The world as we know is changing. There are more than 1 billion people - 12% of humanity - on the move as external and internal migrants ﬂeeing persecution, poverty, war or as economic migrants.
As Canadian cities become more ethnically diverse, they become the world's most diverse cities. Toronto for example, over 50% of the population were born outside of Canada. Statistics Canada estimates that nearly 46% of Canadians aged 15 and over are or will be first-generation immigrants by 2031.
What are we doing with these God-given opportunities to build relationships and present the Gospel to ‘strangers’ in our midst?
Do you have an easy time connecting and embracing other cultures? How about spreading the Gospel to these diverse communities? Join SIM Canada's diaspora ministries and get to know the stranger next to you. Help build safe communities of people committed to preserving and celebrating the culture and traditions of their homelands.
The first step is usually the hardest, but when you are part of a team like SIM Canada, you are joining an organization that will support you and provide guidance. Together you will create something great! There is no better place to bounce ideas off and share your struggles and successes than with a team who care deeply about serving the diaspora community.
SIM works with the least reached all around the world including in Canada. We've been doing this for more than 129 years and in that time, have developed knowledge and expertise on how to reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Imagine being part of a team working across Canada reaching communities as diverse as Japanese, Russian, Somali, and Mexican migrant workers, reaching people of different faith backgrounds, as well as those without any religious affiliation at all?
With SIM Canada, you will get step-by-step support to help you achieve your ministry goals. As an organization we will mentor, challenge, and guide you. We provide a valid platform for your ministry work and will go the extra mile to provide things like health insurance, retirement savings, tax receipting, and much more. As a member, you have access to a wide range of ministry possibilities. Are you interested? Talk to a guide today!
As you serve the diaspora from a place of love, you can further make Christ known to them as well as help them feel safe, accepted.
You will likely still be able to enjoy some of your favourite comfort foods, but probably not as often as back home. You’ll soon learn to appreciate food from other cultures and chances are that over time you’ll begin to love the local food…so much so that you’ll miss it when you come home to visit family and supporters.
Best of all though, sharing a culture-based meal with your new neighbours will be the fastest way to form deep and lasting relationships. You’re not going to be poor and miserable.