Mar4FriMarch 4, 2022
It’s a new year and a new budget. The congregation approved a Missions budget of $19,369 for 2022. The Presbyterian Sharing budget has been greatly reduced to $5000 and reallocated to Missions in order for us to better direct our support. The Missions Committee made up of Pastor Jonathan, Allan Smith, Penny O’Brien, Min Mihalik and me (Linda Clarke) met in January to decide on how we would distribute these funds. Our proposal was supported by Session at the February meeting. Mission payments are made quarterly upon authorization from BOM. Here is a very brief overview of the Missions we chose to support this year with links to their website where available. Voice of the Martyrs and Ottawa Campus Chaplaincy have been added this year.
Note that Good Gracious articles about our Missions will appear on occasion. We have a monthly prayer focus for each of our Missions and updates are posted on our Grace Church website when available.
YWAM (Youth with a Mission): Dan and Sarah Hall are stationed in Dunham, Quebec. They grew up as part of Grace Church (Sarah is Kevin and Anna Russell’s daughter). The goal of YWAM Dunham is discipleship training focusing on arts, the French world, and the local community. https://ywam.org/location/ywam-dunham/b-114/
Montreal West Presbyterian Church: A west African immigrant congregation of over 100 members and 50 children, bringing to life a 128-year-old church destined to close. https://montrealwestpresbyterianchurch.com/
AIM (Africa Inland Mission): Dan MacKinnon (former pastor of Grace church) serves as the Canadian church/mission liason. AIM is an evangelical Christian mission agency serving in over 20 African nations with priority to unreached people groups. https://aimint.org/ca/
Camp Cherith: A Christian camp in Lanark with a long history with Grace where many of our children gave their lives to Christ, teens have received leadership training and many adults have and still do volunteer. https://www.cherith.ca/
John Sourial Tunisia Mission: John is a member of Grace and is one of the founders of JOWAEM. John travels twice annually to teach, disciple leaders, baptize new Christians, and encourage the new churches in Tunisia.
OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian): Leah Hopp teaches community health in 6 villages around Karamoja in Uganda. Leah and her family were part of Grace Church some years ago. She received her Masters degree in Public Health recently. http://www.opum.org/about-us/
Northern New Brunswick Ministry: Glen Sampson brought 4 struggling churches together as a regional ministry. They have built through their Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
Ethnos Canada: Dave and Judy Wright are part of Indigenous ministries in Northern Saskatchewan spreading the gospel and training disciples. https://ethnos.ca/
Voice of the Martyrs: serves the persecuted church worldwide. https://www.vomcanada.com/
Ottawa Innercity Ministries: serves Ottawa’s homeless and impoverished community with street outreach, youth arts program, veterans support, and drop-in. https://www.ottawainnercityministries.ca/
Interserve: Richard and Kathy Konieczny formerly serving in Indonesia are now in Toronto. Rich is the national director and Kathy is the national prayer coordinator and missionary kids advisor. https://interservecanada.org/
Bible League Canada: The goal is to see people everywhere transformed by the living Word of God. They partner with Christian Ministry Organizations to reach people in over 40 countries worldwide. https://bibleleague.ca/
Inter-Varsity (IVCF): Christian fellowship in Ottawa at Algonquin College, U. of Ottawa and Carleton U. https://ivcf.ca/
Ottawa Campus Chaplaincy: Engaging Christ, community, and culture. Their 4 core values are care, belonging, discipleship and leadership. https://ottawacampuschaplaincy.org/
OCCRC (Orleans Cumberland Food Bank): Providing groceries to people in our community who are in need. https://www.crcoc.ca/en/
We have left some unallocated funds for emergent needs that arise.