Ministries

Free Bible Ministry

  • Our response to the Great Commission

"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matt. 24:14

The Friends of Jesus Christ believes that it can be a part in hastening the return of our Lord Jesus Christ by spreading the gospel of the kingdom to the world. Toward this end, it embarked in the distribution of Bibles through the Free Bible Ministry. Copies of the complete Bible (Old and New Testaments) are distributed for free to members of congregations, churches or any group or individual who desire to have their own copy of the Bible.

In the operation of this ministry, consideration is always given to the warning of the Lord Jesus Christ "not to give dogs what is sacred, or throw your pearls to pigs; lest they trample them under their feet" (Matt. 7:6). Therefore, the giving of the Bible is accompanied by the preaching of the Word of God on salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit to ensure that copies of the Holy Bible will fall in the hands of faithful men and women.

To date, the members of the Friends of Jesus Christ Ministries have distributed to almost half a million copies of the Bible all over the Philippines and have reached out to more than one thousand pastors and their congregations. Most of these Bibles were personally carried and transported by the members by land, sea or air transportation. In areas where there are no transportation facilities, the Bibles were carried by the members - men and women - on their shoulders, and had to walk for miles along rugged terrain, crossing rivers, and climbing mountains.

Many members also actively participate in bringing Bibles to China, Burma and Japan. Here in Canada, thousands of Bibles have also been distributed to individuals during outreaches and church visitations. Whenever members in Canada visit the Philippines, they are encouraged to actively participate in Free Bible outreaches even in remote areas. All of the sacrifices entailed in the distribution of Bibles are prompted by our love for the Lord Jesus Christ and the desire to see Him come soon. Jesus said, "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done."


NOTE: Due to funding and logistical restrictions, we can only serve requests for free bibles coming from the Philippines.  

 

Israel Ministry

  • Our response to the promised return of the Messiah, highlighted by our annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem

"Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles." Zechariah 14:16

The Friends of Jesus Christ believes that Israel is the root of the Christian Church, as the Apostle Paul emphasized in Chapter 11 of the Book of Romans. As gentiles, we, though wild olive shoots, have been grafted in and now share in the nourishing sap from the cultivated olive root (Israel) through our faith in Jesus, a Jew. This being the case, the Friends of Jesus Christ has gone the extra mile of establishing a unique ministry, the Israel Ministry. The first Sunday of every month has been designated as Israel Sunday. On these Sundays, the congregation prays for the peace of Jerusalem and takes a special time to bless Israel as a nation and the Jews as the chosen people of God by singing Hebrew songs and dancing Israeli dances.

The highlight of the Israel Ministry is the annual pilgrimage by the Friends of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem. More than twelve years ago, Rev. Racqy Canlas, received the vision of Zechariah 14:16 and started her annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles ("Sukkot" in Hebrew). Since then, hundreds of the Friends of Jesus Christ from the Philippines, Canada and abroad have gone up to Jerusalem to join thousands of Christians all over the world in the annual Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ).

This annual pilgrimage is not only for the personal spiritual upliftment of the pilgrims as they worship the Lord in the Holy Land but to respond to God's command in Isaiah 40:1 to comfort God's chosen people. This is done as the pilgrims join the Jerusalem March where thousands of Israelites line up the major streets of Jerusalem to receive the greetings of the Christians. The pilgrims take the opportunity to hand out candies, gift items and small flags of their respective countries. In the case of the Friends of Jesus Christ, we also greet them by saying "Anaknu ohavim otchem" which means "We Love You" in Hebrew.

As well, we are in contact with two Jewish families who always wait for the Friends of Jesus Christ pilgrims year after year and spend a special time of fellowship with them in a "sukkah" or tabernacle.

 

Food Bank Ministry

  • Our response to the Lord’s command to look after the poor

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matt. 25:40

The Friends of Jesus Christ believes that helping the poor and needy is one of God’s primary commands to believers. Many times in Scriptures, God revealed himself as the defender of the poor and the oppressed. There being a need to continue to feed some of the poor residents in the city, we started our Food Bank Ministry in October 2012. We took over the operation of the YMCA O’Connor Focus food bank when they decided to close their ministry. The operation of the food bank is in partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank and Toronto Community Housing. Our food bank operation is done off-site at Sunrise Building, 1420 Victoria Park Ave. North York, Ontario, a city-owned building. Our volunteer workers serve almost two hundred families each week. Distribution of food hampers is done every Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the food distribution, we also have a meal program. We serve hot meal to the residents of No. 5 Wakunda Place and nearby government housing complexes every Tuesday. Before the food is served, a Bible study is conducted where participants are given the opportunity to learn about our Christian faith and to grow spiritually. The meal program is done at the building’s recreation room from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. As an extended service to the community’s seniors, we also have a Fitness Program. Every Tuesday morning, seniors are gathered at the recreation room to do some exercises.

As we serve the poor and needy, we are mindful that it is the Lord Jesus Christ that we are serving. For this reason, we always give our best in our service and are encouraged by the Lord’s promised blessings. Jesus said, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” Matt. 25:34