Most people don’t know what they really, truly want in life. I know this because I ask whenever I get the chance. It’s easy to see, though. Whatever you spend the most time on, be it work, relationships, fitness, a cause, that is what’s most important to you, and that’s what you want. It’s not what you say… it’s what you DO.
So with that thought in mind, I’m writing this monthly Fraser Valley Charity Spotlight with the goal to inform and make relevant practical ways to impact the world around us. Because we can’t find important what we don’t know yet. So maybe up until now you’ve been spending most of your time working. Maybe you read a few of these features and realize, “Hey! I have a passion for animals that I’ve done nothing about, and now I know how!”, and thus being informed changes how you live. That’s my goal in writing these; that every person can find something that he or she is passionate about, and have the information to pursue that passion. I believe that it doesn’t matter what cause we choose to support, as long as we’re deeply committed to it.
I work in the non-profit sector, for a great local organization. This first Charity Spotlight is featuring the organization I work for; it’s called WorldServe Ministries. I’ve been involved with them since last Spring, and have found it truly rewarding to be working every day to change the world in a positive way. My first meeting with the COO, Ken Leggatt was an enlightening one. He told me that the communist countries of Cuba and China have changed so much in the past few years that it’s hard for us to keep up. Five years ago, Chinese and Cubans were being jailed for their beliefs… today that happens very rarely, and so the danger is that we in North America think that the people in both countries no longer need help, which isn’t the case at all. These days they need it more than ever, because donors tend to want to give to what’s exciting rather than stay faithful to a pastor they’ve been supporting. I was recently in Cuba meeting with some of the men and women who were once supported by WS donors who’ve since stopped giving. These people are now either making headlines by being sent to jail, or they can’t feed their families -all because they are Christians. It’s not right, and we can’t afford to forget these people.
WorldServe Ministries, since 1978
1301 Johnston Road, White Rock
Funding pastors (church planters) in many denominations in China, Cuba, and most recently in Ethiopia. WS employs Kingdom business, kids camps, marriage ministry, Bible teaching and more to reach lost people and minister to believers.
WS believes that God’s Church should be equipped to minister to the poor, the weak and the disenfranchised in every community in every country, and that’s what they help to make possible these countries with indigenous pastors.
How can you get involved?
WS just opened a new thrift store up the street from their main office, and is presently looking for volunteers and donations of gently used clothing, housewares, tools and more. You can also adopt a pastor from one of these countries and support their ministry for as little as $50/month.