By Melanie Morgan
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) conference in Birmingham, Alabama. I heard many stories of missions both in North America and around the world. It reminded me of all the ways our CNBC churches are involved in missions—sharing the love of Jesus in our own communities and around the world.
Much mission action goes on in Canada through our CNBC churches. In 2018 a Girls in Action group raised money for international missions, several student teams did university outreach and many mission teams led VBS and sports camps. Other teams supported and did outreach for several of our church plants. During the summer, a large number of our churches were involved in reaching out to those who do not know the Lord.
We sent teams from Canada to serve on mission around the world as well. Several teams went to Cuba to reach people for Christ and to encourage and increase our Canada-Cuba partnership. Many others went on mission from our convention: one team went to South Turkey to work with refugees; another provided disaster relief in Puerto Rico; and other teams went to the US to serve some of our partner churches, just to name a few.
In 2016–17 our CNBC Women sent boxes of helpful items to the Philippines. They were filled with sewing machines and supplies, clothing and school supplies for kids. We collected funds to hire sewing teachers and to purchase several commercial and regular sewing machines. Through this missions effort, a group of women are now able to sew in order to provide for their families.
In 2017–18 many women’s groups from our CNBC churches contributed funds, winter clothing, handmade scarves and mitts, and school supplies to our Syrian Refugee effort. We were able to visit the homes of refugees who had just entered Canada, to deliver the items and gift cards to help these new families get settled and started in our country.
In 2018–19 CNBC Women are raising funds for Pure Water, Pure Love, a missions ministry supported by WMU. We are encouraging the women of our churches to give to this powerful initiative of helping countries and regions in need of purified water. A missionary in Africa commented, “Every day, I see and treat children and adults who are suffering from bad water. Some end up dying. A sad reality is that something as preventable as this still happens.”
WMU works with churches, Christian organizations and missionaries to provide clean drinking water through well-drilling or water purification systems.
Reprinted from the February 2019 CNBC Horizon. Read more here.