Missions

Missions is central to the heart of God and is therefore central to the heart of SBF.  We do not consider missions to be something far away and detached from us but it is something to which every Christian should be actively engaged – whether locally or globally. A part of that engagement is in prayerfully and financially supporting some vocational missionaries stationed around the world and a part of that engagement is in responding to God’s call upon each of our lives to share the Gospel with the lost right in our community.

The missions board in the auditorium has further information and newsletters.

View our local community missions.

Global missions

Dominican Republic
Paul-and-Sharyn-Branson-1In June 1997, Paul and Sharyn Branson moved from Canada to the Dominican Republic, living in Jarabacoa. Paul directs all of the construction and evangelism departments of the ministry as well as working closely with Sharyn to lead mission teams from all over North America. Sharyn directs the medical clinic, the sponsorship program, accounting, and correspondence and communication. The Bransons bring in speakers and pastors from all over North America to come and teach the local pastors and church leaders on a variety of topics and themes. They work together with the local Pastors’ Association to put on any conferences and workshops. They have 2 children, Noah and Samantha.

Their ministry serves many areas:
* Clinic – La Clinica de Pedregal opened its door on 23 February 2003 in order to provide quality medical care to those who could otherwise not afford it. The clinic’s goal is to “first evangelize every patient and family member who walked through the door, then to treat them physically, educate them in order to prevent diseases, and to reach out to the Haitian community”. The clinic started with one person operating the clinic about 12 hours per week now in 2014 there is a full time doctor and 3 doctors who visit regularly, a full time secretary, and the clinic is open 40+ hours a week. There is a patient base of over 14,000.
* Construction – When God first called us to minister in the village of Pedregal, we asked him where does He want us to start as the needs are so great. God revealed to us to start with the ground. In 2005 Paul started Casa Sobre la Roca (House Upon the Rock), a construction ministry focussed on improving the housing conditions of the poor in the village using mission teams to help with construction.
* Missions Teams – Mission teams that come down from Canada or the US are a huge blessing in many ways.
School Sponsorship – The Dominican Republic requires that all children attend school until grade eight and public schools are available to the children. However, the government only provides a building and teacher. In 2014 65 students were sponsored and there are already 80 kids who are on the waitlist.
* Evangelism – Dominicans are raised on the Bible and can quote the Bible better than most. However, like in most cultures, many do not have a personal relationship with Jesus and God our Father.

The Bransons moved to Three Hills, Alberta in 2013. They felt led by the Lord to open up a Canadian office for their ministry. Their staff in the DR were competent in their abilities to keep operations going without Paul and Sharyn’s daily presence. The ministry is also praying that funds will come to purchase property to create House Upon the Rock – the Ministry Centre. The proposed centre would support visiting mission teams and the local church by reducing the cost of room and board for mission teams, provide retreat space for local churches and Christian groups, host small teaching conferences and employ locals and bring potential ongoing revenue to continue the ministry’s work in the area.

Paul and Sharyn continue to take regular trips back to the DR a few times a year. See the House Upon the Rock website for further information.

See their latest newsletter.


Ethiopia

Bill and Elizabeth Broers serve at the Youth Centre in Mekelle.


Malawi

We support Thrive Malawi‘s work with the Children of Blessing Trust Rehabilitation Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. The local Thrive Malawi plant nursery supports this ministry. Contact: Stephen Eng.


Mongolia

Garry and Lynette Sedun visit Mongolia twice yearly to encourage development in business and agriculture.


Worldwide

Operation Christmas Child – we fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in the “World’s largest Christmas project”.

Advent Conspiracy – as well providing Christmas hampers to families through Stelly’s High School we are supporting Project Help Haiti with the aim of raising enough money to build one new home and two motorcycles. Contact: Dave Hilderman. We are thrilled to have reached a donated total of over $8,500 in 2014: $7,018 for Project Help Haiti and $1,563 for local needs.

 

Read our most recent missionary updates.

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