The work of the local church and the global mission of God are integrally related. While each person is individually called to obey Christ’s command to make disciples, the local church is where most discipling naturally takes place. We applaud the involvement of the Canadian Church in Christ’s transforming work worldwide.
Hope City Church (formerly Millwoods Pentecostal Assembly in Edmonton) is one church that looks for every opportunity to talk about Christ and what he has done in their lives. They partner with local and global ministries to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people. They support global workers in every region of the world.
Randy Tonn, a former staff member of the church who currently serves as Vice President of Mission Effectiveness at Shepherd’s Care Foundation, talks about the global reach of his home church.
Every two years, Randy coordinates taking a medical team of 25+ professionals to Guatemala. These teams provide medical care to families, specifically children, who may otherwise not have access to care. This can be as practical as a checkup up with a doctor or as extensive as teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, fillings, or having decaying teeth extracted by dentists. Randy says, “As [our churches] get involved in [God’s mission] their own ministries [back home] get strengthened.” He has witnessed firsthand team members returning from ministering to the needs of others to serving in more significant ways in the local church. It is a win-win.
Randy is always encouraging Canadians towards generous living and believes that living with “abundance places a greater onus on us [to be] giving.” Thousands of Pentecostals share this conviction and sacrificially give of their time and resources to make a difference.
The global reach of Hope City Church extends beyond Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, Eurasia, and Southeast Asia. To God be the glory.
Watch and listen to Randy share about his passion for missions!