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    Mission Moment June 2022 - Ethnos Canada

    June 21, 2022 Linda Clarke

     MISSION MOMENT – ETHNOS CANADA

    (note: the information below is taken directly from the Ethnos website)

    Of the world’s 6,900 language groups, 2,500 are still unreached. Ethnos Canada, founded in 1942 as New Tribes Mission, helps local churches train, coordinate and send missionaries to these peoples. They are able to tackle such a daunting task through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and by focusing their efforts primarily in the following five realms:

    1.      Reaching Unreached People Groups

    2,500 people groups are still waiting to hear the gospel in their heart language. From the beginning, the vision has been to take the gospel to these people groups. Truly this is a vision that demands passion and it remains unchanged!

    2.      Chronological Bible Teaching

    Their chronological Bible teaching method systematically tells the story of the Bible so that the truths of the Old Testament provide the foundation for understanding and responding to the truth of the gospel. The Bible is powerfully changing lives as the unfolding story of God’s provision of salvation for all the ethnos continues to be told!

    3.      Translating God’s Word

    There are still hundreds of languages waiting for God’s Word to be translated into their own tongue. The goal is to put the Word of God into the hands of the people groups with whom they work! The missionaries are equipped to not only learn an unwritten language, but to oversee the translation work and literacy training necessary so that all the ethnos can one day hear God speaking to them through His Word.

    4.      Training National Co-Workers

    With billions of people still waiting to hear the gospel, the task is bigger than just Ethnos’. God is calling out workers from the ethnos to go. These national missionaries are already committed to minister, and the missionaries continue to equip and work alongside them.

    5.      Establishing Thriving Churches

    Disciples and thriving churches go hand-in-hand. Following the pattern seen in Acts as God’s people carried out the Great Commission, they seek to establish mature churches that can take their rightful place as agents of change in their own communities and partners in the Great Commission.

    You may wonder why they changed their name to Ethnos Canada. Ethnos is the “nations” that Christ referred to when He commanded His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and “…that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations…” (Luke 24:47). It’s the word from which we get ethnic, and it means people groups. The fact is that the old name, “New Tribes Mission” was becoming a hindrance. In many of the nations Ethnos missionaries work, each of the words that made up the name were putting up red flags for governing bodies who issue visas and for the leaders of the people groups who need a gospel witness in their own language.

    Grace Church has been supporting Dave and Judy Wright for many years when they were in Papua New Guinea and now as they serve amongst the indigenous peoples in northern Saskatchewan.

    Dave and Judy both grew up in Christian homes and in churches that believed in preaching the gospel to ALL nations, so both were well exposed to missions. But it was an Ethnos missionary with his real-life accounts of reaching the hidden peoples of the world that ignited in Dave a huge passion to reach them for Christ.

    Judy’s desire to grow in her relationship with the Lord led her to Bible school. There, God challenged her into missions, and there God brought her and Dave together to pursue God’s passion for the unreached.

    They married in 1990 and signed on for Ethnos missions training in 1992. For the next four years, they made every effort to prepare for the field, with Dave in construction and Judy in medical training. Then in 1996 they set out for their first assignment in Papua New Guinea.

    They served in a number of support roles before joining a church planting team among the Mengen people. Then came the day when the team had translated sufficient Scripture to share “the gospel of Christ,…the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” in the heart language of the people and within the context of their culture. A church was born as God gloriously set free a people once enslaved by sin. Though the church experiences growing pains, it continues to mature.

    While on furlough in 2015, a Woodland Cree Elder/evangelist pursued Dave, eager to learn how to effectively build a church that would continue to mature. He asked if what had been developed by Ethnos overseas could be shared with his people here. This was the beginning of ‘Establish – A foundational disciple-making series.’ Now, through Establish, God is beginning to bless both aboriginal and non-aboriginal churches right here in Canada.

    To learn more about the Establish program check out this website: https://establishseries.com to view two very powerful testimonials.