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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, Team Lead for Church Engagement Adrian Gardners walks through the content and shares how this resource might be helpful to you and your church.


Use these recordings of CBM leaders exhorting the Word in place of your regular sermon.  

The Kingdom of God is like a Mustard Seed

by Terry Smith Executive Director

Executive Director Terry Smith preaches on the images of God’s kingdom from Psalm 145 8-13 and Luke 18-21 where Jesus compares the heavenly kingdom to that of a mustard seed. That is, it begins small and slow but its growth is unstoppable. The same as God’s Kingdom, subverting all empires, God can grow great things from small beginnings.

In this sermon, Terry poses the question, “How does your church measure up to this image of a mustard seed? Is your church being the locus of God’s work?”

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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. 

Our Heavenly Father,

Praise be your name, for you have shown the wonder of your love upon the land of the Golden Triangle. You have provided the needs of the people on this Land. Your grace has sustained the growth of lives and you have healed wounded hearts.

Lord, I pray for the people living in this region. I pray for that your peace will be in people’s hearts, as they are living in deep fear and anxiety due to the pandemic and economic crisis in the present day. I pray for people will find hope in you and turn to your way and that they will know that you are the only God that we should trust.

Lord, I would like to remember the small and weak in the community in my prayer – the children living in the Golden Triangle. They are now back at school, starting an unusual school year. People are trying to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the campus. But Lord, we can only find real peace and safety in you. I pray that your protection will be around the weak in the community.

Lord, I would like to pray for our partner Bethel Theological Institute. The physical classes have been resumed but the institute is facing the challenges of this pandemic situation. I pray that every student will become well-equipped to grow physically and spiritually. I pray for the teachers to have wisdom and strength from you so that they can guide the students to walk the path you called them to.

Lord, I would like to uphold the local churches unto your hand, that they may able to testify your greatness on this land. I pray that they will be able to show the hope they have in you when facing the difficult circumstances; to be steadfast in their faith when living in danger and fear. I pray that you will grant them faith over the storm to soar like the eagle.

Lord, you are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. May your kindness and mercy come to your people!

I pray in the precious name of Jesus Christ, amen!

Lilian Yang

Our Heavenly Father,

We thank you for your goodness, mercy, care and love for us as a family during this difficult time. Our Lord, we are grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve your church in the Middle East, while in Lebanon.

Almess praying for Lebanon: Lord, I have personally experienced your Sovereignty over all events and I know you are in control. You Almighty God, who I can call Father, have delivered me when I lived through many wares and passed through many hard circumstances. I have learned that “though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes in the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The sovereign Lord is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go in high places”. So, we ask you, our Father, to breathe new life and bring new light to the country of Lebanon.

Nathaniel praying for the kids: Lord, I ask you to help the children in need of help and for them to get medical care if they need it. And for the parents who need money to feed their kids. I ask you to help the kids who can’t afford to wash their hands and to protect them from the Coronavirus. Father, help those who cannot stay entertained at home. Give them joy and help them to be creative.

Timothy praying for graduates: God we pray for those students who will be returning to their home country during this difficult time. We ask you to protect those students from any disappointment, protect them physically and emotionally, and help them to put their trust in you and to believe that they can overcome those difficult times and be more fruitful in their life and ministry. Lord, we ask you to send your Holy Spirit to minister to those students, and to guide them as they seek direction for the next phase of their lives.

Emad praying for the seminary: Lord, as our seminary is moving into a new phase to serve the church in the Middle East, we ask for your guidance and wisdom as the leadership of our seminary make decisions. Help us, oh Lord, to bring glory to you through our ministry as a seminary to your church in our region. We pray for reconciliation in this part of the world. It is your desire to see people and communities reconciled with you and with each other. We ask you God to restore and heal our broken, corrupted, and unsettled communities.

We pray all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Botroses.

Gracious God, we offer you praise for …

… the assurance of your presence

… the companionship of your spirit

… the vision of your kingdom

… the goodness of your intent

… and the assignments you have given to each of us to bring shalom to our world.

We confess that …

… our attempts on your behalf are woefully inadequate

… our attitudes towards others have tended to serve our own insecurities

… our aspirations are tainted with self-interest

… and our actions are measured by the degree of inconvenience to ourselves.

We therefore claim …

… the forgiveness you offer to bring together the unreconciled. For our brothers and sisters in the Congo with whom Rev. Gato is working, we celebrate their commitment to reunification.

We claim the promise that you will feed those who are hungry both through your miraculous ways and through us, your servants. For our brothers and sisters in Rwanda, Kenya, the DR Congo, and South Sudan, we celebrate the resources of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the generosity of the Canadian Baptist constituency.

We claim the goodness of your people. For the leadership of our church partners in Africa, those you have called and gifted, we celebrate their selfless service in times of crisis. For the leadership of the Africa Christian Church & Schools, we particularly honour their collaborative initiatives with the Kenyan Inter-Faith Council.

And we claim the hope of the resurrection. For each one who has lost loved ones during these past months both in Canada and abroad, we rest in the knowledge that we are a people who move from life to life with the assurance of wholeness restored.

In the name of Christ, the One who authored and fulfilled Easter’s glory, we pray,


Carla Nelson

Dear Heavenly Father, 

As restrictions ease and our region emerges out of isolation, churches are now being given permission to slowly reopenLiving in this new normal, it is unlikely life will return to how we once knew it. As churches now grapple with the challenges of reopening their physical doors, they also must learn to adapt to the longer lasting changes COVID has brought. Church culture and ministry expectations have perhaps been altered indefinitely. The way in which we have always worshipped and the complications of now keeping our members safe when coming to church makes reopening real challenge. 

My prayer today is for the churches in our region as they prepare to reopen their doors.

Lord, we thank you for how you have continued to use your church amid this season of crisis. No sickness, plague or opposition can put out the light of Your church in this nation or around the globe. Despite physical buildings being shuttered, your church is still very much alive and activeWe are grateful that the church has continued to preach the gospel in this season across livestreams, Facebook feeds, Zoom calls and various other platforms throughout the world.  

We thank you Heavenly Father for the creativity that has been birthed out this season of isolationWe rejoice for the lives that have been eternally impacted through these avenues of creative communication. We ask that you continue to empower the church to learn, grow and adapt in these changing times. Please give wisdom to our church leaders as they prepare to reopen their doorand please guide them in the practical decisions that must be made in preparation for this.  

We pray as people return, that generosity would flourish May churches not only have enough for their present needsbut may they have enough supply to continue to support both their local and global missions. As churches reopen may those who have been touched by online ministry in this season find their way into deeper Christian communityMay each church continue to be the loving hands and feet of Christ in their local communities and the greater world.

In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen. 

Sonya Tetley 



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.