She Matters2017-08-23T18:51:24-04:00

She Matters

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?)

Patty Nacho Vargas

Patty is the CBM Global Discipleship Coordinator and National Field Staff for Bolivia. She works alongside Bolivian partners and churches, coordinates SENT teams and facilitates global discipleship experiences for Canadian churches. Please pray for wisdom as she plans for 2020 team visits with partner Organización Bautista de Desarrollo Social (OBADES). Pray for Patty as she starts leading devotions with kids from the Jireh program, which focuses on the social, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of street children and teens in the populous city of Cochabamba. Pray also for healing and good health for Patty.

Elie and Mireille Haddad

Elie and Mireille Haddad serve with CBM in Lebanon as Team Leaders for the Middle East and North Africa region. They help the team reach organizational ends by directing, coaching and empowering CBM Field Staff and assisting our national partners. The Haddads promote their sphere of ministry both on the field and here in Canada, and they help shape the agenda for the future. Elie also serves as President of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, Lebanon, which equips leaders for the church in the entire Arabic-speaking world. Pray for Elie during this busy time in ministry and for safe travels. Pray for Mireille as she continues to develop Bible study materials for the displaced peoples in Lebanon. Please pray for Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) students as they go through another year of ministry preparations. Pray for ABTS graduates as they serve God, many times in difficult places. Pray for the churches in the region, especially in the Kabyle area in Algeria where many churches have received government orders to stop all their activities.

Jeff Carter

Jeff is currently serving in a CBM partnership with the Baptist World Alliance as Director of the Horizons Leadership Training program, an online training course in international youth and children leadership for volunteer youth and children workers. Please pray for the gathering of 18 African leaders from across the continent of Africa who will become the next directors for the Horizons program. They will be hosted in a retreat centre in Ancaster, Ontario at the end of November. Pray for Jeff as he leads this training initiative in cooperation with CBM, Baptist World Alliance and the All African Baptist Youth Fellowship leadership.

Polisi Kivava Baudouin

Polisi is the newest member of the CBM team. He is the Relief and Development Specialist for Africa, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo starting September 16, 2019. Polisi’s role is to contribute to CBM’s overall success in the areas of Integral Mission through relief and community development and programming alongside CBM partners in the region. Polisi will provide oversight and support for the joint CBM and Africa church partners’ relief and community development projects including the CBM and The Foodgrains Bank food security projects. He will also support the CBM team and partners in hosting Canadians. Please pray for Polisi as he transitions into his new role. Pray for protection and wisdom as he works through difficult situations and environments. Pray for healing in the DR Congo as people are affected by the Ebola virus. Please say a prayer of gratitude as the number of patients and resistance to health workers are decreasing. Pray for Ebola to be fully contained.  

Joe Bridi

Joe is CBM’s National Field Staff in Beirut, Lebanon, working with local partners to develop strategies for ministry and provide support to graduates of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) as they build ministries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Please pray for a couple who graduated from ABTS and are serving in Morocco. Please pray for provision and protection, that they may keep their house which is used to hold church. Pray for four Syrian refugees from Muslim backgrounds who serve and attend the weekly Bible studies as they have decided to follow Christ and requested to be baptized. Pray for them as they commence their discipleship courses. Please also pray for the Bridis' children, Jad and Rami as they start the school year.  

World Food Day

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created World Food Day to commemorate its founding in Quebec City, October 16, 1945. The goal of the FAO is to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system. Please pray for our partners, The Foodgrains Bank and the work that CBM does towards awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and help strengthen food security. For detailed prayer points, visit https://foodgrainsbank.ca/product/world-food-day-resource-so-that-all-may-flourish/. 

Bruno and Kathleen Soucy

Bruno and Kathleen Soucy are CBM’s Latin America Team Leaders supporting field staff, church partners and programs in Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. They aim to develop sustainable growth and transformational impact in communities in Latin America through local churches. They also would like to see developing mission efforts and church engagement growth through SENT teams and local partnerships. Pray for partners in the Dominican Republic with bi vocational pastors, working mostly in impoverished rural areas, with a focus of caring for and mentoring vulnerable youth. Pray that the Soucys through CBM would be able to meet them where they are and be an encouragement. Pray for the work of ENLACE, CBM’s partner in El Salvador that is now working with 10 churches in Guatemala. ENLACE equips local churches to transform their communities. Pray for these churches  to be leaders in their communities and be a visible testimony of Jesus' love. Pray for the Soucys as they maintain family relationships from afar. 

Bill and Janice Dyck

Bill and Janice Dyck serve in Bolivia with CBM’s oldest partner, Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB). The Dycks help to equip and mentor UBB’s leaders especially in understanding integral mission and putting it into practice. Please pray for them as they  begin their first home assignment as Global Field Staff to Bolivia. Pray that God will lead them as they share stories with Canadian supporters. Pray that hearts will be moved to support what God is doing in Bolivia and CBM in general.  Pray for safety in their travels as they will be on the road in October and November.  

International Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child. “The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.” Please pray for breakthroughs in preventing child marriages and motherhood and for the eradication of education inequality and gender-based violence among many others. Pray for the protection of girl children, for strength and opportunities towards a sound future.  

Yuanchuan Ye and Ming Gao

Yuanchuan Ye and Ming Gao serve with CBM in Germany as part of the Chinese Ministries team. They work in partnership with a local organization, Forum for Mission to Chinese in Germany (FMCD). The CBM team in Germany works primarily among Chinese students, many of whom have never heard the gospel. Please pray for the Yes, that God will lead more students to them and that their hearts will be ready for the Gospel. Pray for the new students’ event in October, that many will come to know the saving grace of God. Please pray for good health and wisdom in balancing ministry and family priorities. Please say a prayer of gratitude for their daughter, MuLing, who is healthy and happy – and for continued physical and spiritual growth. 

Dan and Melody Grove

Dan and Melody are CBM Strategic Associates who work with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Cameroon. Along with a Cluster Service Team of six Cameroonians who now lead the Ndop Cluster project, they are working towards translating the New Testament into 10 languages and developing literacy programs. Pray for more people to partner with the bible translation program and the dedication of the Chrambo New Testament and the inter-church committee that is organizing this event. Pray for safety, for good attendance, and for God’s word to go forth with power and that He will be glorified through this. Please pray for upcoming trauma healing workshops, for God’s wisdom, compassion and discernment to fill those who are leading the activity, and that many may experience true healing. Please pray for safety and peace for those who are working Bible translation and literacy.  

World Teachers’ Day

Teachers play such a significant role in the lives of our children. They mould, guide and support young ones, providing the knowledge and skills needed towards a great future. On October 5, 2019, World Teachers’ Day, please say a prayer of blessing over teachers all over the world. Pray for provision, protection, strength, joy, patience and grace as they influence the next generation. Pray for teachers that are involved in CBM education-related programs in the Philippines, India, Rwanda, Bolivia and Kenya. 

Fostering Peace in Rwanda

Rwandans have been through a terrible, traumatic ordeal through the horrific genocide of the Tutsi community in 1994. Division, conflict and violence between the Tutsi and Hutu communities plagued the country and people fled for their lives towards safety. As Tutsis who were fighting back began to cover more ground, revenge and retaliation plagued the nation, and Rwandans continued to be immersed deep in violence, and this extended into nearby lands such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. With such a long history of conflict and discord, much peace and reconciliation are needed to help Rwandans move towards peaceful, quiet and progressive lives. Often, the change starts with something simple – locally and within their own community, like in the case of Pastor Murangira Jean Marie Vianney, who serves at an AEBR Church in a southern province in Rwanda. As a result of the genocide, he had found that he had deep hatred for those who had caused his people harm and was prejudiced against them. But with the help of trauma and healing trainings, he learned to move forward to live a life of peace and unity with others. Pastor Murangira says that this changed his life, and helped him to start projects that would help the community obtain peace for themselves as well. He shares, “My hope for the future is that I wish to live where conflict does not exists. Through this program, I hope that there will come a time when church members will be the center of peace and reconciliation. My joy will be to see my community living together having good collaboration among them. My message to the church of Canada is to thank them about their compassionate heart they have towards the Rwandan people. Through their contribution, I knew what peace really is and what I can do to keep peace. ” In the photo, Pastor Murangira is working alongside his community. Often times, large scale change is achieved by starting with one step in the local community or even in one’s own home. You can be part of change that leads to progress. Visit cbmin.org/donate and contribute to your cause of choice today.

Xiaodan Gang

Xiaodan serves with CBM in Germany as part of the Chinese Ministries Team. The team works primarily among Chinese students, most of whom have never heard the gospel. The vast majority of the students will return to China after they graduate and enter into professions or work as civil servants. Please pray for the ongoing preparations for the event being held for new students in October and that more brothers and sisters will come and help them settle in. Please pray for the three colleagues who have graduated and are soon heading home, and that God will provide new workers. Pray for those who have returned to China or left Marburg - that they will find a suitable church and continue to grow in God’s word and in faith. 

Pradeep Babu Gara

Pradeep works alongside CBM’s church partners in India, focusing on budgeting, reporting, monitoring and evaluating ongoing project activities. Based in Hyderabad, he collaborates with other field staff to strengthen the witness of local churches. Please pray for the students in CBM programs, that they may grow and learn as they receive tutoring and that they study well. Pray for the participants of the income generating activities, for God to bless the works of their hands. Pray for the new theological students as they begin seminary.  

Michael Waddell

Rev. Michael Waddell, alongside his wife Melanie Waddell are CBM Global Field Staff in Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines. They serve to form Christian discipleship movements in the context of the marketplace. They also work with local partners in capacity building to alleviate poverty and provide assistance to the marginalized through integral mission. Michael was ordained last September 15, 2019 by the Canadian Baptist of Atlantic Canada (CBAC). Please keep praying for Michael as he and Melanie continue to carry out God’s work in the Philippines. Pray for their family as they travel back to Roxas City and for comfort as they say goodbye to loved ones in Canada. Please also pray for a smooth transition as they settle back into life in the Philippines.  

CBM Welcomes Polisi Kivava Baudouin

Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Polisi Kivava Baudouin to the position of Relief and Development Specialist for Africa, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo effective September 16, 2019. Polisi’s role as Relief and Development Specialist is to contribute to CBM’s overall success in the areas of Integral Mission through relief and community development and programming alongside CBM partners in the region. Polisi will provide oversight and support for the joint CBM and Africa church partners’ relief and community development projects including the CBM and The Foodgrains Bank food security projects. He will also support the CBM team and partners in hosting Canadians. Please pray for Polisi as he starts his new role at CBM. Pray for CBM’s International Partnerships team and for Field Staff serving in Africa as they work to strengthen and grow CBM’s programs in the region. Read the Press Release