To support our Missionaries and the work they are doing, there are two ways:
1. Pray on a regular basis for them and the work they are called to.
2. Provide financial support on going or one time - every amount helps.
To give monetary donations to any of these ongoing projects, simply mark your giving envelope with the Missionaries name and we will make sure they receive it.
We are committed to providing multiple opportunities for the Ahava Life Centre family to go out in teams on ministry trips, believing that it is as we go that we learn to do the works of the Kingdom (Mt 9:13).
- India - Dalit Women Project
In March of 2014, Miriam took her first missionary trip to India, to help run a workshop for Dalit women and give them vocational skills in tailoring, sewing skills, silk screening and block printing. The work opportunity that ensues helps to lift them out of grinding poverty and abuse and has given these oppressed women of India a hope and a future...
Miriam found favour with and therefore was invited by the Dalit Freedom Network here in BC. Canada, to travel to Hyderabad along with two others ladies. The Dalit people are known as the "untouchables" except when it comes to sex trafficking where the women and children are considered the most desirable and the most abused. They are outside the cast system in India - they are, in fact, "outcasts".
- Africa - Kampala School Project (Agape Life Center African Kids)
As our church was in the early days of coming into existence, we were made aware of a serious need in Kampala, Uganda, East Africa. A niece of the Culley's, Kathryn Hatton, had been a missionary in that city for a number of years and had recently returned to Canada. She informed us of a group of extremely impoverished children she had met, befriended, and led to Jesus from a horrible slum in Kampala, near the Makarere Full Gospel Church, where we had been associated for many years. The children were quite intelligent, but were unable to attend school as their parents were too poor. Most actually had parents, so didn't qualify for the many orphans' assistance programs that existed. The penalty for no education in that place is that there is no future for the children except prostitution for the girls, and incredibly hard manual labour for the boys. Kathryn had already begun to support several of the neediest of the children from her meager resources, but more needed to be done...
- India - Grace Children's Homes (Agape Life Center India Girls Outreach)
Many years ago I went to lunch with a friend who had attended a church I was pastoring. He had a colourful resume, and had been a reporter for an international news organization, covering wars and violent places in the world. He told me of a man he had connected with who was doing some exciting things. The man was Indian, living in India, and had been a church planter with an international mission organization. While in his assigned territory of Nepal he noticed something happening that drew his attention. Without going into the details, he had stumbled upon the child sex slave trafficking that is prolific in that area. He found that the slavers would come into a village and offer impoverished parents the equivalent of $300 US to purchase their daughters. Poverty in Nepal is grinding, and the average wage for a hard working man is about $100 per year. Three years wages offered all at once were irresistible, especially when coupled with a story that the girls would be taken to a major city in India, well cared for, given excellent education, food, clothing, and work as a domestic helper in a wealthy household...
For over 17 years, Ernie Culley has been part of various groups whose focus is reaching the women and girls caught up in the "sex trade" with the life changing alternatives provided through Jesus and His friends.
Over the years Ernie and Merrilyn have even founded and funded a recovery home, where those exiting "the trade" could have a safe respite to realign their lives. The home was called, "The Life Back House" as Jesus was giving them their lives back.
As the initial clients in the home reached the point of stability where they could re-launch their lives, the home was handed over to a wonderful Christian group operating from a Baptist church in Vancouver which needed to house new immigrants and refugees coming into our city.