Two new congregations were welcomed into emerging membership during Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s annual church gathering at Redeemer College on April 27 and 28, 2018.
• The Assemblée de la Grâce is a Créole-speaking congregation made up of Haitian refugees, located in Montreal. Pastor Westerne Joseph hopes to invite many more Haitian diaspora congregations into the regional church. Two—one from Montreal, and the other from the Caribbean island of Aruba—were at the gathering checking out MC Eastern Canada. Mission associate Michel Monette from Église Hochma in Montreal is making contact with the many new congregations springing up in Quebec.
• The Matu-Chin Christian Church is a Matu-Chin-speaking congregation made up of refugees from Myanmar that meets at First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ont. This new Chin congregation joins three others in the regional church, but is the first speaking the Matu dialect. Pastor Jehu Lian, formerly of the Chin Christian Church in Kitchener, continues to make contact with Chin congregations across Canada. As part of Myanmar Missions International, he is also helping MC Eastern Canada make contact with the Mission Ana Baptist Church in Chin State in Myanmar.
For more on the Mennonite Church Eastern Canada 2018 gathering, see ‘Connected: Striving side by side with one mind’