Cameroon 2014

Over many decades of faithful service, the volunteers who give their time and effort to White Cross have helped their fellow believers in Cameroon accomplish the seemingly impossible – a network of hospitals and clinics that provide essential care to over one-million patients each year.

On numerous occasions, many volunteers from this area have been privileged to witness the work in Cameroon first-hand, building relationships and deepening our understanding of the needs, opportunities and resources of everyone involved. The insights gained during these trips allow us to better align our activities to be most effective.

At the invitation of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, White Cross Canada will send two people to Cameroon in May 2014 to meet with their counterparts in Africa. Dr. Keir Hammer, the director of White Cross (Canada) and Tim Willson from Taylor College and Seminary will be joined by JJ Williams of White Cross (USA) for extensive meetings with the officials at the many hospitals and health clinics that receive support from White Cross.

As an essential member or interested supporter of this ministry, you are invited to celebrate the work of White Cross in several ways:

  • Join us for a Dessert Night on May 6, 2014 where you can hear more about this upcoming trip, share your own experience, be part of some photos and videos that will be shared with those in Cameroon.
  • Follow this trip online at and at (Note: the regularity of updates depends on internet access)
  • Attend another information session at the conclusion of the trip where a detailed report, including photos and videos, will be shared (details to be confirmed at a later date)
  • Request copies of a printed White Cross update to be prepared at the conclusion of this trip
  • Request a DVD about this trip and about the White Cross ministry to share with your church (expected to be available by Fall 2014).

Come and hear about this trip and share with others in the rich history of the NAB ministry in Cameroon through the Cameroon Baptist Convention and White Cross.

Dessert Night - Tuesday, May 6th

Come and hear about White Cross, and learn about this trip to Cameroon to meet with our counterparts in Africa. You will also have a chance to share stories about the role you and your church play in this vital ministry of compassion. Come and meet your fellow White Cross supporters and volunteers!

Date: May 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Format: Casual, drop-in format – Please feel free to drop by!
Program: Short presentation begins at 7:30 in Stencel Hall
Cost: FREE (donation basket will be available)
Location: Taylor College and Seminary
11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 3W1

NOTE: Young people and children are welcome to attend; please invite them – they are the future of this ministry!


This is a FREE event, but we are asking you to take 1-2 minutes to register so we can plan to have enough dessert on hand.
Just click the REGISTER NOW button below.

HealthyPastors-sm“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? 
Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. 
I'll show you how to take a real rest.

Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 
Keep company with me and learn to live freely and lightly. “

        Matthew 11:28, The Message

Increasingly, churches and church leaders are recognizing the hazards of ceaseless ministry, and the ancient idea of a sabbath rest is being recovered by many churches. Of course, there are challenges to be overcome if a sabbatical is to be effective – both for the church and its pastor, and this workshop from the Wahl Centre seeks to address those issues.

A ministry sabbatical has the potential to be life-transforming and ministry-renewing if careful planning takes place to address such issues as:

-length of sabbatical
-church leadership during the sabbatical
-development of a sabbatical plan
-evaluation and transparency/accountability
-and much more.

Sabbatical-Prep13Pastor Sam Nikkel (McKernan Baptist Church), Dr. Ray Seutter (psychologist) and Dr. David Williams (Taylor president, theologian/ethicist) are passionate about serving those in pastoral ministry. Workshop sessions will cover the theology of rest, and will explore the practical issues that need to be considered. Topics will also include the common pitfalls of ministry, such as isolation and stress, and focus on some best practices to foster long-term ministry health. Perhaps more importantly, workshop participants will have an opportunity to participate in a caring community of fellow pastors, for discussion, prayer and peer support.

The next Sabbatical Preparation Workshop will take place on Friday May 9, 2014 in Edmonton. The registration cost is just $65 and includes a day-long workshop (including lunch) and resource materials, and spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend for only an additional $20 cost. Contact a member of the team to express your interest and to confirm your participation, or register online using the "Register Now" button below.

An article about the 2013 Sabbatical Workshop can be found here.


Could it be that you know of someone in ministry who would benefit from this ministry of refreshing, encouraging support and mentorship? Perhaps you could share this event with them, and we have also prepared a simple brochure that you can print or email to a friend.

Click here to view the Sabbatical Prep Workshop One-Sheet.





Participant Instructions

Welcome to the Living Generously experience. We thank you for investing this time to go deeper in your understanding of being a steward leader. To assist you with your preparations for Living Generously, we are pleased to provide the following details.

HealthyPastors-smFinding Opportunity in Conflict

A day-long workshop to help pastors understand the theology of conflict, how opportunity is found in conflict, identify their own conflict style, and learn some practical conflict resolution and management strategies.

The speakers for this practical day of discussion and learning are

  • Dr. Joyce Bellous (Professor of Christian Faith Education at Taylor Seminary)
  • Taylor President Dr. David Williams
  • Heather Breitkreuz of the E P Wahl Centre.


DATE: Nov 21, 2014  9:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Taylor Seminary
11525 - 23 Ave Edmonton, AB T6J 4T3
(780) 431-5200

COST:$65 (includes lunch)


Believers who serve in compassionate and justice ministries in Edmonton will gather this fall for a conference that is designed to encourage and inspire. More than a simple conference, this is the beginning of a local conversation about needs and resources, and an invitation for all of us to participate in God’s mission of justice.

RickTobiasOur featured speaker is Rick Tobias, who has served at the Yonge Street Mission in downtown Toronto for 30 years. In three sessions, Rick will discuss the role of justice in seeking the Kingdom, the emphasis on justice in scripture, and the example and teaching of Jesus on this issue.

Numerous other speakers and presenters will address related topics and issues, and the great hope of conference organizers is that this will be a time of discussion. #JusticeYEG is, in fact, the start of a local conversation about justice.

This event will take place November 15-16, 2013 at First Baptist Church – everyone is welcome.


Friday, November 15

7:00 PM

Rick Tobias:
Rooting Justice in Kingdom Values

Saturday, November 16

9:00 AM -- Plenary Session

Rick Tobias:
From Moses to James: Benchmarks for Justice

10:30 AM -- Breakout Sessions

Ray Aldred:
A Quest for Intimacy and Solidarity: Aboriginal Justice

Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning:
Restorative Justice and Welcoming Churches

Kate Quinn:
Turning Points: Working for Positive Change

12:00 Noon
Lunch (provided)

1:00 PM -- Breakout Sessions

Bob McKeon & Sister Mary Clare Stack:
Housing and Homelessness

HIV Edmonton:
HIV/AIDS and the Church: What We’ve Learned and How to Move Forward Together

Randy Haluza-delay
Creation Care

2:30 PM -- Discussion: Every Voice Heard

3:00 PM -- Closing Plenary Session

Rick Tobias:
Jesus: Compassion, the Multitudes and Justice


This event will take place at First Baptist Church in downtown Edmonton (10031 109 St NW). The early-bird registration rate for #JusticeYEG is just $29.99 until midnight on October 31st, then it becomes $44.99 per person. To register, simply fill out the online form here and pay using our secure payment system (accepts major credit cards). You can also register in person at Taylor or at the door, and you can register by phone by calling the Taylor office: 780-431-5200.

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