Beth Watkins

Hope Church, Alberta
Church Planting Team Member
Calgary Alberta
Hope Church
May 31

About My Family

As one who grew up in the Bible Belt of the southern United States (North Carolina), and as one who has always had access to the gospel, I am compelled to live among those who have not had the same opportunity to hear and respond to the life-giving truth that Jesus is their Saviour. Because of this, I have decided I want to spend my life in areas of the world where followers of Jesus are few. I moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the very end of 2016 to plant my life among the people there and to join God in the ways God is working in this incredible city.

About My Church Plant

Calgary is a diverse city of 1.3 million people. Of those who call Calgary home, 95 percent do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Though the statistics seem daunting, God has encouraged me with this verse: “… consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5). I believe God is calling many people in Calgary to Himself, and I am so grateful He has invited me to join Him in bringing the truth of the gospel to the lost. As part of a church planting team in the Symons Valley community of Calgary, I desire to see my new neighbours come to the knowledge and understanding of who Jesus is as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission in their current neighbourhoods and even their countries of origin. I hope to see natives of Calgary emerge with a passion for reaching the lost in their home city. I pray that every one of the 200+ neighborhoods in Calgary will have a gospel presence.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at namb.net/send-me.

Support Beth Watkins

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Pray

Pray for open doors as we seek to earn trust with our neighbours and show them that we desire to serve them and share the hope we have in Christ. Pray for God-ordained encounters with people who are sensing the stirring of the Holy Spirit. Pray for native leaders to be called and developed.

Participate

Over the past two years of being involved with what God is doing in this rich network of churches in the city of Calgary, I have witnessed the power of genuine gospel partnership. As I begin this journey, I am looking forward to inviting many to join the work God is accomplishing by becoming ministry partners. Partnership takes on several different forms: 1) Commit to pray for the people of Calgary and the work God is doing among them. 2) Invest as a partner and give to support the ministry on an ongoing basis or through special gifts. 3) Plan to come and share your time and talents in a city in need of Christ. I am looking forward to joining you as we seek to participate in the “ministry of reconciliation” and to be “ambassadors of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:18, 20) so all may know our dear Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ!
Many missionaries build a team to join their ministry in prayer, participation, and provision. These friends, family and churches support missionaries beyond the tithes and offerings given within the church plant. Visit sendnetwork.com/PlanterFunding for NAMB's policy on providing for church plants.
Fund ID: 010418-Watkins,Eliza
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