First Sabbath Offering for Vancouver, Canada
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its 35 million people are spread across ten provinces and three territories. Canada’s borders extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometers (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area.
British Columbia is a province located on the west coast. The largest city is Vancouver, the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada.
Like the rest of British Columbia, Vancouver has a low rate of church attendance compared with the rest of the continent; the majority of the population does not practice religion. The country’s religious profile shows that 48.8% have no religious affiliation agnostics, atheists, and humanists; 36.2% are Christians categorized as Pentecostals, Protestants, and Roman Catholics; 5.7% are Buddhist, 2.8% Sikh, 2.2% Muslim, 1.8% Jewish, and 1.4% Hindu.
The religious liberty that the country offers facilitates greatly in the advancement of our message. We thank God that our church organization is recognized by the government and is officially registered. We want to keep the light of present truth shining in this place.
Following the evangelism project here in Vancouver in 2012, the interest of many souls was awakened and many visitors have attended our programs and conferences. Since May 2013, we have been renting a Lutheran church where we hold weekly Sabbath worship services, as well as offering Bible studies, and counselling services. We also present health lectures, public cooking demonstrations and classes, and distribute Christian and healthy-living literature here.
Our great need now is a house of worship and office space for our headquarters. This will also be a central point from which we can distribute our literature. Rentals are currently high and our finances are low. It is our earnest prayer that the Lord may impress your heart with the needs here in Vancouver as part of His great vineyard. Please give generously when this special mission First Sabbath Offering is collected, that a chapel may stand to God’s glory in this part of Canada. Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless each gift and giver.
Your brethren and sisters from Vancouver