Missions

Sunnyside Wesleyan Church supports the following missions on an ongoing basis:

Local

Jeff and Jessica Clochesy

The Navigators of Canada

Jeff and Jessica (Liam, Norah, and Graham) make disciples of Jesus in Ottawa. Their mission is “to advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations, through spiritual generations of laborers, living and discipling among the lost.” At Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, they develop, train and facilitate a community of students who seek to grow in knowing Jesus and His teachings and to learn together what it means to live as His apprentices. In addition, Jeff is the National Student Ministry Director for The Navigators of Canada, helping to lead and develop the campus work across the country

Alaina Johnston

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

The purpose of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada is the transformation of youth, students, and graduates, in all their ethnic diversity, into fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. With a strong focus on leadership development, Inter-Varsity groups at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and Algonquin College run small group Bible studies and large group gatherings, which are designed to help people discover Jesus, be transformed by the gospel, and participate in creative outreach opportunities. Alaina supervises the ministry of InterVarsity in Eastern Ontario.

  

Empathy House

Empathy House is a ten-bed residential empowerment program that has been celebrating the success of helping women in recovery since 1978. It provides a safe residence for women to get healing from abuse, trauma, and substance use. Empathy House’s goal is to help women develop their potential in living independent and satisfying lives without the use of alcohol and other drugs. It regularly helps women we know – friends, mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers.

Dig and Delve

DIG & DELVE is a local, annual conference that is all about giving people a safe space to engage in discussion and explore deep issues that humans have been wrestling with for a long time. It offers an open, honest, and respectful environment to explore reasons why faith makes sense and why it is meaningful to give consideration to the life and teaching of Jesus. DIG & DELVE encourages curiosity and a healthy critical inquisitiveness. People coming from a spectrum of worldviews, Christian and otherwise, are welcome to hear talented experts in their fields sharing their opinions about deep issues human wrestle with and together discuss some of the latest research around these questions.

  

Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp

Located a leisurely drive from Ottawa, Silver Lake Wesleyan Camp is a place to gather for annual retreats, conferences, and camps. The summer is full of camps for children, teens, adults, and families. These camps are filled with age-appropriate activities, games, Bible teaching, worship, nature exploration, crafts, and lots of opportunity to build relationships with God, others, and self.

Address: 512 Wesleyan Camp Ln, Maberly, ON, K0H 2B0

  

National

Chris and Heather Barrett

The Navigators of Canada

Navigators seek to guide people to experience a deep, ongoing connection with Jesus and to equip them to pass along their faith and become a guide to others.  They endeavour to help people integrate their faith into everyday life and to be faithfully present in their relational networks. The Navigators are active in cities across Canada on college and university campuses, in local churches, in neighbourhoods and communities, in the marketplace, and in cross cultural settings in Canada and abroad.  Chris currently serves as the National Director for The Navigators of Canada. Heather serves as a friend, mentor, and guide to many staff and volunteers within the Navigators.

  

Pete & Jenita Naylor

Riverside Community Church

Riverside Community Church introduces our community to Jesus, disciples believers, and promotes healthy church planting. Our desire is to remain outward focussed, obeying Jesus’ command to go bring the Gospel into the world. Our worship, Bible study, and fellowship aim to glorify God and equip believers to minister in their daily lives. We love and serve our neighbours; we have been blessed with a facility that lends itself well to activities such as running a much-needed community centre. Northeastern Ontario life is challenging. Churches are few and far between, and the social, economic, and demographic characteristics of ministry in these one-industry regions require a very “missionary-like” approach to church planting.  Thank you for your continued support! We are somewhat isolated up here and couldn’t do this without a collective of churches across Ontario!

  

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (l’Alliance évangélique du Canada) is the national association of evangelical Christians in Canada. For 55 years, the EFC has provided a national forum for Evangelicals and a constructive voice for biblical principles in life and society. Five areas of focus direct all of the EFC’s involvement: church and mission, care for the vulnerable, sanctity of life, family and community, and religious freedom. The EFC’s goal is uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus.

  

Global

Allan & Joane Brown

Compasio

Compasio is on a mission to find sustainable solutions to problems plaguing the children of the developing world. With years of experience directly serving orphaned and vulnerable children, we now put our efforts into serving others who do the same. We travel the globe to find existing small, local-led organizations that do their best at serving needs but lack some key skills in order to reach their full potential. These are then matched with professionals who volunteer to mentor the organization by imparting the skills they have honed during their own careers. We strive to keep all work national-led, family- and community-based, and sustainable for the long haul. Demonstrating the practical outworking of the love and message of Jesus continues to be our aim.

  

Ryan & Sarah Schmitz

When Ryan was a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, he felt led of God to go and serve when he learned about ministering internationally. Sarah felt God’s call to commit her life to full-time missions work while on a mission trip to Haiti when she was a senior in high school. The Schmitzes are now a family of six living in Managua, Nicaragua. They’ve been long-term missionaries with Global Partners since 2009. Through partnership with churches, schools, feeding centres, and teams, they help individuals, families, and communities learn more about Christ and experience his redemptive power. They build relationships with Nicaraguans through economic development and reaching out to young students with the hope of Jesus.

  

The Wesleyan Church in Egypt

Support from Sunnyside goes toward three main projects in Egypt. First, support flows to low-income pastors who work in low-income villages. Second, finances go toward covering the cost of prescription drugs for pastors who have medical concerns, like diabetes. This project is receiving aid from churches outside Egypt in the stages of building up a local, sustainable system. Third, Egyptian and North American Christians are collaborating to build a multipurpose church facility in the city of Badr on land granted by the government. The aim is to complete vital construction stages in two years. Pray for Rev. Atif as he helps with these unprecedented opportunities.

The Wesleyan Church in Ghana

Sunnyside supports the Wesleyan Church in Ghana through the humanitarian Project Reach Out Canada (PROC), which raises funds to help impoverished Ghanaians. Rev. Joe Ocran and his wife, Jemima, founded PROC in 1990 as a way for North American Christians to show God’s love by meeting people’s physical needs, especially those of women and children. Sunnyside has also assisted with funds for a micro-credit ministry directed by World Hope Canada in connection with HOPELINE. It is a micro-credit group in Ghana that provides funding and training for people to start businesses that will provide regular income for their families and allow them to contribute to the church.

  

World Hope International

World Hope International is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice. Its vision is to provide those in need with opportunity, dignity, and hope so they can possess the tools for change in themselves, their family, and their community.  Sunnyside has partnered in past short-term missions to First Step Centre, a ministry to children who are poor and living on the streets of Odessa, Ukraine, and to Hope House, a safe community for at-risk female youth.