Locally, we are excited about our 'Lunch is on Us!' outreach. On the second Saturday of each month we provide a free lunch, which is an opportunity for people to connect with others while enjoying a home cooked meal. These lunches are well attended and the level of chatter and laughter in the room is heartwarming.
Throughout the year we also support various other community groups such as Convos Youth Zone, a ministry to children, youth and families in Beamsville. We sponsor and fill Christmas Hampers for Community Care of West Niagara families. We also support the spring fundraising campaign for Grimsby Life Centre which offers counselling for marriage, family, individual, pregnancy, anger, budgeting and parenting issues.
Internationally we support Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) in their international projects, particularly in supporting our 'Partners in Mission', Emad and Almess Botros in Lebanon. Emad serves as an Old Testament lecturer at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, which equips leaders for the Church in the entire Arab world. Almess works with Iraqui and Syrian refugees, and both act as mentors to the students in developing their ministry and leadership skills. Their sons, Timothy (13) and Nathaniel (11) are beginning to help with Sunday School as translators from English into Arabic.
At Christmas we also have a special mission project. Last year we raised funds to sponsor 23 Syrian refugee children to attend summer camp.
God is so good to us! We praise him for his faithfulness and look forward with anticipation to what mission opportunities He'll put before us in the coming year.