She Matters is a multi-year campaign for gender equity – to educate, equip and empower girls and women who have the potential to be the greatest influencers for change in their families and communities, through raising funds and awareness. By addressing social injustices like gender bias in education, equal opportunity for skills and job training, as well as enhanced learning and leadership opportunities to empower women leaders, we are helping transform her life and her family’s future through She Matters.
We are pleased to report that over $329,000 has been raised by you and the nearly 300 church champions of She Matters across Canada! Here are just a few highlights in this global campaign. (do we want a map to mark countries where projects supported? Or a list of projects and countries supported?)
A team of eight youth will be leaving for a trip to Kenya through CBM’s SENT program on August 15, returning on August 29. The youth participated in this year’s SERVE event – a week-long opportunity to serve their community, make new friendships and deepen their walk with God – which was hosted by Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. As they travel to Kenya this week, please pray for the health and safety of each team member. They will be supporting CBM’s Kamp Tumaini, which offers a summer camp experience to children impacted by HIV and AIDS. Please pray that the children attending the camp would sense the love of God as they participate in the various activities. May this trip be an enriching experience for the Canadian youth as well, strengthening their walk with God and their commitment to mission. LEARN MORE
The annual Oasis event hosted by the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC) will take place from August 23-25. Please join us in praying for this event, which will be held at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. “We are at a Turning Point,” says information from CBAC. “This is a defining moment in our history as a family of churches. The choices we make now will have ripple effects for generations to come.” Please pray for unity, direction and wisdom for church leaders attending this event as they make plans for the future. Also, please pray for our CBM staff attending this event. They will be making presentations, sharing information about our projects around the world, and connecting with church members and leaders. We pray that attendees will be encouraged and refreshed by the various seminars, meetings and worship sessions that will take place at Oasis this year. LEARN MORE
Please join us in praying for CBM Field Staff Bill and Janice Dyck who are based in Bolivia. The Dycks serve alongside our church partner, the Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB), to equip and mentor leaders, especially in their understanding and practice of integral mission – sharing God’s love through word and deed. From August 25-27, Bill will be serving in a high-altitude area. Please pray for his health and strength during this time, as he experienced some challenges in a similar region last week. Continue to pray for the training sessions that are being held for local pastors, who will then go on to start their own groups. We praise God that there has been a good start to this in Cochabamba. Please pray for Janice’s music ministry with local children as well. Since she is teaching the children in groups of three or four, it can be challenging at times. Also, please pray that the Dycks would continue to progress in their knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language, so they can effectively communicate God’s love to those they seek to serve. MEET THE DYCKS
An outbreak of Ebola has occurred in Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu Province – one of CBM’s main project areas in the country. Health officials suspect Ebola has claimed the lives of at least 33 people, as they each died from unidentified hemorrhagic fevers in the area. Our church partner, the Baptist Church in Central Africa (CBCA), has sent out an urgent prayer request concerning this situation. Due to the instability of the region and its proximity to borders, health officials are concerned that the virus may be difficult to contain. The current outbreak comes days after health officials declared that a previous outbreak in another part of the country was contained. Please pray that health officials will be able to successfully access the affected areas and bring life-saving support. CBCA is equipping churches, schools and other public places with hygiene kits. They are also leading awareness campaigns within local communities to prevent the virus from spreading. Please pray that this process would go smoothly and that urgent medical assistance would be provided. Also, please pray for the 134 CBCA churches affected by this crisis, which includes more than 26,000 members. May God bring healing, comfort and peace during this difficult time. LEARN MORE DONATE NOW
Please join us in praying for CBM Field Staff Yuanchuan Ye and Ming Gao who are based in Germany. They serve among Chinese students attending German universities. Many of these students have never heard the gospel before. They also face various challenges living away from home and need practical support and encouragement. Please pray for Yuanchuan and Ming as they seek to share the love of God with these students – both in word and deed. They also have the following prayer requests: May the Lord give us a vibrant spiritual life and help us to maintain a close relationship with Him. We want to do ministries by the Lord and for the Lord, preaching the gospel of Jesus with love. May the Lord give us physical, emotional and spiritual health to love others and deal with the challenges in our ministries and daily life. May the Lord protect our parents in China and grant them health – both physically and spiritually – so they can stay focused to serve God on the mission field. LEARN MORE
August 12 is International Youth Day, which draws attention to the various challenges facing young people around the world today. This year, the United Nations is encouraging the international community to establish safe spaces for youth to participate in activities, learn and express their views. Please pray for CBM Field Staff Jeff and Deann Carter, who have helped to train youth in the Czech Republic for the past 16 years. Jeff has been reassigned to become the Director of Horizons and Congress Mobilization within the Baptist World Alliance. The Carters will now be based in Nova Scotia. Please pray that Jeff would transition well into this new role and that God would provide him with wisdom for reaching youth on a global level. We continue to pray for the well-being and inclusion of the young people of today, as they will be the leaders of tomorrow. May they find the support they need to thrive and grow, despite the challenging circumstances that surround them. LEARN MORE
Emergency Relief DR Congo Ebola Outbreak 2018
An outbreak of Ebola has occurred in Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu Province – one of CBM’s main project areas in the country. Health officials suspect that Ebola has claimed the lives of at least 33 people, as they each died from unidentified hemorrhagic fevers. Our church partner, the Baptist Church in Central Africa (CBCA), has sent out an urgent prayer request concerning this situation. Due to the instability of the region and its proximity to borders, health officials are concerned that the virus may be difficult to contain. The current outbreak comes days after health officials declared that a previous outbreak in another part of the country was contained. Please pray that health officials will be able to successfully access the affected areas and bring life-saving support. CBCA is equipping churches, schools and other public places with hygiene kits. They are also leading awareness campaigns within local communities to prevent the virus from spreading. Please pray that this process would go smoothly and that urgent medical assistance would be provided. Also, please pray for the 134 CBCA churches affected by this crisis, which includes more than 26,000 members. May God bring healing, comfort and peace during this difficult time. Your prayers and support are needed! Give Now
August 9 is the United Nations' International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year, the theme focuses on the current situation of Indigenous territories and the root causes of migration. It also highlights trans-border movement and displacement — with a specific focus on Indigenous peoples living in urban areas and across international borders. In Canada, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples are recognized under the Canadian Constitution. We praise God for the heritage and contributions of Indigenous peoples represented here on "Turtle Island". Please pray that our leaders would continue the work of reconciliation, encourage open dialogue and better support the unique needs of these communities. We also pray that our Baptist churches would promote awareness about the issues facing our Indigenous brothers and sisters today, and that they would seek to break down cultural barriers. LEARN MORE
Please join us in praying for CBM Field Staff Edgar W. who serves in East Asia. Edgar and his wife Philippa lived in Asia until recently, serving with local churches and opening up new ministry avenues for CBM. He is currently seconded to Carey Theological College as an adjunct professor and works on behalf of CBM to develop and manage the Master of Pastoral Ministry program for Asia. His role is to help design the curriculum, teach and mentor students in the program. Please pray for God's wisdom and guidance as Edgar serves among these students and seeks to teach the Word of God with grace and truth. Earlier this month, Edgar also had to undergo an eye surgery. Please pray for complete healing, a quick recovery and peace during this time. MEET EDGAR
Please pray for CBM Field Staff Emo Yango who is based in Canada. Emo helps provide spiritual formation training to both men and women via leadership training, theological education and translation of key biblical texts into local languages in Southeast Asia. Emo is currently on a three-week trip to the Philippines and Thailand. Please pray for his health and safety, and that he would have a productive and fruitful trip. Emo will also be teaching two intensive courses at a Bible college in Thailand from August 5-17. The area he will be visiting has a large population of Karen refugees, an ethnic minority group in Myanmar who were forced to flee the country. Please pray for strength and God's leading for Emo as he serves and teaches the Bible within this challenging context. MEET EMO
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Photos by Gordon Brew
Beloved Women comes alongside and helps Arab women understand their new Canadian culture and walks with them through all the things they need to learn.
Earlier this week, CBM staff welcomed Laetitia Dusabimana to our Mississauga office for a short visit. Please join us in praying for Laetitia, who is the head of the women’s department for the Association of Baptist Churches of Rwanda, our partner in the region. She implements women empowerment programs and gives leadership to CBM's Women's Literacy project in Rwanda. Through the project, impoverished women learn how to read, write and count. This provides them with a sense of dignity and helps them to better care for their children. It also gives women the knowledge they need to participate in savings groups and pursue small business initiatives. Please pray that the women who participate in these programs would be encouraged to continue their studies and that they would see the difference it makes in their lives. May they be refreshed by the love and support of our staff and church partners. LEARN MORE
Please join us in praying for CBM Field Staff Gato Munyamasoko who serves in Rwanda. Gato recently re-joined the CBM team following a five-year term as the head of the Association of Baptist Churches of Rwanda (AEBR), CBM’s partner in the area. Under his leadership, the denomination saw significant church growth. Gato will now focus on his passion for peacebuilding and reconciliation, working with our partners in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the growing refugee population in East Africa. His role will include pastoral leadership training, conflict resolution, chaplaincy, as well as working with other leaders in the Great Lakes region in building lasting peace initiatives. Please pray for Gato as he transitions into his role with CBM and seeks to implement new plans and initiatives. We also pray that God would continue to protect his family and bless them with his peace. MEET GATO
July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This year’s campaign focuses on “responding to the trafficking of children and young people” – almost a third of trafficking victims around the world are children. “Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims,” says information from the United Nations. Please pray for the millions of victims who are trafficked for the purposes of forced labour and sexual exploitation. Please also pray for the international community to take actions that would better safeguard children and ensure justice for victims. We pray that God would also grant wisdom to international leaders and a heart of compassion to advocate on behalf of those who are most vulnerable. LEARN MORE
Gato Munyamasoko is rejoining CBM as Field Staff following his five-year term as the head of the Association of Baptist Churches of Rwanda (AEBR).
Please join us in praying for Cheryl Bear, who serves as CBM’s Indigenous Relations Specialist. In her role at CBM, Cheryl provides leadership and education to Canadian Baptist churches seeking to be more engaged with First Nations communities. Pray for wisdom and guidance as Cheryl seeks to bring Indigenous issues to light within our Baptist churches. As an award-winning singer and songwriter, Cheryl continues to use stories and songs to communicate her message. She is also chair of the Canadian Baptist National Indigenous Relations Working Group. Please pray for her continued leadership as she seeks to facilitate this ongoing relationship and dialogue on a national level. Cheryl will be launching an Ontario tour in the fall, and she is currently accepting invitations. Pray that her upcoming speaking engagements and performances would inspire and encourage all those in attendance. LEARN MORE
Chagas disease is a silent killer among the poor in Bolivia. The disease can go undetected for years as it slowly destroys internal organs, especially the heart. Chagas is transmitted by an insect that thrives in adobe walls and thatched roofs, which are often used to construct rural homes in Bolivia. Working alongside local church partners, CBM provides awareness training and workshops, medical treatment, and simple home renovations to safeguard families against the disease. Please pray that those affected by Chagas would receive the medical attention they need at an early stage. Also, please pray that prevention efforts and awareness training would be effective among high-risk communities. LEARN MORE
Aaron and Erica Kenny, CBM’s Africa Team Leaders based in Kenya, shared the following prayer requests in a recent update: We pray for the Association of Rwandan Baptist Churches as they complete a round of reforms this month aimed at strengthening accountability and decision making within the denomination. Please join us in praying for the health and safety of our team. Several of our Kenyan friends and colleagues are battling illness right now. The temperature in Nairobi dipped to nine degrees last night, which is extremely cold for a population that does not live with heating in their homes. On July 30, Zimbabwe will hold national elections. This will be their first time to the ballot box since the ousting of Robert Mugabe last November. We pray for open, fair, and peaceful elections. We also pray for friends that will be travelling to Harare to assist in the monitoring of the election. LEARN MORE
Conrad and Fiona Kwok recently shared of a visit to a region in Myanmar called “LOI MAW”, Northern Shan State, this is the home town of drug king Kun Sha. They shared, "BBI's alumni, Pastor Yu, guided us there; it took about 6 hours by car from the city of Lashio. It was not an easy ride at all, it was even worse than the one we mentioned on our last newsletter. Pastor Yu is of the minority Lishu tribe; his grandfather started to bring the Gospel to this region about 50 years ago, his father continued and now it is his turn to carry the torch. The Gospel has reached out to almost all the villages and many people have been converted. Praise the Lord! However, poppy fields are still everywhere. Christians are still growing poppy because they do not know what else they can grow. It is because they lack the knowledge about the market needs. The purchaser has monopolized them. We would like to partner with Pastor Yu and find a way to help these villages."
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Photos by Gordon Brew
Tim and Kallie Hutton, CBM Field Staff based in Bolivia, have arrived in Canada for their first home assignment. They will spend most of their time in western Canada, visiting churches and making presentations about CBM’s work in Bolivia. Please keep the Huttons in prayer, as they will spend a lot of their time on the road travelling between provinces. Please pray for their safety, and the endurance and strength to keep up with their full schedule. As they meet with their supporters and make plans for the future, pray for God’s guidance and that the right connections and partnerships would be established. We also pray that congregants would be encouraged as Tim and Kallie share their personal experiences and stories about the work and ministry in Bolivia. The Huttons will be in Canada until September 30. MEET THE HUTTONS
CBM Field Staff Bill and Janice Dyck recently celebrated their first year of serving in Bolivia. "A year ago, we were in a situation of stepping out and seeing what God would do," the Dycks shared in an update. "There were a lot of uncertainties." Today, the Dycks are happy to report that their prayers have been answered along the way, and that God continues to provide for them as they serve in Bolivia. Here are some praise and prayer points from the Dycks: Praise for a great first year! Answered prayer regarding health, support, language learning, getting off to a good start with colleagues and national leaders, getting started in ministries, well-being of family in Canada … God is good! Pray for Bill as he begins teaching at the seminary, and as he facilitates the forming and leading of pastoral support groups on a national level and in the strategic cities of La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Oruro. Pray for Janice as she settles in to teaching her music students and all that entails – language, patience, creativity. LEARN MORE
Aaron and Erica Kenny serve as CBM’s Africa Team Leaders and are based in Kenya. In a recent update, the Kennys shared the following prayer requests: * We continue to pray for peace in South Sudan. The recently announced plan of President Salva Kiir to extend his term by another three years has been branded as "illegal" and "anti-peace" by the opposition leader, Riek Machar. We pray for humility and wisdom for these leaders. * We are thankful for our colleagues Wendy and Ken Derksen, who will be completing their ministry as global field staff in Rwanda this month. Please join us in praying for the Derksens' return to Canada and for the Lord's direction as they transition back into Canadian life. MEET THE KENNYS