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.
I used to think it meant something about some great vocation or ministry. But lately I am wondering if God did not “call” me to live here because he knew it would save my life. He knew I needed to learn to be human.
The trees around me I now see are people
Wiser than men, they are children.
Far from being stones, they sing praises like birds for proof of hearing.
Eternity resounds in their hearts of flesh.
When bad news shatters our world, there is hope. Isaiah 53:3 describes Jesus as being “acquainted with grief.” We know from Scripture that since the fall, God has suffered with humans.
One day we were all sitting together in the living room, and I asked a question that I had never asked before: “Guys – are we church?” We all paused for thought.
Daughters, I want you to be
clowns of a cosmic comedy that makes mockery of the world
that says you are the main attraction
and not pantomimes of unselfish Love.
What we are most excited for is those small moments where we get to see Jesus in the eyes of our neighbours, and the ways we can receive what they have to teach us.
My sons, the world will expect you to lift many burdens
but I tell you, the strength of your arms is
to lift children, love the poor,
and embrace the weak;
strengthen your feeble arms but carry only the Light Load.
Somehow, in all of this darkness and brokenness and ugliness, Christ is here. I have found him more here than in the happy wholeness of before.
What is the point? Why am I even here? I’m just making things worse for everyone.
May my work today be for your worship, and the good of your creation. Redefine my idea of success for today. Make me a better worker.