The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) was built on the foundational command to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and has lived it out since the 1800s. Our founder, A.B. Simpson, said that The C&MA “aims to reach the most neglected fields, to avoid the beaten tracks of other labourers, to press on to the regions beyond and instead of building upon another man’s foundation to preach the Gospel where Christ has not been named.”
Jesus motivates us to go, to live on mission, aiming to be a Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, Mission-focused movement. Our churches send people to live on mission as International Workers (IWs) among least-reached people groups all around the world. With approximately 250 International Workers, more than 40% are in countries that closed their doors to traditional missionaries long ago. These countries are now referred to as Creative Access Countries.
Our churches in Canada are committed to sending people to all regions of the world serving in one of our four ministry track. IWs live in almost every setting imaginable, from rural sustenance communities to high-energy urban streets, in countries that protect freedom of expression and those that suppress it.
Our workers are respectfully immersed in other cultures living, loving, and doing life with them. When local people become leaders who will disciple more people to follow Jesus, our workers step aside and look for other corners of the world where God will use them again.
How are these workers supported in the field? Each worker’s cost of living in the country where he or she serves comes from the Global Advance Fund (GAF). Through the GAF, IWs are able to bring access to Jesus.
From the west coast to the east coast, is a declaration that Canada should be a missional focus of the church. We’ve dedicated hands and feet to that desire, setting a goal to see every Christian and Missionary Alliance church multiply in at least one way every five years.
The ways churches can multiply are endless. Some examples include churches that reach new Canadians, missional communities that go beyond traditional brick and mortar churches, and informal congregations that naturally develop the potential to become a full church. For more information about these communities, visit the New Ventures website.
This is the geographic region of Mexico, South America, and Central America. Latin America is a fusion of diverse cultures. The food is distinct and full of flavors that often complements each other, yet sometimes compete for your full attention. That's what it's like here. Politics, socio-economic classes, races and faith traditions merge, collide, complement and compete.
Poverty, unrest, persecution, and intensely held belief systems often hold people in fear and bondage. But amidst that backdrop, the C&MA IWs see hope and freedom emerge in the beautiful people they live their lives with every day.
The backdrops of Africa are immensely different on this continent. The conversations are in a long list of languages. And in nearly every tongue and dialect, the stories of Jesus are told and retold, offering hope, and guiding our actions in this part of the globe.
There is a growing momentum in this region, where the C&MA IWs introduce Christ equally amongst the upper middle class as they do amidst the abandoned, marginalized and downtrodden. It takes many forms. In some cases compassion ministries meet the urgent, direct physical needs of children and families grasping to survive the toll of drought or the grip of AIDS. Other workers focus on developing leaders and training nationals to better serve and connect with their own people.
The eyes of the world often focus here, as the region shifts and moves, regimes change and political climates heat up and cool down. There are a lot of intersecting borders in this part of the world.
The C&MA IWs need to be flexible, adapting alongside their communities. They see how average people live their lives amongst uncertainty, yet find solace in faith, hope, and love. In some cases, IWs have the privilege of seeing masses of people receive Christ’s life-changing message. Others continually move, work, and love in their neighbourhoods, watching God bring it all together on a no less significant, yet smaller, scale.
Encompassing immense diversity, all the major religions, languages, culture, and political expressions are found in the grass root rural villages and mega-cities that make up this amazing part of the world. More people live in this part of the world than in the rest of the world, and many suffer from extreme poverty of body and spirit.
The needs of this area remain as diverse as the histories between these highly populated countries and the roles of The C&MA IWs have morphed, magnified, or changed altogether in the midst of it all. God’s love is being expressed among the least-reached as we move into the neighbourhoods and are immersed in the lives of people.