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Connection & Collaboration Among Churches - May 2024
Two Churches Enjoying Relationship Together
Wallenstein Bible Chapel and The Spirit of Truth Church
Want to read a beautiful story of two unique churches enjoying relationship together?
One is a church nestled in the heart of Mennonite country in rural Ontario.
The other is a Persian church from Toronto mostly made up of former Muslims.

“Thanks for your interest in our combined event (Wallenstein Bible Chapel and The Spirit of Truth Church). This was a friendship that was forged by our former Pastor Ron Seabrooke before he passed away unexpectedly in the fall of 2019. With his passing and then the pandemic, this friendship was left unattended for three and half years.  

Last year, Gord Martin encouraged us to re-establish the connection. He and I (Gary Goodkey, Teaching Pastor at Wallenstein Bible Chapel) went to Toronto to visit Pastor Siamak. I had met him briefly in the past but this was our first chance to get to know one another. From that visit, I have had the opportunity to preach at the Spirit of Truth church and WBC began making plans to invite the Persian believers and their friends to come for a visit.  

This came to fruition on the first Sunday of December. Doug Loveday was scheduled to preach that day. Doug was WBC's transition Pastor after Ron Seabrooke died and was also known to the Spirit of Truth church as he has been a visiting speaker there.  

We enjoyed a Christmas themed worship service together that was partially translated into the Farsi language and then a very large 'potluck' with close to 500 people. There was very warm fellowship between our people and we look forward to getting together again in 2024.”

Churches working and learning together!
Oh, how this must please the heart of God to see God’s children worshipping and eating together as one body!

Photo: Doug Loveday (left) and Pastor Siamak (right)
Three Church Families Under One Roof
University Chapel - Vancouver, BC
Imagine three church families under one roof.
This is the exciting adventure of faith that is happening at University Chapel in Vancouver, BC.

This collaboration of communities is being led by three pastors:
Karen Daniels is the Transitional Pastor of the English congregation.
Hyok Kim is the Pastor of the Korean congregation.
And Bruce Nie is the Pastor of the Chinese congregation.
Knowing that each congregation can bless the others in their unique gifting, while inspired by the vision of the kingdom of heaven, and realizing that together they reflect the nature of their local neighbourhood, they are figuring out how to become spiritually one.
It’s a journey. One step at a time.

Through a grant project with Regent College, together they launched one of their shared ministries - a community garden project. Then, an appreciative inquiry showed that they like each other, enjoy doing projects together, and value strong teaching.
This will help guide them as they move forward. In the past, the different church families would meet at various times in the same building over the weekend.
They’re at the point now when all the church services occur at the same time in the same building, while sharing a children’s pastor and a youth pastor.
So the English, Chinese, and Korean children and youth are learning and worshipping together, while the adults are all in the building Sunday morning and remain in their own language congregations.

For Chinese New Year’s, they celebrated a special Lunar service.
Imagine Communion being served in three languages:
“This is my body and this is my blood” spoken in English, Korean, and Chinese.
The inter-cultural worship service gave them a sense of what it could be like.

It’s an exciting time and these three pastors look forward to what God might have in store for them.
Isn’t this the sort of unity and love for one another that Jesus calls us to?
In a world of division and conflict, three church families becoming one is extraordinary - and intriguing.
International Brethren Conference on Mission (IBCM Network)
GO SERVE 2024 Mission Opportunities
GO-SERVE CAMBODIA (22 June-2 July 2024)

Fellowship of Hope (FOH) is a network of over 70 churches across Cambodia. Every year since 2010 (excluding covid years) a pastors and leaders conference has been conducted to encourage, teach, and inspire the leaders for ministry in their villages and cities. The church also runs three Christian schools for children among the very poor. 

GO-SERVE ITALY (16-26 July 2024) 

This mission trip starts in Rome where we will visit a number of the key major Christian tourist sites. The team will then travel to Camp Sicily which offers a Mission Camp for one week located in Ispica, Sicily. The training covers personal discipleship and how to engage and minister to refugees.

GO-SERVE RWANDA (24 September - 3 October 2024)

TFC seeks to transform teenagers into fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. TFC Rwanda reaches over 47,000 teenagers aged 13-19 years every single week, in schools, in the street, in churches, and through sport. Guided by God’s word, TFC seeks to relieve the teenagers from the bondage of ignorance, poverty, loneliness, addictions, lack of opportunity, and poor human values, by bringing a positive, spiritual, and physical influence into their lives.

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