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“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV)

Thank you for your faithfulness throughout this past year. Your support has enabled us to bring Christ’s message of hope to a world that seems increasingly on the edge. As we forge ahead together into 2023, we look forward to witnessing all that God makes possible through His enduring love.

Conflicts, political divisions, war, extreme weather events, inflation and hunger are
just some of the difficulties people are facing today. It is easy to look upon these challenges and consider each of them as impossible to navigate. But we serve the
God of the impossible.

And we have reason to hope. You have inspired us by answering the call to action despite the difficulties many of us are presented with daily. It does not take much to experience the effects of what is happening globally at our local grocery store. In truth, we are all feeling the budgetary burdens in our own households. Communities with additional economic uncertainties feel these financial pressures the most, both here and abroad. Which is why we are earnestly focusing on food security this year so families can have food on the table and children do not go hungry, no matter where they live.

We are privileged to work with Canadian Foodgrains Bank whom we have partnered with these last forty years in response to global hunger issues. Byron Richardson has been an important part of this relationship and we invite you to discover more about the Richardson family legacy of commitment and giving in this issue.

In 2022, you brought hope to vulnerable communities by empowering women, ensuring access to education, supporting refugees, helping set up small businesses and building up local churches. In the following pages we will give account for the fruitfulness of these labours, including one child’s inspiring enthusiasm for growing vegetables that helped fuel a change in his Kenyan community towards greater food security. We celebrate the completion of long-term goals as Elim’s Compassion Ministries in Andhra Pradesh India, successfully transitioned to a self-sustaining model. Also, your incredible response to the emergency appeal for Ukraine raised well over a million dollars to address the immediate needs of refugees. Thank you for your generosity.

There are new and exciting endeavours on the horizon with CBM. Programs such as support for marginalized women in India to earn income, safe and supportive spaces for vulnerable children in Lebanon, and the pursuit of new partnerships and programs that address our key causes. Our Vennture series continues as we explore the theme of Creation where we can be co-creators together with God to better our communities. As well, we are igniting something new with the incredibly effective Active-In-Mission campaign this year. Stay tuned to find out more.

None of these activities would be possible without your steadfast prayers and support. Your faithful giving has invested in the very lives of local communities around the world where hope is renewed and the Gospel is shared. Thank you for partnering with us through word and deed.

Grace and peace,

Jennifer Lau
Executive Director