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Earl Unger: We Plant Churches Because It Matters

by Earl Unger, Vice Chair, Canadian Church Planting Task Force

Reporting on church planting is like a Jets fan talking about his young, but improving hockey team. Following them still hurts sometimes, but increasingly their swift skating, fancy stickwork, and deft puck handling thrills even the most jaded heart.

So, it is regarding our efforts at extending the Kingdom through church planting. Here’s what I mean.

We currently have ten church plants and outreach ministries, in varying degrees of maturation, stretching across Western Canada.

We have church plants in Redcliffe/Medicine Hat and Two Hills, Alberta, both reaching into what are primarily Low German-speaking communities.

Among our other church starts, we have two Spanish churches in Calgary and Dauphin. The latter has not had a full-time church planter since January 2018 because of a lack of growth and sustainability after four years of ministry.

Meanwhile, Iglesia Emmanuel of Calgary, a young church itself, is working hard at establishing another Spanish church in the city of Airdrie, just north of Calgary. We also support a Spanish outreach project emanating from the Aberdeen EMC in north Winnipeg. This is currently led by Angel and Blanca Infantes. It has grown to around 60 people.

These are all exciting ventures, but there are more. The Many Rooms Church Community in the Spence community of Winnipeg continues to grow, effectively reaching the inner city through a network of six house churches.

A further indication of God’s blessing is the recent addition of the Logos Church of Winnipeg, a Chinese church plant. They have hired Jabez Lee as their pastor. They are receiving significant support from our Fort Garry church, as this is where the Logos church meets; and associate Pastor Len Harms is mentoring Pastor Lee and the church leadership. Len also preaches there monthly.

It should be noted that the Canadian Church Planting Task Force also provides funds to Fort Garry EMC to support an outreach project, led by Pastor Len, on the campus of the University of Manitob.

Another exciting outreach project we are supporting is the work of Simon and Joy Kim, members of the Pelly church. They are actively reaching out to two nearby First Nations communities, Keesekoose and Cote. This began through the vision of Pastor Frankie Kim at Pelly Fellowship Chapel.

Beyond the ten ministries already mentioned, we are also excited about what is happening at Ste Agathe, Manitoba. For the past number of years the Rosenort EM Church has been reaching out to this neighbouring community. This work is progressing and Pastor Scott and Debbie Dyck of the Rosenort EMC are praying about relocating to Ste. Agathe to aid these efforts.

As you can see, the church planting efforts under the EMC umbrella are expanding and increasing in influence. I hope this report has provided an increased understanding of the exciting, ethnically diverse, and ever-evolving scope of our church planting in Canada. We are looking and praying and seeking the Lord to send us more workers because the need for people to know Jesus is huge (Luke 10:2).

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Earl Unger

We know you care. But still you may be wondering how you can do more to assist in this important work. Here are a few suggestions. For one, you can pray. Pray for our church planting coordinator Charlie Koop and our Church Planting Task Force, but, most importantly, pray for these churches and ministries and the people who lead them.

And secondly, if you would be so led of God, consider financially supporting the work of the Canadian Church Planting Task Force through giving to the Church Planters and Training Fund.

Pelly: Anfinsons Honoured for Serving 50 Years as a Deacon Couple in PFC

by Rhonda Brodeur

PELLY, Sask.—It’s not every day you have someone who has done the same job in the same church for 50 years. In August 2017 Lewis and Vivian Anfinson celebrated 50 years as Pelly’s deacon couple.

You do not hear too often a person who does the same position in a church for 50 years, never mind a couple who does the same position together in the same church for 50 years.

On Sunday, August 27, 2017, we had our regular Sunday service. At the end Pastor Frankie Kim made an announcement of a special service. Lewis Anfinson, easy-going as he is, did not seem to have concern. Vivian did not know what was going on. I could see her whisper to Lewis, who shook his head no.

Pastor Frankie Kim led a short service to thank Lewis and Vivian for their 50 years of service as our deacon couple. People joined us from Kamsack, Norquay, Hyas, and Benito.

There was an open microphone. People spoke how Lewis and Vivian were an example for them in one way or another. They admired Lewis and Vivian, and spoke of what a great couple they are. They have given of themselves to the church and the community. Both Lewis and Vivian volunteered wherever they were needed. They were there to help out and volunteered at numerous places over the years.

The Anfinsons were presented with a plaque. People took pictures. Vivian said for the first time she was speechless. She was too moved and touched, and thanked everyone for coming and the lovely words and the plaque. Then Lewis spoke and thanked everyone for coming and for everything. After we all went downstairs for a surprise lunch.

It was my honour to interview Lewis and Vivian for an article. They were both very humble about their position as a deacon couple, and are doing it as to the Lord. Vivian said it is a privilege to serve the Lord and the church in this way. Lewis said he will do whatever work the Lord leads him to do.

Lewis and Vivian were married in 1951. When they and their family started attending what became Pelly Fellowship Chapel, people would gather in each others’ homes for church, a different home each week. Then they rented a house in Pelly and called the church Pelly Fellowship Chapel.

A missionary Benny Eidse, from the Western Gospel Mission, led the church. From that, the church grew to what it is today. Vivian was a Christian when she and Lewis started attending church. Lewis became a Christian back in the days when they were still meeting in each others’ homes.

In August 1967 the congregation of Pelly Fellowship Chapel voted in Lewis and Vivian as their deacon couple; and they are doing such a great job we will not let them step down.

 

Pelly: Pastor Hyoungjin (Frankie) Kim Ordained at PFC

by Vivian Anfinson and Rhonda Brodeur

PELLY, Sask.—Sept. 25, 2016, was a special day for members and adherents of Pelly Fellowship Chapel, as this was ordination day for pastor Hyoungjin (Frankie) Kim, supported by his wife Minju.

The day dawned bright and sunny, the ladies had a lunch prepared, 3 p.m. was the time. The chapel was comfortably filled. There were representatives from three of the EMC churches in Region 3—Hudson Bay, Birch River, and Swan River. People came also from the Kamsack Evangelical Free, the Hyas Baptist, and the Norquay Covenant churches. Many Pelly folk came.

Very pleasing for the Kim family was that Pastor Kim’s father from South Korea was able to be present.

Merv Abrahamson was chair for the evening. Lewis Anfinson read from 2 Tim. Simon Yoon and his wife Joy, who made the trip from Calgary to be with their friends, the Kim family, provided special music.

On behalf of the wider EMC, Fred Buhler, pastor at Hudson Bay (Pineridge) and a member of the EMC’s General Board, had a short message of encouragement for Frankie, Minju, and the congregation. He then conducted the ordination service. It was a solemn, meaningful, and joyful time. Many people went forward to give their support during the prayer of dedication.

Suitable gifts were presented to Frankie, Minju, and their daughter Choah by Merv Abrahamson, chairman of the board; Donna Abrahamson, ladies president; and Brenda Bellows, Sunday School superintendent.

Simon and Frankie sang two numbers with Joy at the piano and Frankie’s father, the senior Mr. Kim, on the harmonica. The chair then announced an “open mike” time. Many people took this opportunity to speak words of encouragement and appreciation for the Kim family. The day ended with lunch and fellowship in the lower hall.