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Missions

At Grace Baptist Church, we value reaching out to spiritually searching people. We embrace opportunities that promote and provide emotional, spiritual, and physical health to people around the world. We all strive to be missional in our approach to life whether it is here in Calgary, or in locations all throughout the world.

GBC has sent short term missions teams to Brazil, California, Romania, Honduras, Mexico, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Philippines. We also support individuals partnering with other short term missions agencies around the world.

Missions Partners

We support missions partners in many different roles in many different countries, including Mexico, Cameroon, Asia, Germany, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Philippines, and right here in Canada. Our missions partners are involved in church planting, theological education, Bible translation, discipleship, hostel parenting, nursing, ministry training, the Jesus Film project, administration/finances, and more.

 

North American Baptist Conference

The mission of the North American Baptist Conference is to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ at home and internationally. This can best be accomplished as we combine the strength of all member churches. The International Office seeks to support this mission by helping churches and mission fields develop leaders who are able to multiply ministries in their respective settings.

Vern & Gloria Wagner

Vern & Gloria Wagner

The Wagner’s have settled in nicely in Romania and Camp Falcon Rock.  Shortly upon arriving they did some renovations to their home and got right at renovating what they could at the camp as well.  In the spring they received their 5 year Visa's - a miracle from God!
They are busy getting ready for summer VBS programs and hosting teams from North America.  They want to be able to share their vision for Camp Falcon Rock and its future.
  • Please pray for the on going wait time for the work permits for the projects that they would like to complete.
  • Pray for the busy times ahead with the teams arriving and preparing for VBS.
Craig & Maureen Moody

Craig & Maureen Moody

Craig and Maureen Moody, after finishing their assignment as hostel parents for a short term, have now moved to another assignment in Cameroon.  Craig is Director of Cooperating Missions and Maureen is Nurse Educator.

Because of the unrest in Cameroon, the internet was down for 3 months, causing no communication among other things.  These kind of interferences impact the responsibilities of both Craig and Maureen as well as make it hard for them personally (ie: keeping in touch with their loved ones back home).

In July they will be starting a new work as the Hohn family will return.  They have begun to familiarize themselves with the ministry there as well as working on renovations to a new living situation.

Please Pray For:

  • Please pray for a peaceful resolution for the ongoing unrest in Cameroon.
  • Please pray that Maureen would be able to catch up with her writing and get back on schedule.
  • Please pray that financial aid would come in for one of the seminaries needing some renovations.
Nick & Iris

Nick & Iris

Nick and Iris are on home assignment now.  Pray that they will find refreshing rest, time with family and friends, and wonderful church visits.  Pray that there will be minimal impact on the ministries on the field in their absence.

On the field, please Pray For:

  • The newcomers who have been attending their services.  Pray for the caring ministry team that was established and who are sharing Christ's love with them
  • The vision for a training centre to equip national evangelists.  A piece of land has already been allocated so pray for God's provision to accomplish His plan.
  • For those taking care of the ministry while Nick and Iris are on home assignment

Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada

Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada is a unique ministry. Since 1968, Wycliffe Canada has served minority language groups worldwide by fostering an understanding of God’s Word through Bible translation, while nurturing literacy, education and stronger communities. Our team and our partners strive to create access to education for language groups around the world. We want marginalized groups, the poor and the overlooked to have a chance to know God’s incredible love and escape poverty. Wycliffe Canada is changing lives by translating God’s Word into the heart language of the people and communities we serve.

Jerry & Cindy Walker

Jerry & Cindy Walker

The Walkers were active at Grace Baptist while they were working in the Wycliffe office in Calgary where Jerry served as a printer from 1990 to 1994. After working in Cameroon for two years, they went to Papua New Guinea in 1997.

The Walkers have three adult children: Nathan (1989) married to Melinda , Ryan (1991) and Leslie (1993).

Jerry supervises the media department where they record Scripture, videos (i.e. Jesus Film), songs and other projects in the local languages of PNG. He enjoys going to remote villages to do these recordings. Jerry is also the chairman of the Executive Committee for the PNG Branch.

Cindy is the Scripture Use coordinator and helps to promote and facilitate Scripture Use strategies and activities throughout PNG. A highlight for Cindy is getting to go around the country doing training workshops (Culture Meets Scripture, Sunday School Training, Using Your Bible, Trauma Healing, Bible Overview, etc) in regions and/or villages.

Please Pray For:

  • Current workshops that they are putting on and the leaders who will be attending.
  • Safety in travel as they travel from village to village
  • Their children who are back in the U.S. either working or in school
Dan & Evangeline Birtles

Dan & Evangeline Birtles

The Lord led the Birtles to Mexico to do translation in 2001. At first they lived in the remote village of Copalita, learning the language and creating an alphabet. Now they live in Mitla, an SIL Centre, and Dan travels into the language area on occasion.

They are on home assignment right now, living in Langley, B.C. taking courses there on Literacy and Translation.  Their son Michael (born in 1994) has been working on a family orchard, and daughter Antonia (born in 1995) has been attending school.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray that the translation team working on their own in the Birtles' absence will continue and persevere
  • Pray for the translation team's family members - many of them are struggling with health issues
  • Thank God for the harvest that He is bringing in from The Jesus Film, radio programs and Scriptures in the local dialect.
  • Pray for Evangeline's health
  • Pray for safety for Dan when he travels back to the area to check in on things there.
Günther & Debbie Eichmann

Günther & Debbie Eichmann

Günther joined Wycliffe full-time in 1994, where he works as a senior accountant/financial services officer in the finance department. He now works part-time due to low financial support.

Debbie and Gunther have been married since 1996 and they have two children, Anatoly (1988) and Katya (1990). Currently they have four foster children with whom they endeavour to model Christ to.

Please Pray For:

  • The wounded hearts of the children that God has brought to them, including their adopted children Anatoly and Katya.
  • Pray that more financial partners will join their team.
  • Pray also for wisdom and stamina in being foster parents.
Edith Winstanley

Edith Winstanley

Avant Ministries/Wycliffe

Since 1892, Avant Ministries has focused on planting the church where there is no church. We are an international missionary organization that trains, supports, sends and serves missionaries in over 20 countries globally.

For many years, Edith worked at the Malaga Media Centre in Spain where she served as receptionist and bookkeeper. Through their radio ministry and Bible study courses, Malaga Media Centre provides God's Word to the unreached people living in North Africa.

Early in March 1999, Edith returned to Calgary to be with her elderly father and found that her skills were useful in the Wycliffe Canada office. She has been serving in the Wycliffe office ever since then, working in payroll.

Please Pray For:

  • Ask God to give Edith strength and wisdom as she interacts with members at home and abroad while working on Wycliffe payroll in the Calgary office.
  • Pray also for Avant Ministries in its outreach to North Africa through the media – Bible Correspondence Courses, telephone ministry, videos, chat websites, follow-up ministry, etc.
  • Pray for more national Arabic speakers to join the Malaga Media Centre team.
Dennis & Janet Seever

Dennis & Janet Seever

Dennis and Janet Seever joined Wycliffe USA in 1975, so marked 40 years in Wycliffe in August, 2015. They have served in Papua New Guinea; the Philippines; Darwin, Australia; and Dallas, Texas. In 1993, the opportunity arose to work in the Wycliffe Canada office, so they and their two school-age children came to Calgary, which has become home for them over the years. Dennis served in the maintenance department and later in the finance office, while Janet first worked as a writer in the communications department, assisting Word Alive editor, Dwayne Janke, who had been working alone in editorial.
In 2004, Dennis suffered a very large stroke, which left him unable to speak, read or write and with no use of his right hand. He has never regained any of these abilities. He has difficulty walking and walks slowly with a cane. Since 2009, he has been living in a personal care home and comes home on weekends to be with his family. His greatest joy is riding his mobility scooter around the neighbourhood to collect cans and bottles for recycling, watching football on TV and interacting with his grandson, Andrew.
Janet took over as editor on Prayer Alive in 2006. She writes: “It’s been a joy to interact with Wycliffe personnel and share their stories and prayer requests with prayer teams and individual intercessors.
“So many changes have taken place since we first joined Wycliffe, and we’ve seen numerous teams that we worked with overseas complete their New Testament translations that they were working on. We thank God for the changed lives that have resulted.”
The Seevers have two adult children, Tim and Rachel. Tim and his wife Renylor, originally from the Philippines, have a son born in 2007.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray that Janet will continue to glorify the Lord through her work on Prayer Alive.  She works the equivalent of 4 days a week now and is wondering if it is time to cut back
  • Pray that Dennis’ walking will remain stable so he can continue to live in Waverley House.
  • Pray also for some health issues that Janet is struggling with

Dynamic Churches International

Dynamic Churches International is a faith ministry with a vision to have sufficient trainers equipped and helping Pastors and Christian Leaders develop enough dynamic disciple-making churches to reach each community in every country of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reygan Olnah

Reygan Olnah

Pastor Miquel Banhan, Pastor Reygan Olnah and Josephine Angihan are continuing the Discipleship ministry that the late Gaspar Angihan started in the province of Ifugao.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray for God's direction and guidance as James and Adel Angihan from Grace Baptist make plans for a new mission outreach there.
  • Ask God to work in people's hearts at Grace so that those He wants there will join the team.
  • Continue to pray for Ron and Beverly Nelson who serve with DCI.
Josephine Angihan

Josephine Angihan

Pastor Miquel Banhan, Pastor Reygan Olnah and Josephine Angihan are continuing the discipleship ministry that the late Gaspar Angihan started in the province of Ifugao.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray for God's direction and guidance as James and Adel Angihan from Grace Baptist make plans for a new mission outreach there.
  • Ask God to work in people's hearts at Grace so that those He wants there will join the team.
  • Continue to pray for Ron and Beverly Nelson who serve with DCI.
Miguel Banhan

Miguel Banhan

Pastor Miquel Banhan, Pastor Reygan Olnah and Josephine Angihan are continuing the Discipleship ministry that the late Gaspar Angihan started in the province of Ifugao.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray for God's direction and guidance as James and Adel Angihan from Grace Baptist make plans for a new mission outreach there.
  • Ask God to work in people's hearts at Grace so that those He wants there will join the team.
  • Continue to pray for Ron and Beverly Nelson who serve with DCI.

Other Agencies

Sheryl Grunwald

Sheryl Grunwald

Kidzana Ministries

Kidzana Ministries

Kidzana Ministries' mission is to equip local people to reach and disciple local kids around the world for Christ.  Kidzana is a nonprofit 501(c)3 global children’s ministry training organization focused on equipping local people to nurture, reach, and disciple local children in their communities all around the world.

While Kidzana is a small organization, our lean training and administrative staff works behind the scenes with a massive network of partners and training leaders around the world to facilitate global and local training events and initiatives in dozens of nations.

In 2005, the Lord called her into work with Kidzana, which trains trainers to conduct children's ministries in a number of countries overseas. In 2013, Sheryl travelled 188,600 km to Burkina Faso, SE Asia, Kenya, Colombia and two cities in the U.S. where she has been involved in 1 for 50 Training Trainers. July was the only month she wasn't out of Canada.

Please Pray For:

  • Praise the Lord for all of the trainers who have been trained over the years.
  • Pray for her safety, health, stamina and a productive time as she ministers overseas.
  • Ask God to give a greater vision in some overseas countries to understand that training their children for the Lord is essential, because these children are the future of the church.
Brady Graham

Brady Graham

YWAM Perth

In 2014-2015 Brady attended YWAM Perth as a student and at the end of the year felt God calling him to go back as a staff member for the 4 Wheel Drive Discipleship Training School for a 2 year period.

The DTS is split up into 2 phases; a lecture phase and a training phase.  The first 3 months are spent in Perth, each week a different speaker teaching on a different subject.  The next 3 months the students use the skills and lessons learnt in the first phase in another country, helping others, and building homes or other projects for the less fortunate.  Brady’s role with the students is to help them process what they are learning on DTS and apply it to their lives in new and exciting ways.  The rest of the time he will be working on and repairing the vehicles at the YWAM base in Perth.

 

  • Pray that Brady might be used as God’s instrument during his time there
  • Pray that it would be God’s words and not his being used to speak into the lives of the students
  • Pray for wisdom and Godly leadership as Brady will be leading the outreach team during the second half of the term
  • Pray that God’s Spirit would be with them as the students go through the DTS; that they would come to know God in new ways
  • Pray for energy for Brady as being a staff member is a full time commitment and can be exhausting
  • Pray that Brady would receive the financial support that he requires to complete his full 2 year term there
Stefan Dick

Stefan Dick

InterAct Ministries

Stefan grew up in Germany where his parents worked at Black Forest Academy, a school for children of missionaries. It was there that his love for the Lord was fostered and he put his trust in Him, realizing that He is his Saviour and his friend.

A significant point in his journey came while attending a Torchbearers Bible School in Austria. At Tauernhof, Stefan found himself asking God to reveal His heart to him, and He answered through a dream where He informed him “that the Aboriginal people need a witness of Jesus Christ.” He moved to Winnipeg shortly after and was challenged to pursue further Biblical studies at Prairie Bible Institute. It was in his fourth year at Prairie that he was introduced to InterAct Ministries.

In 2013, Stefan interned with InterAct in Eden Valley, a reserve southwest of Calgary. Afterwards, he started volunteering with InterAct to help run youth nights, and a year and a half ago he joined InterAct Ministries full-time. Now he is building a partnership team of individuals and churches who desire to invest prayer, finances, and other talents to see a team implement the vision of Urban Fire. Stefan currently has 72% of the needed financial partners to cover ministry and personal expenses.

InterAct Ministries is a Christ-centered organization that has worked alongside the Aboriginal community in and around Calgary for over 30 years. Throughout this time more and more Aboriginal young adults have been moving from reserves into the city. With such a transition comes the challenge of stepping into a new culture and
establishing a healthy community. It is not easy!

Urban Fire is a transitional community initiative created to encourage and support Aboriginal young adults by the love of Jesus. Through living in community and providing housing, work opportunities, and connections to the educational system, Urban Fire facilitates opportunities to grow and learn from one another. Our daily
discipleship consists of role-modeling, study, and practical experience including outward-focused ministry to strengthen our relationship with the God of the Bible.

Godwin & Rebecca Subramaniyam

Godwin & Rebecca Subramaniyam

YWAM Hong Kong

Youth with a Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced "WHY-wham"), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray for Godwin and Rebecca as they work with Shanti Ministry kids clubs, that more kids will accept Jesus and more people will volunteer.
  • Ask God for a breakthrough at the drug clinic where they distribute food every Wednesday.
  • Pray for spiritual growth for prisoners at Lai Chi Kok who have accepted Jesus.
  • Pray for God's protection on their family – spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Edith Winstanley

Edith Winstanley

Avant Ministries/Wycliffe

Since 1892, Avant Ministries has focused on planting the church where there is no church. We are an international missionary organization that trains, supports, sends and serves missionaries in over 20 countries globally.

For many years, Edith worked at the Malaga Media Centre in Spain where she served as receptionist and bookkeeper. Through their radio ministry and Bible study courses, Malaga Media Centre provides God's Word to the unreached people living in North Africa.

Early in March 1999, Edith returned to Calgary to be with her elderly father and found that her skills were useful in the Wycliffe Canada office. She has been serving in the Wycliffe office ever since then, working in payroll.

Please Pray For:

  • Ask God to give Edith strength and wisdom as she interacts with members at home and abroad while working on Wycliffe payroll in the Calgary office.
  • Pray also for Avant Ministries in its outreach to North Africa through the media – Bible Correspondence Courses, telephone ministry, videos, chat websites, follow-up ministry, etc.
  • Pray for more national Arabic speakers to join the Malaga Media Centre team.
Erna Martens

Erna Martens

Teach Beyond

Hunger for a sense-filled life is great. Especially among young people, we feel a spiritual awakening which makes many open more than ever for the best message of all time –the Gospel.  With school projects and educational services in the areas of music, camps, and preaching, we invite especially the younger generation to have a personal encounter with God.

Janz Team is known internationally as TeachBeyond and operates world-wide in over 30 countries.

Erna serves in Kandern, Germany, as a librarian at Black Forest Academy, a boarding school for English-speaking missionary children and other students whose parents are working in other countries. She is working in the high school library and helps out in the elementary library as well. Erna finds that Europe needs the Gospel more than ever and is able to be a positive witness to her German neighbors.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray that she will be an effective witness among her non-Christian neighbours.
  • Pray that she will be a blessing to staff and students at Black Forest Academy.
Gord Smith

Gord Smith

Aviation Interfaith Ministry

Aviation Interfaith Ministry is a group of Chaplains who care about our community. We are involved in many aspects of ministry to people and families. It is always difficult to focus your abilities on a select a group of people you can connect with in a beneficial way. You will appreciate that, without focus and effort, you never hit anything. While we possess a diverse and very resourceful collection of talents and abilities, we have been led – or, in Christian terms, called – to serve the Lord in the aviation community. Care and support for the aviation community – yes, that is what we are about. We may choose to deploy our talents in other areas but our community takes precedence.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray for Aviation Interfaith Ministry and Chaplain Gord Smith as they provide a witness at the Calgary International Airport, and minister to passengers and airport staff who come to them with spiritual needs. People continue to pray the prayer of salvation or just come to be prayed for.
  • Pray for continuing financial support.
  • Praise the Lord that many people are volunteering because they see the ministry opportunity and are willing to partner with them.
David & Marlene Nelson

David & Marlene Nelson

Canadian Network of Ministries to Muslims

Canadian Network of Ministries to Muslims is a network of Canadian Christians and churches who want to pray for, love, and reach out to our Muslim neighbours here in Canada so that they would have the opportunity to enter into relationship with and become disciples of Jesus Christ.

The Nelsons attend Grace Baptist Church.

Marlene visits Muslim ladies and their children in their homes, goes on outings with them, helps with paperwork, shares recipes and cooking instructions, attends school parent/teacher interviews, and comes alongside to help, encourage and be a friend to them. Dave is unable to be involved full time, but he is involved as his health allows him in relationships, support, encouragement, and in prayer.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray for Marlene as she builds long-term relationships with Muslim ladies and their children who call her "gramma."
  • Pray for the salvation of so many family and friends who have not chosen to follow Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.
  • Praise God for long term relationships with their Muslim friends. They have been visiting “Amy” and building in her life for 11 years. Pray for her and her daughter. May her needs be met in school; pray the officials will put in place a program specific to her needs.
  • Pray for Mary. May her husband find employment to support her and their 6 children. May they have the willingness, commitment, and wisdom to parent their children well.
  • Pray for increased intimacy with Christ for David. Energy and down time seem to be in such short supply. It is so easy to be focused on health, exercise, and his limitations, not on continual dependence on Jesus and the conversational prayer that he used to experience with the Godhead.

 

Missions Lead Team

The purpose of the Missions Lead Team is to encourage, equip and empower people to engage in missions and with our missions partners. We provide:

  • prayer support for our missions partners
  • guidance, resources and training for people interested in missions
  • financial assistance for our missions partners
  • encouragement of current and future missions partners
  • information to our church from our missions partners and vice versa
  • For more information about Missions at Grace Baptist Church, please contact Pastor Tony Lottes.