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

— Isaiah 42:8

Praise God for the start of the second half of a mobilization tour for one of the OMF fields in Asia. Their representative will be speaking in several venues in the province of Ontario, Canada this week. May God’s Spirit work through her to inform and challenge listeners to consider mission in Asia.

OMF Canada needs key volunteers for the IT, Finance, and Prayer departments. Please pray for the right persons to be led to these positions.

Several of the OMF Canada office team have experienced/are experiencing illness of varying degrees of severity. This has been happening over several weeks, making life challenging for them and for the OMF teams of which they are a part. Pray for divine protection and for complete healing – physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

For any missionary worker who ministers in their home country or works in the mission’s office, there is the constant challenge of maintaining healthy financial support levels. Praise God for a Canadian donor who recently gave a large financial gift for all under-supported OMF Canadian workers!

Pray for four new OMF appointees who have just completed OMF Canada’s Candidate Course and are now preparing for partnership development. May God open doors of opportunity to share his call on their lives and that this will result in prayer and financial partners joining them.

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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