Fields • North America • Canada

 

 aspiration
canadaaspir.jpg In Canada, the 10/40 Window is wide open! BMW has been incorporated in Canada since 1965, and planted churches in Nova Scotia from the mid-1970’s until 1998. In 2009, we re-entered Canada with a new vision for church planting in this ethnically diverse nation. The current strategy has two components. The BOREALIS PROJECT seeks to establish multi-ethnic churches in Canada’s major cities, reaching not only nth-generation Canadians, but also newcomers from places where we cannot go. We are using hospitality, as well as ESL and other practical services, to nurture redemptive relationships—all with the intent of planting a network of congregations that reflect the National Capital Region’s heterogeneous demographic. Our other ministry is in Beardmore, ON, on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon. The Mikesh family arrived there in 2011 and founded Community Baptist Church in 2012. They were joined in 2016 by the Bowers family. This region of northwestern Ontario has a high concentration of First Nations reserves. Community Baptist serves as a hub for reaching the many neglected communities within 100 km of Beardmore that have limited access to the gospel. Future goals include formalized Bible, theological, and pastoral training in the First Nations community; and possible ministry to the extremely isolated, fly-in and ice-road-only reserves.

 

 participation 
canadapart.jpg The BOREALIS PROJECT is currently active in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, with the desire to expand immediately into Toronto and another city. There are two couples and a single worker in place in Ottawa and another family is beginning to raise support with the intention of extending this ministry into Toronto. We are looking for additional workers for the BOREALIS PROJECT. New units on the Ottawa team would work across the river in Gatineau-Hull, Quebec, which is still part of the National Capital Region. We would like to place a team of four families in Toronto, a city that boasts the largest Chinese population outside China, and where 70% of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) was born outside Canada. For this ministry, one must have a passion for reaching internationals, patience, and an adventuresome spirit. Training and experience in TESOL and a high language aptitude will also be advantages, as well as the desire to live and work in a large, world-class city. New teammates for the work in northwestern Ontario should have a love for Aboriginal peoples, the outdoors, and…winter! Patience is essential—not only for developing personal, cross-cultural redemptive relationships, but also for living in a more isolated context. Other long-range goals include ministry to the Acadian French community of northern New Brunswick. An Acadian background, knowledge of the Acadian dialect and culture, and a desire to reach Roman Catholics would all be essential for this ministry.

 

 supplication 
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Please join us in praying for the following:
  • Pray that God will quickly provide the support for the family seeking to locate eventually in Toronto
  • Pray that the gospel will have an impact on the lives of those who consistently hear it through our BMW church planters
  • Pray for special grace to minister effectively within the First Nations and international communities
  • Pray that God will raise up new teammates for our Canadian workers and enable us to establish ministries in new areas

 
 information
canadainfo.jpg For more information:
  • About the BOREALIS PROJECT, contact the Director of BMW Canada.
  • About the ministry in northwestern Ontario, contact Rick Mikesh, founder of Community Baptist Church.
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