City Director (Ottawa)
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God called me to serve with International Student Ministries Canada in a very unique but Divine way. In 2017, I applied for a 5 days’ visitor visa to visit Richmond Baptist in Vancouver. To my amazement, I was granted a 10-year work visa instead. Little did I know that this was a Macedonian call to come and work with International Student Ministries in Canada, and yet at the time of getting the visa, I knew nothing about ISMC. I was officially accepted as the Career staff with ISMC in 2018 and I have served as the Ottawa City Director since then.
However, due to COVID and in response to the rising tide of missions from Africa to the nations, Dr. Yaw Perbi, the immediate former president of ISMC, and I, being Africa’s missionaries to the West and both staff of International Student Ministries Canada, have come together to initiate Pan Africa International Students (PAIS) to harness both centrifugal and centripetal movements of international students and scholars from and to Africa.
PAIS has a twofold Mandate:
1-CENTRIFUGAL: To prepare those students from Christian backgrounds in Africa who go for further studies abroad by giving them missionary orientation and training. As such, they go as missionaries out of Africa to the nations.
2-CENTRIPETAL: To make the international students who study in our universities to feel at home away from home, to help them discover Jesus Christ and make Him known.
There is a far-reaching potential when we reach international students with Christ’s love. Some of them will be strategic leaders of their nations, having influence over the advance of the mission of God in their home countries. Some take the Gospel back to unreached people groups and “closed” countries, those where religious freedoms are restricted. Some go back to planting churches in their cities and nations. Those who become Christ’s ambassadors to their own countries will not normally face visa, support, or language problems. But what is more disturbing and unknown to many people, is that, in the recent past, international students have been recruited for terrorist activities and other inhumane happenings. It is our prayer and desire that our ministry will touch them before they are recruited otherwise. If they are touched by God’s love, the whole world will live at peace.
We are trusting God for enough partners who can pray with us, volunteer, and support us financially to fulfil God’s call upon our hearts.