September 10, 2019

10 September 2019

Forced church closings in Algeria – Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs

The EFC has written a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in response to the Algerian government forcibly closing several churches there. “We urge you to promote freedom of thought, conscience and religion with the Algerian authorities, particularly with respect to the Protestant churches…Please take steps to uphold the freedom of religions internationally and to protect the integrity and security of religious worship.” Read the full letter.

EFC leadership retreat

A number of EFC staff are meeting this week in Ottawa for a strategic planning retreat Thursday and Friday, September 12 and 13. We would deeply appreciate your prayers for us as we seek God’s direction for the coming years for this ministry.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church November 3 This Year

Every year, Christians around the world set aside a day to pray for our sisters and brothers who are persecuted for their faith. International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the persecuted church takes place November 3 this year. The EFC is a partner of IDOP Canada. To learn more, visit IDOP Canada's website

New job opportunity

The EFC is hiring a part-time research assistant to work in our Ottawa office. The application deadline is September 13, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. For a job description and detail on how to submit an application to Rick Hiemstra, Director of Research, see

Register now for upcoming webinar: How to be a more politically engaged, activist citizen

Plan to join our live webinar on Thursday, September 26 to ask questions and learn more on this topic. Our guests will include Glendyne Gerrard from, Karri Munn-Venn from Citizens for Public Justice, and Julia Beazley, director of public policy for the EFC. Our host will be Karen Stiller. Register now to get a reminder email.

Schedule: Starts at noon Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific / 10 a.m. Mountain / 11 a.m. Central / 1 p.m. Atlantic / 1:30 Newfoundland. Our webinars usually last about 50 minutes.

Evangelical essay and video contest for young adults

The Evangelical Essay and Video Contest is designed to create awareness, spark conversations, inspire creative expression and academic dialogue around the topic of Canadian Evangelicalism. The contest is open to evangelicals 18-35 years of age. Write an essay or create a video about evangelicalism and win great prizes! Full contest details are available at: Deadline is Sept. 20.

Coming Events at

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→ Responding to Quebec Bill 21 panel discussion, Toronto, Sept. 10
→ Perspectives on the WCM Discipleship Course, Cambridge, Tues. evenings starting Sept. 10
→ Policy issues tour from Citizens for Public Justice, Surrey, Sept. 10; Edmonton, Sept. 11; Calgary, Sept. 12; Regina, Sept. 17; Winnipeg, Sept. 18, Sept. 24, Montréal; Sept. 25, St. John’s; Sept. 26, Halifax; Oct. 1, Waterloo; Oct. 3, Toronto
→ Patterns and Practice in Christian Spirituality (online course from The Salvation Army), Wed. evenings starting Sept. 11
→ Refocus Writers Retreat, Guelph, Sept. 12-14
→ Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival, Toronto, Sept. 13-15
→ EFC Speaker in Kemptville, Ont., Sept. 19
→ Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics Discussion Series, online starting Sept. 23 (apply by Sept. 16)
→ BAM Pre-conference – New Wineskins, Missionary Network Conference, Asheville, NC, Sept. 25
→ EFC Webinar: How to Be a More Politically Engaged, Activist Citizen, Sept. 26
→ Can Life Have Meaning Without God?, Hamilton, Sept. 27
→ EFC Speaker in Calgary, Sept. 29
→ EFC Speaker in Stouffville, Oct. 2
→ Genesis Summit, Niagara Falls, Oct. 3-4
→ International Orality Network North America Conference, North York, Oct. 3-5
→ Quinte Celebration of Hope with Will Graham, Belleville, Oct. 4-6
→ Ride for Refuge, cities across the country, Oct. 5
→ Life Chain, across North America, Oct. 6

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