BBC’s Mission vision statement is “Everyone is a missionary”. We encourage BBC members and attendees to see themselves as missionaries. We provide prayer, training, communication, follow-up and support for a variety of mission projects designed to bring hope, practical help and the love of Christ to our world. Our Mission Committee seeks to strike a balance within our purpose (including sharing the Gospel, growing disciples and relief & development work) and geographic reach (local community, regional areas of Canada and to other nations)..
Here at Home
Gull Lake Centre
Gull Lake Centre’s goal is to Connect People to Christ, to train new leaders in the Church, and to help alleviate suffering and poverty on earth.
Gull Lake Centre runs summer camps for kids from grade 1-12 including a Family Camp and offers teen participants their LTD (Leadership, Training and Development) program which is a leadership program for grade 10 through 12.
This 88 year-old Centre is currently undergoing renovations to prepare it to serve its community and Alberta for many more years. It is a year-round camping, retreat and educational organization, offering year-round programs as well as allowing other organizations to rent facilities for retreats and conferences. BBC strongly supports Gull Lake Centre through direct budget giving as well as participation in their many youth programs.
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The Sharing Way
BBC continues to endorse the efforts of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, its denomination mission initiatives through Designated Giving and allocations from the General Missions Fund.
SERVE is an annual event in which teenagers from Canadian Baptist Churches across Western Canada come together to serve in a chosen community. This year the group went to Peace River. Young people aged 12 and up, converge on one urban centre with the sole purpose of serving the local community. During the day the teenagers undertake work projects at various locations (this can be anything from running a soccer camp to hard labour). In the evenings they join together for teaching and corporate worship.
BBC has come alongside Varsity Bible Church in Calgary’s NW, to help Dominican and Haitian church and community leaders, through T.E.A.R.S. Ministries. During the past several years, teams of volunteers have assisted with joint community projects such as day camps, water purification development, nutritious meals and construction projects in La Vega, Dominican Republic. BBC helps these projects through designated giving and BBC’s general mission fund.
I have blessed, twice now, to have been able to connect with our team from Bonavista Baptist Church that is connected to the Arms of Jesus Children’s Mission in Guatemala. I have been struck by the depth of the relationship the team has with the staff at the school in Guatemala. Each time I have been, it is like being with family. The passion the staff at the school has is incredibly motivating. They believe in what they’re doing for Christ in their own country. I have also been struck by how much “the school” does for its surrounding community. They provide resources not just for spiritual or educational needs, but they provide for their physical needs too. A medical clinic, dental practice, and social work department are in full operation. They see it as a holistic mission. I loved being a part of what God is doing in Guatemala. It was incredible to be engaged in something that is making a difference in the lives of people. The need is vast, but this mission is making a difference one life at a time. What an incredible reminder for how we make a difference in our own Canadian context. Praying that God will continue to bless the work of the Arms of Jesus in Guatemala.