The success of Grace Brethren Canada has been undeniable in seeing four Grace Brethren churches planted north of the 49th Parallel in the last 14 years. But the need for American congregations to partner with them has never been stronger.
Canada is home to 33 million people from around the world, but yet the numbers that would call themselves evangelical Christians are miniscule relative to the United States. Put simply, Canada needs Jesus.
Over the years Grace Brethren Canada has relied on the partnership of congregations in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches to carry forward the mission. Short term teams have been integral to the launch of all four churches. The power of scores of hands reaching out and touching people’s lives in the name of Jesus speaks volumes to Canadians about the love of God for them. People see Christians from faraway places working with a shared passion for the lost and for Christ. This speaks louder than any soapbox preacher ever could.
This summer, two “Great Canadian Adventures” are scheduled. The earliest, July 8-13, will be in Medicine Hat, Alberta–home of Canada’s newest Grace Brethren church, Grasslands Church. It launched in September of 2011, and the congregation and its city could be eternally impacted by a dedicated group of people who partner with the church’s many new and growing Christians who need to learn how to serve with love.
Later this summer, August 5-10, the event returns to Surrey, British Columbia (in the Vancouver area), to join Community of Hope in breaking up the hardened earth in a diverse multiethnic community. People there are from some of the most unreached people groups in the world and need to see Christ’s love before they can be taught Christ’s love. The Adventure will be instrumental in helping Community of Hope increase its ability to impact and love their community.
To learn more on how to participate in either of these affordable, but challenging, missionary opportunities, check out canadianadventure.org on the Web. Together Christ can do more in Canada than we could ask or imagine!