I S S U E 0 3 | Summer 2021

As it says in Ecclesiastes, there is a season and time for everything. Things never stop changing. The world is changing more rapidly today than at any other point in history. How do we live as God’s people at a time when there is constant change? As believers, we know that God is the one thing that never changes.

Though change is constant, so is God’s love for us and his creation. The world needs to know who we are as followers of Jesus, to hear the message that the Church and God’s people bring, now more than ever. This is not the time to withdraw, but the time to reimagine all the things God can do through broken people, living in broken communities, in a broken world.

In this issue of CBM Responding, we are turning our focus to education. Access to education is not a privilege, it’s a human right. (UN Universal Human Rights – Article 26). CBM is active in educational programs in 9 different countries. Did you know that the single best tool to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty is education?

The long-term effects of the global pandemic are putting millions of children’s hopes for the future at risk. That is why the 2021 Active in Mission – Run • Bike • Walk-a-thon will focus on education and continue to keep kids in school, provide school supplies, and give them the hope for a brighter future. You can read more about this successful effort last year and the goals we have set for this year.

In this issue, you will also find a reflection from Lilian Yang, CBM National Field Staff, about her personal experience of being educated in Myanmar and how current events in her home country are impacting youth today.

We also highlight that change can begin in our homes and neighbourhoods through It Starts Today, a story of development work done with dignity to empower women and girls with a hand-up through local church and genderbased programming.

A lack of access to education is a justice issue and so is global access to COVID-19 vaccines. CBM is supporting the Love My Neighbour Project, a national campaign for global vaccine equity. This important advocacy campaign is led by Millennium Kids founder Sara Hildebrand and supported by the Canadian faith community. I had the pleasure of speaking with Sara recently, which you can watch on the CBM YouTube channel.

Being called to be bearers of God’s light, the power of being a messenger of the good news is that we reflect who he is. When we live out the gospel, it is God’s heart that we are expressing, not just our own. We must trust that it is God’s power that is at work, not our efforts alone. God is with us through all changing seasons.

It is a privilege to be able to partner with you, as your prayers, encouragement, and financial support enable us to keep working on your behalf in places of need. Together, let’s continue to embrace the call to serve our broken world through word and deed.

Grace and peace,
Jennifer Lau
Executive Director

A Year Like No Other!

During this time of the year, all across the country, the denominations gather for their Annual General meetings.

This is always a wonderful time to connect as a family of churches. Sadly, due to COVID restrictions, we will not be meeting face to face this year. We are, however, taking part virtually and it is with deep gratitude that I present the impact our shared ministry had in, “A Year Like No Other”.

The outpouring of love and generosity from Canadian Baptists this past Christmas was truly exciting to witness. Whether it was a gift of gratitude, in honour of someone special, or simply an act of love, your gifts have made an impact on the world’s most vulnerable. Here are the results of what your compassion accomplished last December.

In this issue of CBM Responding, we are turning our focus to education. Access to education is not a privilege, it’s a human right. (UN Universal Human Rights – Article 26). CBM is active in educational programs in 9 different countries. Did you know that the single best tool to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty is education?

A Year Like No Other!

During this time of the year, all across the country, the denominations gather for their Annual General meetings.

This is always a wonderful time to connect as a family of churches. Sadly, due to COVID restrictions, we will not be meeting face to face this year. We are, however, taking part virtually and it is with deep gratitude that I present the impact our shared ministry had in, “A Year Like No Other”.

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