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Forced Displacement on the Rise

CBM Responding

Ongoing and newly developed conflicts have driven displacement across the globe. According to the UNHCR, 89.3 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide. Sixty-nine percent of refugees and displaced people originated from just five countries (Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar). Children, who account for 30 percent of the world’s population, account for 41 percent of all forcibly displaced people.

Helping Kids Get Back to School

CBM Responding

The ads for back-to-school shopping were everywhere, and while I tried to ignore them in the middle of summer, my daughters were thrilled with the idea of picking out their school supplies in early August!

Get Ready to be Sent

CBM Responding

For over 40 years CBM has sent individuals and teams from Canada to visit our global partners. These experiences were put on hold in March 2020 due to the pandemic. However, we are excited to be planning SENT experiences again for 2023.

The Power of Ordinary Work

CBM Responding

We hear a lot about the value of hard work. Our parents, grandparents, and teachers all promote the message. My husband’s grandfather always asked only one question: “Are you getting enough work?” My paternal grandfather was a teacher, boatbuilder and pattern maker who worked into his mid 80’s, still building boats. Both men lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. They both had a deep-rooted faith and knew that living it out through their work and in all aspects of life was integral and essential to life itself. But somehow this has gone astray, and our lives reflect the unbiblical sacred/secular dualism where what happens at Church on Sunday is ministry, and Monday to Saturday are for secular activities.

Shared Hopeful Gifts Campaign 2022

CBM Responding

At Christmas, churches around the world celebrate God’s gift to us – the Word becomes flesh. This Christmas, CBM wants to help your church community offer this gift of hope to others through our local church partners around the world.

Rob Sellitto

CBM Responding

Rob lives in Ottawa with his wife Jill, son Isaac, daughter Nevaeh and two dogs. They moved to Ottawa so that Rob could serve as the pastor of Bromley Road Baptist Church. Previously, Rob served at Heart Lake Baptist Church in Brampton as their associate pastor, West Edge Community Church as their youth pastor, and at Yonge Street Missions Evergreen Youth Center. Rob completed his undergrad at Tyndale University College and received a master’s degree from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto and another master’s degree from Tyndale Seminary. He also went through the Arrow Leadership Program a few years ago, which was a transformational experience. Rob is currently a student at Acadia Divinity College in their Doctor of Ministry program.

Re-igniting Passionate Ministry Leaders

CBM Responding

One of CBM’s key causes is to Build the Church around the world. We believe that God brings healing to a broken world through local churches. That’s why we aim to equip and empower congregations to share the gospel and proclaim God’s love in their communities.

Expanding Our Reach

CBM Responding

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) 

Everyone Deserves to Eat

CBM Responding

Food. We all need it – yet around 768 million people in the world experience hunger. At the start of the year, CBM invited Canadian Baptists to feed the hungry through a matching grant opportunity. We asked for you to join us in giving hope to the hungry in places like South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya and Lebanon.

Walking Together in a Good Way

CBM Responding

As we look towards Canada’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, CBM wants to offer resources, articles, songs and the space to reflect as we prepare our hearts and minds for a time of listening and lament on September 30, 2022.

What is Vennture?

CBM Responding

If you are like me, you sometimes need to just make words up, combining two or more common words. They might look a bit strange, but they somehow just seem to fit together rather nicely.

Laura Muema

CBM Responding

Laura serves alongside the Africa team, contributing to CBM’s overall ministry in the areas of family ministries, social support for vulnerable children, gender equity and empowering women.

Responding in Times of Need

CBM Responding

According to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), more than 6.2 million people have fled Ukraine; the vast majority of these are women, children and the elderly. There are more than 3.3 million refugees in Poland alone, along with more than 924,000 in Romania, more than 610,000 in Hungary and more than 464,000 in Moldova. Inside Ukraine, roughly 7.7 million people are internally displaced as a result of the conflict, which is equivalent to 17.5 per cent of the entire population.

Summer Reading

CBM Responding

Summer is a busy time for us as we complete campaigns that will roll out in the fall and winter seasons. Yet, each of us will find an opportunity to close down our computers and set aside work for planned summer vacations. What are your plans for the summer? Whether on a plane or on a dock, summer provides the time and space for reading. Here are some suggestions from my CBM colleagues for what books to pack in your bag this summer.

CBM Responding Issue 6

CBM Responding

Hear from Adrian Gardner about the work happening to help relieve the Ukraine crisis. Meet our newest Global Field Staff, Kathryn Scott. And learn about how Fiona Kwok is Building the Church in Myanmar. All in this issue of CBM Responding.

CBM Responding Issue 5

I would like to take a moment to thank you for your continued generosity and support. Whether through the Hopeful Gifts for Change Catalogue, The Christmas Match Campaign or the Hopeful Gifts Church Campaign, your giving through 2021 is impacting lives around the world.

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A Lunch Date in Lebanon

CBM Responding

Joe and Alexi Bridi chop parsley and mince garlic in their kitchen at home in Lebanon. It looks like any other day preparing food for their family, except for two computers on their kitchen table – one computer camera facing Joe and Alexi and a second pointing toward their kitchen counter.

Empowering the Church in a Time of Crisis

CBM Responding

One of CBM’s key causes is to Build the Church around the world. We believe that God brings healing to a broken world through local churches. That’s why we aim to equip and empower congregations to share the gospel and proclaim God’s love in their communities.

Staff Spotlight: Byron Velásquez

CBM Responding

Byron serves alongside the Latin America team, contributing to CBM’s overall ministry in integral mission and global discipleship by facilitating training for church partners, organizing and facilitating SENT trips in Guatemala and El Salvador, and strengthening partnerships and local ministry activities.

Staff Spotlight: Joseph Lee

CBM Responding

Joseph serves with the Chinese Ministries Team, supporting ministry opportunities within the Golden Triangle region. His role also supports existing partner relationships and helps create new connections with Canadian churches.

Standing in Solidarity

CBM Responding

As we enter the fall season, it is with renewed excitement that we share another issue of CBM Responding with you. Another year is almost upon us, and this is already our fourth quarterly issue for 2021 – we aren’t slowing down now!

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