Canadians Reach the Unreached
Courtney, a young lady from Ontario, wrote home from Kenya’s northern desert: “I’ve been learning that God doesn’t call us to the safe places but to the ends of the earth. Jesus isn’t in this community and so my mission is to spend every day learning the language, serving chai, laughing, and most importantly sharing about Jesus!”
That’s exactly the heart we want to see in those who serve with AIM Canada.
Since Canada has the highest rate of immigration in the Western World, we have a growing, multicultural church. So as we mobilize to reach Africa’s unevangelized we must engage “New Canadian” congregations. We work hard to attract young people like Victor. Victor’s favourite sport isn’t hockey or soccer—it’s dragon boat racing! His parents are Chinese, but because they settled in Guatemala before coming to Canada, Victor’s first language is Spanish. He and his wife Grace are now serving with TIMO in Mozambique.
Canada is an officially bilingual country. So not only do many Canadians grow up in French communities, millions of non-francophones learn French in school. That’s a huge advantage as we seek to evangelize the unreached in French Africa.
AIM Canada has a particular burden for French-speaking countries like Chad, Djibouti, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Mozambique, and North Africa. New full-term AIMers Thomas & Abbie, Byron & Erica, Greg & Kristen, Amanda, and Garry have left (or are preparing) our shores to reach out in three of those countries.
Even as these new members leave Canada, hundreds of thousands of unreached Africans have made this country their home. Toronto is the second largest Somali city after Mogadishu. Montreal has a swelling population of Moroccans and Algerians. For the last ten years AIM has come alongside African immigrant families to build friendships by providing legal and practical family helps. In upcoming months Gospel outreach to our North African arrivals will be significantly expanded.
From our own “Judea and Samaria” to the “ends of the earth”, Canadians are reaching Africa’s unreached peoples!
Dr. John P. Brown, Director of AIM’s Ministry to Africans in Canada