Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… The spiritual needs of our nation are clearly evident. The best statistics indicate about 7.7% of Canadians self-identify as Evangelical Christians. In some regions of Canada, it is much less.
One such region is Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Less than 1% of the Island identifies itself as Evangelical Christian. Thirty-five churches have closed down in the past ten years. It is projected that 35-40 more churches are expected to close in the next ten years. This will leave entire towns and villages on Cape Breton Island without a local Christian witness. Nowhere for the local proclamation of the Gospel and a meeting of God’s people to care for the overwhelming social needs on the Island.
Cape Breton Island has been hit for decades with economic hardship from closures of mines, heavy industry and fishing. Families have been decimated. Children have left home for greener pastures. The unemployment rate is 17.5%, compared to the current national rate which is 7%.
We have a Fellowship Church on Cape Breton Island, located in Sydney, NS, who has been faithfully proclaiming the Gospel for decades.
Faith Baptist decided in recent months that they needed to extend their influence outside of their immediate city to the rest of Cape Breton Island. Their membership of 50 or so stepped out in great faith, raised $45,000 and are building a full-powered FM radio station to share the Good News of Jesus Christ on Cape Breton Island. In fact, their station will reach 93,000 of the 100,000 inhabitants on the Island.
I met with Pastor Rob Jones and asked him to write a report to you on this amazing initiative by our small church with a big vision for evangelism and future church planting in this beautiful but spiritually-needy region of our county. I encourage you to see the attached to read Rob’s brief report, see some photos and a brochure promoting “Praise FM” in Cape Breton, NS.
The dream is to see hundreds come to Christ and eventually see new churches planted in the cities and towns of this Region. Read the attached material and be encouraged.
Have a blessed week,