Evangelism and Home Mission
One of the offices with which members of the church are clad is the prophetic. It means that they are expected to be both knowledgeable in the Word, as well as witnesses to others about Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word. This witness is a matter of both conversation and conduct.
In order to stimulate the members in their prophetic calling, many of our churches have an evangelism or home mission committee. Such a committee is not meant to do the work for the members but to help them become active and effective in this area.
A sample of activities being promoted by certain committees includes: radio messages, literature distribution, Bible courses, Vacation Bible school, Sunday school, child and women programs, prison outreach, neighbourhood Bible study groups, etc.
An organization called the Reformed Evangelism Taskforce is busy developing and providing materials used by the various committees. It publishes a quarterly evangelistic magazine call Evangel, a number of Bible courses including A Gift From Heaven, and various brochures. It also sponsors seminars and training sessions.
A missionary is working among the Chinese community in Vancouver, British Columbia. A home mission project called Streetlight Ministries is underway in Hamilton, with a full time home mission worker and a home missionary.
Many churches also support the radio program called The Voice of the Church. It broadcasts fifteen minute messages that can be heard in different parts of Canada.
The radio program Gospel Talk can be heard on Monday to Friday from 2.45 – 3.0 pm on KARI 550 khz.
A number of years ago, the church at Smithers, BC began a program of outreach among the native people living in the Bulkley Valley region of northern British Columbia. Local outreach to First Nations people by members of the Smithers congregation continues through the work of the local outreach committee, through Sunday schools, teen activities, and Bible camps.
Smithers Home Mission has sent a missionary to work in Prince George, B.C., the largest urban centre in Northern British Columbia. The work in Prince George is primarily focused on bringing the gospel to the First Nations population of the Prince George area. Many other churches in our federation support this work with their prayers and offerings.
All of the churches are also involved, either directly or indirectly, in the work of foreign mission. The Church of Hamilton, Ontario, currently has a missionary working in northern Brazil. The Church of Surrey, British Columbia, has two missionaries working in northern Brazil, under the Maranatha Mission Board. The Church at Toronto, Ontario, has a missionary in Papua New Guinea. The church of Smithville, Ontario, has a missionary in West Timor, Indonesia.
The missionaries are often assisted by others called mission aid workers. Such workers are currently active in Brazil and in Indonesia. Their tasks include medical assistance, poverty relief, and other forms of help. This work is often coordinated by mission aid boards, such as Mission Aid Brazil, of the Church of Cloverdale, British Columbia.
The Canadian Reformed World Relief Fund
When it comes to contributing to the work of Christian charity on a world-wide scale, many local churches support the efforts of the Canadian Reformed World Relief Fund. It supports various relief efforts on a continuous basis and also solicits special contributions from the churches whenever disasters strike in different parts of the world. The monies collected are channeled through international agencies known for their reliability and effectiveness. You can visit their website for more information.