Our mission at North Pointe is to fulfill the Great Commission Jesus gave his disciples in Matthew 28:19 - 20:
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.”We support global workers all throughout the world.
We see that the call to make disciples starts in Edmonton, extends through Alberta into Canada, and finally around the world.
These amazing people, couples, and teams, are truly making a difference in the world.
Each year our Missions Committee sets a budget for the year, and all of the money received for “Missions” is given to these workers according to the budget that has been set. Any excess funds over the budget will be dispersed at the Missions Committee’s discretion.
Brian and Valerie Rutten
Brian and Valerie Rutten are based in Ethiopia and lead the work of PAOC from Ethiopia into the region of North Africa and the Middle East. The primary focus of their work, in partnership with strong and mature Ethiopian Church leaders, is leadership training and development of Christian communities, as well as relief and development in the region. There are many opportunities to bring the love and peace of Christ into this troubled area of the world. Ethiopia is the perfect base to accomplish this from as it is the Capital of Africa, hosting the Africa Union and is a bridge between the Middle East and Africa. It is also culturally and geographically close to the nations of North Africa and the Middle East. It is politically stable and promotes religious freedom. Both the challenges and opportunities are great.
Elmer and Sherry Komant
Elmer and Sherry Komant are passionate about church planting in Africa. The most recent effort meant the official opening of Christian Life Ministries located in the Odeon Palace Theatre downtown Bujumbura in June of 2013. Missionaries, totally supported by their sending churches, from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and one from the UK partnered in committed teamwork. The transition of all but one of these African missionaries back to their sending churches means that we have made great progress towards the nationalization of this Assembly.
Life has been different since the unrest and attempted coup of 2015, but Christian Life Ministries has bounced back in a wonderful way. Around 850 people meet at the Bujumbura campus while the new branch church planted at Gitega is now a year old and growing in numbers and level of discipleship. The Wezesha "micro finance" project is flourishing with ministry to over 750 vulnerable but enterprising women and their families. Campus Vibe and Sunday Night Live and the English Club keep drawing large numbers of young people to Christ. Discipleship classes are jammed. The Komants continue to serve with full diligence, always seeking to empower the next generation.
Village of Hope
Birthed in 2008; out of a desire to reach to children in need in Africa, the Village of Hope Zimbabwe (VOH Zimbabwe) is one of 10 locations offering holistic ministry to children. The VOH Zimbabwe is driven by a passion for being a child-friendly centre, a place where children in need can find hope for their future. In Zimbabwe, the VOH has turned out to be an ‘oasis’, a hub of hope for children in need in Harare. Through the various programs that include education primary health care, community outreach, nutrition program and discipleship, the VOH Zimbabwe is impacting approximately 1200 children from the community.
Ilya and Janet Bantseev
The Bantseevs are pastoring MyChurch, a dynamic, growing congregation in Novokuznetsk, a city of 600,000 people in Central Siberia. Started in 1993 with three people, the church has grown to over 1000... & has planted 21 more churches in the surrounding region. Their congregation ministers in prisons, orphanages, and to people with life controlling problems or addictions through the 15 Teen Challenge (alcohol & drug rehab program) centres they operate across Siberia. They also organize various ministry and missionary teams to plant churches throughout Siberia and share the gospel with professional groups such as doctors, athletes, government officials and police.
Jessica is the daughter of Ilya and Janet Bantseev, who have been serving in Novokuznetsk, Russia, for 27 years. Jessica grew up on the mission field but later moved to North America to receive her B.S. in Digital Media, and in May 2019, after her graduation, she moved back to Novokuznetsk to do media ministry. She currently runs the media department in her church and is helping oversee the media ministry for Teen Challenge Russia. Most of her team consists of youth ages 13-25.
Steve and Patti Hertzog
Steve & Patti Hertzog have a long history at North Pointe. They served on the pastoral staff here in the early 1990's and have since been involved as elders, home group leaders, missions committee members, & WM leaders... while working at Vanguard... our bible College... for 22 years. Currently based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Steve & Patti serve as Regional Directors for PAOC International Missions in Eurasia. They oversee and empower 45 amazing PAOC Global Workers engaged in “extending the Kingdom and serving the peoples” in 18 nations from Siberia to Spain, England to Israel. Steve’s is passionate about building a healthy and effective team of leaders, churches & colleges to impact Eurasia with the gospel. Patti focuses on fighting for social justice in the region, organizing humanitarian aid, and caring for women in ministry.
Miro and Marta Toth
Neighbors and Newcomers Network
Presently, there are some 140,000 newcomers from the Middle East and Horn of Africa in Edmonton ... and this number will continue to rapidly grow in the next 12 years. In the Bible, God commanded His people to love the alien and newcomer in their midst (Deut. 10: 19; Lev. 19:34), and God still commands us to do the same. Many of these newcomers have been through the trauma of war, and what better way to demonstrate what it means to follow Christ than to love and care for the new neighbours around us?
This is exactly what we are doing, through English programs, personal visits, outings, and provision of practical items (i.e. furniture, clothes, etc.). These new neighbours and friends are finding reconciliation with God in Christ, through the demonstration and proclamation of the good news that is being shared with them.
Birch Bay Ranch
Sherwood Park, AB
Birch Bay Ranch provides year round retreat facility, adventure activities and a summer camp for children and teens. Located on South Cooking Lake, this dynamic ministry has provided campers with outdoor activities for over 50 years. In the summer over 800 kids and teens get the opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus over 9 weeks of camps. Schools love BBR as a destination because of the climbing walls, ziplines, horses and acres of beautiful forest lands.
Centre Chretien L’Heritage
Christian Heritage Centre Church is a ministry that we have been partnering with since the fall of 2019. Quebec is one of the most under evangelized areas in the world, and we want to change that! Pastor Laurent Fabreques has helped the congregation grow in size and reach to the point where they have had to relocate from their building to a local theatre where they will be able to continue to impact lives north of the city of Montreal. We look forward to having exchanges back and forth with this congregation in the future.
Emergency Relief and Development Overseas
From the biblical call to good Emergency Relief Development Overseas, or ERDO, was born. From a handful of countries, ERDO has grown today to provide aid to 34 countries. We have grown because the world is experiencing more and more humanitarian crises, and because an increasing number of Canadians are responding with Christian compassion. Natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and cyclones seem to be in our news each day. People are experiencing tragedy with increasing frequency - the tragedy of losing loved ones, their homes and their livelihoods.
ERDO is focused on four key areas that span from immediate aid to longterm programs, crisis response, food assistance, child sponsorship and community development. Long-term development brings communities to a point where they are self sustaining, and stable.