Good News International Ministries (GNIM) is a registered Canadian charity (BN/registration number: 139942130RR0001). Since its formation in 1989, with its society based in British Columbia. As such, it is capable of granting legal charitable donation receipts in Canada. GNI Ministries’ charter uniquely allows it to minister among the poor-and-oppressed in virtually any third-world region.


Good News International Ministries adheres to the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada:

  • The Holy Scriptures, as originally given by God, are divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and constitute the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; we affirm his virgin birth, sinless humanity, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension, ongoing mediatorial work, and personal return in power and glory.
  • The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is possible only through the merits of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, received by faith apart from works, and is characterized by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit enables believers to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The Church, the body of Christ, consists of all true believers.
  • Ultimately God will judge the living and the dead, those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.


Jim Sawatsky and Kinshasa TrioGNIM was founded by a Canadian Christian & Missionary Alliance missionary named Jim Sawatsky.  Jim and his leadership team formed GNIM to be trans-denominational in scope and able to minister in any third-world context. From the outset this charity found unique and practical ways to help broadcast the Good News of Jesus Christ. Its original field was primarily based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa (where Jim had many years of experience in mission). Its method was utilizing music-media ministry as a vehicle to help propel the gospel message while reaching out to the poor and oppressed. Jim Sawatsky and GNIM made a definitive impact for God’s glory in Africa. The Christian music studios and the Elikia orphanage project in the DRC are still in operation today and are locally led.


With Jim Sawatsky and his long-term co-workers in retirement, a new team formed to take over leadership of GNI Ministries.  The baton was handed over in November 2013, with Rob Griffioen and a new board of directors taking lead.  Going into a full restart, the outreach focus is now on South East Asia.  GNI Ministries brings the Good News of Jesus Christ to the poor and oppressed in a variety of ways (including compassion ministry and proclamation of the gospel through various means).   Our primary purpose is to equip indigenous leadership to be the front-runners in this cause.


To equip indigenous Christian leaders and ministries worldwide to impact their people with life-giving Good News of Jesus Christ.


Infusing the life-giving Good News (the Gospel of Jesus Christ) among poor and oppressed people for the glory of God.
Connecting Good News resources (spiritual or material) with the needs of the poor and oppressed in third-world contexts as God leads.
Equipping and entrusting indigenous leaders to be the primary conveyors of this Good News to their own people.
Strengthening capacities of local ministries in third world contexts to effectively spread the Good News for the furthering of Christ’s Kingdom.


Through the good news of Jesus Christ, we initiate holistic life change opportunities through indigenous Christian ministries in third-world contexts, bringing about total transformation in the lives of broken, poor and oppressed people for God’s glory.

Board of Directors

Bert Bjorndal

Board Chairman
Bert Bjorndal is a marine pilot.  He has served in leadership roles on ...

Catherine Giesbrecht

Catherine may have retired from being a full-time registered nurse, but she remains engaged in God's work.

Traci Johnston

Board Member
  Traci is from Darlingford, Manitoba and is married to a farmer, Jason ...

Paul Coleridge

Paul joined the GNI Board on October 1, 2015.  He met his wife Danelle while ...

Tammy Kyte

Tammy always dreamed of living overseas as a missionary, but God has called her ...

Grace Uppal

Board Member
Grace Uppal is a professional nurse working in the Abbotsford area. Along with ...

Narathip (Faa) Wall

Board Member
Faa brings the true touch of Thai to our board.  Married to landscaper husband ...

Rob Griffioen

Rob graduated from Briercrest Biblical Seminary with a Master of Divinity ...
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Your investment will help change lives for eternity. Remember the words of Jesus ...
"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me' (Matthew 25:34-36 ESV)."  
We believe that bringing the Good News in these ways actively fleshes out the gospel message of Jesus Christ.   Our supporters can be confident that Scriptural truth will never be sacrificed. As people are being helped where they need it most, we pray that many opportunities will be gained to proclaim the full message of the Good News and that many will receive Jesus Christ as Lord.

Thank you for partnering with us to bless the poor and oppressed!