RESEARCH

Looking Back & Looking Forward

Dr. Craig Kraft / Tuesday, November 16, 2021

 

New Signs

We just installed new signs on our office. The building is aging, and we lost part of our old sign in a recent windstorm.  Our new signs look great, and this provides an opportunity to look back at a moment in our history.

Looking Back

On May fifth in the year two-thousand, Outreach Canada opened and dedicated our office at 7201 72nd Street in Delta.

Several families gathered that day to celebrate what the Lord had provided for our ministry. Many of the people who gave so OC could own our own office are now with the Lord. 

One of the people who contributed significantly toward the early development of OC and the purchase of our office was my mother, Susie Kraft. She never saw OC move into the finished office.

There is a plaque in our office that reads:

These offices are dedicated to God and for His Glory In Loving Memory of

Susie Ann Kraft

With special thanks for her faithful and loving ministry to and through Outreach Canada,

A wife and co-worker who feared the Lord and is worthy of praise

Noble in character, thoughtful and faithful in conduct

Clothed in strength and dignity, marked by wisdom, industry, and compassion

Loved and honored by husband, children, grandchildren, and friends, and the entire OC family.

 

Looking forward

As I watched the new signs being installed today, I thought of my mother and the many people who formed the strong foundation of OC.

I looked back at photos of who attended that dedication service and saw many who are with the Lord now: Doug and Mary Harris, Ed and Norma Becker, Morley Phillips, Clarence Henderson, Ken and Ann Thompson, and many others.

We are thankful for those who gave to make this possible and we are grateful for the people who continue to support this work and our growing team of over 100 staff and volunteers.

I pray that those who follow will demonstrate the same faithfulness, leadership, humility, grace, generosity, and integrity as those who have gone before. “To God be the glory, great things He has done!”

 


Dr. Craig Kraft is the Executive Director of Outreach Canada. After 15 years of pastoral ministry in western Canada, Craig, with his wife Heather, served with OC in southern Africa before returning to lead the ministry in Canada. Craig is a graduate of Northwest Baptist Seminary at ACTS and a graduate of Asia Graduate School of Theology with a Doctor of Intercultural Studies. His study has focused on diaspora missiology in Canada.  His dissertation explores the potential for revitalizing Canadian churches through the practice of biblical hospitality with refugees and immigrants. Craig loves to watch sports, work in the yard & spend time in the woods. 

 


print



Research Research

Information matters. Outreach Canada research can provide the information you need to make informed...
Read More..

Church For a New Generation? Church For a New Generation?

Breakthrough discoveries come from a first-ever effort to conduct a national study of the country’s...
Read More..

Shifting Stats Shaking the Church Shifting Stats Shaking the Church

Shifting Stats Shaking The Church represents some of the most recent research and case studies on ...
Read More..

Church Attendance Church Attendance

A look at church attendance trends.
Read More..

The Bible Belt The Bible Belt

A report detailing the change in the Christian population and church attendance in the city of Abbo...
Read More..

...

Discovering the "Online Church" in Canada: WORSHIP EXPERIENCES
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Canadian churches were required to stop holding public gatherings.  In the weeks to follow, Canadian churches have been exploring new ways of gathering as the body of Christ. This fi...
Read more...
Welcoming Strangers
A biblical understanding of how Christians should welcome strangers is imperative for our day.  How do we demonstrate love toward people who are very different from us?  We must learn how to see others the way God sees ...
Read more...
Community Profile
OC's Community Profile is an in-depth, customized view of a community's demographic information.
Read more...

Jun26 Research

Information matters. Outreach Canada research can provide the information you need to make informed...
Read More..

Jul19 Church For a New Generation?

Breakthrough discoveries come from a first-ever effort to conduct a national study of the country’s...
Read More..

Jun27 Shifting Stats Shaking the Church

Shifting Stats Shaking The Church represents some of the most recent research and case studies on ...
Read More..

Aug28 Church Attendance

A look at church attendance trends.
Read More..

Aug21 The Bible Belt

A report detailing the change in the Christian population and church attendance in the city of Abbo...
Read More..
 

 

2 - 7201 72 Street Delta BC V4G 1M5