Summer in Toronto

This afternoon 3 young ladies from Lifepoint will embark on a 7-week missionary journey in the greater Toronto area. We are praising the Lord for the calling that He has given to this team and their willingness and obedience in saying, “Yes!”

A few facts about the city from the North American Mission Board:

  • It’s where a fifth of the nation’s population lives and where you find its greatest diversity.
  • It is among the most ethnically diverse cities on earth, topping Miami, Los Angeles and New York City. Of its population of nearly 6.5 million, about 2.3 million are foreign-born.
  • Although about 33 percent of Torontonians claim Christianity as their religion, but those that are connected with a Gospel centered community are little better than 3 percent.
  • Add to this a growing immigrant population bringing a growth in Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and other world religions. Toronto has one of the world’s highest Jewish populations as well.
  • About 410,000 Torontonians speak a Chinese language such as Mandarin or Cantonese. More than 100,000 speak Filipino; 56,000 speak Arabic. In total, more than 2 million Torontonians report that they primarily speak a language other than the official languages of English and French.
  • Statistics are like skylines. They give you a glimpse of a city that only grows more diverse and complex with each community you visit, each home in which you eat and each ministry opportunity that brings you face-to-face with a city full of stories and needs.

You can see by reading just these few statistics that ministering in Toronto presents an incredible opportunity and some significant challenges. Because of this, there is no better way to send these girls, than to send them fully covered in prayer!

We’ve asked the three of them how we could best pray for them, at least initially as they start their summer up North. Below you’ll see their responses and some Scriptures to pray back to the Father on their behalf.

Rachel- “Please pray that everywhere I go I can connect and form genuine relationships and that I can show Jesus to them. Pray that people here and people there (and even myself) can see and be reminded that I am in no way special, but Jesus is!”

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
– 2 Corinthians 4:7

Megan- “Please pray that God would work and speak through my team and me – that everything we do would bring glory to God and that the people there would see Christ in us.”

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
                                                          – Pslam 96:1-3

 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:5-6

Cori- “Please pray that I would be courageous when opportunities come to present the gospel to people we meet”

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. – Acts 4:31

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21