Praying for Canada’s First People’s
As we continue to pray about the mission field we call “Canada”, we become increasingly aware of areas of “gap” in Gospel awareness.
The Canadian evangelical church is largely a white, middle-class, and English-speaking movement. You may have heard fellow Christians mourning this reality. Sometimes these voices come from cynicism toward the church, but most often they are expressed with a heart-felt desire to see the church of Jesus reflect the multi-cultural nation that we live in.
The promise of The Revelation is that every nation, tribe, and tongue will one day gather around the throne of God in unified and thunderous praise of our ONE King! Our hope and dream is that we can experience a foretaste of that future reality in the here and now!
A growing area of awareness and burden for us is the lack of a flourishing Christian community among Canada’s First Peoples. There are several localized congregations and outreaches where the gospel is having great effect among First Nations people groups. However, the 4% of Canadian population identified as “First Peoples” is overwhelmingly a people group who have been neglected at best, or abused at worst, by government policies, complicated treaties, and tragically at times, by the actions of church leaders.
Several of our joint ministry partner’s churches are making inroads among First Nations people in their communities, and they have three church planting couples whose focus is specifically on reaching First Nations people with the good news of Jesus, working primarily in Manitoba and Northern Ontario currently,
Several new conversations have begun with churches that want to partner with First Nations reserves and with workers who are feeling called by God to reach out to Canada’s First Peoples.
Would you join us in praying earnestly for all that will be needed in this area of ministry?