MISSION AND OUTREACH

As Christians, we seek to follow Jesus by being His hands and feet in our communities today. We are committed to supporting both local and overseas organisations and encourage our congregation to engage in various ways.

We support several local mission initiatives financially and practically:

 

La Corde Youth Centre is in the Cloverdale community of Pierrefonds. Cloverdale is one of the largest housing co-ops in Canada, represents over 50 nationalities and has an average dropout age of 14. It is a community where a high percentage of families have an income below the poverty line. Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty in the community.

 

 

West Island Mission is a non-profit organization that provides well-balanced, high quality food assistance and other related aid to the less fortunate living in the West Island of Montreal. As a congregation we support West Island Mission financially, as well as collecting food items for their pantry.

 

 

Established in 1892, Welcome Hall Mission provides for Montrealers’ in need. Many programs are available to support those experiencing homelessness, as well as families, at-risk mothers, and youth.

 

 

Halte-Transition provides a warm place for homeless people to stay overnight in the West Island of Montreal. Approximately 40 people are housed and fed each night, mostly men but also a few women. Their needs vary, but this year we donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, underwear, and snacks.

 

 

For the past few years, we have also joined with other churches to participate in “The Big Give” on the first Saturday in June. The purpose is to give something to the community without cost. This has included: a Garage Sale Giveaway, a free BBQ lunch, coffee, muffins, and popsicles. A free Bicycle Clinic has been well received and helps people learn how to fix their own bikes and maintain them.

 

We have also supported our overseas missionaries Tim and Kallie Hutton in Bolivia for several years.

 

The Hutton’s serve alongside the Bolivian Baptist Union to build and support effective ministries. These include caring for vulnerable children and women, promoting local economic development, health care initiatives, food security, and responsible environmental practices. In December 2021, they welcomed Malena into their family.

 

As well as supporting the Hutton’s, we also raised money to help prevent Chagas. Chagas disease is a silent killer among the poor, transmitted by an insect that thrives in adobe walls and thatched roofs that slowly destroys internal organs, especially the heart.

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As different needs arise, the Mission Team evaluates the best way to help.

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“I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat….” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you.?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers or sisters, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 35,37,40)