News Update – April 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

As I have stated on numerous occasions in the past, some of the joys and blessings I receive is in getting to know the members of the STM teams that I travel with both on the field and also back home. I love seeing what they have learned and how they have grown in their walk with the Lord. Upon return, each STM member is required to write a brief sharing on their trip about what they have learned and how God has been speaking to them. In our News Updates, we include portions of these write ups. I have always enjoyed reading them and from the responses that I have received, many of our readers have been inspired by the writings of the STM members.

In August of 2017, a team of 9, comprised mainly of members from Bethel Chinese Christian MB Church in Vancouver, Canada, went on a STM to Ghana and Togo. Here are some of their sharing:

Donald Chan:

The STM trip to Ghana and Togo was an eye opener to me. I have learned a number of first-hand experience and first time knowledge.

… In Yeji, Ghana, I was asked to preach and share my testimony to the congregation of the local ECG church. I did not expect I need to do that, yet I was thankful I had prepared in advance before we left Vancouver. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I preached on Psalm 139 to encourage the congregation about how powerful and almighty our Father in Heaven is. He always watches over us, knows what we are thinking and has plans for each of His children.

The visitation to churches and families in different villages in Togo even gave me a bigger lesson of how blessed we are living in Canada. It allowed me to see the commitment and dedication of the humble servants serving faithfully with very little resources, yet joyfully in a poor country. That alone makes my trip to Ghana and Togo worthwhile. The experience gave me new perspective in looking at values and priorities.

May God continue to speak to me and show me His way.

Emily Wong:

Going into the trip, I was looking forward to seeing the different culture that was there and how God was working in it and God definitely opened my eyes to that. It was my first time leaving North America and travelling separately from my family. Seeing the villages and how sacrificially caring they were to one another and to us really touched my heart the most. When we did evangelism and went door to door, everyone wanted to hear what we had to share. There was one family who stopped cooking to listen and while we were speaking, it started to rain; their food was getting wet yet they did not stop listening. Another man even gave up part of his land so that a church could be built in the village. The way they served others and their obedience to God helped me see what it meant to be in community. Community isn’t just the physical gathering of people or about being nice to each other, but I realized that it is more about serving one another, putting each other first before ourselves.

… We were only there for such a short time so we really don’t get to see the fruit but trusting that God will work and a lot of the times, we see that He has already started working and it is such a blessing. I learned that there will be times where I don’t know what to say or that I really don’t want to share, but it was those times when God was truly able to work and speak through me as I knew evidently afterwards that it was nothing that I personally did or said. He is the one who transforms hearts, not us, and we must trust in His perfect timing.

So, I guess the next big question is what happens from here? After seeing all these things on the trip and coming back to quite a different culture and society, I was quite distraught actually. Coming back, I was so discouraged by the state of our society and it was so hard to “see” God. Our society seems like such a slave to productivity compared to those in Ghana and Togo. But as some brothers and sisters have mentioned to me, that’s why we have the church, we are to be His witnesses in our society to serve God and serve each other. God was definitely working in Ghana and Togo before we even got there, and He will continually be working in all His ways.

Theresa Chiu:

This is my first time going to Ghana; prior to going on this trip I knew that It was not going to be anything like home. I knew that this is way beyond my comfort zone, so prior to going I had many doubts and I was very nervous …

… Throughout the trip, I felt God presence, I knew that He was with me. Everywhere we went, I felt safe; I cannot say that I was not anxious or nervous at all, but I can say that I knew God was with me. I am scared to do public speaking; public speaking is one of my BIGGEST fears, and a skill I lack A LOT in. But God was with me; my team really helped me in times when we needed to evangelize; I was able to do some and when I blanked out, my team would come in and help me. For me I only shared my testimony once for the whole trip, and that was the very last day, the very last service we went to. I was not expecting to share AT ALL, nor were we expecting to have to share for a Sunday School but God works in mysterious ways! I was so scared … and so nervous … I heard people talking before about how once they get up there and share, it’s the Holy Spirit that works in them; it was interesting to me because I guess I was never so afraid, and helpless that I had to COMPLETELY rely on the Spirit to lead me (or I never gave it a chance and never paid attention to see that it was the Holy Spirit leading me). When I got up on the platform, I was calm and I was not afraid. When I look back, I have no idea how I came up with the things I said; it was not like my testimony that I had prepared and written out, but it happened. And I knew that it wasn’t me, but it was the Holy Spirit who helped me through all of it. It was nice to see it, and of course experience it myself. I hear people talking about it a lot, but it is very different to experience it for yourself.

It was a wonderful trip and I really enjoyed my time with this team. It is amazing to see how God works through each of the team members. If anyone is interested to know more about our ministries or join a STM team, please contact us at contact@cimcanada.org

Thank you also for your prayer and financial support. We continually ask for your prayers and your giving in finances as we spread the Lord’s love cross culturally. It is through partnership with people like yourself that we can do our ministry at CIM Canada.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of March 2018

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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 – March 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

In last month’s News Update, I gave an introduction to the Roma ministry which CIM Canada will be starting in 2018. In this month’s News Update, I present to you Part 2 of CIM Canada’s Roma Ministry.

In October 2017, the vision and needs of the Roma were presented to the CIM Canada Board of Directors. We praise God that they approved the Roma Ministry as part of the CIM Cross Cultural ministries.

Roma Ministry goals:

• Partner with House of Mercy Foundation in Ukraine to minister to the Roma people focusing in evangelical, gospel and spiritual care while House of Mercy/KPK are focusing in humanitarian ministries
• Promote and organize short-term Roma ministry mission teams to Ukraine
• Bring God’s love and Good News to the Roma people
• Church Planting: Support and develop local Roma churches and pastors
• Disciple local Christians to become Jesus Christ’s disciples
• Support local Ukrainian and Roma ministry workers and missionaries
• Develop local leadership for the future ministry and the Great Commission

Roma Settlements in the area near Uzhhorod, Ukraine:

House of Mercy is currently serving the following Roma villages.
(Estimate basis: each family unit ranges from 2 to 10 people.)

*Uzhhorod (Pirogova) – 45 family units
*Perechin – 50 family units
• Uzhhorod (Telmana) – 180 family units
• Uzhhorod (Radvanka) – 300 family units
• Rooski Lomarovci – 90 family units
• Holmok – 120 family units (mainly Hungarian speaking)
• Koncovo – 120 family units (mainly Hungarian speaking)
• Serednye – 100 family units
• Myrcha – 25 family units
• Hoodlevo – 20 family units
• Esen – 40 family units
• Rativci – 50 family units

The estimated number of family units is about 1,140. Some of the Roma villages’ conditions have improved due to many years of humanitarian aid and support through House of Mercy and their Norway supporters (KPK-Ukriana), but the recently adopted ones are still in fairly poor condition.

CIM Canada’s target starting areas will be in Uzhhorod – *Pirogova and *Perechin Roma settlements.

Proposed Ministry Plan for Roma Ministry in Ukraine:

• CIM support missionaries

o Establish agreement with House of Mercy for CIM evangelical and spiritual ministries in Ukraine.
o Promote and fundraise support for local Christian workers/missionaries in Ukraine for the Roma people evangelical and spiritual ministries.

• Roma settlement visitation

o Provide support and encouragement to local Roma church pastors
o Attend open air or local church gatherings at the settlements
o Share testimonies, Bible stories, preaching, singing and short gospel programs, etc.

• Roma Children/Youth Ministry

o Organize outreach programs for Roma children and youth. i.e. Bible camp
o Short programs with singing, crafts, gospel or Bible story message, and games

• Roma Discipleship and Leadership development

o Disciple and provide leadership development to Roma youth leaders
o Train them to be church leaders for ministries
o Develop and support Roma church pastors and ministry workers

• House of Mercy Staff support and development consideration

o Staff retreat and devotional meeting
o Ministry Reflection and Vision casting
o Goal setting and Teambuilding workshops

• Roma Family Ministry

o Family ministry including marriage, family relationship and parenting
o Reach out to Roma women who are often “left behind” in the settlement with low social status among their people

• Local church leadership

o Visit and encourage local church leadership, pastors and missionaries
o Support local pastors, Christian workers and church planting
o Develop and strengthen local youth and future leadership

• School, Education and Career Support

o Support the Roma settlement’s children, youth and adults education and career plan

Ukraine Roma Evangelical and Spiritual Ministry Short term plan
– 1st Year (2018 Plan):

• Pray for the Kick-off of the Ukraine Roma ministry
• Promote via newsletters and websites
• Focus in promoting the ministry in all connecting churches
• Start fundraising and support two local missionaries/Christian workers for Roma Ministry
• Establish and sign CIM-House of Mercy partnership agreement/contract
• Target to send one to two STM teams to Ukraine
• Tentative date for the first team is around June 7-20, 2018. If you are interested in the Ukraine Roma Ministry, please contact CIM office (contact@cimcanada.org) for further information.

Budget Consideration:

1. Budget to raise support for local missionary/Christian worker:

a. About $4,000 CAD per year for each local missionary.
b. For a budget of two missionaries, it will be around $8,000 CAD per year.
c. Other considerations: Car allowance and other expenses.

2. Budget estimate of a 2 week STM

STM Budget per person is between $2,500 to $3,000 CAD per person pending of team size and ministry focus.

CIM Canada invites you to join us in prayers for this new Ministry. If you are interested to support the Roma Ministry or join a Roma STM trip in the future, please contact CIM office (contact@cimcanada.org). We are currently recruiting for the June STM team to Ukraine.

Sincerely,
Tomson Chan
CIM (Canada) Board Director


Financial Highlights for the month of February 2018

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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 – February 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

The first mention of the Roma people in Ukraine goes back to the 14th century. The general attitude towards them was not positive; they were often persecuted. Their way of life was nomadic, so they moved from place to place and did not have the constancy of living in one place. As a result, many Roma people were illiterate and unemployed. Stealing became a common behaviour among them due to the high rate of unemployment and struggles to make ends meet. They often married at a very young age as well. Traditional practices of their culture also included witchcraft and divination, particularly among the women.

There are around 50,000 Roma people in Ukraine today. They are spread all over the country, and the biggest concentration of people is 15,000, most of whom live in the region of Zakarpattya. This is the region where the House of Mercy in Uzhhorod is situated.

Nowadays, most Roma people are no longer nomads. In other regions of Ukraine, Roma people mostly live in apartments. However, the Roma people in Zakarpattya region are in the deepest poverty compared to other areas of the country and often live in crowded settlements.

The majority of Roma in this region are illiterate, especially in the older population. Only 17% have completed school. There are a few Roma schools where children can complete their primary education. Because it is more difficult to progress towards higher education, only a small percentage of the Roma youth can achieve this. There are now academic assistance programs that aid the youth to complete their education, but unfortunately, many do not show interest in these opportunities provided to them.

The Ukrainian locals in the Zakarpattya region have compassion for the Roma people. Humanitarian aid and living condition improvement are crucial. However, the struggles and challenges of the Roma people are also beyond material needs. They need eternal hope and salvation from God to break through the bondage of generations of stigma, their past cultures, and ways of life.

CIM-Ukraine Ministry Exploration Visit 2017:
In June 2017, Rev. Xavier Law (Chairman), Rev. Isaac Quan (Executive Director), Rev. Kenny Wong (Board Director), Tomson Chan (Board Director) and a few others made an exploration trip to Uzhhorod, Ukraine (Western Ukraine). With the connections of South Calgary Chinese Evangelical Free Church, we were able to meet up with local Ukrainian organization – House of Mercy for their Roma ministry and associated ministries. For your information, the western part of Ukraine is bordering Hungary and Slovakia. It is free of conflicts of the recent tension between Russia and Ukraine which is happening in the Eastern part of Ukraine.

We had a great experience in Ukraine in meeting with House of Mercy Foundation’s directors and their staff. We saw their humanitarian ministries first hand and visited Roma churches and leaders. We also met with two local Christians to get a better understanding of the needs of the Roma ministry in Pirogova and Perechin settlements.

We stayed at the House of Mercy orphanage guest house and had a wonderful time of fellowship, discussion and praying together. We also had opportunities to conduct a Roma Leadership retreat. Moreover, we were able to share gospel messages to several Roma settlements and discussed possible future cooperation in the Roma ministries.

In October 2017, we presented the vision and needs of the Roma to CIM Board of Directors. We praise God that the board approved the Roma Ministry as part of the CIM Cross Cultural ministries.

Some of the Roma Ministry goals:
• Partner with House of Mercy Foundation in Ukraine to minister to the Roma people focusing in evangelical, gospel and spiritual care while House of Mercy and their Norway supporter KPK are focusing in humanitarian ministries
• Promote and organize short-term Roma ministry mission teams to Ukraine
• Bring God’s love and Good News to the Roma people
• Church Planting: Support and develop local Roma churches and pastors
• Disciple local Christians to become Jesus Christ’s disciples
• Support local Ukrainian and Roma ministry workers and missionaries
• Develop local leadership for the future ministry and the Great Commission

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)

Ukraine Roma Evangelical and Spiritual Ministry Short term plan
– 1st Year (2018 Plan):

• Pray for the Kick-off of the Ukraine Roma ministry
• Promote via Newsletters and websites
• Focus in promoting the ministry in all connecting churches
• Start fundraising and support two local Missionaries/Christian workers for Roma Ministry
• Establish and sign CIM-House of Mercy partnership agreement/contract
• Target to send one to two STM teams to Ukraine
• Tentative date for the first STM team is around June 7-20, 2018. If you are interested in the Ukraine Roma Ministry, please contact CIM office (contact@cimcanada.org) for further information.

Stay tuned for next month’s News Update for more information regarding our ministry to the Roma people group.

Sincerely,
Tomson Chan
CIM (Canada) Board Director


Financial Highlights for the month of January 2018

(please click on the table to enlarge)

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

Donate Here: CanadaHelps

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

 

News Update – January 2018

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From this issue of News Update:

Happy New Year from CIM Canada.

We want to wish each one of you a wonderful 2018. May God bless you in all that you do.

It has been an honor serving as the Executive Director for CIM Canada. 2017 was my second year at this post. It has been a learning experience and I would like to thank the Board of Directors and the staff for their encouragement and support. 2018 shapes up to be an exciting year for CIM Canada. Not only will we continue our cross-cultural ministries in the West African countries of Ghana and Togo, but we will begin working with the Romas of Western Ukraine. In June of 2017, we sent an exploratory team to see how viable it would be for CIM to venture into this part of the world to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The results came back positive and at our Board of Director meetings in October, it was approved that we begin ministry with the Romas in 2018. Stay tuned as we will give more details and updates about the Roma ministries in the coming months.

As we embark on a new year, I would like to reflect back on 2017 and share how God has blessed us 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.

It appears that the effects of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has finally neutralized. After a few years where there were heightened concerns about the safety of STM teams traveling to Ghana and Togo resulting in much fewer teams going, CIM sent 5 teams to Ghana with 1 team to both Ghana and Togo. It could have been more as there were some individuals that had expressed interest in going but we could not place them on any team due to size restrictions or the time of year they could travel.

In 2017, CIM sent 5 STM teams to Ghana, composed of 28 STM’ers from Australia and Canada. I had the privilege of being on four of the teams. 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 each team member as well.

The teams that went in 2017 were:

January: Team Australia (5 members from various Chinese churches in Sydney, Australia)
May: Team Burnaby Pacific Grace (5 members from Burnaby Pacific Grace in Vancouver)
July: Team LLC (7 members comprised mainly of Lord’s Love Church in Vancouver including Pastor Doug Wong (BOD for CIM Canada) plus members from Calgary)
August-September: Team Bethel (7 members comprised mainly of Bethel Chinese MB Church in Vancouver plus members from Calgary) – This team traveled to both Ghana and Togo.
October-November: Team Hallelujah (4 members from Hallelujah Chinese EFC in Toronto including Lui Ho Siu (BOD for CIM Canada))

The STM teams of 2017 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 the STM’ers, going to Africa was the first time they left the comfort zone of their own church, and saw God work on a global scale. A large number of the STM’ers shared their interest to go back to Africa or other mission fields. For others it was a confirmation of their calling into the ministry or to the mission field.

We continue our partnership with ECG (Evangelical Church of Ghana), but there will be a few changes with their leadership in 2018. Rev. Daniel Gbande, the general overseer, will be stepping down from his post as his term is up. Rev. KK Maxwell (former treasurer for ECG) will take up the role of general overseer starting in September, 2018.

As a new year begins, we know that God will continue to bless our ministries in 2018. 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 or want to know more about CIM’s mission, please do not hesitate to visit our webpage at www.cimcanada.org

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Rev. Isaac Quan
Executive Director


Financial Highlights for the month of December 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)
3. Year End Adjustment including salaries re-allocation
– 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 – 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

(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 – 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

(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 – 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

(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 – 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