This Sunday is the first Sunday of our annual Missons Conference.  Every year we set aside two Sundays and a Wednesday to focus on our Missions programme, begin raising funds for the support of our missionaries and missions agencies, pray for the persecuted church, and bring in some guest preachers to preach to us regarding some aspect of Gospel mission around the world and in our neighbourhood.

The theme for our conference this year is an old and familiar one, “Let Your Light Shine”. We have invited three men to come and share with us regarding God’s call upon us to shine as lights in the world.

This Sunday, February 24, at our 10:45 a.m. worship service Shawn James of Urban Promise Toronto  is scheduled to preach on  “Shining Our Light in Our Community”. Urban Promise “Camp Victory” which seeks to reach children and families in our community meets in our building four days a week for an after school programme dedicated to helping children with school work and teaching them the Gospel. We are committed to working with Urban Promise in reaching the families with whom they work. Shawn is the Community Director for Camp Victory and Camp Freedom.

In the evening service this Sunday our preacher is Mourad Kadsi. Mourad was born in Egypt and was converted to faith in Jesus Christ in his early twenties. He has been teaching high school mathematics at North Albion Collegiate Institute since 2002, where he also leads a student Bible Study group. Mourad is going to speak to us about shining as lights in the workplace.

On Wednesday, February 27 we meet together to pray for Christians around the world who suffer persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ.

Sunday, March 3 our guest preacher is Daniel Edwards. Daniel is the Academic Dean and Middle East Co-ordinator for Pioneers Canada . He was born in Sudan, and is a graduate of Toronto Baptist Seminary . Daniel will be preaching about shining as lights in the countries of the world.

One of the most popular highlights of our conference is the “Parade of Nations”. The people in our church wear native costume or their country’s colours and we parade around the sanctuary singing and then finish it off with a reading of Revelation 5:6-10

6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

We have people from about 25 – 30 countries in our church and the parade is a wonderful demonstration of the unity of the Gospel and a tiny foretaste of the perfect fellowship that will be shared in the eternal state.

You are more than welcome to join us, this, and every Sunday.

The theme song for the conference this year is “This Little Light of Mine”. There must be a thousand renditions of it on the internet, so I chose this one.

But you may prefer this one

Or even this

Let the light of the Gospel of God in Jesus Christ shine through you today.

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