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The Gospel is preached in schools across Panama

In October 2018, Canadian Fire was privileged to be a part of Panama para Cristo (Panama for Christ) which was a year long evangelistic movement that led over 100,000 souls to Christ.   That equals about 2.5% of the entire population of the nation. 

Our part in this awesome move of God was ministering in schools where we presented the Gospel to over 2000 students and we saw many hundreds give their lives to Christ.   Many were delivered out of hopelessness and oppression.    Others received truth that prevented them from committing suicide.   Some of the schools we ministered in were controlled by gangs and the drug trade. 

God moved in so many powerful ways as we were part of something historic and nation-changing. 

Thousands of Brazilians Hear and Receive the Gospel

It was a great privilege to join American and Brazilian evangelists in the end of May and into early June in the city of Caico in Northeastern Brazil where thousands of souls were impacted with the Gospel. After a week of outreaches in schools, community centres and lower-income neighbourhoods, our week culminated with a huge festival on an island in the centre of the city.  Food was given to the poor, children were ministered to, and youth were impacted through seeing feats of strength by ‘Team Extreme’ as well as a concert by a Brazilian-American hip hop artist.

Our time in Brazil was not without opposition as there was much unrest in the nation while we were there. A local religious leader told the people of his city not to participate in our events. In spite of his threats to expel them from their churches, they showed up anyways and God touched their lives.  A nationwide trucker’s strike also hindered travel across the country as trucks blocked highways and prevented food from getting to grocery stores and fuel from getting to gas stations and airports, causing many flights to be cancelled. The police supported the trucker’s strike and so the military was called in. We passed a blockade on our way into the city we ministered in and saw a banner that said ‘Militario Intervencia.’ In spite of all the opposition, the Gospel went forth and many people were greatly impacted!

Freely You Have Received, Freely Give...

Our small team of Brad Mayer and Matthieu Desourdis ministered 21 times in just 10 full days in the Philippines at the end of February.   We preached in numerous churches, prisons, schools, to youth, and to leaders.   God opened many doors as we saw over 200 come to Christ and hundreds more were ministered to in regards to the call to evangelize. 

When we saw a young gifrl come into one of the services we ministered in with a cast on both her legs with a bar between her feet, Matthieu mentioned that he knew a bit about what that was like as he also wore a brace like this on his legs when he was a child.  Matthieu prayed for the little girl and within just a couple of days, the casts came off.  Freely he received, freely he gave.

A young man named Dino found his way into a service in Bacolod, Philippines where his life was changed.  After a message about the miraculous, the faith of the people was stirred up, and a Filipino believer prayed with Dino three times after the service.  After the third prayer, Dino put down his crutches and walked without them for the first time in sixteen years!   To see a video of this man taking his first steps without crutches in many years, check out www.facebook.com/canadianfiremissions and find the post from March 3, 2018.  

The Missions field of Canada's North

Canada's North is a vast missions field with many communities that need the Gospel. It was a blessing in November and December  to minister in Loon Lake and Thunderchild churches.  Both of these churches impact many First Nations people.  

Open Doors in Colombia and Panama

A number of open doors presented themselves to us in Barranquilla, Colombia in the beginning of November.  In addition to preaching in several local churches, we ministered at a large family conference, in a women's prison, and in a large Christian school.  We also had opportunities to go on the radio with the Gospel, including one station that had numerous calls and texts while we were on the air.  It was a great experience having the live interaction with listeners whose hearts were being touched by the Gospel. 

On our way to and from Colombia, we were able to visit with Don & Connie Rysavy, who are good friends and supporters of Canadian Fire.  After deciding to make this stop in Panama, we were invited to be a part of a major evangelistic campaign called 'Panama para Cristo' (Panama for Christ) which will be happening throughout 2018.   

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