Vera and I minister in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. We are in a church plant that presently has from 5-15 people attending the meetings, which are held in the BC Seniors & Pensioners Club. The body of believers is able to hold normally scheduled services Sunday morning, as well as Wednesday Bible study and prayer time. The church is official but not self-supporting. The goal is to bring them to a position to support a pastor. That will require an increase in membership. To achieve this goal, our outreach ministry revolves around several areas: canvassing in targeted areas by hand, the use of a postal program called Precision Targeting to place a John and Romans with our contact information and letter of invitation to our services into homes, as well as a more personal approach going to places people are known to gather and fellowship. In these places, it takes more time but has proven to be effective in presenting the gospel. This is a necessity since while people seem friendly; they are reserved and unwilling to entertain in their home. This visitation gives a great amount of personal contact with people who are unsaved.
Nanaimo is a port city located on the eastern side of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver Island is the largest North American island in the Pacific. Located off the southwest coast of mainland British Columbia, Nanaimo began as a rich coal-mining town, but forestry now is the leading industry. Forestry, especially the pulp mill, is the main contributor to the economy, alongside tourism and technology. The population of metro Nanaimo is 104,936(2016). While a majority of the population is from European descent, whose main religion is Anglican there is a diversity of other ethnic backgrounds. There are Aboriginal or First Nations (Native Americans), Filipino, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, German, English, Irish, Scottish, and French with Chinese greatly outnumbering any other people group. There are also various South American peoples represented. With a tremendous multi-cultural base of people the ability to reach the world from Nanaimo is a potential that has been widely over looked by churches and mission agencies.