Global migration is one of the most powerful ways God has spread his gospel throughout history.
God is still at work in this movement of people, bringing new life to His people and to His church through migration.
At The Peoples Church we see God at work in global migration and eagerly join Him there. As we support migration ministries in countries around the world, we see unprecedented opportunity to share the gospel with people who are open and willing to hear about a God who welcomes them.
Here in Toronto, we are intentional about welcoming people well, and ensuring that they are integrated into the life of the Church. Our Newcomers Ministry and Refugee Welcome Ministry are our most vibrant outreach ministries. International students are coming to know Christ and becoming godly leaders here in Canada or back in their home countries. Refugees are finding hope and healing as they hear the gospel that was silenced in many of the countries from which they fled.
The majority of our baptisms in recent years have been people who had immigrated to Canada and heard the good news of Jesus. New Canadians are bringing new life to our church and communities!
Explore our global mission partnerships dedicated to migration. As you learn about each ministry use the prayer points to stand with our partners in the power of prayer!
Trauma Counselling & Resettlement Ministry
I Live Again Uganda (SIM)
Benson Ocen & Tricia deBoer
Restoring identity in Christ through trauma counseling, discipleship, and resettling victims of war. Two major areas of trauma are Ugandans affected by civil war and Sudanese and South Sudanese refugees in resettlement camps on the border. Forgiveness and reconciliation are central to this program. Counselling takes place with individuals, community, and by training pastors and other leaders.
- Strength to meet increasing need of people seeking safety in Uganda
- Favour from the government to use their Christ-centered approach more widely
- God to bring down a troubling increase of exploitation of young women
Colombia & Venezuela
ReUnited Venezuelan Migrant Recovery
Latin America Mission
Hernan & Rosa Bravo
Integrating at-risk migrant families, adolescents, and children displaced from Venezuela into the social, education and work life of host communities in Columbia. They partner with and train up local churches to commit to their communities and overcome xenophobic sentiments. Young people are discipled in the Lord and built up to overcome risks of violence. Integration programs include church leader training, sports & arts activities, community festivals, educational support, and skills training.
- Peaceful elections and a good ruler for Columbia
- Provision of a place to hold camps for young people
- Increase of gang violence in regions and funds to counteract with income generating and peace-building programs
Refugee Ministry Infrastructure Development
International Association For Refugees Canada
Laura Dobrowolski & Rob Perry
IAFR’s mandate is to equip and engage the church to support the protection and integration of forcibly displaced peoples. Many churches want to engage in healthy ways with refugee ministries but lack the vision or knowledge to engage well. They engage the church locally and globally to collaborate in kingdom models of response to integrate the displaced as contributing members of healthy community.
- God to equip and guide IAFR into the spaces where He wants to use them together with the church
- Prayer for IAFR’s partners in Uganda, Lebanon and Malawi
- The Church to be strategically engaged on the refugee highway and to reflect the love of Christ in the way we welcome refugees
Adam House North Rent Supplement
Adam House is a home, support, and advocacy for refugees. They have homes in Toronto with help from partnering churches to help refugee claimant families overcome barriers before settling on their own. They help families devote more time to finding meaningful employment, improving English capacity, and continuing education. Social connections are built to help and learn from one another. It is a community where the hope of Christ is shared.
- Renovations at the main site to be completed quickly and smoothly
- Churches to connect with residents and continue friendship and support after they move out
- For newly arrived people to find both physical homes and a lasting home in God’s family
Learn to Heal Curriculum Development
Since 2018, Beyond Borders has provided educational services through Christian teachers to asylum seekers on Lesvos, Greece, but saw a need for curriculum specifically for learners who have experienced the significant trauma of displacement, marginalization, and persecution. Trauma-informed and Biblically-themed materials are being created to facilitate learning, transformation, and healing of children and adults in the refugee camps and beyond.
- Deep and whole healing of many though the implementation of the curricula
- Open borders for refugees to seek asylum in Greece and Europe
- Gospel to be shared widely as people are on the move