EFC Update Newsletter February 13

13 February 2024

Please pray for bill to delay MAiD

The bill to delay MAiD for mental illness until 2027 is being debated in the House of Commons this week. The time for this bill to pass is very short, as Parliament is on a break for the first two weeks of March. There are only eight more days scheduled for Parliament to meet to pass this bill before MAiD for mental illness takes effect on March 17. For there to be a delay, the bill will have to pass in both the House of Commons and the Senate. Please encourage your MP to support Bill C-62, and pray especially for senators to be willing to delay MAiD for mental illness.    

EFC president to speak at legal fellowship conference 

EFC President David Guretzki will be speaking at the Christian Legal Fellowship National Law Student Conference in Ottawa on February 24, as part of an ecumenical panel discussion on faith and work. 

Faith Today TV: Burlington church lawn outreach 

North Burlington Baptist Church in Ontario has found a creative way to love their neighbours by holding monthly outdoor events with games, live music, outdoor movies, food trucks and local vendors on select Friday evenings. Learn more in a 10-minute video at Faith Today TV.  

Podcast: Power of reconciliation in Afghanistan

In the latest All Things Reconciled Podcast, meet Luke, who shares his personal experience with political turmoil and persecution in his native Afghanistan.  He now serves the Afghan House Church Network, helping Afghan Christians find a new future through the power of reconciliation. 

Evangelism survey for church leaders 

The EFC is a partner in a survey by Flourishing Congregations Institute and Alpha Canada, which seeks to explore attitudes, behaviours, and experiences surrounding evangelism/evangelization in Canadian congregations. Are you a leader (paid or volunteer) in a local church? Click here to take the online survey.  

How to be a digital missionary  

Technological advancements have made it possible for us all to be “digital missionaries.” Joanna la Fleur gives some helpful suggestions on how we can maximize our online witness in the latest Thriving in Digital column.  

Coming Events at

→ Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing (Kentro Christian Network), online, Feb. 14    → Mission Fest Vancouver (Mission Central), Vancouver, Feb. 15-17    → Discern: Recognizing God’s Presence (The Commons Network), online, Feb. 15   → Redemptive Venture Builder course (Tyndale University), Toronto, each Thurs, Feb. 15–Mar. 20   → God & Sex: Gospel Conversations on Gender, Identity & Sexuality (Willingdon Church), Burnaby, Feb. 17-18   → Marriage Enrichment Conference (Enrich Your Marriage), Surrey, Feb. 17   → Refugees, the Housing Crisis and Hosting: How You Can Get Involved (Welcome Church/TPC), online, Feb. 17   → Advance Evangelists Summit (Message Canada), Calgary, Feb. 20-21    → PowerUp Gospel Music Conference (TMC), Toronto, Feb. 21-25    → Pastors Prayer Forum (BGEA), online, Feb. 21    → Intercultural Leadership Course (Lausanne Canada/EFC), online, 6 Wed’s starting Feb. 21    → Tyndale Intercultural Leadership Conference (Tyndale), North York, Feb. 22    → TrueCity Conference, Hamilton, Feb. 23-24    → Change Young Adult Conference National (YFC), online, Feb. 23  → Christ-centred Interpretation and Application of Scripture (Wycliffe College/Bryan Chapell), Toronto, Feb. 24    → Coldest Night of the Year Fundraising Walk (CNOY), nationwide, Feb. 24    → Go 2024 Missions Conference (CNBC West Coast/Int’l Mission Board/Send Network), Richmond, Feb. 24    → Today’s Teens (YWC), Brampton, Feb. 24   → Bridges: Christians Connecting With Muslims (LMT), online, 6 Sat.’s from Feb. 24   → Interchurch Prayer Vigil for Ukraine, Winnipeg, Feb. 24