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
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).
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)