Our basic response to what Jesus has done for us is to participate in what he is up to both locally and around the world.
Mission is everywhere. It stretches from our backyard to pretty much every place on earth. But we can’t do mission alone. We’re committed to walking alongside missions partners that are doing good work both locally and globally. These are some of the people that we cheer on through prayer, financial resources, and the sending of occasional missions teams.
Peter & Cavelle Dove | Myanmar & Thailand
Emmanuel has been supporting the Dove family (Peter pictured above) for many years. The Doves have been working in Asia for about 14 years. They co-founded Imagine Thailand, a Bangkok-based Christian social action organization specializing in linking the university and marketplace to marginalized communities. They have worked with displaced people groups along the Thai/Myanmar border, and have in recent years worked within Myanmar to help develop future job prospects for young women. Peter has recently been appointed as the PAOC Regional Director for Southeast Asia, where he will be coming alongside Global Workers across much of Asia, building relationships with the national churches in the region. You can discover a bit more of what they’ve been up to at imaginethailand.org.
Zach & Megan Wylie | Thailand
The Wylies are preparing to head to Thailand to join the PAOC Thailand Field team. Zach will be serving as the Country Lead for Imagine Thailand, while Megan will be serving as the Health and Wellness Coordinator, with a focus on maternal health. Zach grew up in West Kelowna, and has recently completed 8 years of serving as the OMEGA Global Director at Summit Pacific College. Megan has been developing her business as a Doula which will be a tremendous benefit on the ground in South Asia. You can read about their journey at their website.
Kim & Lynn Weiler | Guatemala
Kim and Lynn are founders of Fe Viva World Missions, an independent missions organization with a vision to reach out the less fortunate in Central America and around the world. Kim and Lynn are based in West Kelowna, but spend much of their time working on the Fe Viva campus Guatemala where they have developed an orphanage, housing for the less fortunate, and a one-of-a-kind education center that helps provide schooling that is unique to their area of the country. In addition, they have helped install hundreds of new stoves in the surrounding communities to help provide a safe living environment for many families. Visit feviva.org to find out more of what they do.
Nathan Hayward | Youth For Christ
Nathan was born and raised in the Okanagan. He has been involved in youth work for over five years and desires to make a greater impact in the lives of the people he shares his home town with. Nathan is a recent grad from the Counselling Foundations program at Summit Pacific College. He is excited to live alongside the youth of Kelowna and guide them to healthier living through various outdoor activities, sports, and through simply building relationships. His new position as a Youth Worker in Central School will allow him to work closely with high risk students and gives others the opportunity to partner with him to see a difference in the Okanagan community.
Dennis & Diane Unrau | Mexico
The Unraus have been in Colima, Mexico, for over 20 years, helping as houseparents in a Children’s Home (Hogar de Amor y Proteccion al Nino) that is part of the ministry of Hope for the Nations. Dennis and Diane have recently turned over the responsibilities of Casa Cuna, a home for children aged newborn to six years of age, in order to focus on doing individual ministry directly with the children and workers through Restoring the Foundations ministry that they have been trained in. The Unraus find their routes in the West Kelowna region. You can find out about Hope for the Nations here.
Kirsten Larson | YWAM
Kirsten grew up at Emmanuel and has become a leader for Youth With a Mission, a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, that is dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Based out of Hawaii, Kirsten helps with new teams that come in for training and then head out on mission. You can find out more about what YWAM does at www.ywam.org.
RAN | Restricted Access Nation partners
There are some parts of the world where representing the Christian faith is very dangerous. We continue to support some families that have been called to reach out to people in countries that are hostile to Christianity. For their safety, we do not publicize their ministries.
Benoit & Helene Marcoux | Quebec
With 8 million Canadians living in Quebec, and with most of the population considered “post-Christian”, the province is seen by most missions organizations as an unreached people group. We have been partnering with the Marcoux family for many years, looking for creative ways in which we can connect with French Canadians, whether that is through church planting, developing missions communities, or even ministering to the french-speaking population in the Okaganan.
Don Richmond | Hockey Ministries International
Don is the local chaplain for the West Kelowna Warriors, recent Junior A national champions. He is also the BC Chapel Coordinator, overseeing the chapels within the junior hockey leagues throughout British Columbia. Don also works as the chaplain for the local Fire Department, and helps organize local community initiatives, like Westside Daze. Don is essential our local community pastor, who is as comfortable in a hockey arena as others might be in the pew. You can learn more about Hockey Ministries International at www.hockeyministries.org.
BC Teen Challenge | Okanagan
Teen Challenge is a faith-based restoration program for men and women, ages 19 and older, who are trapped in addiction. The organization originally began in 1958 on the streets of New York City. Hundreds of students have graduated from the program with great stories of transformation. There are currenty three locations across British Columbia and Emmanuel is honoured to support our local Okanagan branch. Find out more about this ministry at www.teenchallengebc.com
Kelowna Gospel Mission
The Mission is an important ministry in our local area that provides food, clothing, shelter for the most vulnerable in our valley. We recognize that shelter is very difficult to find in our growing cities, and supporting the work of the Mission is one of the best ways we can engage with Christ’s calling to look after the disadvantaged in our society. You can read more about the history and work of the Mission here.
University Campus Ministries | University of British Columbia -Okanagan
Matt Duffy and James Perreaux are our campus chaplains at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna. They work at encouraging students to belong to a Christian community, serve their campus in practical ways, care for their peers, and provide leadership opportunities. Matt and James explain what they are up to at their webpage. Oh, and James blogs regularly here.
Westside and Peachland Foodbank
We continue to partner with our local foodbanks in both West Kelowna and in Peachland, providing food for those who could use a little help or simply no longer have the resources to bring food to their kitchen tables.
We really want to encourage people to participate in a cross-cultural missional experience by providing missions scholarships for their trips or projects. Our missions committee is super-keen on spreading the word: missions is everywhere! So go, and play a part in changing the world.
For more information, contact us.