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Larry and his guitarOver the years we have developed the idea of sending teams of members to visit other people with disabilities in their homes, hospitals, group homes, and nursing homes in order to minister to others. Everyone needs to be able to serve and to learn how to reach out to others. Many of the people that we visit are not able to come to our services because of their disabilities, but love us to come to them. We have noticed that the members of the teams are usually those who show the most spiritual growth and maturity, as they are learning to use their gifts in serving God.

Where Do We Go?

Disney World on Janice’s birthdayWe believe that Christians grow as disciples by learning to serve one another. Many of our folks have been served by others all their lives, but have not had many opportunities to serve others. One way we are trying to encourage this is by gathering those who are interested into outreach teams, who will visit others with disabilities that may be more severe than theirs, so they can serve these friends, holding hands, pushing a wheelchair, praying for them, talking with them, and becoming a friend.

Our teams go to a variety of places in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Maple Ridge, and Abbotsford. We try to visit regularly, to sing, pray, and enjoy friendship. Some teams go during the day and some in the evening. Many individuals we minister to have very few visitors (and perhaps none that are not PAID to be there), so our time together is especially important. Our visits may be the only times the name of Jesus is spoken, that hymns and songs of worship and prayers are offered in many of these homes, and we believe this can be a great blessing to the residents and even the staff.

International Teams

Since Dave and Ruby Hayward, our founders, were missionaries, we have always had a stress on missions, and one aspect of this is that we have taken small teams for short-term missions, usually to partner with Christian people in other places who are also involved in this kind of ministry. Thus a team has traveled to Australia, and we have visited New Zealand four times with teams of five to seven people. We have also been to Hawaii, California, Florida, New Hampshire, and many places around British Columbia and Washington State. We have also traveled to Taiwan three times. We travel with the intent to follow Jesus and to be a blessing.


Reach the world for Jesus

Jesus came to them and said,

“All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20


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