Missions

Tim and Kallie Hutton

We began volunteering with CBM and their amazing work in Bolivia back in 2013 and came on officially as Global Field Staff in 2015. Over the years we’ve loved getting embed in CBM projects and growing strong relationships with our Bolivian partners.

 

Our role as Global Field Staff with CBM is to build and strengthen relationships with our partners in Bolivia, with a focus on helping to administrate CBM development projects. This often involves providing workshops and training activities to help mobilize churches on a variety of theological and technical themes.

Our major partners include the Bolivian Baptist Union, its development branch OBADES, and the Baptist Seminary. OBADES (Baptist Social Development Organization) projects serve vulnerable kids (those working, living in prison, and children of prostitutes), promotes local economic development, healthcare initiatives, food security, and responsible environmental practices. OBADES also strives to work through local churches to empower them to serve their own communities. Through each of their diverse programs—CBM in partnership with OBADES—is committed to generating sustainable community development and living out Integral Mission through local churches.
 

The two of us are committed to supporting OBADES as they strengthen their current projects and explore opportunities to undertake new initiatives throughout the country. Working hands-on with these people and  projects enables us to recognize and seize opportunities as they arise, making the work ever-changing and exciting.

We also collaborate with CBM staff in global discipleship. Here we are working to create connections between Canadian churches, Bolivian churches, and CBM projects in ways that empower and encourage everyone involved.
 

Tim also works with two seminary libraries: Baptist Theological Seminary & U.C.E. Seminary. His focus at these seminaries involves supporting school administration in their pursuit to improve their library’s organizational structure, library policies, technology, and staff training. Beyond this, he often has the opportunity to collaborate with key people to trouble shoot and innovatively solve a variety of library issues (which is why the job is so much fun).

Since 2013, he has provided consulting for the library of Carachipampa Christian School (CCS), an international K-12 non-profit organization that provides a North American standard of education to both children of ministry workers and local Bolivians. The primary focus in the CCS Library is ensuring it meets accreditation standards. To this end, he’s developed a strategic vision & collection development policy which they are working to implement effectively.


Lastly, we have both been able to teach classes at the Baptist Teological Seminary. Recently, we’ve been asked to help the school provide better distance education, so we launched an online course on Missions & Ethics this year. The hope is that this platform can be replicated and help provide broader theological education nationally.

Helen Blackburn

Helen started serving the Lord in Southern Bolivia in 2011.  She works with the El Candelero Foundation – The Candlestick – a Support Centre which shines the light of Jesus to youth and families in Tarija, Bolivia.  Helen works directly with the                                                in a rural area outside of Tarija.

 

The El Candelero Boys Home was established to provide hope and physical, emotional and spiritual help for boys who have been abandoned or have had to leave home because of high risk and severe poverty.  The boys receive healthy food, healthy fun, a safe place to live, help with homework and through Bible lessons they are taught about Jesus and encouraged to accept the Lord and live for Him.  The boys also learn English and basic life and work skills while working with Helen around her rural home and garden.

 

In 2018, Helen coordinated a Summer English Institute with professionals from Canada coming to Tarija for 2 weeks to teach English through their testimonies and their love for Jesus.

 

After many years of full time Mission Work, Helen has moved to a half-year involvement in Bolivia with a half-year plus 1 day in Canada in order to fulfill Alberta Health Care requirements.

 

 

Helen’s Prayer Requests are:

  • For her to be able to continue to share her life and love for Christ in a loving and practical way in Bolivia

  • Wisdom as she works with the boys and mentors the Dorm Parents and staff at El Candelero Boys Home

  • That they would indeed be a Candlestick shining the Light of the World – Jesus Christ – to the Bolivian people.

You can reach Helen at blackhrb@gmail.com

Mill Creek Baptist Camp

Established in 1967, Mill Creek Baptist Camp is located approximately 30 minutes from Pincher Creek in the foothills of the beautiful Rockies. Mill Creek Camp is led by wonderful staff that come from many Baptist affiliated churches in Southern Alberta as well as from Christian communities all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Mexico and Hungary.

 

 

Our Mission:

Mill Creek Baptist Camp is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to providing a safe and positive camping environment for individuals of all ages to encounter and engage with God’s presence in their lives.

 

Our Vision:

Welcomed to Belong. Invited to Believe. Challenged to Become.

Each of these three values is critically important and interdependent in Mill Creek Baptist Camp’s Vision of balanced ministry in partnership with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and our supporting churches. We follow this framework as a way to evaluate faith formation as we equip people to follow Jesus in whatever culture or context they find themselves. Belonging means being welcomed and accepted no matter where an individual is at in their spiritual journey. We believe that we are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that through Jesus we have been forgiven and reconciled to God. This reconciliation prompts us to invite others to make the conscious decision to believe. The challenge to become is a call to take action in developing Christ-like Character through a process of discipleship.

 

Our Principles:

We exist to…

  1. Provide a safe fun and uplifting camping experience that is in constant pursuit of best practice while proclaiming the redemptive love of God.

  2. Provide an avenue of outreach to invite individuals to faith in Christ.

  3. Encourage and nurture individuals as they step into active participation in the Kingdom of Christ.

  4. Provide opportunities for service, mentorship and Biblical discipleship.

  5. Provide a facility that can be used by other ministries and organizations to experience the love of Christ through the unique setting of camp.

 

Your Part:

  • Pray for Mill Creek Baptist Camp.

  • Have a look at the Mill Creek Camp Website for more information.

  • Come out to Mill Creek Camp to see it and meet us.

  • Consider volunteering at Mill Creek Camp.

  • Consider Sponsorship of a camper who may otherwise not have a chance to experience what Mill Creek Baptist Camp has to offer.

Bill and Janice Dyck

We started in Bolivia in June of 2017, so we have been here almost 2 years. We are in Cochabamba—very central, where our denominational offices are, where the seminary is. It is not too high (about 8000 feet) and with a climate described as eternal Spring. 

What our ministry entails: 

     In general we support all of the ministries of CBM in Bolivia. So, where possible, we support SENT (Short-term teams), The Casa de la Amistad (ministry to prison children), The Chagas Project (repairing homes to prevent Chagas disease), the Seminary. All of us (Tim and Kallie Hutton, Patricia Nacho, and ourselves) support these CBM projects. But we do have our areas of focus and specialized areas that each of us is involved in.

      For Janice, her specialized ministry is teaching music to children at the Emmanuel Foundation, a ministry to children of prostitutes. She teaches three classes per week, in addition to personal discipleship time with the Director of the Foundation. Janice is really getting attached to the children she works with. There would be few children with greater needs than the ones she is working with. Giving them the gift of music is a huge confidence builder for them.

     I, Bill,  am focusing mostly on a ministry called Pastoring of Pastors. It involves setting up support groups/accountability groups for pastors. The denomination here has about 250 pastors. Going it alone leads to many problems for pastors. In the support groups they are held accountable, get mutual professional counsel, and prayer ministry. In the past year we have set up base groups in 6 cities. Each group has received training. Last November 34 pastors attended our first national retreat, to celebrate and receive further training. Last week we held our first planning meeting of leaders and co-leaders from these cities. We planned 30 follow-up training events. Planned for growth in the coming year (adding another 4 groups).  We are planning another national retreat in July, which will include participants from a fellow evangelical denomination. We are planning for  120 pastors to attend. I will also be doing workshops at our national assembly meetings to promote the movement. We would ideally like to see all 250 pastors in accountability groups. We believe that healthy pastors will lead to healthy churches who will in turn impact and transform their communities.

   I also sit on the Seminary Board, preach in chapels, guest preach at churches and special events, etc.

How you can pray for us?  

  •       I, Bill, have about 10 training events and retreats to plan for before we leave on home assignment in early September. Please pray that I will continue to get the help needed see the Pastoring of Pastors movement grow. I was so glad to hear one of my team leaders volunteer to do a training event in October, in my absence. It means they’ll continue even if I’m not here.

  •      Pray for Janice, who is bravely venturing out and doing more things in Spanish.  In addition to working with the children, she is also taking part in the group of pastors that meets weekly at our house. She is getting more involved with the women pastors and with pastor’s wives.

  •     Pray for us as we prepare for the upcoming home assignment which will be September to December 2019. It will be so nice to reconnect with our children and family, but it will also be a busy time of visiting supporters.

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