As a church family, we believe it's vitally important to support both the global and local church and we are blessed to be able to do so in a variety of ways. This includes Les and Rita Peters (Impact Ministries), Elsie Welch, Dave and Neva Duncan (OneBook), Geoff and Kim Lee (Imani Orphan Care Foundation), Tim and Barb Schindel (Leading Influence Ministries), and local organizations such as Mustard Seed New Life Community, the Pregnancy Care Centre, and Kamloops Christian School.
Les and Rita had been a part of our church for many years - even before they took to the mission field in Guatemala and founded Impact Ministries. They have spent many years planting and maintaining churches and schools, educating the next generation in Guatemala. They have a special passion for empowering the Guatemalan people to learn more, earn more and pray more. Impact also facilitates an expansive child sponsorship program, enabling those across the world to support Christian education and the children it benefits.
For more information, you can visit their website here.
Together, our church also sponsors a boy named Fernando through Impact Ministries.
For a May 2020 video update from Les and Rita, click here.
Elsie has been travelling all over the world for many years, evangelizing everywhere she goes. Wherever God leads her - whether to Cape Dorset in Nunavut, Cuba, Estonia, Thailand, and more - she walks in the freedom and power of God. Working with people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, she encourages and equips those around her to walk in the Holy Spirit. Elsie loves to passionately reach out to those in need and to be the hands and voice of Jesus.
Dave, Neva and their family have lived around the world in places such as Papua New Guinea and Singapore, working with communities to bring God's word to those around the world. OneBook often works with locales and dialects that don't have a written form. Helping develop that leads to literacy, which leads to an ability to read God's word in their own language. Along the way, OneBook also partners with communities to provide more information on education, health care, and social and economic developments.
For more information on OneBook, visit their website here.
Imani is named after the Swahili word of the same name, meaning "Faith," and that's what Kim and Geoff founded this orgnaization on. They spend part of their time at home in Abbotsford, BC, and part in Kenya. Imani focuses on caring for orphaned or disadvantaged children, providing clean water, shelter, clothing, hygiene items, love, medical care, and education for them. They do this in part by facilitating sponsorships for vulnerable children. They also provide opportunities for community projects, with the end goal of making each orphanage a self-sustaining entity.
You can visit their website here.
Together, our church also sponsors a boy and girl from Imani, Kuyian and Kutemi.