In doing this important work, the elders sent an open letter to various civic leaders in our city and region on December 3rd, 2020 stating that they would not be closing Trinity Bible Chapel in the event of a government lockdown requiring such a thing. A link to the letter, along with any other link referenced in this description, are available at the end of this description. There are several very good reasons for this decision, all of which are described in the open letter. On December 26th, Ontario entered into a lockdown, limiting "religious gatherings" to a maximum of 10 people. In accordance with their open letter and convictions, our elders refused to close Trinity's doors. We gathered at 30% of our building capacity (a pre-lockdown restriction) on Sunday, December 27th, where Jacob (our head pastor) was warned that he would be charged as a result by two police officers who surveilled our service from the parking lot. Later in the week, on December 30th, police officers with the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) visited each elder at his home and gave him a summons to court, where they will be charged under the Reopening Ontario Act. More information on this can be found in the church's press release, which is linked to in this description. I will also add updates here as they come. Praise the Lord that we may share, in a small way, in his sufferings!
The purpose of this GoFundMe is to raise funds to pay the fines of our elders, should they be found guilty, and to give a donation to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF). The JCCF has offered to represent our elders pro-bono, so any money collected above and beyond the amount needed to pay the fines, or all of it if the charges are dismissed, will be donated to the JCCF. Each of the elders may be fined up to $10,000. I have set the goal amount at $100,000 to cover that and provide the JCCF with much deserved funds to continue fighting the good fight. It is important to note that the JCCF is and will be representing other religious organizations facing the same persecution, standing up against tyranny and in protection of God-given freedoms of assembly, belief, religion, speech, and others. Thank you for your generosity, and may God bless you as you run the race and remain faithful to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ!
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Please Note: If you would like to donate $500 or more and would like a tax receipt, please contact our church through our email found on our website. Thus far I have been unable to share a specific email on this page.
- Charles Cohick
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