International Student Ministries Canada is a Christian charitable organization committed to empowering international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ.
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Seeking a Leader of Leaders!
God is On the Move and He is moving a huge number of people to study in Canada. Ontario alone has over 48,000 post-secondary international students! (Source: Council of Ontario Universities)
God is calling His Church to see the ready harvest. ISMC is calling for a Leader of Leaders! We are seeking to fill the position of Ontario Regional Director. This leader will be:
For more information on this position see: https://www.ismc.ca/page.aspx?pageId=47
Word from our president
“Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” (Philippians 2:2, NASB)
“The Great Commission is too big for anyone to accomplish alone and too important not to try to do together” (Steve Moore).
When asked to be ISMC president over two years ago, I initially said no. ISMC wanted me to work on shifting the mission’s organizational culture to the intentional development of leaders. But I had my own Canadian charity with global operations, one I had founded; I was already doing a similar work.
That is when the Lord used precious words from a mentor, Doug Carter, to pierce my soul: “For a long time the kingdom of God has not advanced as it should because of egos and logos.” That is a sad reality in today’s missions, when really, the only ego that should matter is the glory of God, and the only logo we fight for is the cross of Christ!
Yes, I am certainly glad I accepted the position. I had no idea that International Student Ministry (ISM) was in God’s next chapter of missions and that He wanted to not only leverage His gifts in me but also the experience and curriculum of The HuD Group1 to benefit the kingdom.
A new wind of networking, partnership, and collaboration is blowing in the ISM part of the body of Christ. Late in May, for example, I met with fellow national directors of ISMs of Power to Change2 and InterVarsity3 to talk about collaboration and partnership, to ensure that ZERO international students in Canada are unreached with love and the gospel over the next decade.
We want to go beyond networking, we want to partner. Why? Because we share a common interest. We need to regularly communicate, plan, and work together to achieve this common interest, this common vision. The vision—reach EVERY international student in Canada—is far beyond the capacity of any one partner.
In October we want a follow up meeting. Not only do we realize we truly are better together, we are humbly acknowledging what Steve Moore put so succinctly, “The Great Commission is too big for anyone to accomplish alone and too important not to try to do together.”
Sharing from Rick Wilgosh, City Director in Kelowna
At a recent Conversation Club U-talk session, U-talk Director Connie Laing was asked by Ju, a newly arrived Korean student at VanWest College (Kelowna), “Could we get together for a couple of hours a day so I can practice English?” Ju had recently declared she had just become a Christian, so these sisters in Christ naturally struck up a relationship which encouraged discussions on culture, family, spirituality, and personal life.
When together in Connie’s home, coffee shops, and parks throughout Kelowna, they studied the Bible about Jesus and Christianity. Ju wanted a higher English proficiency so she could invite fellow VanWest classmates to Bible studies.
How wonderful to hear of this young believer’s desire to reach others! God doesn’t require people with great talents to be effective ministers of the faith; He wants those who are available to be equipped to advance the kingdom.
Connie would be the first to say that availability encourages meaningful relationships which lead students to know Christ.
Thank you Connie, Ju, and ISMC team members across Canada for your availability in bringing the gospel so freely and lovingly to our international friends.
International Student Ministries CanadaBox 1205, Three Hills AB, T0M 2A0
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