Yonatan Hiruy was raised in the North African nation of Ethiopia. “After I came to know the Lord, I was active in my high school Christian fellowship,” says Yonatan. He was persecuted for his faith in the early 90s, and fled to Sudan where he was a refugee for four years. After living and becoming a citizen in Sweden, Yonatan was invited to pastor an Eritrean church in Canada.
Today Pastor Yonatan is a church plantar and evangelist in Canada where he pastors and supports the Ethiopian diaspora church.
Pastor Yonatan will be opening us to the Word each morning as our Bible Teacher. We look forward to how God will lead us daily through scripture.
Mike & Felicia Fischhoff
Mike and Felicia have been on the Flemingdon Park MoveIn team since 2008.
Mike has served as the Associate Director of the MoveIn Vision Team since 2009, founded Fight4Freedom, an anti human trafficking organization, and recently also founded Deep Waters, a small group for Christians experiencing same-sex attraction to study Scripture, talk about real issues and have fellowship with one another.
Mike will be leading us in a time of learning and understanding about the LGBTQ+ community, related issues in the church, and our involvement as MoveIn teams.
Felicia currently works for Toronto City Mission in the Flemingdon community as a child and youth outreach worker. Her hope is to see youth and children in this low income community know the Lord and walk in their destinies.
Felicia will be sharing on the topic of diversity and understanding the Black Lives Matter movement.
Derek and Tiffani Parenteau
After 9 years as outreach workers on the streets of Toronto Derek and Tiffani moved their family to the Georgian Bay area to work among First Peoples of Canada.
They are currently working in several reserves in the area, prayerfully learning from the communities, developing strong relationships and sharing the Good News. They are seeing amazing results! In just over three years 20 groups have started and now 6 Indigenous leaders are starting groups in communities beyond Derek’s reach. Many people are discovering Jesus.
Derek is an experienced in training mission groups in Disciple Making MoveMents (DMM) and the Discover Bible Study method (DBS). We look forward to learning from their story of incarnational mission, and for specific equipping on DMM and DBS principles and tools for discipling neighbours in our patches.
Steinar lived with his family in Azerbaijan doing development work and micro enterprise projects. He is educated as a journalist and writes a weekly column for a daily newspaper in Norway. In 2000 the Opheim family returned to Norway to start a national tentmaking organization called TENT, which means fire in Norwegian.
As MoveIners we all face the challenge of balancing our jobs and ministry. From his vast experience, Steinar will provide insights into the MoveIn value of tentmaking and specific training for overseas tentmaking through break out sessions and One-to-One meetings.
Nigel Paul grew up in Zambia, Pakistan and Kenya and studied Internet Business at the University of Waterloo. In January 2009, God gave Nigel the name "MoveIn" and the vision "to see thousands of regular people moving in among the unreached, urban poor." Today, Nigel directs the MoveIn Vision Team, is part of a regular MoveIn team which is planting a church, speaks into various small businesses, and lives with his wife Jessie (our emcee!) in a patch in east Toronto.
Nigel will be sharing with us the history and heart of the MoveIn vision, where we’re at today, and God may lead the movement in years to come.
Marriage is a beautiful picture of God’s intimacy and love for us. But at the end of the day, it isn’t necessary or even the most important thing for a Christian. It’s temporary, and can either be used selfishly to fulfill our earthly desires, or can be used to point to Christ. I’m grateful that MoveIn has helped us hold our marriage accountable to mission and being Kingdom-minded.
We stood on the balcony with her and her sister as they admired the fresh green beans growing in our tiny vegetable garden. We talked about the miracle of planting seeds, and I was reminded again of why MoveIn exists. We move in so that we can plant seeds, and then watch in wonder as God makes the garden grow.
When James* pioneered a MoveIn patch two years ago, he had no idea how challenging or how fulfilling it would be.
Nine years moved in, and counting
In the narrow lanes and alleys of urban El Salvador, children play, their grandparents watching from the doorways.
But it became clear that God’s perfect love can only be fully experienced through relationship
with Jesus, and therefore God’s people must be present and praying in places ruled by fear.
A paradox, a trap.
Oh justice, make me not a fool.
Is a story only as powerful as its privilege?
Moses’ experience may very well resonate with every MoveIner reading this post, and everyone else trying to do the right thing. Steps of faith followed by devastating setbacks. Worthwhile initiatives leading to complete dead ends. Questions with no easy answers, or no answers at all.
In March, a group of MoveIn Vision Team members took the MoveIn vision to 13 cities across the East Coast of the United States. They researched potential patches, spread the vision, and established partnerships with churches and organizations already working among the unreached, urban poor.
“People come here from far away and try to make a good living but sadly, some do end up having marital issues or other problems,” says Emily,* who led the New York City Prayer Journey through Harlem. “For some, after these crises, they lose all hope, and end up in drug addictions to cope with the pain.”