For many years, Dave and Stacey have served the Lord faithfully in Cameroon working to translate the Bible into a new language. As they engage in this work, they have become trusted members of their community and are actively engaged in church life and discipleship. The Christians in the people group they serve face many challenges. Sexual sin seems to be the greatest barrier to salvation and godliness among them. In the last year, there have been four people disciplined from their village church because of sexual immorality. Dave and Stacey even had to let a translator go from their translation project because of sexual sin. Thankfully, one of the young believers, Koo, recently publicly confessed some of his own hidden sins to the church. Since then, he has been renewed in his joy in Christ and in his relationship to his family and the church. This has seemingly led to a renewed pursuit of righteousness in others.
The Shipley family are faithful members of Hope Church Mississauga where Chris serves as the Pastor of Sending and Counseling. The mission of Hope Church is to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19–20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:37). In the past year, the Lord greatly answered their prayers and blessed the body by enabling them to appoint deacons for the first time, bring in one new elder, create a healthier church membership and member care process, and continue in unity among the elders and staff.
The church continues to need boldness to speak and live out the truth in love toward a Canadian society that is increasingly hostile toward Christianity and the gospel. As an elder, Chris is seeking to wisely equip families in the church for this by reminding them of their identity in Christ, and preparing them to engage various secular forms of expressive individualism. Thankfully, God has continued to bless the church as it grows in prayer, care for one another, and giving despite the social pressures surrounding them.
Immanuel’s medical response team is a lightweight, on-call volunteer service that provides the welcome team with rapid, basic medical assistance and advice during Sunday morning services. These volunteers are the first point of contact via radio in case of an urgent medical situation.
Bible in Heart Language:
Islam was brought to Malaysia by Arabic and Indian traders centuries ago. Since then, the Malay people have come to embrace and ardently follow the Islamic faith. All Malay people are considered Islamic though levels of devotion to the religion are varied. The Malay find much pride in their cultural heritage and place great emphasis on family and community dependence.