Starting now, we will be incorporating a monthly missions blog detailing some of the missions projects that Canvas Church is involved with. Our hope is to keep you all up to date and in the know concerning our local and foreign mission endeavors. Currently, Canvas Church supports a missionary family in Southeast Asia. They have been serving full time in Southeast Asia for over ten years and have seen God work in mighty ways in their time there. Canvas is also involved in many different local mission and outreach projects.
One of the things that we are currently working on is preparing care packages to hand out to those in need. The goal is to get a backpack that includes food, toiletries, blankets, and other items in the hands of each person that attends Canvas Church. This provides us with an opportunity to show love to someone in need while also allowing us to help meet their physical needs. There is truly no better way to share the Gospel and God’s love than when we are able to marry meeting someone’s physical needs with meeting their spiritual needs. Chris Watson is heading up our local missions department, and he is always coming up with new and awesome ways to reach out to those in need here locally. As crazy and energetic as Chris is, I am sure that he would love to have some help doing all of the things that he does. If you have a heart for this community and those around you, let us know. We would love to get you involved in what we are doing locally to spread God’s love to those in need of hope.
Our missionary family in Southeast Asia has been focusing on discipling and equipping leaders in house churches. The church in Southeast Asia is growing rapidly, but many of the leaders don’t have the experience that our local church leaders have. There are not many resources available to them to help them further their ministry and help them grow spiritually. This is one of the many places that the missionaries have been able to get involved. They have spent years building relationships with leaders in these churches, and have made themselves available to help in any way necessary to further the kingdom in Southeast Asia. We are excited about what God is doing there, and we are glad to be a part of it. In the spring of next year, we will be sending a team from the church to Southeast Asia to encourage our missionaries and experience the culture and day to day life in the place that they call home. If you are interested in getting involved in what we are doing in Southeast Asia, let me know. I would love to find ways to get others involved in what we are doing across the world. Due to the sensitive nature of where our missionaries are serving, I have to be a bit vague when discussing how and where they are serving. If you have questions or would like to know more about how they are serving, feel free to talk to me personally.
I also want to use this monthly blog as a way of sharing prayer needs and praise reports. The following are some ways that you can be praying:
- One of the four daughters of our missionary family in Southeast Asia, Laura, recently had surgery to repair the muscles behind her eyes that allow the eyes to work together. Be praying that her brain begins to tell her eyes how to work together and that her vision is restored and that she will be able to see even without glasses.
- As I mentioned earlier, we are sending a team to Southeast Asia in the spring of next year. Be praying that they are able to raise the funds that they need to in order make this trip a reality. Also be praying that the Lord would prepare their hearts and minds for what they Lord has for them in Southeast Asia. I know that they are so excited to be a part of what God is doing there.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!