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Mission and Ministry Spotlight

Mission and Ministry Spotlight

Mission and Ministry Spotlight

 

Camp Squeah
Canada Silent no More
Christian Friends of Israel
Creation Science
CSB Ministries
Discipleship International
Hope for Korah
HOPE Outreach
Inner Hope
International Christian Response
M2/W2
Mercy Ships
Missions Fest
Mission to Seafarers
Perspectives
Reasons to Believe
Samaritan’s Purse
Theos Feast
Union Gospel Mission
Water Ambassadors Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Squeah

Relating in person

The greatest irony of our time may be the stratospheric rise in connectedness through electronic means and at the same time the tragic loss of relational connectedness face to face. With the advent of social media, we’ve seen an unprecedented rise in social and emotional issues and disorders among children!

It’s a great fear to face another human being to relate and engage in conversation and make oneself vulnerable in relationship – the risks are high. But as many of us know, the rewards are astronomical! We cannot live or function without healthy, meaningful, physical, in-person interaction. We are made and meant to be in relationship in family and community. Cloistering ourselves out of fear and pretending we are connected through our screens is a great and destructive delusion.

Why are children finding themselves changed in some way when having a week of camp in community without phones or computers or T.V.’s? Could it be, we were meant to live as such? To learn to love one another as we live together – to share God’s love with one another and wonder and joy and gratitude of life together?

Jesus talks to us through people and through our acts of loving others and being loved in return. How can we hear God or know his love without practically, physically loving others? Let’s not inadvertently distance ourselves from Jesus by distancing ourselves from people. Let’s engage with God’s good work by engaging in loving meaningful relationship today and everyday! As God repeatedly reminds us, ‘Do not be afraid’!

 

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Creation Science

CREATION: Foundation of the Gospel

The first three chapters of Genesis set the stage for the rest of the Bible.  They not only explain how and why we are here, they explain why we need a Saviour.  When Adam was created, God gave him one command: “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.”  Adam disobeyed and the penalty for disobedience was physical and spiritual death.  Not only was death for human beings and animals introduced into the world at this time, but as a result of Adam’s sin all people are sinners.  This is why we need a Saviour and why the account of creation is foundational to the gospel.

Some today would teach that death was in the world before Adam sinned.  If that were the case then death is not the penalty for sin.  However, scripture is quite clear:  “through one man sin entered the world and death through sin.”  The penalty for disobedience is still death – we should die for our own sins.   “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  If death is not the result of sin, Jesus’s death could not be the atonement for sin.  “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.”

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Canada Silent no More

Together for Life Ministries-Keynote Speaker, Denise Mountenay teaches on the Life & Humanity of Children in utero.  For years she has shared her testimony, giving powerful presentations in churches, high schools, universities, TV, radio and the United Nations. We do a “Hang on to your Hormones” talk for teens and young adults, along with bringing education and awareness to the forefront on how legal abortion is harmful to women’s mental & reproductive health.  We are reaching out to women hurt by abortion with the Good News.  This is a huge evangelistic outreach as millions of women and men have been affected by abortion, so prevalent in our generation.  Denise is a National Best Seller and author of The Bride, The Serpent & The Seed and part of the new award winning HUSH documentary. Please order copies and support this Mission for Truth, Life and Justice. www.canadasilentnomore.com  Rev. 12:11, Prov. 31:8.

 

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Christian Friends of Israel

Standing With Israel

“He remembers His covenant forever, … the covenant which He made with Abraham … and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan.’” (Ps. 105:8-11)

“I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! … God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew … For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:1, 2, & 29) “A friend loveth at all times.” (Proverbs 17:17)

Christian friendship and support for the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel have a clear biblical mandate for this hour in history. Christians are being called upon to uphold Israel and her right to exist. Now, more than ever, the Jewish people need Christians who will not only PRAY for the peace of Jerusalem but will openly STAND on their behalf.

We, as Christian Friends of Israel, want to stand with Israel at this time when their friends are few in the international arena of nations. We want to make amends for the past wrongs of Christianity at this most critical juncture in Jewish history. God has promised that blessings will follow obedience to His commands and curses will follow disobedience (Deuteronomy 6-8).

His promises are forever. Individuals and groups can rise above their governments’ responses and actions. They can show compassion and courage and take a stand by not bowing to anti- semitism. We vow not to remain silent, for Zion’s sake (Isaiah 62:1).

According to Joel 3:12 &14, all nations will be required to make a decision on whether they will align themselves with God’s purposes for Israel. We believe that God will judge the nations on the basis of their attitude towards Israel and the Jewish people. The nations will determine their own destiny. All rulers and nations who oppress and persecute the Jewish people will come to naught. Their glory will wither, just as the grass withers. God says, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” (Genesis 12:3)

We are sounding the trumpet and challenging those nations who would desire the blessing of God, to show their alliance with Israel.

www.cfi-canada.org

 

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CSB Ministries

For almost 75 years, Christian Service Brigade has been winning and training boys for Christ in British Columbia. As we enter our diamond jubilee, we remember how Hedlay Nielsen sat with other men around his Vancouver kitchen table in 1942 discussing their plans for beginning the first CSB group in Canada. But they weren’t the first. At a kitchen table in Niagara Falls, another group of men got their own church registered with CSB before them.

It was a great beginning – the Lord inspiring the men of the local church to invest a few hours a week into the boys of their community.

Today, boys and young men are involved in godly action as they discover biblical truths. Certified leaders show them what it is to be men of God. Together, they are an outreach of Jesus to the families of their community.

Join us in the work that the Lord has entrusted to the men of the local church in partnership with Christian Service Brigade. Your prayers and financial support are a great encouragement to us as we enter 2018.

Check out what’s new with CSB at www.christianservicebrigade.ca and start a Christ-centred mid-week boys group in your church.

 

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Discipleship International

In Matthew 28:19-20 when Jesus tells us to go and make disciples he clarifies what he means by saying that to disciple is to teach Christians to obey everything that God has commanded us. As Paul put it in 1 Corinthians discipling is saying, “Follow me as I follow Christ”.

Our disciplers at Discipleship International have all had mature Christians come alongside them and say, “Follow me as I follow Christ,” and then encouraged them to do likewise with other Christians. To be a true disciple of Christ we need to be equipped and established in our faith and that is the focus of our ministry. The key to becoming a mature believer is how much time we spend with Jesus.

To be little with God is to be little for God. If you are at a place in your life where you hunger to go deeper in your relationship with God, contact at us at Discipleship International and let us guide and equip you to be a true disciple (follower) of Jesus by spending more time with Him and having mature Christians teaching you and keeping you accountable to be a true Christ follower.

www.discipleshipint.org

 

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Hope for Korah

Loosening the yoke of extreme poverty and bringing hope to families, widows, orphans, and lepers living in Korah, the city garbage dump area in Addis Ababa…

Emibet was born in the Ethiopian countryside. Due to a long and painful labour at the age of 16, she developed a fistula: a severe and painful medical condition that renders her a social outcast.

Desperate and alone, Emibet moved to Korah, seeking medical care for herself and her son with special needs.

Now, because of being a part of Hope for Korah, Emibet is receiving adequate medical care and corrective surgeries for her condition. She has the chance to be a part of a loving community, where she is accepted and trained to become self-sustaining!

“We may not be able to change the world… but we can change one person’s world.” – Mother Theresa

Together, we can change the world for Emibet and families like her! Call 604-807-4826 or Email office@hopeforkorah.com

www.hopeforhorah.com

 

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HOPE Outreach

HOPE Outreach of Canada exists so that our neighbours worldwide and particularly those in the Holy Land come to know Jesus and as His fully committed followers, promote His true and lasting peace. We do this by supporting Bethlehem Bible College and its local humanitarian arm, the Shepherd’s Society. Bethlehem Bible College trains Palestinian Arab Christians to take the gospel to their own people. An extension of these classes is offered globally online where many students are believers from a Muslim background.

Musalaha, meaning reconciliation, bridges the wide cultural gap between Messianic Israeli believers and Arab Christians. HOPE Outreach projects provide training, summer camps and desert encounters which bring these two groups together around their shared worship of Jesus Christ. Together these Christians become a much-needed voice for peace.

HOPE Outreach also sponsors Canadian life-changing ministry trips to the Holy Land.

Visit us at Booth U-4 at Missions Fest Vancouver.

www.hopeoutreach.ca

 

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Inner Hope

Inner Hope Youth Ministries exists to build long term mentoring relationships with youth and families in East Vancouver who struggle to overcome the systemic challenges of trauma, addiction, abuse and family breakdown. All programs and initiatives fall under one of four services areas: support, discipleship, life skills and housing.

Inner Hope is celebrating our 10th birthday this year! We are thankful for everyone who has partnered with us. The journey is often full of struggle and pain, but each week there are numerous moments of joy and growth. Some recent milestones worth celebrating include a thriving mentoring relationship between a women and teen girl who has an absent mom, a young adult whom Inner Hope has mentored for 5 years receiving a scholarship to attend Capernwray Bible school, and four young adults having a stable, supportive home through Inner Hope’s housing services.

Would you partner with us through volunteering, prayer or financial giving? For more information, contact us at office@innerhope.ca, or refer to www.innerhope.ca. 

 

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International Christian Response

Many people think of helping the persecuted church as if the persecuted church was on its’ last breath and hardly surviving. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather the persecuted church is alive, vibrant, growing and triumphant and yes, suffering under severe pressure and persecution. So, when we help them we do so in these ways.

We help them get adequate training for their leadership. We want to ensure that they are well trained and not falling into false doctrine. The church in many places is growing very fast.

We provide funds to help start new church plants. After excellent training these new leaders are now eager to be sent out as ‘missionaries’ to their own people. We help them financially for a period of 24 months. Usually by then, the new church can support their pastor.

We also help supply Bibles to the new converts and study Bibles to pastors. Other study materials, bikes, motor bikes, and housing are sometime provided as the Lord allows.

In the midst of their battles and victories is a lot of suffering and so we provide humanitarian aid such as medical supplies, clothing, shoes, food, shelter and financial help.

Listen live on KARI radio AM550 at 6:55am,11:55am, 7:20pm, Monday – Friday for Persecuted Church updates with Mel Wiebe, Canadian Director.

Visit Our Thrift Shop – Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm, Saturdays 9:30am to 3:30pm at 5785 – 200 St., langley, BC, 604-539-9636. You can donate: both new and/or used goods and clothing; all sizes, all seasons, men, women, youth, boys and girls

We need volunteers, why not give 3 to 4 hours a week? Training is provided.

www.christianresponse.ca

 

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M2/W2

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, although small in square footage, is known for its friendly atmosphere, great merchandise, reasonable prices, great displays and awesome volunteers! Only a few know our Thrift Stores are ministry platforms for individuals who are in transition.

Lily Choy, an inmate from Fraser Valley Institution for Women from October 2011-June 2016, was one such individual. She got to work at Hidden Treasures Thrift Store in Abbotsford. She recently wrote, “My experience there was exceptional. I learned many skills that have helped me to succeed in the community. The positive and supportive environment at Hidden Treasures boosted my self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. The people who I met there continue to be a part of my support system in the community even though I am a province away… Being an inmate is very depersonalizing and can be extremely lonely, depressing, and demoralizing. I looked forward to each outing I had to Hidden Treasures…”  Since her release, Choy has re-established herself in her community and is living with her 14-year-old daughter. They have a comfortable home, and Choy has started her own business.  We are thankful for all the awesome donations, volunteers, and customers that support us!

www.m2w2.com

 

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Mercy Ships

Over 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable and timely surgical care. For more than 38 years, Mercy Ships has followed the model of Jesus to bring hope and healing to the world’s poor; one life, one community and one nation at a time.

In many developing countries in Africa, even basic medical care is a luxury. People are plagued by preventable disease, untreated illnesses and neglected injuries. Even a simple toothache can become a life-threatening crisis. Nearly 50 percent of the people have no access to a hospital or doctor.

Children, teens, adults and the elderly suffer and die every day from curable or treatable causes. A staggering 6.6 million children under the age of five died in 2012 from treatable diseases – more than 18,000 children per day. (Source: WHO). Mercy Ships and its volunteers treat life-threatening tumours, cleft lip and palate repairs, plastic reconstruction for severe burn-related injuries, hernia repairs, cataract removal, correction for orthopaedic deformities (club foot, bowed legs and other severe abnormalities), obstetric fistula repair and dental care, all free of charge.

A ship is the most efficient platform to deliver a state-of-the-art hospital to regions where clean water, electricity, medical facilities and personnel is limited or nonexistent. And, because more than 50% of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of the coast, Mercy Ships can reach more people who need care.

The challenge is enormous but with your help lives can be saved. By donating to Mercy Ships you’re investing in people, in changing lives and in improving healthcare systems. Support Mercy Ships programs today www.mercyships.ca/give

Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has helped to transform the lives of more than 2.42 million people in the poorest countries of the world.

Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort.

www.mercyships.ca

 

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Missions Fest

There is no more time:  Showing God’s love to the refugees on Manus

by Jarrod McKenna

 

No food. No water. No sanitation. No safe place to go. No future.

This is the reality for the refugees in a shuttered Australian detention center on Manus Island, where a U.N. human rights committee says international law has repeatedly been violated. (In October the Australian government withdrew support for the Manus island refugee detention centre).

Our “aerial sit-in” has been one of many actions dramatizing this reality – that if something is not done immediately, more men will die on Manus.

My prayer is that as you read these words you may have your “come to Jesus” moment. I know that phrase is used as a metaphor, but my prayer is genuine. With everything in me, I pray that these words might bring us to Jesus and lead us to action.

Here are some objections to acting on behalf of the men on Manus I’ve heard this week:

Why are you mixing Jesus and justice?

Do you think living with refugees at First Home Project means you can’t see things objectively anymore?

As an evangelist, why don’t you just stick to the “Sinner’s Prayer”?

And now, a few of my answers.

“Why are you mixing Jesus and justice?” – Because the Bible does.

God’s Messiah and the Messianic Age of justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, are inseparable (Romans 14:17). We cannot separate Christ, his cross, resurrection, and ascension from the coming of God’s kingdom. They are the coming of the kingdom.

In the words of N.T. Wright, “Either Jesus is Lord of all or he’s not Lord at all.” If your gospel isn’t good news to everything, it’s not the gospel.

Let me be clear: The gospel is good news to the captives on Manus.

Rev. Dr. Geoff Broughton heard this objection to his leadership: “What are ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ doing crossing over into issues of human rights?” The answer is, the gospel of Jesus Christ rights every wrong.

What about Romans 13, being subject to governing authorities?

The best answer I’ve heard came from a friend – a worshipper who, after being arrested in the second #LoveMakesAWay action was asked the same question. Her response went something like this: “Um, you mean Romans 13? The same Romans 13 that was written by the Apostle Paul who went to jail repeatedly and had his head chopped off by the authorities for proclaiming the gospel? I think he models for us what submitting to authority means.”

And I think the kids would call that a “mic drop.” We must never forget that Hitler loved to quote Romans 13 to keep the church docile. We must also never forget that our resistance to the powers must look like Romans 12 and the remainder of Romans 13. In short, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom.12:21).

Yet I want you to hold me accountable, if I ever start “hitting and splitting” instead of “staying and praying,” please bring up that I’m not submitting to the authorities.

I am asked, as an evangelist, ”Why don’t you just stick to the Sinner’s Prayer?”

The “Sinner’s Prayer” is not in the Bible (well, unless you are in a hotel room and pick up a Gideon’s Bible. God bless the Gideons). Don’t get me wrong, I always give an opportunity to respond to the gospel, but any altar call must lead to believing, repenting and being baptized. I really think the church’s slowness to respond to the “least of these,” including our brothers on Manus, is a failure to take our baptism in Christ seriously.

Let me explain: Variations of “the sinner’s prayer” arose in the Great Awakenings. Evangelists were helping people make faith personal and (don’t miss this!) signing them up to a political campaign that was in keeping with gospel proclamation. I’m not making this up.

Charles Finney, an innovator of the use of the Sinner’s Prayer was giving people the opportunity to make faith in Christ personal and practical for “the least of these.” Finney was literally signing you up to end slavery when you came down the front. If you weren’t willing to sign up for the abolitionist movement, he would turn you away because you hadn’t put your faith in Jesus! And yes, refugees, as “strangers,” are explicitly mentioned in Matthew 25 as Christ, camouflaged as the poor (Matt. 25:35).

Only in our hyper individualistic culture(s), can the Sinner’s Prayer become a magic incantation to avoid hell rather than putting us on the journey towards baptism, being immersed in Christ and God’s kingdom agenda.

The early Christians did not pray the Sinner’s Prayer as isolated individuals to become Christians. They prayed the Lord’s Prayer as communities in response to the grace of God. They responded to the gospel by becoming part of a people through the waters of baptism. More than just a personal prayer, baptism was a political changing of allegiances. Nationalism, patriotism, racism, class, violence, lust, and greed no longer name us. In baptism we are given a new name. We died to those powers, and were raised in the name of the Triune God (Matt. 28:19, Gal. 3:26-29) to walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6).

This is what the men on Manus need, the church to live into our baptism. Forget the politics or right or left, we need the politics of grace that is our baptism.

Learn more about the movement, Love Makes a Way, to help those on Manus at www.lovemakesaway.org.au.

Jarrod McKenna will be speaking at Missions Fest 2018: “What is the Gospel?”. Read his full article in Sojourners (sojo.net).

 

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Mission to Seafarers

At The Mission to Seafarers our goal is to care for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of all seafarers and their families. A ministry of presence and hospitality is done by ship visiting – going on board vessels and spending time listening to seafarers and letting them know we care. Seafarers are isolated, spending months at sea away from their families and removed from society. That’s why being present, offering a smile, a word of thanks for bringing the 90% of all we have, sharing in prayer or providing devotional material is so important. We provide practical services for seafarers like transportation to go shopping, free Wi-Fi to remain in contact with their families, and a relaxing ‘home away from home’ at the seafarer centres. We also serve as advocates for seafarers, keeping a watchful eye on conditions on board, helping seafarers know their rights.

Learn more at www.flyingangel.ca

 

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Perspectives

A Student’s Perspective:

“Through Perspectives, I came to see that missions is first and foremost God’s plan and passion!  The History section provided amazing examples of how God consistently moves His Kingdom forward, whether we join this adventure or not. Seeing God’s relentless pursuit of humanity releases us from the pressure of to succeed and frees us to trust God and anticipate seeing Him work in awesome and powerful ways!”

 

A Mission Leader’s Perspective:

“There is no course like Perspectives that has proven to biblically transform the Christian’s worldview and commitment to God’s mission locally and globally. It is my passion that every Christian enrolls in it.”

TV Thomas, Director – Centre for Evangelism and World Mission

 

Upcoming courses:

Sundays: Feb 4 – May 13, 6:15 – 9:15 pm @Cloverdale Baptist Church, Cloverdale

Mondays: Feb 5 – May 14, 7:00 – 10 pm @Willingdon Church, Burnaby

Details: www.perspectivescanada.org ; swalraven@outreach.ca

 

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Reasons to Believe

Creation Days

“What kind of days these are is difficult or even impossible for us to imagine, to say nothing of describing them.”  -Saint Augustine, City of God, p. 436

One way to view this is to argue that the only proper way to understand the “days” in the Genesis text is as calendar days (or 24 hour days). However, numerous recent studies by conservative Christian scholars (e.g., in the Presbyterian Church of America and at Westminster Theological Seminary) affirm that a high regard for the authority of Scripture allows a diversity of views on the meaning of the Hebrew word translated ‘days’.

In addition to the calendar day view, other prominent perspectives include the framework view, the analogical day view and the day-age view.

Reasons to Believe holds the day-age (long but finite days) view and yet we recognize the ‘sister’ status of the framework and analogical views.

While Christians may hold divergent positions on issues not central to salvation, we maintain that any valid position must integrate and make sense of all the texts and verses given throughout the Bible.

www.reasons.org

 

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Samaritan’s Purse

Thirteen-year-old Ryan (not his real name) used to spend all day begging in a slum area of Nepal. He’d do all he could to earn at least 200 rupees (about $2 CDN). If he failed, his father would beat him.

The day Samaritan’s Purse became involved in Ryan’s life was like any other. Our local partners found him in the streets, holding up a sign requesting donations: “My family and wife are dead due to a fire in my village. I am also sick. Please help me with some money.”

Ryan had been exploited twice: first by his own family, and second by the man who charged him for the nonsensical sign. After our partner explained to the illiterate Ryan what his sign said, the boy was eager to learn more about how he could be helped.

Ryan became a regular at our partner organization’s centre, where children receive food, prayer, counselling, and more. Ryan struggled to behave at the center, often leaving in fear, saying, “Today I have just 60 rupees—I have to earn more.”

Our partner, supported by Samaritan’s Purse and Canadians like you, visited Ryan’s family, trying to persuade his father to let the boy attend school.

It took three months, but praise God, Ryan’s father finally relented. Our partner provided him with the supplies to attend classes. There are many more children in Nepal and elsewhere who need to find physical and spiritual hope. You can provide that hope by making purchases through the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas catalogue.

Almost 50 gift possibilities are in the catalogue, ranging from inexpensive gifts that kids can give to providing water for communities and helping pastors share the Gospel.

As you provide gifts to loved ones through the catalogue, you’ll enable us to tell people about “the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19, ESV).

You can view the catalogue and make purchases at SamaritansPurse.ca. Or call us at 1.800.663.6500 and we’ll mail you a copy.

 

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Theo’s Feast

“The evening was wonderful! It felt like Christmas, from the music & Christmas movies to the food and conversation. It was an incredible experience!”

Theo’s Christmas Feast. A culinary journey through the story of Christmas. Saturday,  Dec 9, 6:30 pm – Chef’s Tasting Menu.

Parson Brown: Roasted Chestnut Soup, Snow Crab Mousse, White Chocolate  Peppermint Ice.

Mr Grinch: Sweet Summer Peas, Wasabi, Mint, Green Curry, Pork Crackling.

A Shepard’s Ragu: Roasted Fig & Lamb Ragu, Potato Kugel, Soft Goat Cheese .

Griswold’s Christmas:Turkey Breast, Fondant Sweet Potatoes, Apple & Cranberry Stuffing.

O’ Tannenbaum: Purple, Green & Gold Profiteroles, Cranberry & Passionfruit Mousse, Lemon Wedge.

$60 per person, Advance Reservations Required.

Come and join us for a biblically inspired culinary journey through the story of Christmas. Each dish is meticulously designed to enliven your senses while provoking fun gospel-centred conversations with your friends.

Theo’s Feast is an evangelistic outreach created by Power to Change.

www.Theosfeast.com/events

 

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Union Gospel Mission

Miracles begin with a meal

People from all different walks of life and circumstances walk through Union Gospel Mission’s doors every day – many struggling with poverty, homelessness, brokenness, and addictions.When these men, women and children enter UGM’s dining room for a meal, they find so much more. They find dignity and hope, a place to belong, and they are offered tools and support to help them transform their lives.

It all starts with a meal.

As guests sit down to a hearty lunch or dinner, they are welcomed by UGM’s caring and compassionate staff and volunteers. Along with a warm meal, they are offered a friendly smile, a listening ear, and a shoulder to lean on. People are welcomed, loved and valued, and meaningful connections are made.

All of UGM’s guests are offered access to life-changing programs and services, including daily meals, outreach, chaplaincy, counseling, emergency shelter, family services, alcohol and drug recovery programs, aftercare, employment services, education services, safe housing, and affordable housing.

As part of Union Gospel Mission’s community, each individual is offered a personalized, faith-based continuum of care that aims to meet the needs of the whole person, to help them overcome their circumstances, find a new path, and build a bright, new future. UGM supports people at every stage of their journey.

With every life that is renewed and rebuilt, the ripple effect of that restoration and healing is felt in households, families, and across entire communities.

UGM’s mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ, to ease the burden of the most vulnerable, and to transform communities by overcoming poverty, homelessness and addiction, one life at a time.

During the busy winter season, thousands of men, women and children in need will come through Union Gospel Mission’s doors, seeking a warm meal, shelter from the cold and rain, and looking to make a meaningful connection.  It all starts with a meal. Your gift feeds hope, and changes lives.

Miracles begin with a meal.

www.ugm.ca

 

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Water Ambassadors Canada

Changing lives with clean water

Did you know that 30,000 people die every day because they drink contaminated water? We believe that everything good starts with clean water and while contaminated water is the number one cause of death and disease in the world, it’s the easiest to fix. At Water Ambassadors Canada, we are dedicated to providing the most basic source of life for as many people as possible.

Water Ambassadors Canada is a faith-based, registered Canadian humanitarian agency committed to sending short-term volunteer teams down to some of the most remote villages and communities throughout Central and South America.

Our mission is to drill and rehabilitate wells, install chlorination and filtration systems, build Biosand filters, distribute Sawyer filters, teach health and hygiene – all in the name of Jesus Christ, the source of our living Water.

You can help save the lives of those in developing countries by responding to this global need for clean water. You can help change the lives of hundreds of people in a just one week.

 

Water Facts:

  • 1.1 billion people (1/6th of the world’s population) lack access to clean water
  • 2.6 billion people (40% of the world’s population) lack adequate sanitation
  • 1.5 billion people suffer from illness due to water-borne parasites such as worms, protozoa and bacteria
  • 6,000 children die every day from illness caused by water-borne diseases
  • 80% of all disease and sickness in the world is caused by inadequate water supply or inadequate sanitation

“Great cause, great people. I’ve been on 4 trips so far and they have been some of the best experiences of my life … I’ve made lifelong friends through Water Ambassadors, both in Canada and in Central America. Definitely a great organization.”   Sabrina W.

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