Missions

“It is not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world, as that God has a church for his mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church, the church was made for mission – God’s mission.” – Christopher Wright, The Mission of God.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship:

 
This organization reaches out to High School and University Students. Jonathan Allen has continued working part time with UPEI University groups and is now working with the Mount Allison University IVCF chapter. IVCF emphasizes personal bible study. 2012 was Urbana year. Over 16,000 attendees participated in the post Christmas event.

Moncton Pregnancy Resource Center:

 
Formerly knows as Moncton Crisis Pregnancy Center, this team reaches out with a helping hand to women and families with unplanned pregnancies. It has a strong and effective education and support arm.

Navigators:

 
We support Genieve and Phillipe Anderson in Navigators Mission work on the St. Mary’s Campus in Halifax. An opportunity has opened for Phillipe to become a Sport’s Team Chaplain with direct student contact.

Moncton Community Chaplaincy:

 
Supports outreach to prison ministries, halfway houses and encouragement to former inmates making a transition back to life in society. David Way continues to lead this work.

Friends of Israel:

 
This organization reaches out with the Gospel of Christ to Jewish people of Atlantic Canada. We support John and Dorothy McKim who are Atlantic Representatives and now work out of Saint John, NB. John and Dorothy visited St. Andrews this past Easter and helped in the Maundy Thursday program.

Renewal Fellowship within the Presbyterian Church of Canada:

 
This is a national ministry within the Presbyterian Church of Canada. It provides a forum of study, mutual support and prayer. It emphasizes personal spiritual growth and renewal. Rev. Fred Stewart is the present National Director. Fred has served in the Carluke/Binbrook Pastoral Charge south of Hamilton, Ontario, and at Amberlea Presbyterian Church in Pickering, Ontario.

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada:

 
We support this organization as a strategic witness at the national level. Special resources of the Fellowship address key social issues and matters of public policy at Parliamentary and Supreme Court Committees. The bi-monthly publication “Faith Today” reviews activities across the nation relating to conflict between Christian beliefs and Canadian public policy. It has become a powerful voice for evangelical Christians in Ottawa with input to new legislation and makes submissions to the Supreme Court of Canada on issues affecting faith communities. We became a Congregation Affiliate Member in 2002 and continue to lend support to this national ministry. Bruce Clemenger, the National Director EFC, was our guest speaker at the Good Friday Services at Saint Andrews 6 April 2012.

Overseas Missionary Fellowship: (OMF)

 
This organization reaches out to: Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and discreetly to mainland China through different channels. We support Nancy Stephens, National Candidate Coordinator. We also supported Rob and Clara Flanagan, who moved to Toronto to serve at the OMF Mission Home – a base for outgoing and incoming missionaries.

The Dawn for the Poor:

 
This organization reaches out in the Phillipines. The Dawn for Asia, a new vision, takes the gospel to the poor in Mynamar (formerly Burma). Patrick Hobbs from Halifax, has visited twice and helped local pastors reach out to the poor. Patrick Hobbs was killed in a motor vehicle accident this past October 17, 2012. Ron Viergutz and Leng Que Kue Viergutz have returned to Thailand and they are now working at the Phayao Bible School in North Thailand. This past year the Thailand Government have declared Christmas an official national holiday. The regional Atlantic work of OMF is now being directed by Hassel Kerr from Saint John, NB .

Christian Blind Mission:

 
A medically oriented mission to the peoples of Africa, Middle East, India, Pakistan and Indonesia. Special Clinics for eye surgery have been developed in South America. We contribute to the support of field ministries.

Interserve:

 
Reaches out to the 10/40 window to Muslim and Hindu peoples. Strong ministries in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Nepal and North Africa have developed. We support Interserve missionaries Dr Bill and Sheila McKelvie in Pakistan. They work in a TB hospital and have returned to Pakistan 2011. Terrible flooding in the central plains have disrupted a lot of planned work, but opened other doors for service.

Avant: (Formerly Gospel Missionary Union)

 
Global in vision, its ministries also reach Central and South America. We support John Harder and Don Pickel in specialized ministries to the Cuban Church. Each year John or Don take a small team of men, Spanish Bibles, and visit a number of the Cuban churches. For security reasons information is not published in a wider forum but is available on personal request. There is an opportunity for men in our congregation to go with John Harder or Don Pickel on one of these trip to Cuba. Don Pickel visited Saint Andrews 3 May 2012 and spoke to our combined Home Bible Study Groups at the church.

REACH ACROSS, formerly the Red Sea Mission:

 
It now has a new Canadian Director: Perry Zelman. ReachAcross P.O. Box 88520, RPO Newton, Surrey, BC V3W 0X1. Phone: 604-596-7937 Fax: 604-596-7926 Email: info.ca@reachacross.net This is a mission team that reaches out to Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Maliseet Native Ministries:

 
A contribution was made to Hannah Handojo to assist in medical needs for Rhoda Inch. Rhoda Inch passed away peacefully into His presence June 20, 2012. Hanna and a dear friend were with her at home. We are all rejoicing in Rhoda’s elevation to glory. Hanna and Rhoda have participated in outreach ministries to the Maliseet peoples.

Missions Fest Halifax:

 
Jesus to the Nations met again in Halifax in March 2012. We have promoted this workshop and invited our young people to attend. Financial support was given to this work this year. It will be meeting again March 2013 and we would again encourage our young people to attend. Accommodation can usually be arranged at low cost in the student residence at Mount Saint Vincent’s. Doreen and Winston Dykeman visited the Fest this year and were delighted by the broad representation from so many Mission Groups. This year over sixty were registered.

Wycliffe Bible Translators:

 
We continue to support the ministry of Sean and Lezlie Allison in the Cameroon Africa. They are involved in helping a tribal people develop a written syntax for their language. Sean has completed his PhD and has moved to British Columbia where he is teaching in a linguistics school. He plans to also spend several months each year in the Cameroon working with tribal people and missionaries working in the region..

Child Evangelism Fellowship:

 
Outreach to children with summer back yard evangelism and summer camps. We support Roy and Ruth Harrison in International CEF Ministries. Roy and Ruth Harrison visited St. Andrew’s on October 31st.2010. Ron and Eunice Wiebe will be moving to New Brunswick to take on the role of directors for Atlantic Canada in 2013.

Rural Church Development:

 
Presbyterians John and Shannon Wyminga are involved in rural church planting in interior B.C. A donation as made to support this ministry: “The Northern Light Cariboo Presbyterian Church Project.”
Social Action:

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast:

 
We continue annual support for this project. It provides an opportunity for witness to the community at large. Don Simmonds, Chairman and CEO of Crossroads Christian Communications was the guest speaker
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Food Banks:

 
Local social action activities included Christmas support for food baskets for needy members of our congregation and a donation to the Greater Moncton Food Bank and the Christian Foodbank. Food received on the last Sunday of each month provides for special requests in the community and support to the local Christian Food Bank Program. This year we increased our donations to both of these needy charities.

Christmas Shoe Box:

 
The Christmas Shoe Box ministry of Samaritan’s Purse was again a success. We obtained 100 boxes and distributed them to the congregation.

Teen Challenge:

 
We continue to support this ministry. The organization is represented in the local area at Memramcook. Its goal is to assist Teens to deal with drug and other addictions. It has a live-in dorm and on site counselors. Remi Legacy has spoken to the congregation on this work .

New Life Mission:

 
Downtown ministry to street kids and kids without a home to return to after school. We continue to support Laura Selig in this work. Laura has visited Saint Andrews and described this work.

Christian Action Federation of New Brunswick:

 
We support the Executive Director Marsha Boyd-Mitchell and the Federation. It has done an excellent work in reaching out to school children with some biblical views of human sexuality that help to counter the perverse notions of contemporary Canadian culture. Marsha also is willing to come and speak to youth groups on “Dating Issues.”

CARDUS, formerly The Center for Cultural Renewal:

 
gives detailed surveys of Supreme Court decisions and implications for us. Now operating under the name of CARDUS, this organization prints a very helpful journal dealing witThis group does detailed analysis of government bills and Supreme Court of Canada decisions and highlights areas that are of critical interest to Christians. Their website h Christian Issues in the public Square. We will endeavor to get copies for the church library.
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