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THE PULSE
Compiled by Adam Miller


Ideas, insights, inspiration for you and your church


MY TURN:
Reaching Ghanians in Toronto
By Daniel Addai Smith


When I moved from Ghana to Canada, I came with the mission of assisting Ghanian students in Montreal. Thousands had fled Ghana during the civil war and had resettled all over North America. My job in Montreal was to see that young Ghanians were able to establish themselves with education and jobs. And as a pastor my ultimate goal was to see a strong Ghanian community become a strong Christian community. It’s no different in this area of Toronto.


As we plant churches to reach the Ghanian and West African communities here, we realize that helping people find jobs, strengthen their family relationships and develop a stable life are essential to a healthy church culture.


The greatest need we have is seeing children and their parents grow in their relationships and to see these young people develop discipline and a vision for their lives. So often parents who come here leave their little ones behind for years in Ghana before they reunite. This leaves so many children directionless. Many families struggle with this as they struggle with everything else.


It has given us great joy as we have grown Baptist International Worship Centre to provide a place where families are welcome, where their difficulties are understood and responded to with love and where struggling families can experience transformation with others who struggle with them.


Daniel Addai Smith is pastor of Baptist International Worship Centre in Toronto, Ontario.


44 Summer 2012 • onmission.com

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