Coty Cook, BMC
June 27, 2017
If you have ever heard someone use the words diverse, multi-cultural, or multi-ethnic to describe a place, it is quite possible they were telling you about Toronto. At times, I forget that I am in North America. It is not uncommon for my team and me to be the only people from North America in a location at any given time - and we are just fine with that!
God has given us many opportunities to share the Good News with people of many different worldviews. We have been able to share Jesus with people from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Greece, Iraq, Philippines, China, and Egypt, to name a few. Praise God for giving us these opportunities! We are thankful to Him for granting us the words to say at the right time.
In July, we will begin our summer camps. At these camps, people from all over the world will bring their children to participate in sports activities and will be given the opportunity to hear the Gospel. For the past three weeks, we have been planning the camps and developing a strategy to engage people with the Good News. In addition to this, we have been partnering with a local church’s mercy ministry in a poverty-stricken neighborhood. This has given us the opportunity to share the love of Christ with hurting people, and to have Gospel conversations with them. We have also been making connections with people in coffee shops, malls, and restaurants. These connections have brought us sweet friendships, and more importantly, opportunities to share the Gospel.
Our supervisor is leading us through the book of James this summer, and it has already been such a blessing! I was particularly encouraged by our study last week. One of the verses that has really impacted my heart is James 1:12: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (ESV). There is no trial that we will face that can surpass the glorious reward of knowing Jesus!
This summer, I am learning a lot about being a disciple, about being a servant, and about being obedient. These lessons are not the easy ones to learn in life, but they are so important! The nations are truly here in Toronto. I hope that you will pray for our team and for the long-term workers here. Pray for our supervisors, Hans and Brandy. Pray for the volunteers who will come and help staff our camps, and for every person who will hear the Gospel this summer. As God has been faithful to bring the nations here, let us be faithful in bringing the nations to Him!
“I consider my life worth nothing to me. If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me; the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” -Acts 20:24