Local & Global Impact
Serving the world has been one of our core values since our earliest days. When the church was only a few years old Jean Sokvitne, a young nurse, chose to dedicate her life to serving the poor with Sudan Interior Mission, becoming our first missionary. Today, we support 17 missionaries in Canada and around the world.
G.O. Focus 2017 Guest Speakers | March 5 & 12
March 5: Steve Richardson
President of Pioneers USA
Steve was raised in Indonesia, where his parents planted churches in a jungle tribe. He witnessed the impact of the gospel on their war-like society, a story documented in his father’s missionary classic, Peace Child. Steve and his wife, Arlene, returned to Southeast Asia in 1986 to plant churches among a major Muslim unreached people group. With their team of 40 coworkers, they developed an innovative and integrative approach to church planting called Lampstand. Steve helped start a center for Sundanese evangelism, various media ministries, two English language schools, and a major “business as mission” project. Since 1999 Steve Richardson has served as President of Pioneers-USA. Pioneers is a growing international mission movement with over 2,600 members who serve on 278 teams in 101 countries among 187 unreached people groups.
March 12: Mark Wollenberg
National Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission Canada
Mark serves as IJM Canada’s National Director of Church Mobilization. After having supported various churches in Western Canada in their pursuit of God’s invitation to join him in the work of justice, Mark is focusing his efforts on helping the church in Canada engage more deeply in the work of justice. Mark will be connecting with individual churches, denominations, and other church leaders who have a vision to see Canadians combat injustice in their local communities and in places of violent oppression around the world.
Once a quarter, the missions team sends an update through Freemail, featuring the missionaries and organizations we support. Check out archived reports for each quarter in the sidebar and sign up for Freemail to receive these reports in your inbox.
We partner with a variety of local organizations that are uniquely equipped to serve the people of Southern Alberta:
Southern Alberta Bible Camp is a youth-focused Christian camp whose purpose is to challenge, encourage and inspire campers spiritually and physically to help equip them for life and to develop Christian leadership in young adults.
The goal of the Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre (LPCC) is to provide emotional and practical support those in need when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. LPCC staff and volunteers are committed to serving the women and men of our community, providing compassionate care during a difficult time.
Streets Alive Mission exists to provide for the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the poor to empower them to change their lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The majority of programs operated by the Streets Alive Mission are designed to connect volunteers with people in need and foster the development of enduring relationships. These relationships provide the base for the empowering of people to change their life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Prison Ministry: ChIRP (Children of Inmates Reading Program)
A reading program for children of inmates that helps keep family bonds strong during incarceration at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre. This program involves recording an inmate reading a children’s story. This recording, along with a copy of the book, is sent to the child, who can then read along to the voice of their parent despite the parent’s incarceration. Children are reminded that they are loved, and inmates and guardians benefit from the opportunity to support their child in a meaningful way.
Prison Ministry: Bible Study
Volunteers facilitate a group where Bible study and prayer are practiced and modelled, and inmates are empowered in their own spiritual formation. Mentorship is a key component of the Bible study process, accomplished by building rapport and community with group participants. Our hope is that inmates will become anchored in their faith and that this will help them live sustainably after release.
The Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge has entered into a three-year renewable partnership agreement with IJM Bolivia in order to have a measurable legal, social, and spiritual impact in providing protection and wholeness for the vulnerable children of La Paz and El Alto.
As one of the world’s leading child development organizations, Compassion partners with the local church in 26 countries to end poverty in the lives of children and their families. Today, more than 1.6 million children are discovering lives full of promise and purpose as they develop in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships while discovering God’s love for them in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We support a variety of other local and global ministries commited to bringing support, hope, and healing. You can learn more about these organizations in the 2017 Missions Guide. For further information on any of these ministries and how you can be involved, please contact Myron Krause (403.329.3125).
Myron KrauseDirector of Community Engagement