CSM: providing tools for people with passion
Our recent trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, saw us presenting our ministry, Clear and Simple Media to the people of Ebenezer Baptist Church. On our first evening there, we shared CSM with their College & Career group. After sharing and then giving a devotional, we spent time visiting with several of those who attended, answering questions, and hearing about some of their opportunities in reaching those around them.
Sunday morning, we did presentations in three separate services. Then, after a quick lunch, we drove to two other churches who are part of Ebenezer. The first church was made up of a group of believers who are new to Canada from the country of Nepal. We brought greetings and explained the materials that CSM has available. (Our book, Simple Truths is in Nepali). We gave the leadership several copies of our books. It was very encouraging to hear and see these newcomers who are wanting to worship Jesus and follow him in their new home.
The second church on our agenda was called House for All Nations. The church is located in an area of the city where people from over 20 countries are living. We gave a greeting, explanation, and presented their leader (South African) with copies of our material. We were also able to share the Simple Stories book with the children in Sunday School.
Sunday evening at Ebenezer concluded with two more services. The first was a group of believers from Ukraine. A very gifted husband and wife team led the worship time. Even though they were singing in Ukrainian, we were able to sing along in English as we recognized the music. We spoke briefly to the group and gifted the leaders with a set of our books. They seemed very interested to hear about what we are doing. They also made a “formal” request that we have Simple Truths translated into Ukrainian.
The day concluded with our attendance at the Arabic Church. People from Arabia, Jordan, and Syria form this small congregation. They were very enthusiastic singers and enjoyed worshipping together. We gave another presentation, and then Tom preached for them. Their pastor is a man with a great heart for the Arabic speaking newcomers to Canada. He did an excellent job as an interpreter for the sermon. He also volunteered to check any future material that we translate into Arabic.
We have the privilege of having partnerships with churches like Ebenezer. They have a passion for communicating the gospel to everyone they come into contact with. It is exciting to see how God is rewarding that passion. We are pleased that they are using some of our tools to help them to do that.