Missionaries

Benjamin Osei

LMBC is blessed to have Br. Benjamin Osei as a member of our congregation and a local missionary who we support as a staff member with Youth Unlimited.  Our church helps to facilitate the community boys program for 8-18 years old that is under Benjamin Osei’s leadership – Hoop 2 Hope basketball programs. The Seeds of Hope summer day camp led by Benjamin Osei runs out of a local school in the community from July to August.

Click here Benjamin Osei’s website.

 

 

Serving in Lebanon

Emand & Almess Botros

Emad and Almess were appointed by CBM in January 2015 to serve at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon, where they first met and studied.

Emad serves as a lecturer in the areas of Old Testament and Islamic studies at ABTS. His desire is to equip and empower students with sufficient tools to develop their understanding of the Old Testament and to learn how to apply it in their Middle Eastern and North Africa setting. Emad is also developing resources and models for ministry in that context. While both Emad and Almess are involved in mentoring students in ministry and leadership skills, Almess will also explore opportunities to work with Iraqi and Syrian refugees.

Emad was born in Egypt where he was a high school teacher and later a pastor. Almess was born in Iraq where she earned her BA in accounting. After immigrating to Canada in 2005, Emad worked as a support worker, and Almess as an interpreter. Together, they served among the Arab immigrant community around Waterloo, Ontario. They have two boys Timothy and Nathaniel.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Mission for Advancing Theological education/ Friends Committed to Caring

 

 

 

Mission for Advancing Theological education (MATE) was born in 1985 out of one man’s love for the Lord Jesus Christ and a desire to see Bible Schools and Seminaries better equipped with much needed books that could enrich the lives of men and women preparing for ministry. This vision of Delvin Alexis was shared with his pastor, Dr. John Moore, and his home church, Willowdale Baptist, who greatly encouraged and supported him.

 

Many schools and seminaries throughout the Caribbean, Asia and Africa were beneficiaries of books shipped to them in the sum of over 50,000 volumes, in the first 10 years. Some institutions were able to proceed toward acquiring their accreditation with the appropriate additions to their libraries.

 

To date we have sent  over one million volumes to 142 institutions in 44 countries. These books went to Bible schools, seminaries, public schools, universities and hospitals. Some of our larger shipments have been 3,200 volumes to Myanmar (Burma) and about 20,000 volumes to India.For the next 14 years we saw an explosion in the ministry where an additional arm -  Friends Committed to Caring (FCC) - a Health Care Ministry which provides Health Education, Training and Clinical Services was introduced to complement what was already being carried out. Now we are taking medical teams each spring to South America and each summer/fall to Africa to provide clinical services to the community, and professional development for local health care workers.

 

Other areas of ministry have been to supply equipment, tools and the setting up of projects that will provide employment and assist the nationals in becoming more self- sustainable.

 

We give God thanks and glory for all that has been, and continues to be, accomplished.

 

“Little is much when God is in it.”

 

Open Doors

 

Our Purpose is:

For almost 60 years Open Doors has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ's light in these places. When Christians are strengthened in the Lord, they begin to demonstrate God's forgiveness and reach out in love, even to their oppressors.

One of the greatest challenges to Christians living under oppression is isolation - from God's word and from the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:26 says “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles and Christian literature, training Christian leaders, facilitating social/economic projects and uniting believers in the West in prayer for Christians, who are the most persecuted religious group in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries.

Mission Statement of Open Doors

To strengthen and equip the Body of Christ living under or facing restriction and persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and to encourage their involvement in world evangelism by:

  • Providing Bibles and literature, media, leadership training, socio-economic development and through intercessory prayer;
  • Preparing the Body of Christ living in threatened or unstable areas to face persecution and suffering; and
  • Educating and mobilizing the Body of Christ living in the free world to identify with threatened and persecuted Christians and be actively involved in assisting them.

We do so because we believe when one member suffers, all members suffer with it (1 Corinthians 12:26), all doors are open and God enables His Body to go into all the world and preach the Gospel.

Values of Open Doors

  • We are part of the Body of Christ; A people to people people
  • We are persecuted church driven
  • We are people of the Bible
  • We are people of prayer
  • We live and work by faith
  • We are devoted to Jesus Christ and His commission
  • We are motivated solely for the glory of God.

 

Voice Of the Martyrs

Vision: We see a world where all persecuted Christians are remembered and supported within the body of Christ.

Mission: Glorifying God through serving His persecuted church, as we seek to fulfill the words of Hebrews 13:3.

 

"Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since
you yourselves are in the body also."

 

Purposes:

  • To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission.
  • To give relief to families of Christian martyrs.
  • To undertake projects of encouragement, helping persecuted Christians rebuild their lives and witness.
  • To equip persecuted Christians to love and lead their enemies (persecutors) to Christ.
  • To promote the fellowship of all Christian believers.
  • To infuse, distribute, and exhibit to the Canadian church constituency, the faith and testimony of those Christians in the world who are persecuted for Christ.
  • To give voice to those Christians whose cries of pain and proclamation of praise go unheard.

You are fulfilling the Great Commission as you reach out to your Jerusalem (web of relationship) to your Judea and Samaria (across geographical and cultural lines) and to the end of the earth (internationally).


Thanks to all who have been faithful in praying and financially supporting Br. Benjamin Osei, the Botros family in Lebanon, Mission for Advancing Theological Education/ Friends Committed to Caring (MATE/FCC), Open Doors and Voice of the Martyrs. 


It is also gratifying that there was approval given to extend our support to the Democratic Republic of Congo through the connection with Pastor Steve Vandyck. He and his wife, Margaret are now serving as missionaries at Salem University.  We are also supporting Ndahirov Nivart a pastoral student at Salem University by paying his fees for the year.