Written by Peter H. Holtvluwer Category: General
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Christ’s command to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) means not only spreading the gospel abroad (see Foreign Mission) but also within our own country, our own communities. This is all the more the case as Canada is home to many immigrants. As Christians, we share in Christ’s anointing. Christ fills us with His Holy Spirit and calls us to be His prophets who confess the Name of Christ to all. Though we may and must do this as individuals, the church also sees fit to organize such domestic mission collectively. Mission work is understood to be the responsibility of the local church which neighbouring sister churches support through prayer, financial giving and personal assistance where feasible. By God's grace and abundant blessing, over the half-century of our existence in Canada, several home mission posts have been established in various parts of the country.

The current mission posts are as follows:

Prince George Mission, BC

The Canadian Reformed Church at Smithers, BC, in cooperation with supporting churches across the country, has been involved with ministry to First Nations in northern BC since 1983. More recently, the focus has broadened to ministry among the citizens of Prince George, regardless of ethnic background. Prince George is a large city in the north, approximately 400 km south-west of Smithers. Rev. Jim Witteveen has been serving as missionary here since 2006. Under the Lord’s blessing, a congregation is forming with weekly worship services and fellowship activities. Visitors are heartily encouraged to attend!

Chinese Mission in the Greater Vancouver Area, BC

The Canadian Reformed Churches at Cloverdale and Langley, BC, are partnered together in the work of urban mission among the Chinese people in the Greater Vancouver area. Many sister churches throughout western Canada also support this endeavour. Rev. Frank Dong began the work in Surrey focussing on the Mandarin-speaking peoples of China and other parts of Asia. Soon the headquarters moved over to Burnaby, a more central location to those visiting the Bible Study group. Before too long, by God’s grace, there was an established fellowship group and since 2004 this group has gone by the name of the Chinese Reformed Church. Mandarin is spoken and sung at the weekly meetings. The adherents of the Chinese Reformed Church also enjoy a close social relationship with each other. Visitors are always welcome!

Streetlight Ministries in Hamilton, ON

Streetlight Ministries is a joint project of the Ancaster Canadian Reformed Church and Fellowship Canadian Reformed Church of Burlington-South. Begun in 1998, it is supported by many sister churches through regular collections. Streetlight Ministries' mission is to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of downtown Hamilton. It is the aim of Streetlight Ministries to use volunteers from the supporting churches to teach others the glad tidings of God 's grace, to be received by faith alone, for the salvation of all those who repent of their sins and believe that Jesus is Lord of all. (Romans 3:21-26). At present this work is coordinated by missionary Rev. Paul Aasman and full-time mission worker, Hilco de Haan. The work has grown to include a regular group of believers, adherents and worshippers who meet together each Sunday for worship and at other times for Bible study and fellowship. The hub of this work is the Ministry Centre, located at 82 Ferguson Ave in downtown Hamilton.

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