CanIL’s ultimate impact is made when communities are transformed through engaging with God’s Word in their heart language. The only way we can succeed in achieving our mission is through you! That means we are invested in your success, not only as a student but also in your deployment to the mission field with a Bible translation organization. Anything that gets in the way of our shared mission fulfillment has our attention!

When your time at CanIL is finished and you’re ready to join a language project, two of the things that can slow you down are debt, and raising your monthly support. For years, we have operated a robust financial aid program to help students circumvent, reduce, or eliminate debt. Equally important is the ministry of raising ongoing support. Our desire to help equip you in this vital area has led to PreLaunch.

PreLaunch is an individually customized program intended to provide early exposure to the fundamentals of Partnership Development so that your “holistic preparation”, in anticipation of a vocational calling to the work of Bible translation, includes this skillset.

PreLaunch is for students of any program at CanIL who declare an interest in a field assignment with a Bible translation organization and who expect therefore to be involved in raising personal support.

Current PreLaunch Students
Participation in CanIL Ride 2018
Participation in Giving Challenge 2018

Is PreLaunch for you?

Students typically come to CanIL to prepare for a future either in the marketplace or on the mission field. An important purpose of PreLaunch is to help you discern, confirm or reaffirm your vocational calling to the mission field, specifically to Bible translation ministry. Since CanIL donors are eager to provide a higher level of financial aid to students who prayerfully declare themselves as PreLaunch candidates, we have created a PreLaunch stream within our Financial Aid program. Only registered PreLaunch students are eligible to receive Church Matching Grants and the Ministry Boost Award. Since significant debt can interfere with being released to the mission field, part of your PreLaunch program may involve developing a realistic debt-reduction plan.

PreLaunch Elements

  • PreLaunch Workshop
    • Attend to learn more about the program and how it is customized to fit you. Bring your questions and expect to come out of this initial workshop knowing if you should apply or not.
    • When? Early in the Summer and Fall semesters.
  • Partnership Development Workshop
    • Training in personal Partnership Development for financial and prayer support, led by Wycliffe Canada. This is a chance to interact and train with people who have been doing partnership development for decades!
    • When? Late January
  • CanIL Ride
    • A fondo and fundraising campaign for both cyclists and volunteers
    • When? Late July.
  • CanIL Giving Challenge
    • End-of-year fundraising campaign involving community engagement and built on the growing popularity of #GivingTuesday.
    • When? November-December.
  • Partnership Storytelling
    • Stories make people care, so writing and telling your story is an essential element of Partnership Development. Be it speaking at chapel or your church, contributing to a CanIL newsletter or writing your own, we create opportunities for you to develop and share your story. This element involves development of your personal MailChimp (or equivalent) communications.
    • When? Ongoing with workshops in the Spring semester.
  • PreLaunch Assessment & Formative Feedback
    • Alistair Jackson, VP Development at CanIL, will work with you throughout PreLaunch, offering feedback on your partner communications, whether for fundraising or growing your prayer support team.
    • When? Ongoing.
  • CanIL Church Matching Grant Program
    • CanIL’s Church Matching Grant (CMG) program is an important step for all PreLaunch candidates, introducing you to church partnerships. Learn how you can benefit from it—up to $12,000!
  • Budget Tracking and Debt-Reduction Planning
    • This element is for students who come to CanIL with significant indebtedness (e.g. from student loans). We want to ensure you take planning and management steps to reduce or eliminate pre-existing debt.
    • You will be asked to develop a debt-reduction plan and, as part of that plan, to complete an Annual Budget Tracker spreadsheet.

By training you for, and involving you in, each of the PreLaunch Elements, we hope you will be able to move on from CanIL having begun to establish your own support base (both churches and individuals), ready to stand with you when you join a Bible translation organization and launch into ministry.

Alistair Jackson, VP Development ( is responsible for the PreLaunch program. Please note that we do not register students for PreLaunch prior to their arrival at CanIL. A PreLaunch student guide and application form will be available following the introductory workshop.