Serving Greater Vancouver & the Fraser Valley
Union Gospel Mission

17/11 November

Mission & Ministry Spotlight

Samaritans Purse Time to pack shoeboxes Costa Rican pastor thanks Canadians for packing shoeboxes “In a lot of cases, that box is the only present they’ll receive this year”. At Torremelinos Christian School in Costa Rica, about one quarter of the 135 students are not Christian. These children are the mission field for Pastor Alvaro […]

17/10 October

Annual Relief Festival raises $1M

Over 20,000 people attended the annual MCC British Columbia Festival for World Relief September 15 & 16 at the Abbotsford TRADEX which raised over one million dollars to support Mennonite Central Committee’s relief, development, and peace work locally and around the world. Last year’s festival hit this same target for the first time in the […]

17/10 October

Connecting Mission and Intercessory Prayer

by John Hall To have effective mission, there must be intercessory prayer. We are called to be God’s representatives on earth, extending his Kingdom spiritually and physically. Our cities, our nations, our world needs Christians to be people of prayer Most Christians know the extraordinary promise of Jesus in John 14:12-14 where He says, “and […]

17/09 September 2017

Connecting through art after immigrating to Canada

by Kristin Voth Two years ago, 17-year-old Baz Bedejim could never have guessed he’d be selected to create art exploring Canadian identity. A young teenager whose family had just immigrated to Canada from the Philippines, Baz initially had a tough time adjusting to life in Vancouver. Fortunately, he soon found himself in Youth Unlimited’s Creative […]

17/09 September 2017

Mission, the greatest gift to families

By Claudia Rossetto Being a missional family is not about relocation, but about re-orientation. Those who self-identify as Christians, serve a triune God who is by nature a loving missionary. To be a missionary, locally or globally, is to have an outward orientation. It is a posture of reaching out and engagement. In Genesis we […]

17/09 September 2017

Stella’s Voice Canada: Rescuing children of Moldova from human trafficking

by Agnes Chung It was mid-December 1996. Sixteen orphan children in Moldova froze to death in their beds, while age-out kids (16-year old teens) living in state-run orphanages were put out on the streets. Among them was Stella, a young girl exploited and sold into sex slavery, who contracted AIDS and died at age 19. […]

17/08 August 2017

From Coquitlam to Sri Lanka

Gospel and Mission Series from Missonsfest   by Sandra Crawford   When our newly formed Missions Committee announced the destination for our spring trip, Sri Lanka was an interesting and exciting prospect. However, for a mere ten days (seven days on the ground) it seemed a long way to go, considering travel time, jet lag […]

17/08 August 2017

Building community, transforming lives

by Adrian Prasad David Morgan, pastor of the newly founded church plant, Eden Whalley, calls Whalley “Greater Vancouver’s forgotten child.” The City of Surrey has worked hard in the last few years to create a new image for its infamous town center by building the new city hall and beautiful apartments within Whalley’s core. Though […]

17/08 August 2017

Compelling reasons for church plants

by Jack Taylor   When it comes to restaurants, we hardly stop to examine whether our cities have reached a saturation point with the number and variety of cuisine offerings. New generations and new ethnicities long for something fresh, familiar or different. The establishments catering to the tastes of a critical mass survive – others […]

17/08 August 2017

52% factor for why new churches and campuses grow

People who attend churches or multisite campuses started in the last 5 years are 52 per cent more likely to invite friends and family to “consider faith in Jesus Christ” than at any other time in the life of the church. “This news, which we call the ‘52 per cent factor,’ offers a compelling reason […]