I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.

— Isaiah 42:8

Pray for the OMF conferences – Heart for Asia – being held across Canada this Fall. It involves our Regional Ministry Coordinators, hosting churches, and volunteers working in cooperation. Pray that the details come into place, that speakers and leaders are able to prepare well, and that God will be nudging the people He wants to attend. May God be glorified and His people informed and challenged.

It is budget preparation time for OMF Canada for the 2020 ministry year. Pray for faith and wisdom for each department as they submit their ministry expenses. Pray for Don and Danny on the OMF Canada financial team, as they work on this while also keeping up with the daily work.

Praise God that OMF Canada member Marijke returned to Japan on August 28 following five-plus years in Canada for health reasons. Pray for her as she becomes re-acquainted with the culture and language. May God grant wisdom in establishing a good life-ministry balance.

Please pray for the ongoing preparations for the OMF Canada National Team Conference. Sixty people are expected to attend the five-day event at the end of September. May it be a time for God to speak to us and to be refreshed in fellowship.

Jimmy, who is responsible for OMF Canada’s missions mentorship program, praises God that there are now 17 mentors. The team is comprised of retired missionaries, staff members, Serve Asia (short term) alumni and volunteers. With this more solid base, he will shift his focus to inviting more mentees. Pray that those God wants in this program will come.

Country Profile

Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world’s second-largest country by total area. Despite its large size, Canada has a relatively small population of just around 36 million people.

Canada is considered to be one of the world’s wealthiest countries. It is among the leading countries with the largest proportion of global GDP. Its GDP annual growth rate averages around 3%, with its economy dominated by the service industry. Unemployment rate in Canada is estimated to be around 6%, and is estimated to decrease further. Its main trading partner is the US.

Canadians are very diverse and multi-cultural. Strong immigration to Canada in recent decades has led to a rise in the number of foreign-born persons and the portion of the population that they represent. Notably, in recent years, the majority of the approximately 1.2 million new immigrants who arrived in Canada, totalling about 62%, were born in Asia, with the most coming from the Philippines.

Canada was founded in 1867 on Christian principles and values, but over the past 50 years deliberate pluralization and secularization has taken its toll.  Christianity is criticized in the media and in popular culture. Mainline denominations are declining; evangelical churches are faring somewhat better.  Personal faith has become more private.  With God’s enabling, it seems likely that Christianity will quietly persist in the private lives of a minority of Canadians.

The church’s vision for missionary endeavor is waning.  The church in Canada is in need of renewal. Within the growing ethnic-minorities, churches are being established and are growing, especially among Canadian Asians, but they need a missionary vision/concern.

Canada is one of the world’s most popular destinations for foreign study, business travel, migration and refugees, including many East Asians. There is a huge potential for gospel work in Diaspora Returnee Ministries teams across Canada, engaging and serving Asian guests.

OMF (previously the China Inland Mission) began in Canada in 1888. OMF Canada seeks to inspire and enable Canadian Christians to participate in the intentional evangelization of East Asia’s peoples. One challenge it faces is that new members are not joining as quickly as older workers are retiring.

OMF Canada Map

Population

  • Total: 36 million (from 2016 Census)
  • Breakdown
    • (from Operation World 7th Edition, page 193)
    • European: 80%
    • Asian: 12%
    • Indigenous Native people: 3%
    • Others: 5%

Religions

  • Christian: 72%
  • Evangelical: 7.7%
  • Non-religious: 19%
  • Muslim: 3%
  • Buddhist: 1%

Lord, we praise you for your work in Canada and for the many faithful followers you have grown there. Please continue to use your people to bless all the nations. We pray that you would bring renewal to the Canadian church for the sake of sharing your good news with people everywhere.

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