Agency: SIM Canada
Global Initiative: Defending Human Dignity
Many people don’t realize that as many as ten to 20 percent of men in Canada are purchasing sex. Peoples Connection Missionary John Cassells has accepted the call from God to rally the men of the church to stand up for those who are without a voice and on behalf of those without power in our society.
“Most people who aren’t knowledgeable about the sex trade would assume that these young people are making choices,” John says. “People assume they have the freedom to go ahead and do this. But the reality is most of the people who become prostitutes are exploited children who are lured into the sex trade.”
“When they come out they are very broken people. They have chronic health problems, face addiction and suffer with mental health issues.”
John points towards Psalm 82 that reads “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Men of the church need to consider this Scripture, John says. It may take great lengths to be the voice of those without a voice or power in our society but John believes when we look at Scripture we see and understand God’s heart, his broken heart for the vulnerable and exploited in our midst.
John Cassells, an urban missionary with a career spent working with the GTA’s most vulnerable will be joining us on the second Sunday of DNA 2017, The Peoples Church Global Outreach Conference.
– Your Faith Promise supports John.
Agency: SIM – Galmi Hospital
Global Initiative: Developing Vibrant Communities
Husband and wife, Peter and Hyon, were just beginning their courtship those many years ago when they decided that for their first date, they would attend an information night on missions happening in the African continent. Mission had been on both their hearts and without much thought around making a commitment, they ended up in a conversation about serving in Niger, a land-locked country in West Africa.
“To be honest, I didn’t even know where Niger was,” Peter says. “I had to look it up in an atlas.”
He signed up to go in 1998 during the hottest months. During his first visit the gravity of being in one of the poorest countries of the world, during the hottest months of the year felt like more than he would be able to handle.
“I have just made the biggest mistake of my life, this is going to be impossible,” Peter said to himself when he first arrived. “If this is what God has called me to do, I don’t know if I can do it.”
“But we can never do it on our own strength. It is always by his grace. Even though it is a physically challenging country, it’s a poor country, we have to work in a second and a third language we kept getting drawn to that country and God just really placed that country and its people as a burden on our hearts.”
But something happened, Peter and Hyon say, that burden turned into a love. A love for the country and a love for its people. They look forward to returning every year and seeing the friends they have developed deep relationships with and coming alongside coworkers there.
Medical relief in Niger and in particular, Galmi, probably wouldn’t exist without the mission efforts like those of Hyon and Peter. Located on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, it’s dry and rocky landscape leaves little to sustain the local economy.
“Residents face impossible choices around seeking out medical treatment,” Peter says. “They have to make the choice between sending their child to school for the year, the family eating for a week or getting medical help.”
“They face impossible, horrific economic choices. But families love their children in Galmi as much as we do here.”
Your faith promise enables Hyon and Peter to serve thousands of men, women and children in Galmi that otherwise wouldn’t have access to medical care. In the midst of this, it frees the locally trained medical staff the opportunity to build relationships and ultimately be a reflection of Christ’s love in their community.
Hyon and Peter will be joining us on the second Sunday of DNA 2017, The Peoples Church Global Outreach Conference.
– Your Faith Promise supports Hyon and Peter.
Agency: Friendship Support Association
Global Initiative: Advancing Gospel Frontiers
Guret was a young man when he felt restless. Day after day, tending to his camel herd, he felt the need to go for a walk. Located in northern Ethiopia and a member of the Afar people, a walk for Guret meant more than just a stroll around the block. After several hours of wondering he came upon a building with music pouring out of it.
Curious, he went inside and listened. They shared some food together and then Guret went on his way to rejoin his tribe.
He didn’t know it at the time, but this was Guret’s first introduction to church.
Afars are predominantly Muslim and conversion to Christianity is forbidden. In Guret’s mind, he had just visited a building with some music – he wasn’t aware of the concept of Christianity – but to his tribe, he had become a Christian and was an affront to Islam.
Banished from his tribe, Guret was left to his own devices so he went to the only place he knew would accept him. The building with the music.
Fast forward more than a decade – Guret has accepted Christ and his heart is burdened with the people who had once rejected him.
Guret was given a vision to launch an organization that seeks to transform the Afar people by demonstrating the love, the truth and the power of Jesus. They desire to locate, evangelize and disciple Afars who will grow and lead the indigenous Afar Church of Jesus Christ.
The Afar Friendship Association, the manifestation of Guret’s vision, has launched literacy programs, made education available to children, been partners to Afar women in reproductive health improvement and been there to answer the call for relief when disaster struck.
Your faith promise has enabled Guret to do this work that can potentially touch the 1.2 million Afar people who may have otherwise never been exposed to the gospel.
Guret will be joining us on the second Sunday of DNA 2017, The Peoples Church Global Outreach Conference.
– Your Faith Promise supports Guret.