Into all the world…
Loving Jesus gives us a passion to reach out to every nation…
Canaan branches in other countries provide wonderful opportunities to build bridges and share the love of Jesus with others. Because of the deep wounds we Germans inflicted on His chosen people during the Nazi era, the first country Sisters went to was Israel, where they have ministered to Holocaust survivors for over fifty years.
Our dark and godless times need centres through which God’s kingdom of love can be manifested. A joy-filled life born of true repentance allows this kingdom of love to shine forth.
Requests for Canaan branches have come one after another from many different countries. Sisters were sent out (see “Testimonies” further down the page) and new centres established – in England and the United States, Australia and Canada, Switzerland and Norway, Japan, Brazil and Paraguay. Books and leaflets have been translated into more than 60 languages, and encouraging texts and bookmarks in almost 100 languages have found their way to the farthest corners of the earth.
Our international contacts have given us countless opportunities to express sorrow for the sins of our nations. As barriers have been broken down, wounds from the past have begun to heal.
Reconciliation has led to warm friendships across the various divides:
with indigenous tribes in the Brazilian jungle,
with Aborigines in Australia,
between Germans and Poles,
between Japanese and Koreans.
Reconciliation is contagious!
Canaan Centres in other parts of the world
Sister Uriela, American, serving in Australia:
When I first knew that I would be coming to Australia, it seemed like going to the end of the world! But didn’t the Lord say to “…go into all the world”, and to proclaim His glory to the ends of the earth?…
Sister Angelina from Sweden, serving in Norway:
Our ministry here includes all the Scandinavian countries and northern islands. The call to repentance and to a life of reconciliation must begin at home and we want to live this out first among us 4 Sisters from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Canada.
Sister Regine from Denmark, serving in Norway:
In each new situation, in our encounters with other people as well as in our community life as Sisters, the certainty that God my Father has planned everything in advance is a comfort. He will equip me for each new day.
Sister Adola, American, serving in Brazil:
Brazilians are such a joyful people and have a warm and open heart for God. Yet with time I began to understand more about the difficult history of Brazil….
Sister Christine, a native of Switzerland:
Here in Switzerland, our founder Mother Basilea received the inspiration to honour the Creator with praise plaques placed at scenic spots. It is wonderful to have a part in this ministry and to get to know my own country better and from its best side.
Sister Antonia, German, serving in Paraguay:
It is a privilege to serve in such a poor country that has had a troubled history. And yet it is a nation of the future, with a high percentage of young people and many opportunities to share the love of God.
Sister Diadema from New Zealand, serving in Australia:
Over the years it has been challenging to have Bible discussions with young people who come and take part in our one-year volunteer programme. Some are from dysfunctional families…
Sister Stella, German, serving in Switzerland:
When God called me to Switzerland, my love for Him as the Creator was still small. But here, in the midst of His glorious creation with mountains, forests and lakes, it has become a real joy to worship and praise Him as the Author of all. What a wonderful calling!
Sister Elisa from Ireland and Sister Daniela, German, serving in Phoenix, USA:
America is a land of diverse cultures and languages. Here in Phoenix we have been happy to see people from so many different walks of life come to seek the Lord Jesus in our beautiful Prayer Garden.
The great openness for God’s word is amazing – on the streets, in the prisons and even among the military. The warm-hearted helpfulness of many Americans has made it possible to take advantage of these opportunities.
Sister Pnina from Finland, serving in her home country:
Since 2012 I have been serving in the small branch Canaan in the Land of Lakes in Finland. My prayer for my country is for freedom in Jesus for those in bondage, good news for the weak, and healing for the broken-hearted. (Isaiah 61)