Pastor Matthieu Ayena (Togo Ministry Director) traveled to Togo in February visiting Lome and Atakpame. In Lome, he visited church planters while in Atakpame, he conducted workshops and training for church planters. He also visited churches in the town of Atakpame as well as village churches in the vicinity. During this trip he also visited church leaders who had lost loved ones bringing condolences from CIM Canada. Praise God for a safe trip and that he accomplished all that he set out to do. Though it was a grueling and tiring month, the Lord gave him strength throughout the entire trip and protected him from the ongoing protests and demonstrations against the government.
In June, a team of three including Pastor Isaac Quan (Executive Director), Pastor Kenny Wong (Board Director), and Cassandra Wong (Finance Assistant) traveled to Uzhhorod, Ukraine for a STM with the Roma people group. They help run a Roma youth camp as well as distribute food to some Roma settlements. It was encouraging to see a number of youth make commitments to the Lord during the camp. Also, on this trip a formal agreement of partnership was signed between CIM Canada and House of Mercy to work in cooperation to further God’s kingdom with the Roma people group in Ukraine.
Pastor Matthieu Ayena (Togo Ministry Director) traveled to Togo in July visiting Atakpame and Lome. In Atakpame, he conducted training for church planters, did village visitations and met up with local church leaders for planning and sharing. He also visited brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage one another and shared the gospel with nonbelievers. In mid-July, a STM team of 6 ladies from Vancouver led by Pastor Isaac Quan (Executive Director) joined Pastor Matthieu in Atakpame for a few days to do ministries there. The team went to different villages to evangelize, shared about God’s compassion on a local radio station, and conducted workshops. Pastor Isaac led two workshops with local pastors in the Atakpame area on “Temptations” and “Biblical Interpretation” while the ladies led two workshops with local women on being “Anchored in Jesus”.
In Lome, Pastor Matthieu also spent a couple of days doing visitations and shared the gospel with nonbelievers.
In July, a team of 6 ladies and Pastor Isaac Quan (Executive Director) traveled to Ghana and Togo for a STM. In Togo, they were joined by Pastor Matthieu Ayena (Togo Ministry Director). During their stay in Togo, the team went to different villages to evangelize, shared about God’s compassion on a local radio station, and conducted workshops. Pastor Isaac led two workshops with local pastors in the Atakpame area on “Temptations” and “Biblical Interpretation” while the ladies led two workshops with local women on being “Anchored in Jesus”.
In Ghana, the team did visitations in Zabrama area. Three of the ladies on the team are from Lord’s Love Church in Vancouver and brought greetings to the Zabrama ECG Church whom Lord’s Love supports both financially and in prayer. The team also attended Rev. Daniel Gbande’s (current ECG general overseer) Mom’s funeral in Kpandai to show support to the family.
In August, a team of 5 from Edmonton Chinese Alliance Church and Pastor Isaac Quan (Executive Director) traveled to Ghana for a STM.
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 serving Him passionately.
In October, a team of 6 from Montreal City West Baptist Church including Pastor Karen Wong (BOD member) and Pastor Isaac Quan (Executive Director for CIM Canada) travelled to Ghana for a STM.
Their main ministries were in the Gmajare and Yeji areas to work alongside Pastor Caleb and Pastor Enoch. Gmajare is a remote village located in Northern Ghana while Yeji is a fishing town located right off Lake Volta.
The team visited isolated villages and preaching points and also spent time at the Yeji ECG School. One of the villages, Gulugu, in the Gmajare area is so isolated that the team had to walk through a creek for about a 1 km before reaching their destination. On the way out, their truck got stuck in water, had to be pushed out and then waited for 5 hours before they were rescued. The villagers were very happy that the team made such an effort to come share the gospel with them. It was also very good to visit the Yeji ECG School which CIM sponsors. Though the school building is not complete and a number of classes needs to meet outdoors, the quality of teaching is fairly good and the gospel is preached. The school is a means of bridging the community to the love of God.
It was a first time STM experience to Africa for some of the team members and it was wonderful to see each of them being drawn closer to the Lord and serving Him passionately.
In December, a team of 6 from Pacific Grace MB Church in Vancouver, Canada, led by Rev. Xavier Law (chairman of 2018 BOD), traveled to Ghana over Christmas for a STM.
Their main ministries were in the villages of Yapei, Guno, and Bimbilla in northern Ghana. Not only did they share the gospel with villagers, but they were also able to visit church planters and encourage them. The team spent Christmas in the small town of Kpandai where they were able to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with locals.