Build Your Own Sunday

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At CBM, we are working together differently these days as everyone is adjusting to a new reality. Alongside our international partners, we continue to provide assistance to those in the margins through the local church.

In this video, Executive Director Jennifer Lau walks through the content and shares how this resource might be helpful to you and your church.

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We call Canadian Baptists to pray, in unity, to the source of hope, our Lord. We invite every Canadian Baptist church to join together on May 16 for a National Day of Prayer. The time for prayer is now. Whether you are meeting in-person or online we are asking that you take time in your gathering to join in prayer and intercession.

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A Prerecorded Online Service for Your Church

The service, “Solidarity Sunday: That We, May Be One”, calls us to remember that the global pandemic is ongoing and continues to disproportionally affect people living in poverty in the Global South.  We hear updates from and take time to pray for our partners in Bolivia, India, the Philippines, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  We are led in worship by Lewisville Worship and hear a message of unity from Dr. Darrell Johnson.

Solidarity Sunday Highlights Time Code Guide:

00:16   Welcome by Executive Director Jennifer Lau
00:52   Prayer by Director of Canadian Partnerships Adrian Gardner
2:03     Worship by Lewisville Worship
06:45   Scripture reading from children around the globe – Philippines, Rwanda, Lebanon, Thailand, Cuba and Canada
8:02     Message by Dr. Darrell Johnson
23:50   Field Staff Update from Bolivia – Tim and Kallie Hutton
25:54   Prayer in partnership from Westhill Baptist Church – Pastor Timothy Coleman
27:09   Field Staff Update from Philippines – Michael and Melanie Waddell
29:11   Prayer in partnership with Mississauga Baptist Church – Pastor Sheldon Dyck
30:26   Field Staff Update from India – Suraj Komaravalli
32:13   Prayer in partnership with Birch Cove Baptist Church – Pastor Tara Embrett
33:42   Field Staff Update from DR Congo – Polisi Kivava
35:29   Prayer in partnership with McLaurin Baptist Church – Pastor Peter Ma
37:46   Worship by Lewisville Worship
41:30   Closing by Jennifer Lau
42:06   Worship by Lewisville Worship

The full service will also be streamed through CBM’s Facebook and YouTube channels on April 11th at 7pm EST.  All of the resources will be available to download through our Build Your Own Sunday page by March 26th.


There are two ways that your church can participate:

1 – Full Online Service. 

If you are meeting online, you can use the entire service and offer a break to your regular volunteers.

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2 – Five-Minute Update Video.

If your church is meeting in-person, we will offer a standalone video of the updates from our partners.  We would invite you to show this and take time as a congregation to pray for our world.

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Use these recordings of CBM leaders exhorting the Word in place of your regular sermon. Each set of resources comes with a reflection (20+ mins) and a set of scripture readings for you to use in your service.

*NEW* February 2021

God’s Mission is Here

by Jennifer Lau Executive Director

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November 2020

Waiting Faithfully

by Jennifer Lau Executive Director

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We Rejoice in our Suffering

by Dennis Shierman

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The Kingdom of God is like a Mustard Seed

by Terry Smith, Director, Strategic Initiatives

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Jesus Clears Out the Temple

by Cheryl Bear

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The Sayings of King Lemuel

by Randy Stanton

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Into the Promised Land

by Sonya Tetley

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These prayers were shared by our staff. You can hold them in prayer as a congregation during service using the downloadable video. 

O Lord, our Sovereign God, how majestic is your name in all the earth. Your name affirms mercy, love, joy, peace and justice.

Dear God, we cry unto you to have mercy upon us during this second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that is causing a crisis in India.  We are seeing around 30 million positive COVID cases, shortage of vaccines, black fungus, and mutated COVID variants – Delta and Delta Plus spreading rapidly. We pray for healing and protection and for the virus to be contained.

Oh Lord, we pray that you would comfort and uplift the many migrant workers, daily wage workers, the homeless and the unemployed, who are struggling in the margins.

Among our Indian partners, around 25 ministry personnel have died due to COVID-19. Although many have been healed there are still many who are undergoing treatment. Most of the affected families are now in deep financial crisis. In their growing despair and uncertainty, we pray that you would release them from their debts with the assurance that you are always with them.

We pray for necessary wisdom and knowledge as we walk along with many local Indian churches. We pray that the Circular Road Baptist Church in Kolkata would overcome COVID difficulties and initiate the project for the girls who were rescued from trafficking so that they would come to healing, rehabilitation and transformation.

We pray that the unemployed youth of Ao Naga, Mising Tribe, Oriya, Soura and Telugu Baptists would see opportunities opening up so that they can make a living.

Dear Lord we pray that you would provide means for the poor Soura widows and Mising weaving women as they struggle to make ends meet through their small businesses during this pandemic period.

We pray oh Lord for us to be humble and understand that your thoughts and ways are always higher. Give us the strength, that through the local churches we could continue to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ and bring hope in their brokenness.

We remember all those who are concerned and pray for us in India, the many donors and friends.  Heavenly Father we pray that you would continue to bless their hearts and families.

We pray for Canadian Baptist Churches in Canada, CBM board and staff, partners and projects in different countries – that you would continue to bless us and help us to discern the moving of the Holy Spirit in our midst and minister together accordingly.

All these we pray in the name of our Lord and Savour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father, we come together to praise you for you are faithful to your people. You keep your promise. Your love and mercy never cease. So, we can come before you without fear and we can put our hope in you.

Lord, at this time, we would like to pray for Thailand. Thailand is facing the third wave of the pandemic right now. The whole country carries the heavy burden of fighting the pandemic. The churches have to hold services online and the schools also have to teach courses online. This is challenging all aspects of living in Thailand. We pray for your mercy and your healing be upon this country.

Lord, we also would like to remember our mission partner Thailand Bethel Theological Institute (TBTI). As the new semester has started on June 1st, we uphold every teacher and student of TBTI unto your hands. The online learning is challenging for teachers and students, especially the students in Myanmar. We pray that they will receive strength from you to overcome the difficulties so that they may be able to continue their studies.

Lord, we continue to pray for Myanmar. We pray that your peace and justice will come upon the people of Myanmar, as they face uncertainty and danger due to political situation. We also would like to pray for those who lost their love ones in the conflict, we pray that your comfort be with them. Lord, the pandemic is also worrisome in Myanmar and we pray that you will protect those are without any protection.

Lord, we would like to pray for CBM ministries and projects. We pray that you will use every ministry of CBM to embrace this broken world. We thank you for those who are generously giving to respond to the needs of the world. We pray for your blessing be upon those involved in the ministries in your Kingdom.

Lord, I would also like to pray for wisdom and good health for my family, as we need to work from home and our daughter needs to study online from home. We pray for your help as we learn, teach and preach online. We pray that we can serve you and your people efficiently no matter where we are.

Lord, even as we enter a period which is more challenging than before, we thank you for you keep the promise that you will be with us and never forsake us. We know that we are not alone as we face these challenges.

Thank you for hearing our prayer. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for inviting us to be your sons and daughters, and not just your servants. We thank you for your goodness, mercy, and grace; they are new every morning.

We thank you for the opportunities we have to serve you alongside many CBM family members in the Middle East and the impact that is made to those in need. We praise you for your work in the lives of many especially among the Syrian and the Kurdish people. God, the needs are great to raise godly and committed leaders. We lift before you the leadership trainings that are taking place whether at our churches here in Lebanon or through the Seminary to the whole region. We pray particularly for those who serve and study as they need your divine strength, joy, and endurance so that they do not grow weary. We pray for your Holy Spirit to continue shaping their lives as they grow to be like you. We ask you, O Lord as you promised us in your word, to uphold them with your righteous hand and to use the hardships they go through to mould and shape their lives.

We remember before you our current students and graduates as they serve in different war zones, like in Syria and Yemen. Give them words of encouragement and hope to share with those who are suffering, and we ask your Holy Spirit to heal and comfort those who lost loved ones.

We remember before you Lebanon at this critical time. God, the whole country is suffering and it seems like there is no hope. But we are grateful for the various ministries of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD). We pray particularly for the food distribution projects, that they show your care and love to those who are in great need, as we are not just providing physical care but also listening to and praying with them.

We pray also for the ongoing ministry among children and youth. Many kids live under stress and pressure whether because of COVID-19, staying home, or feeling the stress that their parents are going through. We ask you, O Lord, to have mercy on these kids, bring a smile to their faces through the many creative and entertaining activities, gifts, and Bible stories shared with them.

Thank you so much for CBM supporters in Canada, who continue to embrace this broken world in word and deed. Bless the work of CBM all across the globe.

Finally, we pray for us as a family. We are grateful Lord for your work in and through our family. We ask you to give us strength, wisdom, and rest as we continue serving you through this critical time. We pray especially for Timothy and Nathaniel to continue growing in their relationship with you and to become the godly men you created them to be.

We lift before you all these prayers. We are certain that you listen and answer in your perfect time, and we pray all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Our Lord and our God,

We give you praise and thanks for your relentless love, your abounding grace, and your unending compassion. We have done nothing to deserve these things, yet you continually and freely lavish them upon us.

We come before you today, to pray for the Philippines. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the country, we ask that you protect the most vulnerable from the virus, that you would bring healing to those who are presently suffering with symptoms of the virus, and that ultimately, you would bring an end to this pandemic in the Philippines and around the world.  Please keep those who are serving on the frontlines safe, especially healthcare workers who are at higher risk of infection.

We remember our partners in the Philippines, Kabuganaan Philippines Ministries (KPM), led by Rev. Job and Phoebe Santiago. We ask that you provide what they need to continue serving the needs of the poor and marginalized in Capiz province. Please protect them and their family from harm and grant them continued good health. We pray also for Rev. Jerry Lamazon, who serves as the chairperson of KPM’s board of directors, and for all KPM board members, as they lead during this difficult season of ministry.

We pray for the various programs being carried out in partnership between KPM and Canadian Baptist Ministries. Even in a year that continues to see so much change and uncertainty, many lives are still being touched with the Gospel through word and deed. We pray especially for the children and families connected to KPM’s five childcare centers. Access to quality education is so important in the development of a child. Even though they are unable to meet face to face, we pray that the children will grow and learn through this year’s home-based modular lessons.  We pray also, that you would provide for the daily needs of their families for things like food, clean water, and good hygiene.

We continue to pray for those whose livelihoods have been affected, and whose lives are at risk because of increased militarization and “red-tagging” that continues to result in unjust arrests and senseless deaths, especially among indigenous communities. We ask that you intervene and put an end to the extra-judicial killings occurring in the Philippines. We also ask you to protect KPM’s missionary teachers, community workers, and program staff as they continue to work under these challenging circumstances.

Please continue to bless the work of CBM all across the globe, and the generous Canadian Baptists who give so freely in your name.

Lastly, we pray for our family, and for the work that we continue to do virtually with our partners in the Philippines. May you continue to strengthen our relationships even though we are not with them at this time. We pray for Kyla as she prepares for high school graduation next month, and as she prepares for the next phase of education in university.  May you continue to guide her steps.

We give you thanks for hearing our prayers this day, and we pray all these things in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we come to you today we want to thank you for being with us. We want to recognize you as our Creator God, and praise you for that.  As we read in the book of Revelation,

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”  (Rev. 4: 11 NIV)

Living in Rwanda we are amazed by the beauty of your creation. We see your handiwork in the rolling mountains, in the flowers, shrubs and trees as well as in the birds that nest in them! And we know in Canada that as spring has come and flowers are now blooming this is an encouraging time for many people.

All around the world, men and women continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Life has been so different in this past year and a half, and we come to you to ask for continued strength to deal with it. In Rwanda we pray for additional vaccines to be delivered to the country so that more people can receive them. For other countries that are still waiting for vaccines, we pray the same prayer. We thank you for countries where the vaccine has been administered to many people and pray that it would have the intended effect of slowing the spread and severity of the illness. For individuals around the world we pray for peace and patience and the other fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22 – 23) as we continue to live during this pandemic.

Although we are based in Rwanda, and our main partner focus is the AEBR group of churches, we also want to remember CBM’s other partnerships in this area. We pray for the two groups with whom we minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We pray for peace, God’s shalom, in the Eastern area around Goma where unrest continues to be a problem. We pray about the volcano near Goma that recently began to erupt again, causing much fear and panic among the people.  Along with the lava and the ash from the volcano there are also ongoing earthquakes leading to even greater fear that there is worse yet to come. Lord we pray for your presence in this time of chaos.

We pray for the partners with whom we serve in Kenya and South Sudan as well. There are so many issues with leadership in the government and how things trickle down to affect people at the grassroots level.  May the programming that CBM helps sponsor with its partners be full of meaning and give life and hope to the communities they touch.

We pray for the work CBM does in other countries around the world and for the local partners in those respective nations.

Father God, as we close this prayer, once again we want to say thank you for your care for us. We appreciate so much how you are aware of our own individual needs and struggles, and yet you love us and help us. At the same time, we fully believe that you are powerful enough to deal with something as big as COVID-19. So we trust that into your hands.

We pray in Jesus’ name and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Lord, Our Creator,

We are the work of your hands, and we are proud to be created in your image. We feel secure under your protection even when we go through the valley of the shadow of death. But we need your wisdom as we work with partners in the field.

Today, the whole world is torn apart by the devastating COVID-19. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Eastern provinces are under siege because of insecurity and our partners living in that area are facing anxiety about the forthcoming military rule. Only you, Lord, are able to release us from this traumatic situation. In neighbouring countries, safety restrictions still prevent us from reaching out to food security project participants in Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan.

We are grateful that the third wave of Ebola has just been officially declared over in North-Kivu and people are less resistant to preventive measures. But many countries are now facing the third wave of COVID-19. We think particularly of India and our colleagues who are striving to attend to people in need, at their own risk.  They all need your protection.

We pray for the church all over the world. In some countries, church buildings are still closed. Our prayer is that you may keep your church active in the hearts of your people. In some countries, restrictions have been lifted and we are planning to have exchange visits to learn from one another. We need your wisdom to facilitate safe travelling and also make the program useful for your people. May your hand be on our work.

We pray for CBM, as well as the churches and donors in Canada, who remain faithful to their commitment to keep supporting your mission. Keep them strong, O Lord, so that they may one day rejoice with you when you tell them “I was hungry, and you fed me”. We pray for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects. We know that the outcome of COVID-19 will be fatal to many people. We are grateful that these programs help to provide for vulnerable people in these times of hardships.

We thank you, God, for inspiring scientists so that they may find appropriate vaccines and we ask you to soften the hearts of our people so that they may accept the vaccine without resistance.

We believe that you have accepted our prayers because we pray with faith in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.



“The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

Dear God,

We praise You, You are the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, no matter how difficult the situation is around the world right now, we know you are still in control.

Today, we would like to pray for Myanmar, a country that is suffering right now. Since the coup in February, people have protested against the military regime and more than 700 lives were killed. The military has tried to suppress the protest by shooting and killing the people, burning down homes, killing young people and even children. Father God, we pray for your intervention so that the military will stop oppressing their own people.

We pray for your peace upon the country. We pray for the students and alumni of TBTI (Thailand Bethel Theological Institute). God, please give them strength and courage to face this dangerous situation. We also pray for churches and Christians to stand up and show the love of God to the hurting families. We pray for those who are helping at the frontlines – please protect them. We pray for our field staff Lilian and Joseph; may you grant them wisdom and opportunities to extend a helping hand to their own country.

We also pray for the COVID situation globally. There are countries in very difficult positions, such as India. Father, we pray that your peace and comfort be upon those who have lost their loved ones. We ask that your strength and wisdom be upon our colleagues who have to minister to these families. We pray that the vaccination can be rolled out as soon as possible and to as many as possible so that more people can be protected.

We pray for CBM and the leadership team. God, please grant them the wisdom and strength and power to lead during this chaotic time.

We also pray for our mission partners. Thank you for their faithfulness to support CBM. Bless each one of them and give them good health and protect them in this pandemic.

We thank you Lord for new members in the Chinese Ministries Team- Joseph, in the Golden Triangle; Philipp, who recently married XiaoDan in early April; MuYan, the baby boy added to Yuan Chuan and Gao Ming’s family. Dear God, please protect each member on our team, may you give them good health and strength to serve you, so that they may continue to be a blessing to those around them.

We also thank you for a safe trip back to Toronto and that we have completed our quarantine. May God continue to grant us good health and energy as we serve. May this relocation give us a broader and wider scope to serve you and our churches. May your name be lifted high.

We pray all this in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Conrad and Fiona

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name.

You are a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Thank you Lord for watching over those who are part of our vulnerable children’s projects, Casa de la Amistad, Jireh, and the many church-cased projects that care for children. Even though these have been difficult times, you have sustained these ministries to provide needy families with food, medical care, school supplies, and help with their education. Please provide wisdom to the staff, showing them how to best serve these families with the resources and love you’ve provided. Draw close to these families as they come to know you, your unwavering faithfulness, and your great love for them.

Please continue to be with the rural communities that CBM serves. Protect them from Chagas disease and allow the agricultural initiatives to thrive. These communities have felt their isolation more deeply during this pandemic. Be with these families as they learn how to care for their new beehives and may the income from their honey be a blessing.

Lord, thank you for all of those in Canada, who despite the instability that this last year has brought, continue to support CBM and its mission. Let them be encouraged with the assurance that their prayers for us have been heard and that we see your hand at work in our ministries daily.

Remind us Lord, of your great love for us. As we face trials and obstacles, help us to remember who you are and take comfort in your faithfulness.

As we face uncertain days, we can have strength and confidence because we know that you are our God. In the words of the psalmist, we pray:

Come and see what God has done,
his awesome deeds for humanity!
He turned the sea into dry land,
they passed through the waters on foot—
come, let us rejoice in him.
 He rules forever by his power,
his eyes watch the nations—Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!


Tim & Kallie

Global Updates

Keep your congregation in the loop about what’s happening in the field. Your partner’s-in-mission created video updates for sharing during service.  

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Gato Munyamasoko

Update from DR Congo

CBM and Westview Baptist Church produced an online workshop last January 30, 2021 entitled “Acting in Faith: Mission in the Age of COVID”. The workshop looked at the impact of COVID-19 on churches around the world.
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CBM and Westview Baptist Church produced an online workshop last January 30, 2021 entitled “Acting in Faith: Mission in the Age of COVID”. The workshop looked at the impact of COVID-19 on churches around the world.
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Africa Team

Update from Africa

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Joe Bridi

Update from Lebanon

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Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin

Update from Rwanda

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Use this music from Fraser Campbell for any part of your service – for praise and worship, to reflect, or for any other way you’d like.