The Mission and Outreach Committee is committed to reaching out to our surrounding area and blessing our community.
Jan & Ana frank
Jan & Ana Franka have returned to serve in Eastern Europe (primarily Slovakia and Serbia) through ABWE Canada, following a time of pre-field ministry in Canada. Jan Franka previously pastored the Eastern European community at Grace Baptist Church in Windsor, Ontario for a number of years before returning to the mission field in 2020. Jan & Ana Franka have 3 main ministries in both Slovakia and
1) Street Literature Evangelism – Provide Christian literature to the unsaved; travelling from city to city offering literature and Gospel tracks at markets and city squares; sharing the
2) Media Ministry – Partnering with local Christian radio stations; producing radio and video
messages; translating and publishing Christian literature
3) Preaching Ministry – Help the local churches grow and evangelize the unsaved by organizing
public evangelistic events.
Banwell Community Church has been supporting Jan & Ana Franka for roughly one year through monthlyfinancial and prayer support. The Franka’s regular Ministry Updates can be found on their Facebook page:
conrad & fiona kwok
A Refugee Claimant is an person who has fled their home country due to a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion” and request asylum or protection upon arrival in Canada.
Unlike Government Assisted or Privately Sponsored Refugees, they have no one to welcome them or help them get established in their new home community.
Matthew House Windsor brings hope by providing a temporary home and settlement supports for Refugee Claimants, empowering them to become contributing members of the Canadian community.
Banwell Community Church supports the Matthew House on a monthly basis, both financially and through prayer. On a number of occasions, individuals a part of the Banwell family have also volunteered their time assisting with Matthew House projects. There is always a need! If you are interested in volunteering your time to help with Matthew House projects or donating new or gently used items in excellent condition, please visit the Matthew House ‘Get Involved’ page: Refugee Centre Home | Matthew House Refugee Centre (matthewhousewindsor.org)
Todd & Bev Penner, new members at Banwell this year, moved to Windsor in the fall of 2020. Todd retired in June of 2020 from teaching high school in Kenora, Ontario. Actually, 2020-21 turned out to be more like a sabbatical year for them, as they have been called back into service. They have committed to a one-year assignment at Hope Academy of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Hope Academy offers English education to the children of expatriate workers from preschool through 12th grade. It uses primarily an American curriculum model, all classes taught in English. Students are being prepared to return to their home countries, with an internationally recognized high school education.
Todd & Bev spent three years teaching at an international school early in their careers. From 1984-87 they taught at Morrison Academy of Taichung, Taiwan. They have four adult children, between the ages of 29 and 35 (the eldest having been born in Taiwan while they were living there). At Hope Academy Bev will be working in the Library and Guidance Department, and Todd will be teaching in the Social Studies Department. They believe deeply that their role is to serve the needs of expatriate children, which makes it possible for their parents to remain in a country so far from their homelands.
Bishkek is a city of approximately 1 million people, situated in a similar latitude as Windsor, though in a dry climate, with temperatures hotter in summer and colder in winter than Windsor. It is the capital city of Kyrgyzstan (or the Kyrgyz Republic), located near the northern border (with Kazakhstan). The region is commonly called Central Asia, being north of Pakistan, and west of China. Wikipedia describes the country this way: "Ethnic Kyrgyz make up the majority of the country's six million people, followed by significant minorities of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyz is closely related to other Turkic languages, although Russian remains spoken and is an official language, a legacy of a century of Russification. 90% of the population are Muslims with the majority being Sunni.
Todd & Bev have lived in Ontario for 34 years, so would appreciate support, not only for their daily needs, but for the cultural and other adjustments that will be required.
Conrad and Fiona Kwok serve with CBM (Canadian Baptist Ministries) as the Chinese Ministries Team Leaders in Asia. Based in Thailand, the Kwoks help develop a culture of integral mission in the local churches throughout our network of Chinese Ministry partners – providing strategic support in the areas of leadership formation and community development. Conrad and Fiona work in collaboration with the Thailand Bethel Theological Institute (TBTBI) to provide training for young Chinese church leaders from mainland China, northern Thailand and Burma. Conrad teaches theology and mentors students and young leaders, while Fiona serves in various roles consisting of teaching at BBI, helping with translation of integral mission resources into Chinese and participating in community development projects.
The Kwoks also serve in an itinerant capacity in other parts of Asia, which includes working with a unique and needy people group from China and the Golden Triangle (Burma, Thailand and Laos), an area known as the heroin production and consumption capital of the world. Prior to their CBM appointment, Conrad was the Mandarin pastor at Brampton Chinese Baptist Church and led the work to plant two additional churches. He is a well-known and highly-respected leader in the Chinese church in Canada and served on the Executive Council of the Toronto Chinese Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship. Fiona worked as office manager at Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. The Kwoks have two grown children.
Recently, the Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) announced the relocation of Chinese Ministries Team Leaders Conrad and Fiona Kwok from Thailand to Canada, as of April 2021. The Kwoks have been serving as CBM Field Staff based in Thailand since 2013 and were appointed as the Chinese Ministries Team Leaders in 2018. They will continue with their full responsibilities as Team Leaders while based in Toronto.
Banwell Community Church has been providing both financial and prayer support to the Kwoks through CBM ever since the church opened its doors. BCC has also had the privilege of hosting both Conrad and Fiona a number of times over the years in Windsor, Ontario. Regular ministry updates can be found on their website: Conrad & Fiona Kwok – CBM | Embracing a broken world through word and deed (cbmin.org).