The Chairman’s Voice

More Grace

Than Challenges

That the epidemic lasted for more than two years has completely changed the whole world. The society has entered a 'home economy' mode. A lot of companies have implemented work from home, all schools are learning online and church Sunday services are brought to the homes of congregation through internet. It can be said that the pattern of the past years has been completely overturned, but the power of God would be manifested in every age. According to statistics, because of the predicament of the epidemic, in Sunday worship online services more people participated than in the past. We can see that in this 'epidemic situation', the world craves for the gospel of the Lord Jesus, and the true peace given by the Holy Spirit.

In the past 34 years, in addition to broadcast on TV and radio, Showers of Blessing has developed an online platform many years ago to spread the gospel. In the past year, we produced programs such as 34th Anniversary Thanksgiving & Vision Sharing Meeting, Chinese Opera Evangelistic Meeting, and Christmas Caroling, etc., thank the Lord for His guidance both the view and the response from brothers and sisters are also very ideal and positive.

That the epidemic lasted for more than two years has completely changed the whole world. The society has entered a 'home economy' mode. A lot of companies have implemented work from home, all schools are learning online and church Sunday services are brought to the homes of congregation through internet. It can be said that the pattern of the past years has been completely overturned, but the power of God would be manifested in every age. According to statistics, because of the predicament of the epidemic, in Sunday worship online services more people participated than in the past. We can see that in this 'epidemic situation', the world craves for the gospel of the Lord Jesus, and the true peace given by the Holy Spirit.

In the past 34 years, in addition to broadcast on TV and radio, Showers of Blessing has developed an online platform many years ago to spread the gospel. In the past year, we produced programs such as 34th Anniversary Thanksgiving & Vision Sharing Meeting, Chinese Opera Evangelistic Meeting, and Christmas Caroling, etc., thank the Lord for His guidance both the view and the response from brothers and sisters are also very ideal and positive.

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General Secretary
Ministry Outlook

With "Forging Alliance for the Gospel" as our theme,

SOBEM enters its 35th year.

Raymond-Kwok

General Secretary/Pastor Raymond Kwok

35 Years of Thanksgiving

These 35 years of media evangelism have not been an easy journey, but through the One who strengthens us, we have overcome all kinds of challenges and obstacles. Starting with two to three brothers and sisters praying together, then going from a local radio program to a global Christian media platform, we have witnessed brothers and sisters from different eras putting their trust in the Lord and building up this evangelism network for Chinese people all over the world. For all this, we lift our highest praises to our God.

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Vision Sharing &
Fundraising Events

Fundraising Events

  • Online 34th Anniversary Thanksgiving & Vision Sharing Meeting 2021, Topic: Building a Unified Network –
    • Speaker: Rev. Dr. David Pao
    • Sharing: Christian Artists
    • March 6 : Online 34th Anniversary Thanksgiving & Vision Sharing Meeting
    • May 15 : Live stream online 34th Anniversary Thanksgiving & Vision Sharing Meeting

The performance on the two dates received very positive responses. The event in March was specifically for our long-term supporters, and the event in May was for the public. Through different publicity media, like email, phone calls, and different media platforms, we reached beyond Toronto to international communities. For both online fundraising events, there were more than 2,000 clicks. While we were not able to collect the donations on-site, our donation requests reached successfully much wider communities.

Telethon Fundraising:

  • Date: November 13 and 14, total amount raised: $104,000 (6% of annual budget)

Two Evangelistic meetings were held in Toronto

Online Evangelistic Meeting

“Marching Onward on a New Life from God”, A Chinese Opera Evangelistic Meeting

  • July 10 (Saturday)
  • Sharing guests: Ms. Yuen Mei and a group of Chinese Opera performers
  • Evangelistic Message: Rev. Calvin Lam

This online evangelistic meeting was a big success. Our promotion news reached out to a large majority of senior care centers and communities in Canada. There were more than 1100 participants at the online meeting. Continuous positive responses and encouraging messages were also received from outside Canada, Hong Kong, and different cities in the United States.

Christmas Carolling Praises at Pacific Mall, Markham

  • December 25 (Saturday)
  • Message sharing: Pastor Raymond Kwok
  • Performing guests: Artists and musicians from Canada and Hong Kong

This Christmas Carolling performance was a success. On that evening, there were about 800 audience present and over 1100 online viewers on Youtube. 500 gift packages were distributed. By at end of December, about 2000 people have viewed the performance online, and many positive responses were received from outside Canada.

LifeCare
Ministry
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LifeCare Hotline Global Summary

LifeCare Ministry Development﹕

  • April 24: A training session on “How to maintain your ministry passion” was held at Scarborough Chinese Alliance Church
  • May 8: Joint Training with Toronto CCM Centre for volunteers on telephone caring
  • September 14 to November 30: The 11th LifeCare Givers Training was held online due to Covid-19 restrictions. There were a total of 37 participants from Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, and the United States. The online training was followed by a 3-month practicum. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for February 22, 2022. The training this year has been enhanced by collaboration with caregivers from other locations in support of the caring needs in different countries and time zones.

LifeCare Ministry Meeting:

  • April 23: A joint session was organized with Toronto CCM for their women’s ministry, titled “Braving Suffering”. The guest speaker Mr. P. F. Li shared his personal experience of hardship and suffering, successes in overcoming fear and turning dangerous circumstances into opportunities.
  • August 28: A dim sum gathering for all LifeCare givers was held to share their blessings and support in their serving ministry
  • Regular Zoom prayer meetings were held to support members in their personal and ministry needs
  • In the future, the LifeCare Ministry will continue to organize with churches/agencies testimony meetings under Sobem’s program “Expanding Sobem — Real Life Stories”, both through Zoom and on-site. Through the testimony interviews and sharing of actual personal experiences, the ministry will continue to bring the message of Our Almighty God to the community.

“Amazing Love”
FaceBook Column
Report

2019

Total people reached
273,673

2020

Total people reached
318,387

2021

Total people reached
182,899

Highlights of
Production Trips

Montreal

A French style city, the stories happening here are not just romantic but vibrant. We have stories of COVID frontline medical staff, Pastors who lost beloved son, and the bittersweet moments of new immigrant families.

Vancouver

It was rainy in Vancouver in November, but every day for a short period of time, the sky will clear up for us to do some outdoor filming. God’s grace is timely and abundant throughout our entire production trip.

Radio Ministry

For two consecutive years the epidemic not only set off a global battling-epidemic wave, but did affect our work in the ministry with obvious impact. In order to comply with the government’s anti-epidemic measures at different times, our guest interviews hit a new low in 2020 and was stretched even more last year. This makes us truly understand that all supply is from the Lord, and His faithfulness is beyond comparison.

“Not by sight, but by faith” was what we experienced for the past year. Reduced studio recordings but with more sharing from different regions enabled us to have a different program style, which was a wonderful outcome! We firmly believe that with the Gospel as the core, the creativity of the content can be greater and The Lord will provide accordingly to testify Himself. Thirty-five years of ministries starting from scratch, from small to large are not the plans of men, but the establishment of the Lord. From the real life stories of our guests to us, servants of our Lord, in this unfathomable age, are sure witness to the grace, faithfulness and wonders of Jesus Christ. We truly praise the Lord from the bottom of our heart!

The challenges we faced last year had also shown a great team spirit among the headquarters and the team in Vancouver. Even though individual situations and trials were among us, we learned to support each other through prayers and supplication. Here, we send our blessings to Brother Steven Li, our team member in Vancouver who had left us for church ministries, may God use him greatly!

Our new radio segment “In the Same Line” is our join ministry with the Vine Fruitful Life Ministry; shared by Rev. K.Y. Tang was launched late last year. There will also be new segments coming for this year, here is the introduction:

  • Parables in the Bible (presented by different pastors)
  • Family Sex Educations (Rev. Jonathan Chu)
  • Mission Life in Business (Dr. Hilton Chan)
  • Gospel Cantonese Opera (Ms. Yuen Mei)

Pray that the content we make can guide the value and direction of people’s lives leading to become God’s children!

Report from
USA Branch

Thank God

for His continual guidance

We want to thank God for His continual guidance through the last 23 years since the establishment of Showers of Blessing in the United States. As we look back the year 2021, these were turbulent times. The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted for almost two years, and the entire world is facing many areas of challenges. These have led us to intensify the urgency to spread the Gospel during the end time. All the while, the SOBEM US staff and leadership team continue to work faithfully to fulfill our mission in Gospel media. Our production team continues to go out to film, and produces the real-life stories to testify the saving grace of God. We pray that more people will receive this heavenly blessing, and bring peace to this restless generation.

Gospel Media Platforms
  • TV and radio broadcasting: TV and radio broadcasting have always been our main media platform. Many non-believers enjoy watching these real-life testimonies. SOBEM USA continues to air 7 days a week across 7 TV stations, satellite channels, radio stations, and over 22 broadcast time slots. These real-life testimonies have touched people’s hearts throughout every corner of the United States. In January 2021, we added the SKYLINK TV channel to broadcast on weekend slots in the San Francisco and Los Angeles area.
  • Social Media: Since year 2020, SOBEM USA has started in developing its social media platforms to better connect with our audiences across a wide variety of regions and age groups. SOBEM USA expanded the team this year, and the effort yielded good results. Our YouTube channel has accumulated over 1,400 subscribers, and our newly produced short films released every week have received hundreds of hits. In addition, several videos launched on Facebook this year have reached large viewership, one of the video even reached 57,400 people with 12,400 views.

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Report from
Hong Kong Branch

"But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you,’" 2 Corinthians 12:9

Time flies. Entering 2021, the world was facing a lot of difficulties. The COVID-19 pandemic was still not stabilized, and another wave of variant viruses was quickly emerging. It was a challenge! However, this year was also the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong SOBEM office. Every step we took was based on the grace of the Lord. Even in the face of difficulties, we have continued to work for the gospel. We strive to broadcast SOBEM testimonies on many different media and networks. We hope to see the people's hearts be filled with the gospel and give glorify God!


"But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you,’" 2 Corinthians 12:9

Time flies. Entering 2021, the world was facing a lot of difficulties. The COVID-19 pandemic was still not stabilized, and another wave of variant viruses was quickly emerging. It was a challenge! However, this year was also the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong SOBEM office. Every step we took was based on the grace of the Lord. Even in the face of difficulties, we have continued to work for the gospel. We strive to broadcast SOBEM testimonies on many different media and networks. We hope to see the people's hearts be filled with the gospel and give glorify God!

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Report from
Vancouver Committee

From the end of 2019 to the end of 2020, and from the beginning of 2021 to the end of the year, an epidemic came suddenly like a storm, quickly swept the world, but refused to recede for a long time. It has been two years. Countless people have been infected by the virus, how many families have lost their loved ones, and people cried out when they were helpless: "Where are you?" God calls His chosen ones: "Follow me!" As His disciples, our response is: "Lord, I am here. Please send me!"


From the end of 2019 to the end of 2020, and from the beginning of 2021 to the end of the year, an epidemic came suddenly like a storm, quickly swept the world, but refused to recede for a long time. It has been two years. Countless people have been infected by the virus, how many families have lost their loved ones, and people cried out when they were helpless: "Where are you?" God calls His chosen ones: "Follow me!" As His disciples, our response is: "Lord, I am here. Please send me!"

At the beginning of the year, we were still arranging the work of the 2021 according to the established plan, but were forced to stop again because of the continuous global plague caused by the caused by Covid-19. Before long, the work continued, only changing the form:

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Report from
Australia Working
Committee

2021 has been a challenging year for many, stemming from the COVID-19 variants , impacting on our social life, the economy, while restricting participation in church activities.

2021 has been a challenging year for many, stemming from the COVID-19 variants , impacting on our social life, the economy, while restricting participation in church activities.

We are thankful for His faithfulness maintaining the weekly TVBA broadcast. Years of loyal graphic design help from an aged volunteer provides the monthly promotion banners for the TV program guide.

For years Restaurant Mission have assisted us in the distribution and storage of the SOBEM DVDs. When they recently relocated to much smaller premises, we had to move the DVDs — and we decided to encourage churches/para-churches/Christian library/Christian-owned shop to help giving the DVDs away for evangelistic outreach, as well as for individual church-goers to take the DVDs to give away to their personal contacts. This on-going drive continues to ensure these valuable resources continue as evangelistic tools.

Report from
New Zealand
Working Committee

In the previous year, it was not easy for many people under the influence of COVID-19 and associated rapid changes. May the mercy of our Lord be with us under all the changes and difficulties.

In the previous year, it was not easy for many people under the influence of COVID-19 and associated rapid changes. May the mercy of our Lord be with us under all the changes and difficulties.

SOBEM NZ has not run any activities in the previous year. It is because the trustees are still seeking for new direction of our ministry and every trustee has been very busy in their full-time work and coping with the dramatic changes resulted from the impact of pandemic. But we thank God that He open door for us. Some Christians are working on setting up a radio channel. We hope that Sobem radio program will soon be on air in NZ to bless others.

What is the development of this pandemic? It is hard for us to predict.

How do we plan for the future of SOBEM NZ ministry? We are still seeking for God’s will and will follow what God leads us to.

For everything there is a fixed time, and a time for every business under the sun…… He has made everything right in its time; but he has made their hearts without knowledge, so that man is unable to see the works of God, from the first to the last. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11)

We often plan what we need to do for God. However, resting and having a break can also be part of God’s plan. May we be peace with all arrangement from our heavenly Father.

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CANADA OPERATIONS 2021 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND 2022 BUDGET (ACCRUAL BASIS)
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