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Christmas Offering

Total Christmas Offering Goal: $261,000

Creating a better future for young boys in Lebanon – $30,000

In Lebanon, there are thousands of boys and young men without the ability to better their lives and become contributing members of society. These boys come from Syrian refugee families and poor Lebanese families who are trapped in poverty due to the economic collapse of the country. These funds will enable the repair and renovation of a building that will not only help equip young boys with skills by teaching them a trade but will also expose them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This equips them to then go out and not only to install wires and water faucets, but to instil in others the hope that comes from a life- changing encounter with Christ.

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Providing bread for all in Lebanon – $20,000

As a result of the economic collapse that has taken place in Lebanon since 2019 food prices have increased 15-fold and it is estimated that 80% of the country is now living below the poverty line. Bread4All provides food baskets to hundreds of families every month through the local church. As baskets are dropped off at homes, relationships are built, the gospel is shared and over the last year many of come to Christ, have been baptized and have joined a local church.

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Help Ukraine weather the winter – $30,000

As the war in Ukraine continues your funds will help provide urgent funds to churches and theological institutions that have become vital shelters for refugees and internally displaced people keep the heat on this winter. In addition, these funds will also help shelters stock up on canned foods and flour in anticipation of increased food shortages.

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Addressing food insecurity in Cambridge – $6,200

Food bank usage in Canada has reached all time highs. The Cambridge Food Bank has seen a more than 30% increase in usage compared to pre-pandemic rates. This completion of this project will allow the Food Bank to accept more perishable food and to increase the shelf life of other items. This will not only create a greater capacity to serve families in our region but will also allow the Food Bank to provide healthier options to families in need.

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Serving the “least of these” in Nicaragua – $19,500

The rainy season in Nicaragua can last 7 months! During that time many of the roads become impassible for regular vehicles. Your donation will help fund the purchase of a 4×4 vehicle for Haven Heart which will greatly assist them in ministering to vulnerable and exploited children in hard to reach areas of Nicaragua. These funds will also help them to do some needed upgrades to the Community Center and to enhance a space that is being used to meet the needs of the over 50 people they are currently serving each week who live at a local garbage dump.

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Making education accessible to the children of garment factory workers in Cambodia – $15,000

The garment industry employs a large number of Cambodians at very low wages. The children of garment factory workers often do not receive any formal education because their parents cannot afford to send them to school. The Centre and Forward International School exist to provide these children with quality education and to introduce them to Jesus.

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Caring for missionary kids in developing countries – $5,000

One of the most impactful things that can be done to increase the effectiveness and longevity of missionaries is to make sure their kids are being well cared for. Your funds will help provide practical on the ground help and support for children of national missionaries who are working in countries with unreached people groups including transition retreats, educational supports, member care, and parenting supports and training.

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Translating textbooks to equip future church leaders in East Asia – $10,000

Building up and training future church leaders is essential to building up the church. The funds raised for this project will see critical seminary textbooks translated into Thai so that the next generation of church leaders from Thailand and neighbouring countries in East Asia can be properly trained and equipped to serve the church.

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Strengthening the church in Hungary by investing in next gen leaders – $10,300

Last year the funds raised by Forward helped support three young Hungarian leaders get year round ministry experience and training with the result that one of those leaders has now joined the team full-time, the first time a Hungarian has become a full-time missionary through raising his own support. This years funds will continue the internship program with the goal of creating a Hungarian led and Hungarian supported team bringing the hope of the gospel to Hungary.

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Ignite a passion for global missions in the hearts of young adults – $20,000

One of the best ways to spark a passion in the hearts of the next generation for global missions is
to give them a chance to get a firsthand taste of it. Every year Power to Change sends college and university students on short term trips with both the goal of blessing the people they minister to and also giving them a bigger picture of what God is doing in the world. The funds for this project will go to help insure that finances don’t keep students, particularly international students and students without a support network of Christian family and friends, from the opportunity to be a part of a trip that can ignite their heart for global missions.

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Help bring a gospel-centred church to Baden – $20,000

Baden is a fast-growing community of over 4,500 people in our region without a single evangelical church. Nathan and Elaine Kapteyn feel called to remedy that by planting Baden Central Church. The mission of BCC is to “introduce the hope of the gospel into the hearts of our community and the homes of its people.” Your donation will help to provided much needed start-up funds that are needed in order to begin regular Sunday services in 2023.

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Upgrade our Kitchener facility – $50,000

To continue to effectively reach the rapidly growing Southwest Kitchener area we need to invest some funds in upgrading our Kitchener campus. These funds will allow us to create a more welcoming environment for those who are new to the church and a more family friendly environment for the many young families we are ministering to.

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Meeting the needs and reaching our neighbours in Cambridge and Kitchener – $15,000

Block parties, Halloween Fun Fest, and our Community Christmas Dinner, those are just a few opportunities that we had as a church to reach out and meet needs in our community over this past year through your giving. This year we are looking to meet even more needs and connecting with more individuals with the ultimate goal of introducing them to the only one who can meet their deepest need.

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Invest in kids by investing in camps – $10,000

Last year because of your giving we had the opportunity to build relationships and share the love of Jesus with almost 425 children and youth in Kitchener and Cambridge by providing 7 weeks of Camp Forward and 6 weeks of Youth Leadership Camp. This year we are hoping to minister to even more kids as we build ongoing connections with families across our region.

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