A Report From Pastor Chris

In review of the 2022-2023 ministry year, God has surprised us in more ways than we could have imagined. We have had a spiritually, numerically and financially strong year. Thank you for your faithfulness to God and participation in the life of WPA. We are indeed a blessed and healthy church!

In January 2023, we experienced a shift and began to experience the presence of God in greater measure. This was evident during our deliverance series “Not Today Satan.” We are thrilled to see people seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit and being filled! We have heard miraculous testimonies of people being healed from pain and sickness. There is a hunger and a thirst for more of God. I encourage you never to miss Corporate Prayer (whenever there is a fifth Saturday morning) and Holy Spirit Nights (bi-monthly).

We successfully launched a new class called “5Q” based on fivefold ministry (apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, shepherding and teaching). Through this class, we desire to see the ministry of Christ expressed through the body of Christ and to experience the fullness of Christ. Those who attended discovered their individual strengths and weaknesses, met similarly gifted people and collaborated with those who are differently gifted. We were thrilled to have 122 people complete this six-week course. We believe fivefold ministry is a paradigm through which WPA will become the theologically, spiritually and missionally vital church God wants it to be. I encourage you to join us for 5Q this winter. 

As a church leadership, we celebrated the completion of a five-year plan that was started in January 2018 and ended in July 2023. We also approved a new five-year vision that is a continuation of the previous plan that will guide us from 2023-2028. In the next five years, we want to grow specifically in the area of missional vitality. We ask you to join us in God’s mission, both locally and globally.

I want to take a moment to remind you where we have been and tell you where we are going. In 2022-2023, we journeyed together through series like Thank God It’s…; 1 & 2 Thessalonians; Christmas Without Christ; Supernatural; Psalm 119; Five-Fold Ministry; Not Today Satan and Ezekiel. In 2023-2024, we will journey together through The Whole Story; Joshua (Strong & Courageous); Reasons for the Season; 100%; and The Johannine Epistles (Sincerely John).

As I commence my eighth year as Lead Pastor at WPA, I look back in wonder at all that God has done and I look forward with excitement for all that God will do.

Spiritual Milestones

Salvations
1
Water baptisms
1
new members
1
babies dedicated
1

Ministry Celebrations

Average In-person
Sunday attendance
8 1
Average Online
Sunday attendance
1 1
Average total
sunday attendance
10 1
First time visitors
1000
Volunteers
3 25
prayer requests
2 60
kids at vbs
11 2
kids at kids retreat
1
Average kids
sunday attendance
1 10
Student Leaders
2
Average middle & high school attendance
50
Middle & high school students
90
middle & high school students attending for the first time
25
average young adult attendance
50
students fed weekly at
feeding frenzi
3 2
Young adult
counselling sessions
65
Small Group Leaders
45
Number of small groups meeting
30
attending small groups
4 15
starting point participants
45
spirit baptisms
1
5q participants
110
In-person care visits
45
legacy 55+ participants
65
GriefShare Support Sessions
20
Solo sisters participants
10
Journeying Through Grief Booklets Sent
58
Prayer Requests received through prayer chain ministry
72
Bible Engagement APP downloads
8 58
WPA Church App Downloads
9 15

Missions Report

WPA believes in missional vitality. One way we demonstrate this is through the consistent monthly financial support of local partners like Ray of Hope, The Pregnancy Center, Compass Refugee Centre and The Ontario Christian Gleaners.

With the mandate of being missionally vital, we prioritize reaching the least reached people groups in the world, the most vulnerable people groups, emergency/crisis response initiatives with a multiplying impact through matching programs, global workers who mutually invest back into WPA and partnerships that can host missions teams on the field.

As we continue to diversify our giving around the world, we have maintained our commitments to four global workers and projects – Darren & Patty McCrea (Colombia), Mark & Kim Steinfield (Spain), Adrian & Sharon Thomas (Dominican Republic), King of Kings: Modi’in Church Plant (Israel) this past year. After six years, our financial support of Jef & Renatta Walton (Malawi) and Ian & Tiffanie Rowley (Cambodia) has ended. We will continue to pray for both families as they continue the good work they are doing. We have also notified the McCraes and Steinfields that we will be concluding our support at the end of 2024. Laura & Jordan Upton (Restricted Access Nation) also informed us of their decision to conclude their mission and return to life in Australia. Given all these changes, we have added M & E (Restricted Access Nation) and Ashray Children at Risk (India). We do this so WPA has maximum exposure to the work of so many amazing PAOC global workers around the world.

In addition to our fixed financial commitments, we have had the opportunity to partner with others locally and globally with one-time financial gifts. Here are examples of how we have stewarded financial contributions above and beyond our budget. We gave to Heart of Jesus Bible School in Kathmandu, Nepal, through Heart of Jesus Church, which meets here at WPA. We supported global workers in Kenya, Dave & Joanne Arndt in Thailand, Riku Tuppurainen for PAOC Global Ed, Sam Vijayasenan for church planting in India and Church in Regent Park in downtown Toronto. We hosted and gave to Murray’s Ride to Thrive which raised money to help children in crisis due to armed conflict.

In regards to crisis response, we gave $18,445 to ERDO for the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief. Regarding our Christmas Initiatives, we gave $12,000 to ERDO for Food for Kids in Zimbabwe, $8,000 to students at Trinity Theological College in India, and $6,000 to assemble and distribute 400 care packages for the homeless right here in Kitchener-Waterloo.

At the end of the fiscal year, we were able to send financial support to East Germany Church planting with James Ros, Action4Women and Families Foundation with Claire Nkhesera, global worker Oto Perez in the Dominican Republic, Afghan Church of Waterloo with Pastor Ahmad Ghalijaee and with crisis support of two congregations: Fort Severn Pentecostal Assembly and Bethel Pentecostal Smooth Rock Falls.

Friends, all of this was possible because of your generous support.

Short-Term Missions

Colombia Trip

In May, our team of young adults from WPA went to Colombia to support Darren and Patty McCrea as they focus on community discipleship through mass evangelism in schools and neighborhoods in the Bogota, Colombia area. The team carried out presentations in seven school settings over the period of ten days. Each assembly was an opportunity to share with hundreds of students through their presentation, which consisted of music, drama and testimony, followed by gender specific breakout groups that allowed for more in depth conversation surrounding issues like self-worth/image, isolation, depression, sexuality, family issues and more. The conversations that surfaced were real, raw and honest. The team had the chance to share from their experiences and interject hope where there was despair.  Our team of young adults did an excellent job representing WPA abroad. They brought their best and served with flexibility in an ever-changing environment. While the team itinerary was very full, the trip was very meaningful and many were impacted with the life-transforming message of the gospel.

Short-Term Missions

Hornepayne Trip

In July, a team from WPA made the 13-hour drive to Hornepayne, Ontario in support of Pastors Ted and Deb Scheniman of Calvary Gospel Church. The team engaged in a variety of community outreach efforts, including a VBS for kids (something that hasn’t been done for many years), a road hockey tournament for pre-teens in the community, and a family carnival day including a free BBQ. Not only did the team make a great impact in the community, but they also brought significant encouragement to Pastors Ted and Deb, who have responded to God’s call to minister in this isolated community. 

Our Missions Impact

Project Support

Location Amount Received
Afghanistan $5,633
Cameroon $1,000
Canada $30,969
Germany $4,000
India $14,140
International $11,510
Kenya $4,720
Malawi $209
Nepal $10,000
Pakistan $500
Somalia $220
Thailand $2,750
Turkey $18,445
Zimbabwe $12,000

Supported Partners

Partner Amount Received
Compass Refugee Centre $5,004
Ontario Christian Gleaners $2,919
Ray of Hope $5,004
The Pregnancy Centre $5,004

Global Workers Support

Location Amount Received
Cambodia $5,004
Colombia $10,008
Dominican Republic $10,008
Israel $10,006
Malawi $5,004
R.A.N. $4,168
R.A.N. $5,838
Spain $10,008

Canada

Location
Ray of Hope | Grocery Marketplace Emergency Support
Compass Refugee Centre | Emergency Support
Church in Regent Park | Outreach Support
Christmas Giving | Winter Care Bags for Homeless in Waterloo Region
Bethel Pentecostal Smooth Rock Falls | Emergency Support
Fort Severn Pentecostal Assembly | Emergency Support
Pastor Ahmad Ghalijaee - Ministry to Afghanis

Supporting Documents

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