We believe that the Lord has called us to greater involvement in the Great Commission through local, national, and global mission. Acts 1:8 is one version of the Great Commission where Jesus called his disciples to “be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”
Over the next 3-5 years we intent to grow our mission influence with an increase in our contribution to unreached people groups. We currently partner with the following in prayer and financial support as giving a portion of our general fund to these ministries:
Sonrise Primary Mission Workers
These mission and ministry endeavors are based from Sonrise Church and covered by our leadership.
Africa Orphan Care – Zimbabwe, Malawi & Mozambique
Sonrise Orphan Care Zimbabwe is an initiative where Sonrise Church has determined to partner with ACOP churches in Zimbabwe to assist in their efforts to rescue and feed hundreds of orphans. The HIV / AIDS pandemic has left over 15,000,000 orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa (over 1 million in Zimbabwe alone) and, intensified by famine, poverty, and a corrupt government in Zimbabwe, the situation is desperate.
The Orphan Care program is a partnership venture and many people have committed to caring for at least one orphan for $35 each month. About 600 orphans are receiving monthly support through this initiative. We have expanded our outreach to Mozambique where ACOP has an orphanage with about 60 children being cared for and schooled on site.
We are expanding our investment in sustainability projects for each orphan care centre. These include gardens, piggeries, chicken farms, and fish farms, along with wells for fresh water.
This work has just expanded into Malawi with other Orphan Care feeding centres.
Kait Chambers - Wagner Hills
Addiction and substance abuse has left a trail of broken and devastated lives across the lower mainland. Wagner Hills has been a place of transformation for over 40 years and Sonrise is pleased to work alongside them. Sonrise is partnering with Kait Chambers as a local missionary from Sonrise Church to Wagner Hills Women’s Campus. To PROVIDE HEALING, GROWTH AND TRANSFORMATION in the lives of women at Wagner Hills.
Bruce & Lauren Lungren – Quebec Unreached People Group
Bruce and Lauren seek to incarnate Jesus in the heartland of unreached, French-speaking Quebec in order to lead Québécois to Christ, inspire them to lives of uncompromising discipleship, awaken a hunger for the Holy Spirit’s presence and gifts, and train them to be intentional in making disciples.
The Lungrens also serve the larger Body of Christ by shifting worldviews from man-centered ones to God-centered ones. Their strategies include mobilizing existing churches to prayer, bringing them back to the Church’s mandate of making disciples of the world’s many unreached people groups, and equipping disciples to recognize the many God-given opportunities to accomplish their supernatural mission
Africa Pastoral Training
We support Reverend Stan Powers as he serves ACOP leaders and Churches in Southern Africa. Stan resources numerous pastors, churches and ministry endeavors from Canada and when he travels to Africa during the year.
Cowichan River Bible Camp – Vancouver Island
Cowichan is affiliated as our ACOP district camp.
Vancouver Gospel Mission – Downtown East Side
The mission serves the downtown area with a place of caring with food, services and ministry to the needy.
ACOP Regional Ministry
Made up of the districts: BC Coast and Islands District, Interior and Northern District. In the BC Coast and Islands District the focus of financial resources is on Canadian church planting and developing leaders. We support the start of a Mandarin speaking Chinese Church as a campus of Agape Church in Burnaby which is an English-speaking church with an International focus, particularly reaching the Asian population in Burnaby. Caleb Juan and his wife Judy serve as the campus pastors of the Mandarin Church, working with Pastors Matthew and Winnie Low of Agape Church.
Big Brothers And Big Sisters – Langley
Every year Sonrise raises money to provide back to school backpacks for the Langley BBBS. We also host the annual Christmas party for Langley BBBS. Support Langley BBBS is a great way to connect the church to the community.
Cloverdale Community Kitchen – Cloverdale
The Cloverdale Community Kitchen is hosted by Pacific Community Church in Cloverdale. Every Christmas we participate in the food drive and hamper packing events. In February, we participate in The Coldest Night of the Year walk. Teams and individuals from Sonrise gather sponsors and walk to raise money for the kitchen.
Eston College is our ACOP ministry training school located in Eston, SK.
United Youth Outreach
United Youth Outreach is the youth ministry arm of ACOP with offices in Calgary. They oversee several ministries including Street Invaders and a youth worker training program.
GTA Church Planting Project
GTA Church Planting Initiative is seeking to raise a million dollars in the next 10 years to plant churches to reach the 6 million living in the Greater Toronto Area. A team of people led by Rod and Cheryl Barks have moved to Milton in 2017 to begin the work God is calling them to there.
ACOP International Office
ACOP International Office is home to our ACOP President and staff. Together they resource 120 churches in Canada and many international ministries.
Middle East Global Workers – Unreached People Group
A young family are global workers in the Middle East with a focus on unreached people groups. They currently are completely language studies and focusing on team building to reach their community.