In Matthew 28:18-20, we are given the Great Commission for the church. It is a three part commission and begins with an established church of born-again, baptized believers, united together to fulfill the Great Commission.
1. Take the Gospel to a lost world.
2. Baptize the converts. As converts are baptized, they then become part of the local church, and are able to have
a part in helping reach people.
3. Teach and disciple the converts, through the teaching and preaching of the Word of God week after week in a
local New Testament church.
The church is needed to continue in reaching the lost, baptizing them, and grounding them in the truth of God’s Word. This in turn reproduces more soul-winners to reach a lost and dying world.
It is our desire to carry on this great work in Alberta. As a team, we will be establishing a Bible-believing Baptist church in Taber, and as the Lord leads, train men and women for the ministry, to see more churches planted throughout Alberta, and the World.
Taber is made up of many different cultural groups, which has brought along with that, many different religious denominations and belief systems. Some of these are, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), the Jehovah Witnesses, the First Christian Reformed, the Old Colony Mennonite, and many others. It is God's will that all people should come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
God has laid the people of Taber, Alberta on our hearts, along with the message of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We read in II Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” We, as mankind, will fail one another, but God is faithful as He promised. Under the direction of our Lord, we are anticipating great things in Taber, as our Lord reveals Himself to those who may be deceived by a false gospel.
The town of Taber was established in the early 1900’s after coal was discovered, which would be used to supply the railway companies with fuel.
This began the construction of the Reliance mine and started to draw people to the area. Although the mine has since closed, the town of Taber has grown to a population of 8,200 people who rely on oil and farming as the main source of income.
Taber boasts having Canada’s largest irrigation district which consists of 20% of Canada’s irrigated farmland, with 1,280 miles of canals. These canals provide water for 372,000 acres of land. This has led to land that can produce bumper crops. Roger’s Sugar calls Taber their home with a factory that produces 150,000 tonnes of sugar from locally grown sugar beets which are supplied by up to 400 sugar beet producers.
The Taber district also houses a Frito Lay Plant and a McCains plant that employ hundreds of people. Together these plants create a large demand for potatoes, giving farmers the opportunity to diversify their farms.
Taber is definitely a unique area as it makes up 25% of Alberta’s food and manufacturing products.
Pray for the Friesen and Neufeld families as they go to Taber, Alberta to do our part in reaching the lost for the glory of God.
I was born and raised in Winkler, Manitoba and was born again when I was seven years old, in 1974. God called me in 2010 to full-time service after working in the family business since 1984. In this time, God has allowed me to have a part in various church ministries, such as, teaching adult Sunday school, taking part in missions trips, and building projects. God narrowed the call in my life to Taber, Alberta in May of 2014.
I am excited to take the role as pastor in this new church plant in Taber, and to bring the Gospel to so many who have not heard what our Lord and Saviour has done for them.
I was raised in a Roman Catholic home, believing that I had to earn my way to Heaven. In 1990, after hearing a sermon on Hell at Pembina Valley Baptist Church, and realizing Jesus Christ paid for my sins, I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour. I have served as a Sunday school teacher, helper, as well as various other ministries. I surrendered to follow the Lord’s leading in Brad’s life and am looking forward to serving alongside my husband in Taber, Alberta.
I was born again in 1999. My mom led me to the Lord in our home. I am excited to serve the Lord through music, along with my parents and thank God for allowing me to have a part in this ministry.
I was raised in a Christian home, and believe this played a large part in my accepting Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour at the age of five. We attended the Pembina Valley Baptist Church where I was able to be involved with many church activities. It was during a teen Bible camp in 2005 that God called me into full-time Christian service, which led me to attend the Canadian Baptist Bible College. We are looking forward to great things as we serve the Lord in Taber, Alberta!
My family began attending the Victory Baptist Church in Kenora, Ontario in 2003. It was there at a youth meeting that I received Jesus Christ as my Saviour at the age of 16. I was able to help in many of the church ministries, and in 2008, I moved to Winkler, Manitoba to attend the Canadian Baptist Bible College. I am excited to serve the Lord with my husband, and to have our family involved in the ministry.