SERVING OPPORTUNITIES & PARTNERSHIPS
Winter Clothing Drive
Isn’t it cold outside? We will be doing a collection of new or gently used winter clothing for York Region District School Board! If you have any winter-related clothing – jackets, snow pants, mittens, boots, hats, sweaters, for children between the age of 8-13 (grade 3 to 8), and you would like to usher in 2023 by clearing out the closets and bless some families at the same time, please bring them on January 15th or 22nd, we will have a station set up outside in the foyer for drop off!
Coldest Night of the Year
Every year, together with thousands of Canadians across the country, we walk and fundraise to serve hungry, homeless, and hurting people and families in our community.
Feb. 25 2023
MOSAIC INTERFAITH OUT OF THE COLD PROGRAM
On Monday nights each winter, we open our doors to those in our community experiencing homelessness or in need of food and clothing. All who come leave with a lunch for the next day and transportation tokens. For those guests who stay overnight, beds are provided for a safe, warm place to sleep and breakfast is provided in the morning.
On hold until 2023-2024 season – Stay tuned and continue to pray for the men and women who are homeless this coming winter.
THE CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTRE
The Crisis Pregnancy Centre has served women in the Markham-Stouffville area for more than 20 years. They provide free care and support to women in unplanned pregnancies, post-abortion, and who are involved in single parenting.
THE MARKHAM FOODBANK
The leanest time of the year for Canadian food banks is July – August. The Markham Food Bank has difficulty providing the minimum amount of grocery support during those months and can give very little variety.
Our annual Christmas Eve Partners offering helps to fill this gap and provide funds to purchase much needed food supplies.
CENTRE FOR DREAMS
The Centre for Dreams is a place in the Markham community where adults with developmental disabilities can come to build relationships and enhance their lives through education in life skills, academics and vocational training.
WITH TORONTO YOUTH FOR CHRIST
Rahab Ministry is a compassion ministry geared towards empowering women and children in the sex trade to be liberated and restored. Joanna works in an outreach capacity with women in Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke.
WITH ATHLETES IN ACTION
Athletes in Action is a ministry of Power to Change that seeks to help people know Jesus and experience His power to change the world through sports. Caleb oversees the training and resourcing of local churches in sports ministry, as well as oversees the training of athletes and coaches throughout the year in Ontario.
WITH SIM CANADA
Ashley is an Office Administrator for SIM’s Lifeworthy project which brings hope and help to those impacted by human trafficking in the GTA. Working closely with Director, John Cassells, Ashley assists Lifeworthy’s ministries which provides mentoring to young women, support for parents whose daughters are still being exploited and training and consulting for churches and organizations.
In working toward the restoration of my community, I will be serving alongside my co-workers with UrbanPromise as a Ministry Supervisor. I will be involved in providing the youth of my community with a safe place to come after school, reinforcing the importance of education, modelling Godly behaviour and sharing Biblical truths. I will be dedicated to building and maintaining relationships not only with the kids, but with their whole families as well. I hope to share with them the things I have learned from being a child in the program, to being a StreetLeader, to now onboarding full time, all while also learning from the youth and community I serve.
GLOBAL SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
the bridge has partnered with Mission to Haiti Canada for 13 years, through individual sponsorships of children to attend school, volunteers to join the annual Mission teams, donations towards medical supplies and funding in emergency situations.
Contact Susan Schmidt at [email protected] or call 905-642-3757 if you are interested in learning about how you can join the next trip. For more information about our partner organization, Mission to Haiti Canada, visit their website at http://www.mthcanada.org/
the bridge has partnered with Compassion Canada to help release children from poverty.
To learn more about child sponsorship visit Compassion Canada’s website.
LEADS Sri Lanka Sexual abuse is a traumatic experience that mars and scars the lives of innocent children. Annually, a tragic number of little lives are made desolate at the hands of broken people and a negligent society. LEADS supports survivors of child abuse to heal and rebuild their worth and purpose. The bridge provides monthly financial resources to help a survivor of child abuse in Jaffna receive residential or non-residential therapeutic care and legal support at a child-safe space conducive to their recovery.
Cindy will serve in children’s ministry with OMF in Cambodia. She will be involved in children’s outreach and discipleship as a part of a church planting team that seeks to establish indigenous (local) biblical churches in Cambodia. The goal is to point children (local or Third Culture Kids/missionary kids) to the Lord.
Mark is partnering with Salem leadership to establish a Bible school in Madrid and Kim is engaged with family ministries in the church. In addition to their ministry in Spain, Mark and Kim both serve on the Eurasia Region’s lead team. Mark oversees education initiatives in the region, and Kim provides member care the region’s global workers. They have three energetic children: Alyssa, Madeleine, and Caleb.
The Sayers have been working in South Africa with the Emmanuel International Mission for the past eleven years. Don is a pastor with the Living Hope Bible Church and advisor for the African Hope Trust offering Safe Homes for children who are orphans due to the AIDS epidemic.
Asha will be partnering with IJM at a field office in South Asia as their Program Quality and Measurement Fellow. IJM’s mission is to end slavery in our lifetime through: rescuing and restoring victims, bringing criminals to justice and strengthening justice systems. The office she will be in focuses on fighting against the human sex trafficking of minors and young women.
Kenisha is serving in Domincan Republic with Christian Hope Community Association. CHCA has been and continues to advocate for the children of this community to receive an education and take advantage of opportunities that weren’t afforded to their parents. To-date, there are now 56 students enrolled. Through the prayers, and financial support of sponsors and donors, and the dedication of CHCA’s passionate staff, this community has come to see the tangible difference in the lives of the children who were previously enrolled in ECC school; kids who could not read or write have gone on to pursue Secondary schooling, something that is a rarity in Barahona.