canada and ECG remain strong.
2. Pray for Rev. Xavier Law, (CIM Canada Board Chair) as he continues to recover from a car accident in early July. He has resumed work at his church, Pacific Grace MB Church, in Vancouver, Canada, as of September 1.
3. Pray for the financial needs of CIM Canada. Pray for awareness of our ministries and for more donors. Pray for a healthy general fund and funds to maintain our ministries including village schools, Togo and Roma ministries.
4. Pray for the remaining STM teams that will be traveling this year. Currently there will be teams traveling to Ghana in October and December.
5. Pray for our upcoming Annual General Meeting on November 3 and 4. Pray for the Lord’s direction as our Board of Directors meet.
If you are interested in joining a STM or want to know more about our ministries, please visit our website at www.cimcanada.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Isaac Quan
Financial Highlights for the month of August 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.
Registered Canadian Charity Registration Number of Chinese International Missions (Canada): 896216207RR0001