“Events like this shake us to the core, reminding us what is most important.”
Dear Friend,As Bev and I write this letter, we find ourselves, like all Canadians, still deeply moved by the Saskatchewan highway tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos and the shocking loss of life in Toronto—three blocks from where our family spent two summers with relatives. Events like this shake us to the core, reminding us what is most important. Typically, each spring we write to present the opportunities and challenges for a summer of sharing the Gospel with Canadian children, youth, and their families. But this year we are up against an entirely different challenge: the financial impact caused by the federal government rejecting dozens of One Hope Canada camp ministry applications. Why? Because we refused to give an unqualified “yes” to one line on the application form that says One Hope Canada supports the government’s non-scriptural position on reproduction and sexuality. We estimate an additional $250,000 is needed to support our summer missionaries, in addition to legal and media relations costs. But is a government policy on a summer jobs grant program the most important thing to focus on? No. As Christians, it may be easier to stand against something (like government policy) than to unite for something—until tragedy reminds us we are united at the deepest level because our lives are but a vapor compared to eternity.
This summer, over 18,000 children and youth will spend at least a week at one of our 40 camp ministries. They will hear the Gospel presented clearly and will experience the eternal difference this good news can make.Over half our campers
do not know what the Bible is
have no clue about Jesus
will learn for the first time what Jesus Christ did for them on the cross
Filled with the hope of the Gospel,
Bill and Bev McCaskell
National Director Team
One Hope Canada
With your help, summer missionaries like Jodi (at Gimli Bible Camp last summer) can continue sharing the Gospel with children and youth across Canada.