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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

 OUR NEWEST PARTNERS
  • Please pray for the Wagners as they continue to work toward their calling of ministry in Romania. They plan to continue fundraising with hopes to begin ministry this fall.
  • Pray that others will feel called to partner with them on this journey of faith.
Craig & Maureen Moody

Craig & Maureen Moody

For over a year now, the NAB has been praying for hostel parents for the Rain Forest International School in Yaoundé, Cameroon. They are needed to serve, care for, mentor, and disciple missionary kids who are separated great distances from their parents and families. The Moody’s have responded to God’s calling and are such a great provision: they are experienced hostel parents, having served in this capacity from 2008-2010. They are already trusted members of the NAB missionary team.

Please Pray For:

  • Please pray God would grant us wisdom as we seek to best support the nine children in our care.
  • Please pray that God would provide financial partners so our support level will reach 100%.
  • Please pray that we will be able to complete a new water system for the hostel by Christmas. Among other things, this project requires building a new water tower and installing a new pump in our bore hole.
Nick & Iris

Nick & Iris

Nick and Iris began a new assignment recently and found a place to settle soon thereafter so they can bring many co-workers, friends and others to their home.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray for them as they hold weekly Bible studies with university students and two groups of young couples.
  • Pray for physical and psychological healing for those injured in an earthquake last spring.
  • Pray for their health, as they were both sick for a month when they first arrived because of the air pollution.

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.

Cindy and Jerry have been on a nine-month return assignment (furlough) since November and are based in Ohio. Praise the Lord that they have reconnected with their three children and their families, reported to their churches and prayer and financial partners, and worked at recruiting others to join their work. When they return to Papua New Guinea, Cindy will continue her literacy work with the Ataipe West Translation Project languages and Jerry will continue audio recording of Acts and work on videos for those languages. The Walkers have three adult children: Nathan (1989), Ryan (1991) and Leslie (1993).

Please Pray For:

  • Pray for Jerry as he edits hours of recorded audio Scripture to get it ready for distribution and pray for Cindy as she works on Scripture Use materials and lesson plans for various workshops, as well as doing study in the areas of anthropology, missiology and storytelling.
  • Pray for safety in travel as they visit financial and prayer partners. Ask God for a time of refreshing and recharging before they return to Papua New Guinea.
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.

Their son Michael (born in 1994) attends Prairie Bible College, and daughter Antonia (born in 1995) is still with them in Mexico.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray that the printed and recorded Gospel of Mark, dedicated Dec. 5th, will touch many hearts.
  • Pray for God's protection for Faustino on his monthly trips home (his animist priest father was killed one month after he came to the Lord in that area).
  • 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 in travel to remote areas.
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. Debbie and Gunther have been married since 1996, and Debbie works full-time work as a research assistant in cardiology in 1998. This is always a busy season of the year for Günther, who helps Wycliffe members with their tax returns.

The Eichmanns have two children, Anatoly (1988) and Katya (1990) who live in Calgary and they have been foster parents for two others.

Please Pray For:

  • Ask the Lord to comfort the Eichmanns over the recent death Günther's father in Germany.
  • Pray that more financial partners will join their team.
  • Pray also for wisdom and stamina in being foster parents.
  • Pray for Günther in the busy tax season ahead as he helps members with their taxes.
Edith Winstanley

Edith Winstanley

Avant Ministries

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 who was eight in November.

Please Pray For:

  • Pray that Janet will continue to glorify the Lord through her work on Prayer Alive.
  • Thank you for your prayers for Janet’s vision problem, which resulted from a series of complications after cataract surgery. Thank the Lord with Janet for their two children and friends who drove her places. Now that her eye is healed and her vision has been corrected with glasses, she is able to drive and use both eyes for her work.
  • Pray that Dennis’ walking will remain stable so he can continue to live in Waverley House. At one time this year, he began to have difficulty walking to the point of discussing a new place for him to live. Fortunately his walking has improved so he didn’t need to be moved at that time.

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
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.
Ken & Eileen Priebe

Ken & Eileen Priebe

Power to Change

Power to Change seeks to glorify God by making a maximum contribution toward helping to fulfil the Great Commission in Canada and around the world by developing movements of evangelism and discipleship.

The Priebes, who serve as liaisons between the NAB missions department and Power to Change, are involved in The Jesus Film Project. They direct the project, training people to take the film to various locations overseas – Cameroon, Mexico, Russia, Cuba and Ethiopia.

Recently the Priebes verified 25 new church plants in 5½ months in Ethiopia as the result of using The Jesus Film. Churches start with 20-25 adults who receive follow-up. The churches have now grown to 80-100 people.

They have three adult sons: Kent, Kendall, and Karsten.

Please Pray For:

  • Praise the Lord with them for believers, some of whom have come out of witchcraft. Pray for these new churches established through The Jesus Film as they reach out to other villages.
  • Pray for safety for the people who take the film to areas that are sometimes hostile to Christianity.
Edith Winstanley

Edith Winstanley

Avant Ministries

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. Recently several prayed to receive the Lord and many more sensed the presence of God and answered prayer.
  • Pray for continuing financial needs.
  • Praise the Lord that many people are volunteering because they see the ministry opportunity and are willing to partner with them.
Zach Hair

Zach Hair

Youth For Christ

While working with YFC (Youth For Christ), all of us on staff worldwide have this in common, “ We see the hope and potential in every young person we work with.” This is the lens in which we see to do what we do, and why we do it. I work with the StreetLight program, through YFC Calgary. I am the Bowness community outreach worker. My job entails all sorts of different aspects:
- Uphold the ministry and those involved in it in prayer.
- I am to be present when StreetLight operates and must be involved in sharing the responsibility with the StreetLight Coordinator and Director, and with the volunteer and staff team as well as the “clientele” at the bus in regards to safety and making sure things run smoothly and in proper order.
- Be an active street youth worker – connecting with youth, inviting them to drop-in, building rapport, providing a Christian role-model all with the intent of ministering to their needs and sharing about faith in Christ.
- Make one-on-one appointments with youth whenever possible/appropriately with the intentions mentioned above (whether in homeless shelters, prison, curb side etc.)
- To consider new and improved ways in which to best meet the needs of the StreetLight clientele.
- Promote StreetLight. (i.e. posters, setting up displays and perform StreetLight and/or Youth Unlimited presentations at churches, schools, corporations, clubs, etc.)
- Develop and maintain personal deputation (fund-raised salary) as well as encourage sponsors to be involved in the financial needs of StreetLight.
- Be responsible for mailing out ministry updates, articles, prayer concerns and thank you letters to sponsors for personal deputation.
- Establish goals and methods of accountability for ministry.

I want to thank you for making this journey possible. Working with YFC is such an amazing opportunity. I once had someone step into my life as a teenager, and through your loving support I can do the same. The organization of YFC is built off of the love and mission of Jesus Christ. He stepped into our world as fully God and yet fully man, so we as the Church should follow step and walk into the messy lives of the youth we work with. I have been on staff working with YFC for a little over a year now and have been involved with the organization by doing internships and volunteer work for about 8 years.

Please Pray For:

  • Please pray for the youth of Bowness. Recently we incorporated a 30 minute end discussion each night to talk about worldly issues, and how the gospel shines into those situations. A lot of these kids come from very dark places. I ask then if you can pray for transformation through the spirit in these kid’s lives.
  • Please pray also for support for myself, staff, and for the volunteers of Streetlight. Pray for boldness for us to step out as the light and walk into the darkness that these kids live in.
  • Please pray for financial aid for myself as well. Thank you.
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.