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?)
CBM recently appointed two new National Field Staff: Joe Bridi for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Pradeep Babu Gara for India. Based in Lebanon, Joe will work with CBM’s local partners throughout the MENA region to develop strategies for ministry and provide support to graduates of Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. Pradeep will serve alongside our church partners in India, particularly with budgeting and reporting. Please pray for Joe and Pradeep as they transition into their new roles, which begin on January 1, 2019. Pray that God would provide them with wisdom, direction and guidance as they serve the communities represented in their regions. May they find strength each day to share the love of God in both word and deed. LEARN MORE
Please join us in praying for those living in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, which is home to a large population of people affected by the South Sudan conflict. Please pray for their health, safety and overall well-being during this difficult time of transition in their lives. Pray especially for the health of young children and babies, as they are most vulnerable to illness and malnutrition. CBM’s Kakuma Community Development Project helps people in the camp to access a grinding mill, which converts their maize rations into flour. This allows them to make meals for their families and nutritious porridge for their babies. Please pray that more people would be able to access a grinding mill and that they would sense the love of Jesus through this much-needed support. May the peace and comfort of God give them strength and renewed hope during this challenging season. GIVE NOW
Please join us in praying for Ruth Munyao who serves as CBM Field Staff based in Kenya. Ruth manages our Food Security program in Africa, ensuring that best practices are modeled and implemented. She also oversees capacity-building activities for food security staff. Please pray for Ruth and the team as they seek to implement sustainable farming practices and other interventions throughout Africa. Ruth requests prayer for the following: Pray for peace in Kenya and the whole of Africa Pray for adequate rains and for the farming community as they try to adapt to the harsh climate Pray that my family will grow closer to Christ MEET RUTH
CBM is pleased to announce the appointment of two National Field Staff, effective January 1, 2019.
Full-time employmentThis person is responsible for the oversight and administration of the Canadian Baptist Pension and Employee Benefit plans, which combined have over 2,300 members.
Full-time employmentCBM is seeking for a Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator who will be for creating brand messaging, positioning and value propositions for CBM’s activities and programs.
Please join us in praying for Suraj Komaravalli, who serves as Team Leader for CBM’s ministries in India. He manages our field staff and church partnerships, engaging in a variety of ministries – including leadership training, community development and evangelism. He also works to develop integral mission strategies throughout our network of partners in India. Suraj requests prayer for the following items: To continue to be strong in Christ and minister to the best of my ability For our Indian partners as they slowly understand and strive for sustainability For a stronger culture of integral mission among the local churches MEET SURAJ
December 10 is the United Nations’ Human Rights Day. “This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,” says information from the UN. Please pray that the basic human rights of children and individuals would be upheld around the world. Please pray for CBM’s programs that help children to access education, assist women with literacy training, and provide alternative sources of income. Also, remember the Syrian refugees that receive support through our projects in Lebanon. As we seek to help alleviate the effects of poverty, may the love of Jesus shine brightly through our service. LEARN MORE
CBM is working with a local partner in El Salvador, ENLACE, to support health and sanitation within impoverished communities. Through the latrine project, families are able to replace their pit latrines with composting latrines, which prevent waste from contaminating water sources. Nearly half of El Salvador’s rural population suffers from inadequate waste disposal that leads to waterborne diseases. Please pray for local leaders and church communities as they seek to partner with us in this initiative. Please pray that they would effectively deliver waste disposal education, health awareness training and technical support to the community. We also pray that waterborne diseases would significantly reduce in the areas where we work. We pray especially for children under the age of five, as they are most vulnerable to the effects of contaminated water sources. May our partnership with ENLACE continue to help community members to improve their overall health and ability to thrive. GIVE NOW
This Christmas season, as we look after those close to us, and consider helping those further away, support CBM and our Foodgrains Bank programs with an extra gift, and maximize the impact of your tax-deductable, charitable giving for 2018.
The Baptist Union of Ukraine is asking churches around the world to pray for their country, which is now under martial law following the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine that erupted in the Black Sea on Sunday, November 25. The Ukrainian navy reports that three of its vessels were seized and sailors were injured during the attack. “The situation is very serious,” says information from the Baptist Union of Ukraine. Adding that martial law will change many things in their daily lives, the union warns that “a bigger war is now more possible than ever before.” Please join us in praying for our Baptist brothers and sisters in Ukraine during this challenging time. We pray that God would comfort and encourage all those affected, and that peace would be established in Ukraine. LEARN MORE
December 1 is World AIDS Day. This year, the United Nations (UN) is commemorating 30 years since the AIDS response began. Although significant progress has been made in the last three decades, there are still challenges to overcome. Information from the UN says there are 37 million people living with HIV around the world – the highest number ever – yet a quarter of them don’t know they have the virus. Please pray for the well-being of those living with HIV, especially in impoverished regions of the world. Pray that access to testing, treatment and quality care would be readily available to communities in need. Please also pray for the success of awareness campaigns, which encourages safe practices and highlights prevention services. Please also pray for CBM’s Kamp Tumaini program, which offers hope to children impacted by HIV and AIDS. Due to the success of this camp experience in Kenya, CBM is now expanding the program to other countries. Please pray that children would continue to be touched by the love of Jesus through this growing initiative. LEARN MORE
Patty Nacho CBM Field Staff Patty Nacho serves as Global Discipleship Coordinator in Bolivia. She works alongside our partners and local churches in the region. Patty also collaborates with Canadian church leaders to develop trips through CBM’s SENT program, which offers hands-on global discipleship experiences. Patty shared the following prayer requests: Pray for wisdom when working with local church leaders Pray for protection during SENT team visits Pray for the ability to manage expectations during all the SENT trips with partner staff and the participants MEET PATTY
This one-of-a-kind work has been donated by Canadian artist Gene Tempelmeyer and is available only through the 323 Collective.
Our Hey! It's Not Fair lessons continue with this special Christmas 2018 instalment. Download the PDF from the link provided.
A team of women mentors from across Canada will be in Kenya from November 22 to December 3 to serve alongside CBM’s partner, the African Christian Church and Schools (ACCS). During the trip, the team will be hosting a three-day conference to mentor ACCS female pastors and leaders. The volunteers are participating in CBM’s SENT program, which provides Canadians with hands-on global discipleship experiences and opportunities to serve when they return home. Brenda Halk, CBM’s Senior Associate of Strategic Projects, and Anne Drost, Regional Representative for Central Canada, will be travelling with the group. Please pray for the health, safety and endurance of the volunteers as they work through their busy schedule. The team will also visit local churches, women who receive support through CBM’s Muslim Ministry, and food projects in the region. May God empower each team member to share the love of Christ in both word and deed throughout this trip. BE SENT
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. “Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as to the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights,” says information from the United Nations (UN). Statistics show that 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime – most frequently by an intimate partner. The UN also notes that more than 70 per cent of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls. Please pray for the well-being of women worldwide, especially those who are most vulnerable due to conflict and instability. We pray that communities and global leaders would implement programs and strategies to better protect women. May we strive to ensure that women and girls are loved, respected and cared for around the world. LEARN MORE
Based in Lebanon, Emad and Almess Botros serve as CBM Field Staff. Emad is a lecturer at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), which equips church leaders for service in Arab. He also develops Bible commentaries and other resources for ministry in the Middle Eastern and North African context. Together, the Botroses mentor students to help them develop their ministry and leadership skills. The Botroses request prayer for the following: Pray for ABTS students to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will Pray for Emad and Almess as they mentor students to become faithful servants Pray that their sons, Timothy and Nathaniel, would draw closer to Jesus as their Lord and Saviour MEET THE BOTROSES
A team from Burlington Missionary Baptist Church in Ontario will be embarking on a 10-day trip to northern Thailand on November 20. The team is participating in CBM’s SENT program, which provides Canadians with hands-on global discipleship experiences and opportunities to serve when they return home. Please pray for their safety and overall health as they serve in Thailand this month. CBM Field Staff Conrad and Fiona Kwok will be working alongside the Canadian volunteers, who will be visiting our projects in the area. The team will also visit Bethel Bible Institute (BBI), which helps equip students for various areas of ministry. Please pray for the pastor of Burlington Missionary Baptist Church, Kevin Chen, who will be teaching at BBI during this trip. BBI is situated in Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle region, which is a hotspot for large-scale drug production and trafficking. Pray that the students of BBI would be empowered to minister God’s love to those who are broken and lost in the region. BE SENT
Please join us in praying for the Canadian Baptist Youth and Family Team (CBYF), which will be holding their bi-annual meetings this week. The meetings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at the head office of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. The CBYF consists of youth leaders from across Canada, representing our various denominational partners. Please pray for the leaders as they discuss ways to effectively reach youth – both inside and outside of the church – and plan joint projects. Louise Knowles, CBM’s representative for Youth and Young Adult Engagement, and Adrian Gardner, CBM’s Team Lead for Church Engagement, will both be attending the meetings. Please pray for wisdom, unity and a renewed vision and passion to reach Canada’s youth. LEARN MORE
November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, which promotes international togetherness and improving the welfare of children worldwide. “Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children,” says information from the United Nations. Please pray for the well-being of girls and boys around the world, especially for those living in areas of conflict and instability. We pray that global leaders would make the needs of children a priority and allow their voices to be heard. May children find safe places to play and learn within their communities and be able to reach their full potential. LEARN MORE
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Based in Costa Rica, David and Suzannah Nacho serve as CBM Field Staff. The Nachos are currently in Canada on home assignment, returning to Costa Rica on January 28. Please pray for them as they visit churches in western Canada and meet with their supporters. As they share updates about their work and ministry in Latin America, pray that congregants would be encouraged to continue their support. The Nachos work with CETI (Community of Interdisciplinary Theological Studies) in Costa Rica. David serves as Academic Dean, providing leadership and strategic direction. Suzannah serves as an adjunct professor. Please pray that CETI staff, professors and facilitators would serve with wisdom and joy as they help form Christian leaders. Pray also that the students who attend CETI would grow in their love of Christ and commitment to discipleship. MEET THE NACHOS
November 19 is World Toilet Day, which raises awareness about improving hygiene and sanitation practices around the world to prevent the spread of disease. About 60 per cent of the global population either have no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage waste, says information from the United Nations. At schools around the world, 900 million children also lack hand-washing facilities, which is a first line of defence against spreading disease. In El Salvador, CBM is partnering with ENLACE to improve the health and sanitation of impoverished communities. Please pray for our latrine project, which replaces shallow pit latrines with composting latrines – an intervention that prevents waste from contaminating water sources. Please pray for staff and community volunteers as they educate communities on the need for proper sanitation practices. May the latrine project continue to help children and families in need, reducing waterborne diseases. LEARN MORE
CBM continues to work with local church partners to provide support and training to pastors and Christian leaders around the world. Please pray that leaders would be properly equipped with the tools, training and material they need to effectively share the good news of the gospel within their communities. Please pray specifically for CBM’s work in the Philippines among young leaders, which helps them to participate in a peace-building initiative between local Christians and Muslims. We pray that this training would promote peace and break down cultural and religious barriers. Also, please remember to pray for pastors who are leading churches in countries like South Sudan where there are unique challenges due to ongoing conflict, violence and instability. May God give them strength and endurance to continue to be a light within their communities. SUPPORT LEADERS