It is our hope and prayer that congregations across Canada will grow in love for their neighbours by practicing radical hospitality in the name of Jesus. Through empathy, education and equipping the IET is here to help you fulfill God’s call to missions here at home.
In 2018 over 500,000 international students attended educational institutions in Canada and over half of those students intend to apply for permanent residency. 50% of international students come from China and India, and some of the students are Christians looking for a local church. If your context includes a university or college, there is likely a campus ministry that would like to partner with your congregation.
The IET is here to help pastors and leaders form these partnerships and minister to international students. We are currently working with Friends for Dinner to make more resources available to you.
Canada receives over 250,000 new immigrants and refugees each year. In the past, new immigrants settled in major cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, but today they are scattered across small towns and rural communities. In fact, according to the 2016 census, immigration in the prairies and Atlantic Canada has more than doubled in the last fifteen years.
For over twenty years the FMCiC has been practicing radical hospitality by being a Sponsorship Agreement Holder. As a SAH your congregation can sponsor refugees under our status with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The IET and Administrative Services can help facilitate this process, which starts with your congregation submitting a refugee sponsorship application package. Your congregation can then raise or allocate funds to support the sponsored individual or family for their first year in Canada. If you’d like to learn more please contact us.
We’re also incredibly proud of, and grateful for, the work of the Asylum Seekers Initiatives Group out of West Springs Free Methodist Church in Calgary.