All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

— Matthew 25:32

Pray for the many workers who are applying for visas to return to their work/ministries in Thailand. May God grant them favour in the eyes of the Thai officials in the country and in the Thai embassies around the world.

Pray for David & Diane in OMF Canada’s Candidate Department as they track with candidates who are looking to join OMF. Pray that all paperwork can be completed in order for all seven candidates to join a first-ever virtual Candidate Course in October. Pray for the planning and teaching of the course using this platform.

Pray for final confirmation of a new Receipting Manager for the OMF Canada Finance Department. If all goes well, training will begin in August.

Continue to pray for coverage for the OMF Canada Communications Coordinator as she begins maternity leave in August. Pray for the handover of the publication coordination part of the role to a colleague, which is happening now. There may be someone to cover the content management part of this role. Pray this need is met soon.

In mid-February Melissa assumed the directorship of the OMF Canada Mobilization team. The team has been re-formulating the department’s vision, mission, and values. Praise God for what He has shown them so far. Pray for the team as they put these principles into ministry practise.

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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