Flags of Canadian Provinces Waving on Flag Poles against a Blue Sky
My blog friend Deborah posted about this one day last week in her post Friday Features: Mission Field - Canada. Her post reminded me of our experience at times as we were raising our support to come here to start a church. Some American pastors would not even consider supporting a missionary to Canada because, in their words, Canada is not a mission field. It's an industrialized, wealthy nation, a leader in the world. Many believe that Canada has the same religious heritage that the US has; therefore its people have the Gospel already.
Obviously, not all pastors feel this way, because we are here, and many other missionary families are in this country. We know of at least two new independent fundamental Baptist churches starting this month, one in Ontario and one here in BC. Our older son is planning to come back to Canada to start a church after college; the town he feels called to is one that has no Gospel-preaching church in it.
In the Greater Vancouver area, there are over 2.5 million people from all over the world who consider Jesus just another prophet or religious figure, the founder of one of the world's major religions - that is, if they've even heard the name of Jesus. And then there are those who have no religion or a false religion. To my knowledge, there are less than ten fundamental Baptist churches in this area. That's one church for every 200,000 people. We're not quite running that yet, and neither are any of the other churches. There's still the need for more workers. And that's just Vancouver.
Canada not a mission field??? I disagree!
Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the labourers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Luke 10:2