Canada is an incredible nation that has established itself as one of the best countries in the world. Millions of people call Canada home, and they share a deep pride of this country and the values that it was built upon. Many people, however, are not aware of the Christian principles that influenced the founding of Canada, and how we can still see these influences today.
“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”
In 1921, the Founding Father’s of Canada declared the Latin phrase, A Mari Usque Ad Mare, which translates to “from sea to sea,” as the motto for our Coat of Arms, referencing Psalm 72:8. It is just one of many Bible verses that are etched throughout the Parliament buildings.
Despite our Christian roots, however, many Canadians are no longing reading the Bible or attending church. Children are also growing up without having access to God’s Word or knowing just how much He loves them! Some programs have been put in place over the years to encourage the reading of the Bible, one of which is the Youth Bible Engagement Program where we work with individuals, churches, and groups to launch programs that teach others about God! It is incredible to see people come together to reach out to young people in their communities.
Just like many countries around the world, children are our future. There are more than 5 million children in Canada that are under the age of 15; the majority of which have not been brought up in the church or in a home where God is at the center. Many are left wondering how to navigate their everyday lives and are looking for peace and love in things that will not provide them. This summer, we are so excited to be able to offer camps for children to attend, all across Canada, where they will learn about God and how much they are loved! With God’s influence in their lives, they will be able to understand the principles that Canada was founded on and why, and be able to recognize God’s goodness in their lives!
Canada’s 150th birthday is just a few weeks away! As we celebrate the birth of this great nation, let’s remember our Christian roots and the impact that Christ has had in our lives. Together, we can help the next generation of Canadians know their Heavenly Father and have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him!