Team from Canada serves in Wamego, Kan.

Bonds of Christian love and fellowship are forming between Baptists in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and Flint Hills Baptist Association in Kansas.

Flint Hills Association formed a partnership with Northern Lights Baptist Association in Saskatchewan about two years ago. Since then each association has been sending speakers and volunteer teams to serve the other association.

Northern Lights Baptist Association is comprised of 14 churches spread over an area four times larger than the 21 counties in Flint Hills Association.

In July 2015 Flint Hills Association sent a volunteer team to serve at Calvary Baptist Church in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Plans call for sending another team to Saskatchewan in July.

A team from Saskatchewan came to Kansas the week of March 14-18 and served at New Life Baptist Church, Wamego. The Canadians did outreach work in the community, helped till and plant the church’s community garden and did numerous construction projects.

Team members came from five churches in Northern Lights Baptist Association.

Those churches are too small to send mission teams on their own, Don Zolc said.

Zolc, a contractor, is partnership coordinator for Northern Lights Baptist Association. He is a member of Discovery Baptist Church, Regina, Saskatchewan.

“It really opens up doors for people to serve,” Zolc said of the association’s mission team.

Kim Uhren told of the encouragement that is resulting from the partnership. He is pastor of Allan Baptist Church, Allan, Saskatchewan. The church averages 10-15 people in Sunday worship.

“A lot of our churches are isolated,” Uhren said of Northern Lights Baptist Association.